History Of The OVO Fest
Since its inception in 2010, the OVO Fest has grown to become one of Canada’s biggest outlets for hip-hop and R&B music. The festival was created by rapper and Toronto native Drake, who invites some of music’s biggest stars to his home town over the three-day long concert series in the summer. It is usually held on Caribana weekend in Toronto, which celebrates Caribbean culture and is one of the city’s biggest tourist times of the year.
While rap, hip-hop and R&B heavyweights all travel to Toronto for the weekend-long event, 2015 will also see the likes of comedian Kevin Hart, who is set to headline the festival’s first night on August 1. Like every year, Drake will close out his own festival on its final day and is likely to invite several A-list guest appearances onstage during his set. In years past, he’s tapped on the shoulders of big names like Diddy and Kanye West.
The festival is typically held at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, though 2015 will see it expand to two venues and include the Air Canada Centre. In addition to Drake, past performers that have played the Canada-based festival include Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd, Nas, Eminem, Jay-Z, Outkst and French Montana.