The announcement came from Drake himself, delivered to an estimated crowd of over 2 million people at the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Championship parade in June: the rapper’s perennial fan-favorite OVO Fest would return for 2019.

Held over two consecutive nights at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage, a lakeside outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 16,000 in the heart of the city, OVO Fest boasted a much-hyped lineup featuring acts like B2K, Chingy, Ying Yang Twins and others on August 4, while Drake himself held down the evening of August 5 with a little help from some surprise high-profile pals, including Meek Mill, Cardi B, Offset, Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Tyga and more.

All appeared on Budweiser Stage's iconic deck supported by a substantial Adamson E-Series system supplied by Cleveland, OH's Eighth Day Sound.

OVO Fest is Drake’s annual celebration of and thank you to his home city, and it’s especially fitting that the initial show announcement came during the Raps’ massive parade, as OVO Fest felt a lot like its second act—thanks in no small part to the massive replica of the NBA Championship trophy that was unveiled during the artist’s second-day set.

Mix Magazine had a chance to catch up with Drake’s crew in the days following the homecoming bash, and FOH engineer Demetrius Moore says the long list of special guests and other surprises required a lot of improvisation on the crew’s part.

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