It’s that time of year again, the time for Drake, self-proclaimed “6ix god” to return to us, running through the six with his woes at OVO. This time, he brought something special with him- a giant replica of the CN Tower. According to The Toronto Star, “OVO has always been about Drake throwing his hometown Toronto fans a celebratory party.”
As most know, Drake is perched on the CN Tower on the cover of his album “Views,” so it’s safe to say Drake is familiar with the Toronto landmark. Yet, this overwhelming set piece blew fans away on the seemingly tiny Budweiser Stage. How did he manage this feat without anyone leaking his surprise?
CBC has the answer. According to their article, Drake allegedly told the crowd that he called nineteen companies with the idea, and they all gave a resounding no. But, Eric Pearce of the Las Vegas’ Show Group Production Services, despite initial skepticism, decided to at least give it a try.
Even then, there was a severe time crunch. They only had three weeks to make those designs a reality. According to Pearce they worked around the clock for those three weeks.
This may have been a tall order (no pun intended), with the final product measuring 16 metres high and 13.5 metres in diameter. But, Pearce had worked with Drake in the past, and that’s why he agreed to take on the project. Pearce shares with CBC that “The scale of the set is two or three times the traditional rock and roll star set.”
It then journeyed across the border from Las Vegas to Toronto, taking up five tractor-trailers. Evidently, there were no problems with it at the border. Pearce believes that the tight time crunch is the reason why the project was kept so under wraps. He says, “There was simply very little time for the word to spread.” The impact of the set may have been ruined if fans had been anticipating it, so perhaps this unintentional secrecy was for the best.
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