TORONTO – Drake celebrated his 27th birthday in Toronto on Thursday with an arena full of his hometown fans.
The Juno and Grammy award-winning rapper played a sold-out show at the Air Canada Centre to promote his album, Nothing Was the Same. Over 14,000 people were in attendance.
The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in September.
Drake stepped onto the stage with swagger and confidence, and performed 29 songs during the hour-and-a-half show, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started From the Bottom.”
680News music reporter Rudy Blair said the singer’s rap skills, singing talent and dance moves kept fans in a frenzy. The special effects included a fireworks display and a circular catwalk that rose above the audience.
Blair said Drake definitely knows how to connect with his fans, and gave the concert three stars out of five.
However, not all Drake fans were celebrating. A few dozen people who purchased tickets on the popular website Kijiji were shocked to find, once they got to the ACC, that their tickets were fake.
Drake added Thursday’s show after overwhelming demand for his OVO Fest in August.
The singer posted photos of his birthday cake to his Instagram account. Check them out below: