Friday, February 12, 2016

Toronto Mayor John Tory to Give Drake The Keys to the City

TORONTO - Drake is about to get the ultimate municipal bling.

Mayor John Tory announced Thursday — in a “Twitter essay” which started from the bottom (of his timeline) — that he plans on giving the homegrown hip-hop star the Key to the City on Friday.

“The key to the city? Well, it’s the highest honour we can give,” Tory says in a video posted by the mayor’s office. “I believe the key should go to individuals who make people across the city feel good about themselves and about their city. It should make us proud of who we are and what we can achieve.”

In his “essay,” Tory describes Drake – whose real name is Aubrey Graham – as a man who could live anywhere, but calls Toronto home.

“He wants us to be proud of him. And we are. I am,” Tory said. “He talked about wanting to contribute and for the city to see him as more than just a name – but a force of good.”

This is the first time Tory has presented a key to the city since taking office in Dec. 2014.

The presentation will be made at Ricoh Coliseum around 6 p.m., moments before Drake, the Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador, leads a team in the NBA All-Star Weekend’s celebrity basketball tournament.

The “Hotline Bling” singer met with Tory in his City Hall office on Feb. 3.

Drake couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

There are some hints that Drake has pined for the key — or at least hinted that this might be coming. His much anticipated album, Views From the 6, is expected to come out later this year and in his first released single, he implies Toronto loves the attention he brings.

“Soon as I’m back in the city they throw a parade,” he raps in the song, Summer of Sixteen. “I might get a key to the city and give it away or give it to Wayne or give it to one of the young boys to carry the wave.”
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