Imagine a hip-hop edition of Where’s Waldo starring Drake. That about sums up the scene likely to take place at nightclubs across the city this weekend.
The NBA All-Star Game is happening on Sunday (February 14), and several prominent and not so prominent hip-hop acts will be in town to celebrate.
Drake and Kevin Hart are coaching the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday (February 12), so there’s a good chance the 6ix God will be hanging at the Kevin Hart Celebrity Game After Party at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe) afterwards. The price of admission is $120-$565. Or perhaps Drizzy will be lint-rolling with Gwen Stefani and Usher at the NBA’s official True North Party at Roundhouse Park (255 Bremner)? Tickets for that will set you back $1,750.
More affordable is Dudebox‘s Moonshine party at an old furniture warehouse in Liberty Village (51 Jefferson) on Friday. DJ Windows 98, aka Celebrity Team Canada member Win Butler of Arcade Fire, will DJ alongside the Toronto Blue Jays drum line. Cover is $5-$10 and proceeds go to Régine Chassagne’s KANPE charity.
Even more affordable is Sunday night’s (February 14) The New Toronto concert at Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth) featuring rapper Tory Lanez and producer/DJ Ryan Hemsworth. Admission is free with RSVP.
Another hot ticket is San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner‘s Friday-night fundraiser for the Rock On Foundation at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West). Girl Talk is performing, and tickets are $40-$80.
Mid-range to full-on VIP club experiences can be had at Future‘s Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne) gig, and A$AP Ferg‘s show at 70 Down (70 Yorkville), both on Sunday, and Travis Scott‘s party at La Vie Complex (224 Richmond West) on Saturday.
On the DJ front, Atlanta producer Metro Boomin is having a busy All-Star Weekend with gigs at Tattoo (567 Queen West) and Lost and Found (577 King West) on Sunday and at La Vie Complex alongside strip-club tastemaker DJ Esco on Friday.
Other big names appearing this weekend include Snoop Dogg, Kardinal Offishall, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Dej Loaf, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, Lil Jon, last week’s NOW cover star Jazz Cartier, OB OBrien, OT Genasis and PartyNextDoor:
Boiler Room Toronto with Majid Jordan, Roy Woods, STWO, Bambii
- Secret Location, Thursday (February 11)
- OVO Sound acts headline global dance music streaming series.
All-Star SZN with OB O’Brien
- Blnd Tger (559 College), Thursday (February 11)
- OVO-hosted fashion show and party.
Cory Joseph & Mo Beatz
- Lost and Found (577 King West), Thursday (February 11)
- Raptors player hosts, Big Sean’s official DJ spins.
True North Party with Gwen Stefani and Usher
- Roundhouse Park (255 Bremner), Friday (February 12)
- Pop A-listers headline the NBA’s official All-Star Weekend kick-off party.
Kevin Hart Celebrity Game After Party
- Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Friday (February 12)
- Comedian and Celebrity Game coach takes over the Roy Thomson lobby.
Maxim All-Star Party with Snoop Dogg, Kardinal OFfishall and Shaquille O’Neal
- Muzik (15 Saskatchewan), Friday (February 12)
- Snoop doubles as headliner and host.
Dudebox Presents Moonshine with DJ Windows 98, Toronto Blue Jays Drum Line
- 51 Jefferson, Friday (February 12)
- Arcade Fire’s Win Butler DJs charity Afrobeat party in old furniture factory.
All-Star Party: Girl Talk
- Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (February 12)
- Matt Bonner-hosted benefit for Rock On Foundation.
Blac Chyna & Amber Rose
- Stadium (102 Peter), Friday (February 12)
- SlutWalk activist and model has All-Star Weekend on lock.
DJ Esco and Metro Boomin
- La Vie Complex (224 Richmond), Friday (February 12)
- Tastemaking Atlanta strip-club DJ.
OT Genasis, DJ iKhan
- Lost and Found (577 King West), Friday (February 12)
- Still in love with the CoCo?
Butter All-Star Pop-Up hosted by Jazz Cartier
- Cube (314 Queen West), Saturday (February 13)
- Jacuzzi hosts an afternoon jam.
Dej Loaf, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Angela Simmons
- Stadium (102 Peter), Saturday (February 13)
- Stacked club line-up.
Fabolous, Amber Rose
- Nest/The Den (423 College), Saturday (February 13)
- Amber Rose takes Toronto.
- La Vie Complex (224 Richmond), Saturday (February 13)
- Houston rapper and rodeo lover.
PartyNextDoor & P Reign
- Lost and Found (577 King West), Saturday (February 13)
- OVO acts take up hosting duties.
Jeezy, Taz’s Angels
- Nest/The Den (423 College), Sunday (February 14)
- Southern gangsta rapper.
- 70 Down (70 Yorkville), Sunday (February 14)
- La Vie Complex (224 Richmond), Sunday (February 14)
- The Amber Alert continues.
40oz Boomin w/ 40oz Van, Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, TrapMoneyBenny, YungShrimp Tempura, JayemKayem, The Bass6
- Tattoo (567 Queen), Sunday (February 14)
- Prolific Atlanta producer on the decks.
- Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (February 14)
- Rap superstar returns to the 6ix for third time in six months.
The New Toronto with Tory Lanez, Ryan Hemsworth
Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital
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