Local acts join forces with big names like Gwen Stefani, Usher, Lil Jon, Amber Rose and so many more, making this weekend possibly the most star-studded Toronto has seen since TIFF
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
All-Star SZN with OB O’Brien
Cory Joseph & Mo Beatz
True North Party with Gwen Stefani and Usher
Kevin Hart Celebrity Game After Party
Maxim All-Star Party with Snoop Dogg, Kardinal OFfishall and Shaquille O’Neal
Dudebox Presents Moonshine with DJ Windows 98, Toronto Blue Jays Drum Line
All-Star Party: Girl Talk
Blac Chyna & Amber Rose
DJ Esco and Metro Boomin
OT Genasis, DJ iKhan
Butter All-Star Pop-Up hosted by Jazz Cartier
Dej Loaf, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Angela Simmons
Fabolous, Amber Rose
PartyNextDoor & P Reign
Jeezy, Taz’s Angels
40oz Boomin w/ 40oz Van, Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, TrapMoneyBenny, YungShrimp Tempura, JayemKayem, The Bass6
The New Toronto with Tory Lanez, Ryan Hemsworth
Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital
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