Toronto mayor John Tory announced (over a Twitter essay), a new recipient to receive the key to the city. Unsurprisingly, this year's lucky winner — who just happens to be this city's biggest fan — is Drake.
"In our conversations, he told me how he feels about Toronto. He told me what it means to him to be from here, and the role he wants to play," Tory wrote on Twitter. "This is a man who could live anywhere, but calls Toronto home. He wants us to be proud of him. And we are. I am."
Tory, who will be giving out his first key to the city (former mayor Rob Ford gave out three, while Mel Lastman gave out 52), also uploaded a video on Facebook, expressing his further love for the Toronto-born rapper.
Key to the City - Toronto
Tomorrow, I’m going to award the Key to the City to Aubrey “Drake” Graham in front of thousands of fans during the NBA All Star weekend. I was lucky to spend time with Drake recently, and get to know a man who is well known in our city and around the world.I knew his name, I knew his face & I knew his music. But we wanted the chance to get to know each other one-on-one, and talk about the city we love.In our conversations, he told me how he feels about Toronto. He told me what it means to him to be from here, and the role he wants to play.He talked about wanting to contribute and for the city to see him as more than just a name – but a force of good.He talked about his desire to build our music scene, to inspire youth and help address the social issues felt across Toronto.This is a man who has achieved wild success, by any standard. And more than anything, he wants great things for Toronto.This is a man who could live anywhere, but calls Toronto home.I plan to give the Key to the City to people who inspire us and make us feel good about Toronto. And I’m honoured to start that process with Drake.Posted by John Tory on Thursday, February 11, 2016
In 2015, there was even a petition to give Drake the key to the city, organized by local guide site PointB.
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