An energetic crowd filled the new Rogers Place Arena on Tuesday night, eagerly waiting for the first of two Drake concerts in Edmonton this week.
The wait for Toronto’s very own Grammy award winner was finally over, although he did come out about 45 mins late.
All the lights in the arena turned off and the crowd went wild as everyone stood up for the man of the hour. Drake came out on stage singing “Summer Sixteen” wearing Connor McDavid’s number 97 Edmonton Oilers jersey. He continued with “Still Here” followed by a fitting “Started from the Bottom.”
Drake took the jersey off after the first three songs and told the crowd there’s no place like home as he grabbed a Canadian flag.
Drakes energy and interaction with the crowd was mesmerizing and captivating. No matter where you were sitting in the stadium he connected with you. The choreography of his music alongside the stage pyrotechnics were second to none. Throughout the night fire balls, fireworks and lights amped up his performance.
He played for 22 minutes straight with the crowd dancing with him the whole time before taking a short break. Not one person was sitting down and he acknowledged that saying “this is the best crowd on tour so far, ya’ll haven’t sat down once.”
Drake slowed it down for a bit but when ‘Hotline Bling’ started the arena transformed as glowing balloons dropped from the roof extending his visual effects over the crowd. Drake kept the ballads going with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and then getting the crowd pumped up again with “The Motto.”
Drake sang “Grammys” as Future walked out on stage, also in an Oilers jersey. The Arena turned into a giant hot box has the crowd rapped along with Future during his 10 song solo set. Drake came back out singing “Big Rings” and “Jumpman” with Future and the crowd couldn’t get enough of it.
Gushing about Rihi, Drake dropped “Work,” “Take Care,” and “Too Good,” throwing his mic to the crowd often and happily as not one lyric was missed. Drake looked at his watch and said “Edmonton, we’re way over curfew but I started late so do you want the short show or the long one?” We obviously chose later and he continued with hits like “Controlla” and “One Dance.”
The show was everything you’d want it to be: energetic, engaging and the best giant dance party ever.