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Drake to perform at NHL All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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The NHL has announced that Toronto hip-hop artist Drake will perform during the second intermission of the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa. Drake, whose second studio album “Take Care” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart back in November, is currently nominated for three 2012 Grammy awards.

Most know Drake as a musician, but to me he’ll always be Jimmy Brooks (the basketball star that got shot in the back and ended up in a wheelchair) from the Canadian teen drama Degrassi. It’s a good show, if you like the metric system and kids saying “aboot.”

Anyway, back to All-Star Game entertainment. Joining Drake in the festivities will be New York singer/rapper Outasight, who will perform his hit single, “Tonight is the Night” during player introductions. (The only exception is for Tim Thomas, who requested Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”)

The U.S. and Canadian national anthems will be sung by Javier Colon — who won the first season of NBC’s reality TV show “The Voice” — and Lyndon Slewidge, an Ontario Provincial Police officer that’s served as Otawa’s’ official anthem singer since the early 90s.

  1. lsxphotog - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Haha, I like the Degrassi reference. Jimmy Brooks has come a long way indeed. He doesn’t even like hockey though, he’s just a ‘Ronto native.

  2. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    This stinks….I was hoping they would get Ovie’s Russian Rap group to perform. Malkin probably raps better than Ovie too

    • abrienza428 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      They were going to until Ovechkin backed out of the game. Although the suspension probably would’ve helped his street cred. Kind of like when rappers go to jail.

  3. letangshair - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    is beiber doing the first intermission?

  4. jpelle82 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    wheelchair jimmy! how this guy has any street cred at all is beyond me…dont see how he got a music career by imitating and riding the heels of lil wayne (poorly).

    • letangshair - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      he’s about as hard as canada. which is flaccid like wheel chair jimmy’s hog.

  5. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM


  6. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Inferring that all Canadians say aboot is like inferring all Americans say yall. Only in the Maritine’s Mike. I guess if everyone but the States uses the Metric system but the States them everyone else must be wrong right?

  7. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM


  8. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    reported- tim thomas won’t show up to the all star game because drake is black

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