Drake hands out t-shirts to surprised fans at Toronto pop-up shop
Published Sunday, April 24, 2016 6:14PM EDT Last Updated Sunday, April 24, 2016 9:46PM EDT
Toronto rapper Drake smiles as he hands out T-shirts at a pop up shop to promote his upcoming album in Toronto on Sunday, April 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A lengthy wait for a t-shirt turned out to be more than worthwhile for a few lucky Drake fans Sunday after the rapper himself turned up at a popup shop where the shirts were being given away to promote his new album.
Buzz started to build on social media at around 4 p.m. after Drake tweeted a picture indicating an event at 567 Queen Street West.
Fans quickly descended on the Queen Street West storefront at the address and lined up to wait for their free t-shirts.
The giveaways started around 5:40 p.m., but it wasn’t until later that fans realized the musician himself had showed up and had started handing the shirts out personally.
“It was amazing. I had no idea he was going to show up. Then we got there and all we heard was screaming,” one young woman who met the rapper told CP24. “We were all so shocked.”
Those waiting were also treated to a screening of a Drake music video featuring Rihanna playing on the side of a truck bouncing up and down.
“It’s just a good experience being here,” one fan in line told CP24. “There’s a ton of hype coming up around the album. So we just want to be here to be a part of it.”
By around 7:30 p.m., Drake had left the venue.
Drake’s new album, “Views from 6,” is set to be released on April 29.
Similar pop-up shops have sprung up in other cities around North America recently in anticipation of the new album.
Album cover features shout-out to Toronto
At around 9 p.m., the star had one more thrill for Toronto fans, as he tweeted out a photo of his new album cover.
The image features a picture of Drake sitting atop the CN Tower with his legs dangling off the Canadian landmark.
“To the city I love and the people in it...Thank you for everything #VIEWS,” Drake wrote in a tweet accompanying the album photo.
Drake, 29, has long featured Toronto in his music. The rapper is also credited with popularizing “the six” as a nickname for the city, based on the “416” area code. In recent years he has also served as a global brand ambassador for the Raptors, the city’s NBA franchise.