OVO Fest Lineup
For the sixth year in a row, Drake’s OVO Fest will be returning to Toronto during the first weekend of Aug. 2015. This year, in addition to two nights of music from Molson Amphitheatre headliners Drake and J. Cole, the festival will be expanding to include a third night of stand-up from international comedy star Kevin Hart. Hart’s two comedy shows will take place at Air Canada Centre on Aug. 1, the night before J. Cole kicks off two nights of music at Molson Amphitheatre.
Kevin Hart to Star as First OVO Fest Comedian in 2015
Arguably one of the biggest comedians of the year, Kevin Hart is fitting in two shows at Air Canada Centre on Aug. 1 as OVO Fest’s first-ever stand-up headliner. Hart already has a busy 2015 planned--at the time of the lineup announcement, the two OVO Fest appearances are two of his only Canadian stops on the ongoing What Now Tour. The award-winning comic also recently wrapped recording on Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber roast, set to air on March 30, and he’s also co-starring opposite Will Ferrell in the new film “Get Hard,” due out March 27.
J. Cole, Drake to Headline OVO Fest Behind New Music
At Molson Amphitheatre, J. Cole (Aug. 2) and Drake (Aug. 3) will be bringing a slew of new music to the stage, as both hip-hop stars dropped new albums in the last year. J. Cole’s third studio release, “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” dropped on Dec. 9 to become his third-straight No. 1 album in the U.S. For his OVO Fest set, J. Cole will be bringing along Detroit-based rapper Big Sean, who also released a new album, “Dark Sky Paradise,” in late February. Jeremih, YG, Bas, Cozz, and Omen will also join the festivities on Sunday.
On the second night, Aug. 3, Drake will continue his custom of closing out the festival with a host of special guests. The roster won’t be revealed until the night of the show, but it has always included a list of high-profile hip-hop stars. Last year alone, Drake’s set featured Usher, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, J. Cole, Trey Songz, PartyNextDoor, DJ Khaled, and Tinashe.