With the Toronto Raptors headed into game five of their best-of-seven NBA playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets tonight, Raptors fever is catching on — in some unlikely places.
Even the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is getting behind Canada’s only NBA franchise with this backstage mashup of Drake's "All Me" and "Trophies," as arranged by TSO double bassist Jeffrey Beecher.
Last fall, Drake took on the role of global brand ambassador for his hometown team and, according to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Tim Leiweke, was “heavily involved” in the inspiration for the viral Raptors video #WeTheNorth:
That video led to some creative tributes, also set to Drakes “Trophies” (warning: offensive language):
Also, this parody that has fun with the Canadian climate:
And even an original song, “Welcome to Jurassic Park,” by Canadian rapper Peter Jackson:
The Toronto Raptors and The Brooklyn Nets face off tonight in Toronto at 7:30.