Drake to receive key to the city from Toronto Mayor John Tory

Mayor John Tory has announced Toronto rapper Drake will receive a key to the city on Friday.

Presentation will be held at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday.

Drake met with Mayor John Tory at his City Hall office on Feb. 3 to discuss his contributions and future goals for the city of Toronto. (City of Toronto )

Mayor John Tory took to Twitter to praise homegrown rapper Drake for his unconditional support for Toronto and announced he will give him a key to the city on Friday. 

The presentation will take place in front of thousands of fans at Ricoh Coliseum tomorrow as part of the NBA All-Star celebrity game that Drake is coaching. 

"Drake is Toronto's biggest champion: in his music, his mentorship of local talent and his presence on the world stage. He makes people feel good about themselves and their city, and he has drawn the eyes of the world to Toronto. He deserves our city's recognition and our pride and I'm honoured to give him the Key to the City," said Mayor Tory in a statement released by the city.

The Mayor shared his love for Drake in a flurry of tweets Thursday afternoon, which included a video explanation. 

This is the first time Mayor Tory will hand out a key to the city since he took office in December 2014.

Drake joins a long list of other prominent individuals who have received a key to the city, including Mike Myers, Muhammad Ali, Neil Young, Celine Dion, and The Rolling Stones.