Many people have credited Drake for singlehandedly paving the way for the Canadian music industry. But what did he actually do that made such a big difference? Let’s take a look at how Drake opened the door for other Canadian artists to gain recognition in the international music scene.
The most obvious impact of Drake is his success as an artist. Before him, no Canadian artist had achieved mainstream success in the US. He has sold millions of albums and singles, won countless awards, and become one of the biggest names in rap music. His immense popularity has helped to bring recognition to Canada’s music industry as a whole. He has also opened up opportunities for other Canadians by collaborating with them on various tracks and giving them a platform to showcase their talents.
Drake has also taken steps to promote other Canadian artists through his record label OVO Sound, which he founded in 2012. Through this label, he has signed several prominent Canadian acts including The Weeknd, Majid Jordan and PartyNextDoor who have all gone on to have successful careers outside of Canada. He also launched OVOFest, an annual music festival held in Toronto that features both established and emerging acts from across North America. The festival has been successful in bringing together fans from all over the world to celebrate Canadian talent.
Finally, Drake’s influence extends beyond just music. He has become a major ambassador for Toronto and Canada more broadly by speaking positively about his home country whenever possible and using his platform to promote Canada’s culture internationally through his artistry and business ventures alike. With such an influential figure on board, it is no surprise that Canada is now seen as one of the leading countries when it comes to producing top quality music artists.
Drake can rightfully be credited with revolutionizing the Canadian music industry - something that many thought would never happen before him. From achieving unprecedented success as an artist himself to promoting other Canadians through his record label OVO Sound, Drake has done it all - opening up doors for aspiring musicians everywhere while becoming an ambassador for Toronto and Canada along the way. Thanks to Drake’s efforts, the future looks bright for Canadian musicians both at home and abroad!