Professional Lighting & Production - Fall 2017 - Page 16

16 PL&P K nown for its roster of A-list surprise guests, this year’s edition of Drake’s annual OVO Fest, which was held on Aug. 7 th at Toronto’s Budweis- er Stage, featured appearances by The Weeknd, Nelly, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Migos, French Montana, Tory Lanez, Rae Srem- murd, and more. But maybe the star of the show – aside from Drake – was the CN Tower. For this one-off event, and with only three weeks of lead-time, Drake enlisted Las Vegas’ Show Group Production Services (SGPS) to build a replica of the iconic Toronto structure. Eric Pearce and his team at SGPS had just three weeks to go from design to delivery. Drake’s production team, led by GP-SK Design, supplied the designs and scaled reference and imagery of the CN Tower. From the stage at the show, Drake said he called 19 companies who all declined because of the ultra-tight timeline before SGPS agreed.