The National Hockey League revealed today in a press release that Drake will perform at the Tim Horton’s NHL All-Star game.
The Young Money rapper will perform during the second intermission of the hockey event which takes place this Sunday at 4:00 PM Eastern. The event will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
Full press release after the jump.
NEW YORK — The 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game in will feature performances from Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Drake; singer and rapper Outasight; and winner of the inaugural season of NBC’s “The Voice,” Javier Colon, the National Hockey League announced today. Live television coverage of the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa will be provided by CBC and RDS in Canada and the NBC Sports Network in the United States at 4 p.m. ET.
Drake will perform during the second intermission of the Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game. Outasight will perform his hit single, “Tonight is the Night,” during the NHL All-Star player introductions. Colon and long-time Ottawa Senators anthem singer, Lyndon Slewidge, will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, respectively.
Drake released his second studio album, Take Care, in November 2011 and it debuted on the BILLBOARD Top 200 chart at No. 1 with more than 630,000 units sold. The critically acclaimed sophomore album was the follow-up to Drake’s first studio album Thank Me Later, which also debuted at number one on the BILLBOARD Albums chart in 2010 and went platinum. Originally from Toronto, Drake is a two-time Juno Award winner and is currently nominated for three 2012 Grammy awards.
Born Richard Andrew in Yonkers, New York, Outasight weaves together the cadenced sounds of popular hip-hop and indie rock with the poignant sensibility of classic pop and soul music to create a fresh, new sound that is all his own. His single, “Tonight Is The Night,” is one of the hottest songs in the country, climbing both the pop radio and iTunes charts at a rapid pace. The single gained momentum when it was added to the soundtrack for Pepsi’s “Music Icons” TV campaign. Outasight is currently planning to release his debut full length album with Warner Bros. Records.
Colon captivated America as winner of the first season of NBC’s hit television show, “The Voice.” After touring with The Derek Trucks Band for two years, he released two major label albums via Capital Records— Javier in 2003 and Left of Center in 2006. Both releases illustrated a daring creativity that expanded beyond the confines of pop music, while still retaining an undeniable sense of melody. Colon eventually split with Capitol and released The Truth – Acoustic EP on his own label, Javier Colon Music, in 2010. Original song and debut single, “Stitch By Stitch,” not only clenched the top prize on “The Voice” for Colon, but it also became something of a phenomenon. During the first week of its digital release, the song exceeded sales of 145,000 and peaked at No. 17 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 chart. His Universal Republic debut album, Come Through For You was released on November 21. Colon writes his own music, constantly keeping himself open to inspiration.
Slewidge, who is an Ontario Provincial Police officer by day, has served as the Senators’ official anthem singer since the 1992-93 season.
IMG Media, the production arm of the global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG, will produce the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities, including the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game, under the helm of executive producer, Steve Mayer.