Nelly Furtado made a rare and surprising live appearance this week to sing two of her hits alongside Drake at the rapper’s OVO Presents All-Canadian North Stars event in Toronto.
Furtado, who hadn’t performed live in almost five years, delivered an abbreviated rendition of her “Promiscuous” before being joined by Drake on a jovial and unique rendition of single “I’m Like a Bird.”
“Thank God I’m kind, humble and well-spoken [person]I like to treat people the right way, because that’s the only way to get that next person out of the house to do what they’re about to do right now,” Drake said introducing his fellow Canadian, noting his long absence from the scene.
“I don’t care how hard you sang tonight, right now I need you to sing as hard as you can because it’s taken a long time here… This next person has changed so much my life, I love it so much.”
Grammy-winning Furtado hasn’t toured since 2017, the same year she released her last studio album, The path. However, the singer has returned to the music world over the past year, releasing an EP with German production duo Quarterhead in May 2021, followed by a reissue of her 2006 album. Loose.
Furtado’s Cameo Continues Drake’s Hometown Celebration NMThitmakers of the day, while the rapper himself made a surprise appearance to perform with the Backstreet Boys during that group’s visit to Toronto.