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The top 5 covers of Drake songs by Toronto artists

The top Toronto covers of Drake songs prove that the city's musicians love the 6 God as much as the rest of us. More than a few artists have taken his songs and turned them into different - possibly even better - versions of themselves, giving them pop, punk and classical twists. Even if you aren't a fan of Drizzy, these covers may make you fall in love with his lyrics and melodies.

Here are my picks for the top Toronto covers of Drake songs.

Alessia Cara - "Hotline Bling"
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge is renown for producing some top-notch covers and Alessia Cara's take on Hotline Bling is no exception. While Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys and Foster the People have all done Drake justice in the Live Lounge, Alessia Cara's reigns supreme (plus, her Toronto connection gives her some bonus points).

Toronto Symphony Orchestra - "Know Yourself"
The TSO deserves props for making something so far from classical music into a piece worthy of being played at Roy Thomson Hall. If you want to feel classy while running through the six with your woes, this should be your new soundtrack.

Lights - "Hotline Bling"
Lights swung by Paste magazine's studio to show Drake a little love with an indie-pop cover of "Hotline Bling". The all-acoustic ditty is a far cry from the R&B-meets-trap original, but that doesn't make it any less loveable. Unfortunately, she doesn't do any meme-worthy dancing in the video.

Andrew Huang - "Hotline Bling"
Andrew Huang, one of the Toronto's top YouTubers, covered Hotline Bling as part of his "Song Challenge" series. Instead of merely singing over an instrumental track, Huang uses a dial tone, the default iPhone ring and other phone-related beats to perform Drizzy's hit song. Kudos to him for doing something completely original.

Dilly Dally - "Know Yourself"
Dilly Dally has transformed "Know Yourself" into a grunge-punk's dream with their hardcore-leaning cover. Drake's almost spoken-word chorus has been given an edge as lead singer Katie Monk literally screams the song's most beloved line: "I was runnin' through the six with my woes".

What did I miss? Add your favourite Drake cover by a Toronto artist to the comments.

Photo by BBC Radio 1.


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