Unsurprisingly, Drake was sat courtside cheering on the Raps as the team's official global ambassador, and the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie was also welcomed as a guest at yesterday evening's game.
Drake and Downie's paths crossed on the court at half-time, as they exchanged a rather heartwarming embrace. Drizzy made his appreciation for Downie known with a dramatic fawning bow before going in for a hug with the singer.
Drake and the fans in the sold-out arena weren't the only ones excited to see Downie in the crowd, though. Earlier in the game, the Raptors' mascot also imparted his well wishes on Downie by presenting the Hip frontman with a jersey — and, yeah, another hug.
An outpouring of appreciation ensued on Twitter, and you can see some of those fan responses down below.
Just going to look at this Raptor/Gord Downie bear hug whenever I get sad now pic.twitter.com/ihvYhNXB7n— Siobhan Morris (@siomo) May 6, 2017
Gord Downie seems like he gives the best hugs.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 5, 2017
The Raptor gave Gord Downie a jersey and they hugged and no, I'm not crying you're crying, and why is this moving me to tears, dear god pic.twitter.com/QYCJTNqb2F— Chris Berube (@ChrisBerube) May 6, 2017
As previously reported, Downie was diagnosed with brain cancer last spring. He's since played with the Hip on their 2016 "Man Machine Poem" tour and performed select shows in support of last year's solo recording Secret Path.
Order Secret Path on deluxe vinyl (plus graphic novel) here.