Tory Lanez is a true Toronto hip-hop success story. He went from selling handmade mixtapes at Scarborough Town Centre and Square One to packing some of Toronto's biggest venues in only a few short years. Tory, born Daystar Peterson, has not only risen the ranks of today's rap game elite, but has remained loyal to the city. That's why throwing a free show at the Mod Club Theatre in celebration of his sophomore album felt like a true homecoming affair.
Sunday's free, all-ages show at Toronto's Mod Club was met with a line filled with fans from Rexdale to Rosedale. VeeCee, Tory's DJ, steered Tory on with his featured verse on fellow Toronto native Pressa's "Canada Goose"; from there Tory took full control. He quickly admitted that he was finally home and "with family," adding more fuel to the fire as he rolled hits like "Litty," "Shooters" and "Real Thing."
Tory did a lot of candid talking, claiming that "it's been so long since he's been home," and asking permission to bring out a couple friends. First out was A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who ran through "Bag on Me" and Tory's confirmed favorite "No Promises." NAV hit the stage, but not before Tory played a couple new album deep cuts that no one really knew yet, seeing as his new album, Memories Don't Die, only dropped two days prior. Although it was only a few short minutes of new material, the energy took a radical dip downwards. NAV was only out for a brief moment, but "Wanted You" got the crowd back up.
From there, Tory gave the crowd exactly what they wanted; his biggest and best hits from the past few years. Just when people thought "Say It" and "LUV" made the venue floor wobble, his "Controlla Remix" caused a miniature earthquake through the Mod Club hardwood.
While taking off his plethora of diamond necklaces, Tory gave the crowd three rules they needed to follow if he was to crowd-surf/walk. First was for the fellas to be calm, second was for the ladies not to pull his legs and third was for everyone to turn all the way up. Within seconds, he was screaming the lyrics to "Patek Philippe Remix" and "Anyway" while tip-toeing across a sea of fans eager to lend their hands as stepping stones. Taking things even further, Tory perched himself on the second level balcony to perform trunk-rattler "Diego." He quickly surfed his way back to the stage and wrapped the show with a "thank you Toronto" mic drop.