Grammy-nominated recording artist Jessie Reyez, from Toronto, was tasked with belting out 'O Canada' ahead of Monday's Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets. As expected, our girl delivered — and not only with her vocal talents. Reyez performed the anthem some 1,168 feet in the sky on the CN freaking Tower, perched on one knee, overlooking Toronto city in all its glory might be the coolest thing in sports history.
Jessica Reyez is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Her 2016 single "Figures" peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017 and was certified triple Platinum by Music Canada and Platinum by the RIAA. Her 2017 EP, Kiddo, led to four nominations at the 2018 Juno Awards, winning Breakthrough Artist.
National Anthems. NBA Playoffs. Game 1 Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets. 4pm est. pic.twitter.com/ok0GW8RlMG— Still no arrests. #BreonnaTaylor (@Jessiereyez) August 17, 2020
The Raptors have proven especially political in their aesthetic and actions since the season resumed, from designing their own Black Lives Matter-branded buses to rocking social justice slogans on the backs of their jerseys (as many NBA players are doing right now.)
Reyez held up that standard and then some with the stunning performance displayed ahead of today's NBA game in Orlando.