Drake received a humanitarian award on Wednesday in Toronto, along with seven other Canadians, as part of the festivities that make up Bob Marley Day in the city.
However, the musician was unable to attend the event.
Toronto has celebrated Bob Marley Day since 2006 when mayor Rob Ford declared it as a designated day. He said in a public declaration, "Bob Marley's brand of reggae music, both powerful and distinct, captivated people of all cultures and continues to be instantly recognizable around the world. His profound influence on the musical and cultural landscape earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and changed the history of popular music… Through his music, Bob Marley became an advocate for human rights and an international ambassador for peace. His courage to speak out against oppression, poverty, slavery and apartheid earned him a Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations and the Order of Merit from his home country of Jamaica.
"Our community in this city is diverse," said organizer Kara Lambie to The Canadian Press recently. "Marley was an international icon, so even though he came from the island culture, he really represents the world, just like we do. There's really no person on this Earth, except for maybe Mother Teresa, who better embodies the spirit of giving from the heart. The only way to teach them (youth) about the legacy of Bob Marley is to find ways to reach them."