For some Toronto fans, now is the perfect time for Drake's 'In My Feelings' viral dance challenge
New trend a breath of fresh air for Lavar Anpalahan after weeks of harrowing shooting stories
Wherever Drake goes, trends follow.
With his new album, Scorpion, released on June 29, fans of Drake have already begun unleashing hours of viral content.
A dance challenge inspired by one of the album's songs, In My Feelings, has been making the rounds on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It features people dancing a series of moves while Drake sings the hook: "Keke, do you love me?"
For one Toronto man the social media fun is a breath of fresh air after a spate of gun violence that has occurred over the past few weeks in the city.
"There's been a lot of shootings recently," Lavan Anpalahan said. "The city has been going through quite a bit — it's good to see people doing something fun and positive for a change."
Anpalahan and his girlfriend, Saumya Salgado, posted their own dance videos to Instagram. While his moves are objectively less impressive than the hundreds of dancers who've posted online, he says it's not about that.
"It's just a fun thing to do," he said.
The trend started with comedian and online personality, The Shiggy Show. Clad in a beige sweatsuit, standing in the middle of the road, the Instagram star recorded himself dancing to the song the day the album came out.
Can you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DoTheShiggy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DoTheShiggy</a>? <a href="https://twitter.com/OBJ_3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OBJ_3</a> posted his moves -- so we attempted the dance too. 😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InYourFeelings?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InYourFeelings</a> <a href="https://t.co/jFTFE2uBw2">pic.twitter.com/jFTFE2uBw2</a>—@GDLA
Are you riding?!!!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InMyFeelingsChallenge?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InMyFeelingsChallenge</a> <a href="https://t.co/tOk8e62SyP">pic.twitter.com/tOk8e62SyP</a>—@WordOnRd
Since then, #inMyFeelingsChallenge or #dotheshiggy has gone viral on nearly every social media platform.
Police say dancers should be careful
While not every video features a dancer in the middle of a street, many are recording themselves on roads — abruptly leaving their vehicle and dancing as their car slowly cruises.
Ontario Provincial Police Const. Clint Stibbe says this could be a dangerous, and illegal move.
"Pedestrians should be aware that it is an offence to interfere with traffic under the Toronto Municipal By-Law," he told CBC over email.