Bob Marley Day in the City of Toronto

Photo Credit Source: CP24
I am not a fan of Rob Ford.  However, today is Bob Marley Day thanks to Rob Ford so I will thank him for bringing back my fine Bob memories back (see below).

From the mouth of Rob Ford: "As a world ambassador of reggae music, Bob Marley was seen as the first international superstar to emerge from the developing world. The commanding and unique sound of his music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped to introduce reggae music to the world.

To this day, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.

Inspired by his many travels, Bob Marley became a champion for human rights and an international ambassador for peace through his music. Music was his vessel to speak out against oppression, poverty, slavery and apartheid and earned him a Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations and the Order of Merit from his native country of Jamaica. 

After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Bob Marley’s influence on the musical and cultural scene was solidified. The impact his humanitarian efforts had throughout the world highlighted the direct relationship between music and advocating for the greater good of mankind. "

From Canadian Press:

Following the reading of the Bob Marley Day proclamation Wednesday morning, eight city residents were presented with humanitarian awards.

Toronto-born rapper Aubrey Drake Graham was among the recipients, however he was not in attendance at the ceremony.

(Credit: Charles Sykes / Invision)

Rowan Barrett, a former Olympic basketball player and current executive vice-president of Canada Basketball, won the Bob Marley award for encouraging diversity in sports.

"Our organization has been working tirelessly to open the doors for all Canadians," Barrett told the Canadian Press. "We now have athletes from India, from Eastern Europe and from South America over a range of age groups."

Other award winners included Pamela Appelt, Scott Crowley, Ben Hum, Manuel Rodriguez, Marlon Reid and Pradeep Sood.

Live music was provided by Barrett Brackin and the Band.

My love affair with Bob (sorry I am not talking about my husband Bob....)

As a long time fan of Bob Marley I can remember my first listen. I was a "Bob" virgin until one fateful night in the basement of my best friend's boyfriend. I was seventeen. "One Love" came on and about 12 of us gathered to dance in a group huddle. I was hooked. I went out and bought my first tape and would listen to it every day on my way to work (likely with my yellow walkman). After that I was completely smitten with Bob. As the years went on I met my husband and we spent many nights on our patio dancing to his melodies. Recently we watch his documentary and I continue to be fascinated and impressed by the mark his life made on others. Bob if you are listening up in heaven... thanks for making such awesome music for generations of us to love (including my two children who have discovered you way before I did!).

One love, One heart 

Let's get together and feel all right

Hear the children crying (One Love)

Hear the children crying (One Heart)

Sayin' give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right

Sayin' let's get together and feel all right

Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love)

There is one question I'd really love to ask (One Heart)

Is there a place for the hopeless sinner

Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?

Believe me

One Love, One Heart

Let's get together and feel all right

As it was in the beginning (One Love)

So shall it be in the end (One Heart)

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right

One more thing

Let's get together to fight this Holy Armageddon (One Love)

So when the Man comes there will be no no doom (One Song)

Have pity on those whose chances grove thinner

There ain't no hiding place from the Father of Creation

Sayin' One Love, One Heart

Let's get together and feel all right

I'm pleading to mankind (One Love)

Oh Lord (One Heart)

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right

Let's get together and feel all right



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