Jamaica Observer:– KINGSTON, Jamaica — Mayor of Toronto John Tory this morning proclaimed February 6 as ‘Bob Marley Day’ in the Canadian city.
The mayor said the “Toronto tradition” pays tribute to the Reggae icon’s legacy of peace, harmony and the unity of humankind.
Tory shared a statement from his office via Twitter, noting that today, Robert Nesta Marley’s “music lives on and appeals to people of all cultures and guides them towards a world united — one people — one love”.
The mayor noted that Marley began his career with the Wailers and became known for his distinctive writing and vocal style.
“Marley sang of tolerance and love. He became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has ever seen. He encouraged us to live in harmony, chronicle our own destiny and stand up for what is right,” Tory continued.
The mayor also announced that the Toronto sign will be lit in green, black and yellow today to celebrate Bob Marley Day.
Marley was born February 6, 1945, in Nine Mile, St Ann, Jamaica and died of cancer on May 11, 1981. He was voted the third-greatest songwriter of all time in a 2001 BBC poll behind Bob Dylan and John Lennon.