You'd think Toronto's crack-fond mayor Rob Ford would be more into something like Motorhead or his hometown's own Fucked Up, but alas, the fearless leader himself has declared February 6 "Bob Marley Day" in Ontario's capital.
Following rampant allegations of illegal drug use, then publicly admitting his use of the cheap stimulant, the Toronto mayor refused to resign and will run for re-election later this year. "Redemption Song", or at least its title, feels like an all-too-appropriate soundtrack for the occasion.
Read Ford's full statement on the new holiday below:
WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.
His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, "Bob Marley and the Wailers." His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.
Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as "Bob Marley Day" in the City of Toronto.