CN-Tower lit up in Jamaican colours for Bob Marley Day

By Stephen Weir

Michael Thompson, Justice Michael Tulloch and Courtney Betty.

Bob  Marley Day  was observed in Toronto yesterday with an hour-long ceremony at City Hall and the lighting up of the Jamaican colours of  red, green and gold at the CN-Tower and Nathan Phillips Square.

The ceremony at City Hall started with Jamaica-born Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson reading out the city’s official proclamation. The city has commemorated Marley’s music and legacy each year since his death in 1981. The Jamaican-born singer-songwriter was responsible for numerous worldwide hits including “One Love,” and “Redemption Song.”

Bob Marley Day Committee Chair and CEO of Jamaica’s Timeless Herbal Care, Courtney Betty  along  with Lloyd Wilks. Consul General of Jamaica, oversaw the presentations of nine awards at the ceremony.

‘These Awards are presented annually,” said Betty “to those “who embody Marley in a humanitarian and activist manner.  These are the real heroes”

The 2019 awardees were

Michael Thompson, Jamaal Magloire & Courtney Betty.



DR KEVIN ROD – Pain Medicine Clinic/Medical Cannabis Specialist

GORDON CHANG,  – Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Products  Specialist

ALEX MACGREGOR – Professor, Bio Pharmaceutics Technology

DARACE ROSE –Community Activist

JAMAAL MAGLOIRE –Former  NBA Player /Raptors Coach/Youth Foundation

PAT WRIGHT –Wellness Author

PAM CLARKE – Nurse/Community Health & Wellness Advocate

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board to MARCIA GRIFFITHS, Reggae Artist/Vocalist