The City leads the country in marking Bob Marley’s 77th Birthday this Sunday  

By Stephen Weir 

Eight community leaders to receive the Bob Marley Day Humanitarian Award

Bob Marley

If ever Canadians needed to hear Bob Marley’s One Love it is right now.  That message is going out to the country this Sunday and it may put oil on trouble waters we are experiencing right now.

 This Sunday is the late Bob Marley’s 77th birthday. And following a long time tradition Toronto City Council has proclaimed February 6th, Bob Marley Day in the city.  This will be the 31st time that the city has bestowed that honoured on the late great Jamaican musician.  In days gone by there have been public events held to mark the Reggae star’s birthday. This year the event will be recorded at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre – The People’s Residence, and broadcast on YouTube at 3pm for all to see.

There is a full program set for the event. After the Proclamation issued by Mayor John Tory is read, the organizers will honour this year’s recipients of the Bob Marley Humanitarian Award. Bookstore owner and author Itah Sadu will read a children’s story from her book about how a new Canadian youngster makes friends with his principal over their mutual love for Bob Marley. 

Valarie Steele

Next is a presentation on the progress of the rebuilding of Little Jamaica by Nadine Spencer of the Black Business and Professional Association.

Receiving awards this year will be:
– Ian Allen (OBVC Board member and Director of Strategic Communications and Initiatives, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat)
– Steve Anderson (Deputy Mayor for the Town of Shelburne and a Regional Councillor for the County of Dufferin)
– Deborah Cox (Award winning entertainer)
– Gervan Fearon (President George Brown College)
– Tiffany Ford (Entrepreneur, Former School Board Trustee and Community Advocate)
– Siphesihle November (Principal Dancer National Ballet of Canada) 
– Valarie Steele (Community Activist)

  • Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Canadian Senator from Nova Scotia)

“This marks the 31st year in a row that the City of Toronto has officially declared February 6th Bob Marley Day (which began with former Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton),” explained long-time Bob Marley Day Committee Member, Courtney Betty. “Bob Marley would have been 77 this Sunday.
“Bob Marley said ‘One Love’.  So, each year we take time to honour the best of the best, people – acting in the diversity spirit of Bob Marley’s One Love – who have worked hard to make our

Deborah Cox

country a better place for all.  As the diverse population continues its tremendous growth, it becomes even more critical that the doors of opportunities are open to all.”
The Award Ceremony – sponsored by Roots Canada – airs on Bob Marley Day’s YouTube Channel on Sunday, February 6th at 3:00pm. 
Bob Marley’s message of unity, freedom, peace, empowerment and love has never been more relevant.  Bob Marley Day Awards maintains an active social media presence. Details about this year’s award recipients have been posted on the  @bobmarleydayto Twitter account.

Itah Sadu
Fearon Gervan
Deputy Mayor Steve Anderson