Toronto celebrates 25th Bob Marley Day

The famous City Hall sign will be lit in red, green and yellow

BMD organizer Courtney Betty and the Caribbean Camera’s Stephen Weir

If you are reading the PDF version of the Caribbean Camera, and it is Wednesday night, you can come to the annual Bob Marley Day Award’s Ceremony at the Toronto Eaton Centre. If it is Thursday and you are holding the newspaper in your hands, well you are out of luck for this year – it all took place at 10.30 on this morning.

For the past 25-years the city of Toronto has, on February 6th, honoured the music and legacy of Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley. By decree of the Mayor of the city, today (Thursday) is, officially Bob Marley Day.

The city has lit the Toronto sign in front of City Hall in red, green and yellow in honour of the late Jamaican musician.  The lights were scheduled to be turned on at 9am Thursday and kept on until 5am on Friday.

 “Bob Marley was a dedicated advocate for the spread of universal love, acceptance, and social change,” said Mayor John Tory, in his proclamation. “Today, Marley’s music is cherished around the world and brings together people from many different cultures and backgrounds. One Love – One Heart.”

This year the Bob Marley Day committee staged the Bob Marley Day Proclamation & Awards Ceremony inside the Roots Store at the Eaton Centre.

The ceremony (presented by Roots and Tree of Knowledge) has Chairman Courtney Betty presenting Bob Marley awards to MPP Michael Couteau (Lifetime Achievement Award), Paul Jones, Lisa McCormack, Denise Jones, Karen Grant, Ed Dwight, Wade Walters, MPP Laura Mae Lindo, MPP Ommid Faghani and Caribbean Camera Arts Editor, Reporter and Photographer Stephen Weir.