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Toronto Proclaims Oct. 1 'Barenaked Ladies Day'
It’s a big day for music in Toronto. The City has proclaimed October 1, 2018 as Barenaked Ladies Day!
“Although they have achieved commercial success, selling 15 million albums and winning eight JUNO awards, the Barenaked Ladies have remained humble and true to their Canadian roots on the world stage,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.
This is the 30th year the band has been putting out music for the masses.
“It’s crazy we went from literally being banned from playing at City Hall to being honoured with our own day,” original member Ed Robertson told CityNews. “My how far we have come in 30 short years!”
Back in 1994, the group was actually banned from playing at Nathan Phillips Square because the City thought their name was inappropriate and it “objectified women.”
“We love this community.” Kevin Hearn, keyboardist for the group added. “We love this city so it’s really a great thing to be honoured like this.”
Monday’s honour by the city adds to an already exciting year for the group. In Vancouver earlier this year, BNL was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of fame during the JUNO Awards.
“I get stopped by people in the city that say ‘Hey, you make us proud as Torontonians’. It feels great when they say that. I know some people think this, but nobody stops us and says you make me ashamed to be from Toronto!” Robertson said with a laugh. “I know some people think that and I respect their opinions but respect the keep them to themselves even more!”
If you’re wondering how to celebrate the day, the guys have a few suggestions.
“The way to celebrate is to put on your favourite Barenaked Ladies song and enjoy a class of your favourite beverage and just kick it,” Robertson said. “Then go down to Nathan Phillips Square and realize that is where it all began at a Second Harvest food bank concert.”