Happy Bob Marley Day Everybody!

As of this morning, and by order of Mayor Rob Ford, the city of Toronto will regard every February 6th from hereafter as “Bob Marley Day.”

The full proclamation reads;

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.

While Mayor Ford hasn’t always made the best decisions, any decision that results in listening to more Bob Marley is one that I can get 100% on board with.

If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to commemorate the day by watching the incredible documentary Marley (currently streaming on Netflix Instant) which tells the story of an artist who was devoted not only to his craft but also to wielding the power that it afforded him for good.

Today marks what would have been Marley’s 69th birthday.