Toronto pays tribute to the Reggae Pioneers who helped make Reggae a mainstay in the city by unveiling street signs, mural and heritage plaque – naming Toronto’s first ever Reggae Lane in Toronto!
The unveiling officially took place on September 19th, 2015 at Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood, and is being hosted by Councillor Josh Colle. This event was a continuation of the induction of Reggae greats in to the Toronto Reggae Hall of Fame. Held on August 27th, 2015 at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) Bandshell Park, inductees Leroy Sibbles, Jay Douglas, Bernie Pitters and Everton Pablo Paul received the genres top honor. Joining Councillor Josh Cole at the ceremony were Councillors John Fillion, Michael Thompson and Shelley Carroll from the Toronto Music Advisory Council.
Of the unveiling Mr. Colle said “I am hoping that by recognizing these legendary performers and establishing Reggae Lane, we will bring a positive light to Eglinton Avenue West and highlight the significance of this essential part of Toronto’s music history.”
Natty B and Chozen, owners of TreaJahIsle Records and Gifts, located at 1514 Eglinton Avenue West (across from the site of the mural and Reggae Lane) say “It’s good that the City and Canada are recognizing the greatness that Reggae has contributed. Every year we want to see more positive recognition by way of more inductees who perform on stage and behind the scenes.”
In March, 2016, the R.O.O.T.S Foundation will hold its first annual ROOTS Recognition Awards which honors participants who have grown the genre and industry. This initiative is being supported by Councillor Josh Cole, as well as the community known as Eglinton Avenue West.