First and foremost, L4LM wants to wish Bob Marley a very happy would-be 69th birthday. Your contributions to both music and humanity resonate as strongly today as they ever have. You are the true definition of a legend.

Apparently Toronto Mayor Rob Ford agrees with these sentiments, and has declared February 6th as a holiday. Here’s the official statement from the Mayor’s office.

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.


Apparently, in celebration of the newfound holiday, Mayor Ford took a sick day from his work at City Hall. From a man who admitted to smoking crack-cocaine in a drunken stupor, we can only imagine what Ford might be smoking on Bob Marley Day…

Oh, and here’s a video of Ford dancing to reggae music, because, well, why not?

Twerk it, Ford!