Say what you will about Canada’s pop-culture ambassador Drake, the guy certainly puts Canada — more specifically Toronto on the map.
Whether or not you’re a fan of his music, Drake loves Toronto and he’s not afraid to show it. In the past we’ve heard numerous quips about his hometown love in his lyrics, and with his forthcoming Views from The 6 album coming, hype for the city has never been, dare we say, higher. But don’t give him all the credit, there’s a number of bands that have been repping The Big Smoke before it’s millennial renaming. Take a look below:
Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene’s self-titled record shows off Toronto’s fine city skyline. Originally meant to be a painting of Pangea, the album art was later subbed out for the drawing above, crafted by frontman Kevin Drew.
Rush – Moving Pictures
True Canadian legends Rush were the first ones to show the rock world what Canada has to offer. 1981’s progressive rock staple Moving Pictures taken outside the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park is the band’s play on a “double entendre”.
Martha and the Muffins – Metro Music
Leave it to new wave, post-punk rockers Martha and the Muffins’ to name what would be their international hit from 1979’s Metro Music, “Echo Beach”. The album art, designed by Peter Saville shows off Toronto’s iconic shoreline based off the National Topographic System. Talk about (7/4) shorelines!
Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall 1971
Arguably one of the greatest folk records of all time, and certainly one of, if not the best live recordings out there, Neil Young’s Live At Massey Hall 1971 serves as a milestone in the Canadian folk archives. The album art combines Young and Massey Hall’s infamous neon marquee. Views indeed.
Drake – Views From The 6
Cue the vertigo: Drizzy is using this (photoshopped?) photo of him perched atop the CN Tower for his upcoming album Views From the 6. If you can’t wait for the Friday release, just listen to “Hotline Bling” 1200 times and it will be out.