Wes Marskell, drummer of Toronto band the Darcys, has written an article inspired by the mayor of the city we live in. Wes wants to showcase the great music that is being made right here in Toronto, but more importantly he wants Mayor Ford to take notice of it for himself. Included in this post is the Rdio playlist which you can stream below. The following is a condensed version of the article Wes wrote for Huffington Post. See the full article here.
Stream the Rdio playlist.
“I fell in love with Constantines when I was in university.
When I started my own band, I wanted it to sound like the Cons (well, the Cons-meets-Radiohead), but they were always this other kind of cool. To me, the Cons are an unattainable light of integrity and grit that I never had in my constitution. They didn’t need makeup or dance moves. They didn’t need stacks of guitar pedals and vocal effects. They were just the real deal shit.
The night I saw them in 2006, at the Marquee in Halifax, I knew forever in that moment that I was going to be in a band. The first six songs off Shine A Light changed a lot for me. I felt like I was a part of something bigger, and to this day their influence is a deep artery that connects many Toronto bands. What’s more, their legacy seems only to have grown in the years after they heartbreakingly called it quits.
Lately I’ve been having these romantic dreams about dying for my city. I’ve even taken to exclusively wearing my Blue Jays hat on tour. Sadly, when people see it they connect it with one person: Rob Ford.
For those of you who don’t live here, you can only imagine how much it hurt when our drug addicted mayor –a man who talks about his wife’s vagina like an extra hamburger patty at a back-yard barbecue — hijacked our city’s reputation and occupied international headlines. We have a lot going on here, especially in the arts and specifically in music, but it feels like all that has been sadly and swiftly crushed under the weight of one man’s terrible decision making.
Since Mayor Ford has been stripped of virtually all of his power, I thought he may have some time to listen to a fraction of the great music that I think defines Toronto. I want to make a number of these playlists, so if you have suggestions let us know on twitter: @itsthedarcys.
Until then, Mr. Mayor, here’s just some of the great music — better: art — that Toronto has to offer“:
1. National Hum – Constantines
2. I’m Still Your Fag – Broken Social Scene
3. Reservoir – PUP
4. Negative Space – METZ
5. The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead – Owen Pallett
6. Sexy Results – Death From Above 1979
7. Diamond Mine – Blue Rodeo
8. Everyone’s A Winner – Meligrove band
9. Chinatown – Do Make Say Think
10. Motorcycle – Weaves
11. Small Town Murder Scene – Fembots
12. Lay Down In The Talk Grass – Timber Timbre
13. Rosey & Grey – Lowest Of The Low
14.Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
15. 2 Rhapsodies for Piano (Op79) – Glenn Gould