I am pleased to announce that North York Community Council approved my motion for a lane renaming at our meeting yesterday.
To recognize the area's rich music history, the laneway located south of Eglinton Avenue West and extending easterly from Oakwood Avenue will now be called “Reggae Lane.”
In the 1970s and 80s, Toronto was the epicentre of reggae music after Jamaica, and much of that activity could be found in the vibrant stretch of music stores, labels, studios and venues along Eglinton Avenue West. Musician/producers, such as Leroy Sibbles who called Toronto home for over a decade, were making music that was equal to anything being produced in Kingston, London or New York, according to Reggae Toronto. The City's policy for renaming civic properties is a great way to honour and promote this heritage.
As Eglinton West continues to transform with the coming Eglinton Crosstown and Oakwood Station, it is more important than ever to remember and celebrate this rich history. I think Toronto needs to do a better job of recognizing its history—especially its music history. Like the Yonge Street strip, Yorkville, and Queen Street, Eglinton West has a music history and story that should be shared.
For more information on Toronto's legendary reggae music history, visit www.reggaetoronto.com.