I want my city back !

Jun 28, 2010

By Gene Stevens

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Thank goodness, it’s over.  What a time we’ve had in our Toronto these past couple weeks, eh ?  Why, oh why, did they have to pick Toronto to host G20 in the first place ?  It broke my heart to see our downtown’s highlights fenced-off, boarded-up, carted-away, and generally “hidden” from sight…and then to see violence unlike any we’ve had in Toronto before, with rampaging thugs, fires, and mass arrests including those engaging in peaceful demonstrations- what a mess !   

I’m glad it’s all over, and we’ll soon get our city back – we will won’t we ? 

I’ve always loved summers in Toronto – with the festivals, the parklands, the great walking streets of our many neighbourhoods, the islands.  The faster we can tear down those ugly metal fences and see each other across these downtown streets – the better.

Let’s move on … busy times still ahead of us with the Queen’s visit this coming weekend, and Canada Day and 4th of July weekend too, plus The Fringe Festival, and Toronto Jazz Festival too. See what I mean – Toronto summers are the best.

Check out our various programming features this coming weekend – British Invasion music Saturday 10am.-3pm. – in honour of the Queen’s visit; plus my salute to ‘Americana’ on Sunday (July 4th), from 2-4pm. with ‘Vintage Favourites’ spotlighting songs about America. 

Finally – it’s a last-minute mention, for tonight (Monday) only – there’ll be a very cool, folk-themed, salute to the 3 artists who appeared in the historic concert for Greenpeace in October 1970 in Vancouver – Phil Ochs, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell – at Hugh’s Room at 8:30pm.

This show will feature Margo and John Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Slean, and many others covering songs played at that 1970 concert – where the objective was to raise money so the newly-created Greenpeace organization could rent a boat to take their volunteers “into harm’s way” to Amchitka Island in the North Pacific in hopes of blocking the US plans for nuclear bomb testing.  The bold plan worked, and the US phased out their testing – protests CAN work !

Good luck to all involved in this 40th anniversary year for Greenpeace – and check out the show if you can, at Hugh’s Room tonight (Monday June 28th) at 8:30pm. (Dundas St. West, just south of Bloor).  Cheers – Gene.

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