Toronto’s music scene and the mayoral race.

October 20, 2014


Our nation’s biggest city prepares itself for—arguably—the most exciting election the city has had in years.

What does this have to do with music?

Plenty, when, according to Music Canada, we consider Toronto’s potential as “the greatest music city in the world.”

Toronto band The Wooden Sky performed double-duty when they hit the streets last Saturday on two wheels as part of a campaign to promote bike lanes in their hometown, and to celebrate the new release of the latest album Let’s Be Ready.

Dubbed “The Wooden Sky Vinyl Bike Tour” band members scooted around town performing acoustic sets at various downtown record stores.

Torontonians were encouraged to show their support and follow the band from venue to venue on their bicycle.



That was fun. Our first annual vinyl bicycle tour of toronto!! See you guys tonight at Lee’s Palace. @leespalaceTO #minimumgrid View on Instagram

The Wooden Sky Vinyl Bike Tour is in conjunction with a major campaign called #MinimumGrid for Cycle Toronto. The campaign asks Torontonians to consider which mayoral candidates has expressed support for a minimum grid of connected bike lanes in Toronto.

According to the #MinimumGrid official website, “73% of Torontonians say the lack of cycling infrastructure in the city is holding them back from riding more.”

Cycle Toronto identifies two major bike lane goals for 2018: 100 km of protected bike lanes on Toronto main streets, and 100 km of bicycle boulevards on residential street.

Check out the single “Saturday Night” from The Wooden Sky’s new album Let’s Be Ready.

Or catch them live at a show near you! Tour dates here.

Bike lanes have been known to be a hot topic within Toronto for a couple years. However, as an outsider, what is lesser known is the impact of Toronto’s local music culture and the supposed red tape with City Hall.

Music Canada spoke with the three candidates last week their thoughts on a boost to Toronto’s music scene.

Three questions were posed to candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory, and Doug Ford:

1. How will you support the creation of a Toronto Music Office?
2. How will champion the development of a music tourism strategy for Toronto?
3. How will you support the growth and development of live music in Toronto?

In other words, Music Canada wants to know “what can we do to be more like Austin, Texas and their successful music scene?” and, “how can we make the festival application process easier?”

Results are listed here.

– Leyland Bradley

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email me at or tweet @LeylandMarie.

About the Author

Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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