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songs that reference Toronto

   Discussion: songs that reference Toronto
soul groove feline · 17 years, 6 months ago
once again, i request the help of ye fair fruheads in thinking of songs that reference Toronto or stuff in/usually associated with that fine city. I'm making yet another city-specific compilation... this time it's for a friend who will be travelling there very soon.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Ten O'Clock in Toronto by Christine Lavin on the Album Compass
Geoff Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
YYZ. It was nominated for a Grammy!
Nik Chaikin Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
"the Night the Stars Shone on Toronto"
I can see the bunny Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Congo Toronto - Robert Priest
Spadina Bus - The Shuffle Demons
Toronto Song - Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie
Thoughts on a Rainy Afternoon - Bruce Cockburn (not really *about* Toronto but it's mentioned)
Mitzi's - either the Luke Doucet version or the Veal version (about what Luke considers to be a TO landmark *g*)

Those are the ones that leap to mind...
iPauley Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
my roommate and my friend were talking about that song the other day... of course, steve was trying to make fart noises to the background rhythm... :-P

-- Pauley
Geoff Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
They had these really bright lights above the stage at the Rush concert, and when they played that one, the lights came on in a pattern to display "YYZ". It was badass.
Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
The Old Apartment - BNL

On Yonge Street - Gordon LIghtfoot

Bold Prince Edward Islander - Nancy White

Streets of Toronto - Stompin' Tom
(and I know there are other songs by stompin tom that have to do with toronto I'm sure)

The Toronto star also had an article "50 songs about Toronto" in 2003.
Rimbo · 17 years, 6 months ago
I don't even know who wrote this song or anything, and it's SUPER dorky, but we sang it in vocal jazz, which . . . . is super dorky in and of itself.
Josh Woodward · 17 years, 6 months ago
How 'bout this one? ;)
Phoenix · 17 years, 6 months ago
What about  johnny dixon - queen street prophet ? ;-)
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
i was going to suggest "ahead of her time" by  wormy.
Mamalissa! · 17 years, 6 months ago
How about "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors?" It's by this Canadian group you've probably never heard of, but it mentions the Toronto Sun.
angelmusicmaven Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
And of course "Organ Grinder" which references intersections therein.
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
i was so disappointed when i actually stumbled upon queen and bay and saw no organ grinders *or* monkeys.
stealthlori Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
they misled us all. it's about the corner of queen and bay in OTTAWA.

yep. lotsa monkeys there.

um.

goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
LIARS!! EVIL FILTHY LIARS KEEPING THE MONKEYS AWAY FROM US! WE HATES THEM!!

*cough*
Bender Back · 17 years, 6 months ago

Queen and Bay in Toronto is city hall.

I have recently assumed it was some obscure local political metaphor or something.  I guess I'm wrong ;P

Yvonne Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
LOL!! Makes sense to me. :)
Starfox · 17 years, 6 months ago
but YYZ by Rush references Toronto in the title and the opening notes of the song.
Bender Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
that's pearson airport, no?
Starfox Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Yep.
Bender · 17 years, 6 months ago
There's always Underground at Spadina, written by some dork from New Jersey.
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
hey hey, don't forget, it was cowritten by a dork from chicago. :P
Bender Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
fair enough :)
Bender Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I need to stop playing here and get back to my Tutcest-for-college-credit ;P
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
tutcest is my new otp.
jen · 17 years, 6 months ago
toronto song by arrogant worms. its awesome.
Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Jen, isn't that Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie?
jen Back · 17 years, 6 months ago

is it.?

i have "the Toronto song" downloaded from ares under the name arrogant worms. it's probly misnamed. so its three dead trolls?

Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
yup it's on their webpage being a mislabel

http://www.arrogant-worms.com/merch.htm

And as cool as these songs are...
we do not sing, or have ever sung,

* The War of 1812,
* The Toronto Song,
* The Ontario Song,
* Toronto Sucks or
* Ontario Sucks.

They are by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. You should look them up at www.deadtroll.com
jen Back · 17 years, 6 months ago

thanks for the heads up!

*chrissy hugs*

Kyla · 17 years, 6 months ago
I Don't Want to Go To Toronto - Radio Free Vestibule/The Vestibules
I Remember You - Captain Tractor ("It stinks again in Toronto...")
The Toronto Song - Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie
Sleeping in Toronto - Jim Bryson
Toronto #4 - Tragically Hip (which doesn't mention the city aside from the title)
Christmastime in Toronto - Gord Downie
Dragonfly on Bay Street - Ron Sexsmith
You're So Easy to Love - Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ("I've got a big big love, bigger than Yonge Street")
Coldest Night of the Year - Bruce Cockburn
Dope Fiends and Booze Hounds - Rheostatics
My First Rock Concert - Rheostatics
Beautiful - Aengus Finnan
Cherry Beach - Martina Sorbara
You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance - Bruce Cockburn
Mark Turmell v2.0 - Dan Bryk
Spadina Expressway - Dan Bryk

I can post the paper somewhere if you are interested.
Samantha · 17 years, 6 months ago
what about "The Ballad of Marion Früvous"?

"The folks of TORONTO,they had it all.. papers thick as NY.."

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