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Mayoral Candidate Responds to Dance Ban With Footloose

David Soknacki clearly wants Toronto to cut loose and kick off its Sunday shoes.

Mayoral candidate David Soknacki has responded to a recent ban on electronic dance music (EDM) parties at Exhibition Place by channelling a little bit of Kevin Bacon. Exhibition Place board members voted 4-3 in favour of the ban. Supporters of it, including Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), who headed the motion, cited drug and underage alcohol use at EDM events as the primary concern.

Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) and Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina), who voted against the motion, claimed that this concern had been exaggerated, and that Zlatko Starkovski, owner of Muzik nightclub, was supporting the ban because of his own business interests. (The mayor has been known to frequent Muzik, and is friends with Starkovski.)

Soknacki, though, has voiced his opposition to the ban in a slightly more dramatic, beloved-1980s-movie kind of way—by delivering Kevin Bacon’s monologue from Footloose (“Aren’t we told in Psalm 149 ‘Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Let them praise His name in the dance?’”).

“Toronto needs to make decisions inspired by fact. Not Footloose,” reads the message at the end of his video.

Comments

  • 4ChanApologist

    Really liking this guy. His campaign has been both thoughtful and funny without resorting to the childish name calling of the “big three”.

  • HotDang

    Can we please only focus on candidates who stand a snowballs chance in hell, and who haven’t smoked crack cocaine?

    • SonuvaScrimbro

      Does that list not include Soknacki? Because Ford himself was considered a joke candidate in 2010 until Smitherman’s campaign imploded and no one else stepped forth to put up the “right winger” mantle. And Miller before him polled in the single digits months before the election before the stars aligned for him. Don’t count anyone out until we get to the finish line.

      • HotDang

        Having polled under 10% isn’t a predictor of success. The guy was a fucker when he was a councillor. People have forgotten that. http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=138963

        • SonuvaScrimbro

          Heh, interesting how many of those names ended up as accomplices in Ford’s assault on the city. No mistake he’s not the perfect candidate for someone looking for a left-ier alternative (though someone forgot to tell Ford’s fanboys that, the way they dismiss Soknacki as Miller’s budget chief collaborator), but — as Ford himself would say — the past is the past. And if this guy follows through on half of what he proposes, he’s still way better than the kleptocrats we have in place now.

          • HotDang

            Fair enough. I absolutely agree that he’d be better than Ford, and he’d probably be better than Stintz or Tory. He’s still a fucker though.

        • OgtheDim

          Oh my gosh………..he’s a fucker cause he doesn’t agree with NOW or you.

          Oh my gosh……burn him.

          • HotDang

            NOW has consistently been way out in front of Rob Ford, calling him out on his antics long before any of the dailies.

          • OgtheDim

            Ford was called out by the Star and the Globe well before he became a candidate to be mayor.

            U need to get out more.

            Maybe be a bit more…oh I don’t know….less hyper partisan about Soknacki.

          • HotDang

            People drag up stuff about other candidates from similar time frames and even farther back (i.e. Rob Ford’s DUI in Florida, the housing co-op thing). But with Soknacki you have to go fairly far back because he wasn’t in public office for the past four years.

          • bobloblawbloblawblah

            I find this interesting(from the NOW article):

            “Rob Ford ………a conservative loudmouth, nevertheless voted the right way on MFP, increased funding for the TTC and the Union Station deal.”

            Seems sometimes he used common sense.

        • eternaloptimist1971

          Considering how well Norm Kelly has taken to being our City’s almost official Mayor I would dispute that list

  • vampchick21

    He’s starting to grow on me.

    • HotDang

      Just take a look at how he generally voted as a councillor and you won’t be impressed. The guy was a typical anti-urban suburbanite, generally voting against any cycling and pedestrian improvements. He is a shit heel.

      • Notcleverguy

        People can change, I mean Ford gave up drinking……..right?

      • OgtheDim

        As against the fine inner city current councillors who don’t like food trucks?

        Meh…..at least he’s not yelling at people and putting them down through intermediaries, like Chow and Tory are doing.

      • rich1299

        I personally wouldn’t vote for Sonacki but I do think he’s running an extremely effective campaign on social media.

        I don’t know enough about Sonacki to seriously consider voting for him. That Now article is almost 11 years old and people can change.

        • HotDang

          I was roughly the same 11 years ago.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Okay, how do we get this guy elected? I don’t even care if he’s obviously reading from cue cards — he’s a smart guy who obviously knows how to surround himself with creative people.

    • Notcleverguy

      I’ve seen both Doolittle and Dale of the Star say he has a top notch campaign team.

  • OgtheDim

    I don’t quite get how the board of a city run property can ban something without recourse from council.

    • Alex2

      I don’t know either……and this stinks. What does ‘Z” have on his friend Robbie who he called up at 2am to come party at his club. a favour here, a favour there for you goodfellow friends. Wake up Toronto. Give this the press it deserves.

  • ConservativeCommonSense

    Great idea George, because driving the parties underground like in the 90s does so much to address the alleged concerns you’re raising. Meanwhile, out of the other side of his mouth, he is on record (for whatever that’s worth) as supporting a red light district on the Toronto Islands.

  • Notcleverguy

    Zlatko Starkovski funded his night clubs through some very sady dealings in the drug trade, he has a very checkered past, no wonder Ford and he are friends, and no wonder why Ford makes frequent trips to Muzik ( a know coke dealing bar).

  • Alex2

    This needs more press immediately! This is the risk of criminal activity reaching into a Ford run city.
    The Ford have reported criminal connections going back 30 years for cripes sake. Ford Nation talked about “sweet deals” being made by the city for Foridis at the Boardwalk Cafe, (In fact Rob’s libel claim is now back in appeal court.) well this deal SMELLS TO HIGH HEAVEN. Remember Tony Soprano who was into “waste management” deals, well do we want Rob’s influence on further contracting out of garbage. Just sayin.
    Do we want connections between the Goodfellows and city hall?
    This is a clear case of Ford giving preferential treatment to one of his “friends”. His friend “Z” who called him up last Saturday night at 2am to come and party. What crap does Z have on Ford?
    Rob is dangerous to my city. He brought in David Price at $130,000 pa, he wrote a glowing reference letter for his friend Sandro Lisi saying he was planning on working in city hall, his brother Doug brought in another criminal to work as his assistant last fall. What else do we need to wake up from this nightmare!

  • Alex2

    Brillant Sonacki!…..so weird…..so nerd like……making people delve into the issue without you having to mention the corruption! KUDOS TO YOUR TEAM SOKNACKI

    • Notcleverguy

      He might just be the nerd Toronto needs right now.