When TTC spokesperson (and esteemed Torontoist commenter) Brad Ross contacted YouTube superstars Syrus and Randal, they figured they were about to be hit with a cease and desist for their parody music video “I Get On (the TTC).” Turns out he just wanted to invite the pair to today’s public TTC meeting at City Hall to honour them and give them free January metropasses.
Their mention was the first order of business, with TTC chair Adam Giambrone introducing the young men and leading the room in applause before playing the video. The cult hit was greeted with smiles and appreciative chuckles (and even some bopping in place from Mayor David Miller).
Then the floor was handed over to Syrus, who drew laughter when he gave his reason for making the video: “We were bored.” Mayor Miller praised the guys for being smart enough to film in the stations without permission (more laughter) and called their video “fun and whimsical.” “In the ’80s,” Miller said, “I remember ‘Spadina Bus’ was the cool song about the TTC, but I think you have eclipsed it.”
Photos by Amanda Factor.