Less than a month after Syrus and Randal’s cheeky ode to the TTC was blowing up all over the place and receiving props from David Miller, another Toronto-anthem-in-the-making is circulating on YouTube and promising to elevate civic pride to crazy new heights. Flow 93.5 team member Ron Dias aka Ron D.’s “Toronto” video features him and apparent Dynasty fan Blake Carrington against a backdrop of familiar spots: Kennedy Station, Dundas Square, Queen West, and Kensington Market.
The track namechecks hometown heroes “Michie Mee, Kardinal, Jully Black, Saukrates, BBL, Brassmunk,” and praises Toronto for its free health care, ethnic diversity, and excellent public transportation system. And, adorably, each verse is punctuated by the iconic sound of the subway door chimes. It’s no “Bakardi Slang,” but it’s an authentic, likeable jam that probably won’t fade from public consciousness anytime soon (Dias plans to put out an EP). So what if they’re totally spelling Toronto wrong (on purpose, duh)? And where can we get one of those sweet “I ♥ T.O.” shirts?