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Toronto awards Rush with key to the city, names park after them

on September 16, 2016, 4:58pm

Toronto’s Mayor John Tory is all about taking pride in the city’s musical legacy. Earlier this year, he gave Drake the Key to the City to honor the rapper’s commitment to his hometown and his “wild success.” Well, looks like Tory kept a copy of that Key, because now he’s going to hand rock legends Rush their own “key to YYZ.”

The band will receive the key at a September 17th opening of a new park in the nearby suburb in which they formed, Willowdale. It’s not just any park, however, as Lee-Lifeson Park is being named for the two members of the prog group that hail from the ‘Dale: frontman Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. All Drizzy got was a nice wooden box to house his key. Chump.

Tory announced the ceremony in a series of tweets and explained the rationale for honoring the band. “For 40+ years, RUSH has rocked the world with 39 albums 70+ singles. 3rd all-time for most consecutive gold or platinum albums,” he wrote. “[Rush] have also given back to community through charitable work for UNICEF, United Way & Toronto Food Bank.”

Check out Tory’s tweets below.

Some rock purists might feel some type of way about Drake getting a key before Geddy, but Rush never publicly listed the city as number two on their list of priorities in a hit song. Other recipients of a key to the 6 include Nelson Mandela, Mike Myers, Celine Dion and the Dalai Lama.