Rush to Be Awarded Toronto's Key to the City

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Sep 16, 2016

After awarded Drake the key to the city back in February, Toronto Mayor John Tory is set to give out some more keys to Canadian prog rock legends Rush.

The band will receive the "key to YYZ" from Tory in a ceremony to take place this coming Saturday (September 17). Bassist/lead vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson met and formed the band in the Toronto suburb of Willowdale, while drummer Neil Peart hails from St. Catharines.

The announcement also coincides with the opening of Lee-Lifeson Art Park, a new piece of of green space named after the two members in Willowdale that will include art-themed installations.

Toronto's key to the city is awarded to "inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of our city and have contributed significantly to civic life." Past recipients include His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Atwood, Mike Myers, Celine Dion, George Chuvalo and Ed Mirvish.

Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and were named to the Order of Canada in 1997. Read through a series of congratulatory tweets from Tory below.

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