Artists Pay Tribute to Toronto Following Deadly Shooting on the Danforth
Arcade Fire, Steven Page, Broken Social Scene, Jay Baruchel share their condolences
Plenty of artists have spoken out to share their condolences — whether they call Toronto home or were just visiting on tour.
Steven Page, former frontman of Barenaked Ladies, took to Twitter this morning to pay homage to the neighbourhood. He famously referenced buying "an old house on the Danforth" in BNL's 1996 Born on a Pirate Ship song "The Old Apartment."
"This is where we used to live." For 25 years. And it's where my kids live. What an awful, violent year for Toronto. #Danforth— steven page (@stevenpage) July 23, 2018
Toronto-based collective Broken Social Scene also shared a message of solidarity with their hometown this morning.
)))Toronto is a city filled with so many loving faces and neighbourhoods. We grow together and we help each other out. That's what we do. Last night was heartbreaking.— Broken Social Scene (@bssmusic) July 23, 2018
A number of other members of the music and film community in Toronto have also shared messages in the wake of the attack. See some of those responses below.
A few years ago I chose to move to the east end of Toronto, first to East York and then the beach. Every day I've been reminded why I made that choice. I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) July 23, 2018
Toronto can and will endure.
We just got off stage tonight in Toronto and heard the news about the shooting on Danforth. Sending all our love to those affected.— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 23, 2018
Another night of senseless loss and brutality in my home town. Praying that some of these reported injuries from the shooting don't turn into fatalities. Thank you to all the officers and doctors working hard tonight to deal with the aftermath. #danforth— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) July 23, 2018
Namaste. Peace and love radiating, from our broken hearts. Crushing news about violence and tragedy last night. Holding hands, spreading love, sharing our sorrows and sincere condolences with victims and families, and this invincible community. #TorontoStrong— Bif Naked (@bifnaked) July 23, 2018
This summer has been unthinkable. Our thoughts are with the victims & the families affected by the horrible events on the Danforth last night. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thank you to the first responders & the community who stepped in when we needed you most. ❤️ #Toronto— The Darcys (@itsthedarcys) July 23, 2018
No neighbourhood or community is worth more than another. No life is more valuable than another. Sucks that we have to say that aloud, but we must protect, value and cherish everybody's quality of life and safety. Everywhere. All the time.— Offishall (@KardinalO) July 23, 2018