Torontoist calls the treacly melody “bizarre.” Spacing magazine describes it as “maybe the most soul-less piece of schlock ever produced.” Other online commenters use the adjectives surreal, embarrassing, lame, and awful.
I say, stuff it, haters.
|Liona Boyd: so in love with Toronto|
It’s meant for families and tourists. It’s meant to welcome strangers and embrace us all.
Compare past songs with similar intents, and you’ll find they share a penchant for wide-eyed boosterism:
Let’s Go to the Ex, which has that catchy jingle, is super corny.
Just like these other 'anthems', Boyd’s song reflects a certain time and place, and conveys a relentlessly enthusiastic perspective about Toronto. And perhaps one day we’ll look back and laugh together.
Listen to: Liona Boyd being interviewed about the song on 680 News (To download: right-click --> save as; MP3)
See also: Ed Keenan’s reaction.