There is no punchline. The setup is the joke.
Meanwhile, a candidate who is actually a member of the arts community in Toronto, has a comprehensive arts-friendly platform, has fought and won fights in court protecting the arts in Toronto, and has fared rather well in debates when invited to the table, is strangely absent.
That will be the scene on September 29 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox when Damian Abraham of Toronto band F–ked Up moderates the ArtsVote debate. At least we can put our faith in the host to hold the candidates accountable.
The Robb Not Ford: Robb Johannes for Mayor of Toronto 2014 campaign has taken the general premise of positive campaigning and placing civic engagement over any form of politicking, but it has to be said, Toronto: scenarios like this are the problem. Unrepresentative representation by so-called “leaders” who endeavour to have power than to empower has led to the disconnect between candidates and communities that got us Rob Ford — and along the way have disenfranchised affected communities and stakeholders form having a voice in affairs that directly influence their well-being as citizens of Canada’s greatest city.
At this debate, it won’t be the moderator that’s f–ked up.
However, none of this should surprise nor discourage the arts community in Toronto. Rather, let it be another example of a community needing to step up and speak out in its own voice against a system that has left it voiceless.