Lintern takes a moment to talk favourite song

Lintern takes a moment to talk favourite song

First published in March 31, 2018 Weekend Newsbrief

Toronto’s interim chief planner Gregg Lintern was appointed to chief planner on Wednesday. Lintern first worked at the City of Etobicoke in 1984, and was the executive director of the City Planning division in 2012 and since September 2017. A press release from the City of Toronto says that Lintern’s first priorities as chief planner will include transit network expansion, affordable housing, improvements to the development review process, and implementing Ontario Municipal Board reform. We asked him, what song best describes how you feel about the appointment, and why?

He chose “After All” by Charlotte Day Wilson 

The reasons: “I just love the rhythm – reminds me of moving around through the city, looking closely at places and seeing different people in different situations, wondering what’s going on in their lives. The lyrics likely have a deeper meaning – a metaphor for what lies beneath.” 

If you haven’t heard the song, you can watch the video and listen here

One line from the song, “home is dull,” could be about Toronto. The new chief planner will have a chance further enliven the city’s streets.

Here are the lyrics:

It’s running through your veins
Like the wind up harbour
Taking me

Oh, how I just need a little rest
Before this gets harder
Harder

Isn’t it funny how it goes?
The open-ended closed
Forcin’ you
To enter as you go

Take the wind
The wind up harbour
Take it in
Before this gets harder

And after all
You’re the one that I call
Home is dull
When the waves don’t spill
Now wash it all
All away, all away now

It’s running through your veins
Like the wind up harbor
Taking me

Oh, how I just need a little rest
Before this gets harder
Harder
Before this gets harder

And after all
You’re the one that I call
Home is dull
When the waves don’t spill now
Wash it all
All away, all away now

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