NEWS
09/17/2016 11:38 EDT | Updated 09/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Toronto to give key to the city to 2 Rush band members

Toronto Mayor John Tory will give a key to the city on Saturday to two members of the rock band Rush.

Tory will present the key to band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at 1 p.m., when the city opens a new park named after the rockers in the neighbourhood of Willowdale in North York. The park is to be called the Lee Lifeson Art Park.

"Rush has played a vital role in defining Toronto's musical identity and given so much to our city through their music, live performances and their generous support for charities," Tory said in a news release.

Lee and Lifeson are founding members of Rush, the iconic Canadian rockers who produced such hits as Tom Sawyer, Closer to the Heart and YYZ. Neil Peart, the drummer behind those wild solos, will also be honoured but is not expected at the event.

Both Lee and Lifeson grew up in Toronto, in the neighbourhood of Willowdale, where they met in junior high school, and have maintained strong connections to the city.

The park, estimated to be 7,000 square metres, is located between Princess and Hillcrest Avenues at Gladys Allison Place. It will include a small outdoor stage and amphitheatre. Pathways through the park will connect visitors to stage.

Jacob Moon, a Canadian folk singer, is expected to perform at the event. 

On Twitter, the mayor has been promoting the event.

Musically, the band has been together for some 40 years and sold millions of records worldwide. In 2013, Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In February, Tory gave Drake — or Aubrey Graham — the key at the NBA All-Star festivities. 

Previous bands to get the honour since 2000 were The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Blue Rodeo, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Barenaked Ladies and Nickelback.