Toronto

Musician Robbie Robertson awarded key to the city by Toronto Mayor John Tory

Robertson accepted a golden key to the City of Toronto on Thursday ahead of the premiere of a documentary celebrating his career.

Tory calls 76-year-old guitarist and film composer a 'pioneer'

Robbie Robertson arrives for the gala premiere of the film Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Canadian musician Robbie Robertson now has the key to his Toronto "hood."

Robertson accepted a golden key to the City of Toronto on Thursday ahead of the premiere of a documentary celebrating his career.

Mayor John Tory dropped by a press conference for Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band to present the tribute.

Tory called the 76-year-old guitarist and film composer a "pioneer" who came from "humble beginnings" to become a global icon.

The mayor also cited Robertson's experience working at the Canadian National Exhibition among his contributions to the city.

In accepting the ceremonial honour, Robertson said Toronto is his "'hood," and he's touched to now hold the key.

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday.

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