Skip to main content

Former mayor Rob Ford is seen here being escorted by a security officer

Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

Rob Ford is lending his voice to a song in support of the fight against cancer.

In an online music video, the former mayor of Toronto – who is battling a rare form of cancer himself – can be seen in a recording booth singing one line on the track "Not My Time."

The song features 11 other singers from the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists, a non-profit organization which celebrates diversity in music.

Story continues below advertisement

Ford says he's asking people to put their politics aside and stand behind the cause.

Ford – whose admitted drug and alcohol abuse and outrageous behaviour earned him international notoriety – was forced out of his mayoral re-election bid last September when doctors discovered his aggressive malignant liposarcoma.

He chose to run for city council as he sought treatment and is set to undergo surgery aimed at removing a cancerous tumour next week.

The executive director of the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists, who co-wrote the song, says he wanted Ford to be part of the project because of his experience with cancer and his "celebrity status."

Ralph Hamelmann says he hopes the track becomes "a much-needed anthem of hope"

"Not My Time" will be released on June 22. Pre-orders of the single are currently available online for US$3.49.

Proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards The Canadian Cancer Society and the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists.

Report an error
Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This should only take a few moments.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.
Cannabis pro newsletter