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- Posted on Dec 19th 2012 2:00PM by Jason MacNeil
The visit was part of an episode that aired earlier this week (Dec. 17) with Bourdain spending some of his allotted 30 hours in the city with the band at hipster drinking hole Cold Tea. establishment.
"Actually there aren't any bands like Fucked Up, they stand alone in their awesomeness," Bourdain says before he starts an interview with the band.
"We're all born here, we're a band that's all born and raised," singer Damian Abraham says alongside drummer Jonah Falco and guitarist Josh Zucker.
When asked why the group hasn't relocated to Los Angeles or Stateside, Falco says that "Toronto is fiercely loyal to itself, and that everybody from Toronto defends Toronto until the end, even if they go somewhere more exciting or more glamorous."
Abraham then briefly hams it up for the camera.
Highlighting Cold Tea, a small establishment located in Toronto's Kensington Market, Bourdain then asks the trio if Celine Dion would be welcomed at the bar.
"She'd be mocked," Abraham quickly replies, which causes Bourdain to reply it's a "significant argument right away for the virtue of Toronto."
From there the conversation turns towards food and namely how Toronto has lagged behind Vancouver and Montreal in terms of quality food. But Falco says the city is "gaining a reputation very quickly of like a food town" before Abraham says Toronto never benefited from "being a seedy port city like Montreal and Vancouver did, we were Toronto the good."
Bourdain then discusses how Toronto was used as a backdrop for several U.S. motion pictures and television series, trying to pass itself off as New York or some other big American city.
"We hated that too," Abraham says before adding that "for every David Cronenberg, for every Rabid there's a Men With Brooms that you're not seeing in America," a reference to the cult Canadian curling comedy.
The four-minute and thirty-six second clip hits the homestretch with a chat about Justin Bieber. "There's a theory floating around the internet -- or there will be -- that Justin Bieber is in fact, according to Bourdain, "a clandestine agent of leftist, socialist Canada seeking to in a subversive way sort of mold the young minds of the States towards socialist apocalypse."
Falco responds by saying "we sent Michael J. Fox and Shatner up in the past and it didn't work."
Falco then adds that Toronto's resourcefulness is the number one value of Toronto, adding that Cold Tea comes from "trying to buy drinks after hours, after last call you'd go to a restaurant and you order 'cold tea' and you'd get a teapot full of beer."
Bourdain replies that '80s television character MacGyver would be a perfect fit for Toronto as he was known for his own resourcefulness.
Fucked Up will perform this Friday in New York City and their blog says they're offering fans a chance to get a free apocalyptic looking concert poster.
"If it turns out that the world really does start ending while we play, we will try our hardest to do THIS," the band says with a link to their set list before adding "but probably will just do THIS instead."