The TTC driver, who lives in Paris, Ontario, recently caught the attention of Canadian rapper Drake after his cover of Drake’s 2015 hit “Jungle” went viral in a video posted on TikTok.
“I don’t really do 52 RPMs, but when I do, I like to sing it to start my day and think I’m passing the place Drake is talking about,” says driver John Pulley. captioned the video, which was shot inside an empty bus.
He was preparing to drive along Route 52 Lawrence West.
Drake posted a video to his Instagram Story with the caption “Dial in” to his 143 million followers.
“It was pretty wild,” Pulley said.
About a year ago, the father of three was struggling with his mental health, he recalled. His wife suggested he seek help.
“I didn’t feel like I was living up to my potential…I didn’t feel like myself,” Pulley said.
After speaking with a specialist, Pulley said she gradually started to feel better.
“One of the takeaways was incorporating the things I’m passionate about into my daily life: having a family, spending time with friends, and singing.”
Pulley remixed Usher’s popular song and posted it on Tik Tok. “I was so proud of it…and it got attention and it snowballed from there,” he said.
Pulley has altered lyrics to refer to the TTC in several videos shot on subway platforms and empty buses.
“I reloaded the Presto. A green light means it went well. If you have a transfer, show me first, look out the window, see 6 people passing by, stop time Ring the bell when you’re done, and I’ll do it.” Goodbye,” Pulley sings to Mario’s popular song “Let Me Love You.”
“If you board my bus, don’t worry about expensive fuel, just sit in your seat and ride in any weather, rain or shine, spring or winter, day or night. , let me do what I’ve been trained to do every day.’ Even if you’re not far away at night, I’ll always be where you are,” he continues in the same video.
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“TTC has 16,000 dedicated employees, most of whom have hidden skills and talents beyond their core jobs,” TTC spokesman Stuart Green said in an email statement. Stated. It’s great to see them receive recognition like this – and it doesn’t get much bigger than Drake!”
Drake is scheduled to play a show at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena later this week. Pulley said he would be available if contacted to join him on stage.
“I’m a big proponent of talking to someone, but it really helped me put things into perspective and realize that I’m doing pretty well in life.” So…I have a lot to be thankful for.”
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