Tory ad­mits he thought Kanye was from Canada

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

Toronto Mayor John Tory ap­par­ently thought hip hop su­per­star Kanye West was from the Great White North.

The 61-year-old mayor was the sub­ject of much online mock­ery af­ter he con­ceded he didn’t know that the Chicagore­ared West — a 21-time Grammy win­ner with seven plat­inum al­bums to his name — wasn’t from Canada.

Tory was speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence on public hous­ing when a re­porter asked about West head­lin­ing the Pan Am Games’ clos­ing cer­e­mony on July 26.

“I won’t say that I spend ev­ery sin­gle night at home lis­ten­ing to his mu­sic but you know what, I’m smart enough to know that a lot of peo­ple do, and I’m smart enough to know that he’s a proud prod­uct of our mu­sic in­dus­try here, as are a num­ber of oth­ers,’’ Tory said.

Af­ter­ward, he con­ceded in a scrum that he had re­ally be­lieved West was Cana­dian, but said in his own de­fence that “you can’t know ev­ery­thing.’’

He added that he wished or­ga­niz­ers had cho­sen a Cana­dian, and that he also wished he knew West isn’t from here.

Online, most com­men­ta­tors were con­vinced that Tory had con­fused West with Drake. Less char­i­ta­bly, some com­pared Tory to gaffe-prone for­mer mayor Rob Ford.

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