Is he Kanye­dian?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — 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 Chicago-reared West — a 21time Grammy win­ner with seven plat­inum al­bums to his name — wasn’t from Canada. Tory was speak­ing at a news 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 he wished or­ga­niz­ers had cho­sen a Cana­dian.

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