Toronto Mayor John Tory Thought Kanye West Was Canadian

    And people are mad the Pan Am Games booked Yeezy instead of Drake for the closing ceremonies.

    The Pan Am Games today announced that Kanye West will perform at the closing ceremonies. (Along with Pitbull and Serena Ryder, two people who are not Yeezy.)

    So, naturally, at a non-Pan Am press conference a little later on someone asked Toronto mayor John Tory whether he's a Kanye fan. Everyone including the mayor had a hearty chuckle at the question.

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    Then Tory explained that he's "smart enough" to know that Kanye is a proud product of our Canadian music industry. Which, of course, is not true.

    Here's full Tory quote, from a story by 680 News:

    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.

    The chuckles died down.

    Is it possible the mayor confused Kanye with a prominent black male hip hop artist who is famously from Toronto?

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    Mark Blinch / Reuters

    Tory later admitted he mistakenly thought Kanye was Canadian, adding, “I wish he was Canadian."

    Meanwhile, other Canadians are expressing disappointment that Drake isn't performing at the ceremony.

    why is kanye closing the pan am games... i mean, shouldn't it be a canadian? if they really wanted a rapper, they shoulda hit up drake

    Drake is going to need "Marvin's Room" to deal with the heartbreak of his home city choosing Kanye to close out the Pan-Am games.

    The pan am games is in Toronto and they get Kanye? WHAT ABOUT @DRAKE

    Pan Am Games can spend the taxpayers money on Kanye? Where's the canadian talent? Snow? Drake? Guy on the corner of King and john?

    Or what about the Barenaked Ladies or Blue Rodeo, you guys?

    Kanye is closing the Pan Am Games? Why? Why not a Toronto artist like Drake? Barenaked Ladies? Hell, Blue Rodeo even! #makesnosense

    Reminder: Your Pan Am #CanCon will be provided by Serena Ryder.

    Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

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