Torontoâ€™s mayor had to learn the hard way that Kanye West isnâ€™t Canadian.
John Tory spoke to reporters Wednesday shortly after it was confirmed the 38-year-old American rapper will perform at the Pan Am Games closing ceremonies.
When asked if he was a fan of West's music, the mayor replied that heâ€™s not.
â€śI wonâ€™t say that I spend every single night at home listening to his music,â€ť he said.
â€śAnd Iâ€™m smart enough to know that heâ€™s a proud product of our music industry here, as are a number of others.â€ť
West is a Grammy-winning artist born in Atlanta. Tory was later corrected by staff about his blunder.
He explained he wasnâ€™t briefed by staff about Westâ€™s citizenship, telling a CityNews reporter, â€śI wish he was Canadian.â€ť
â€śYou canâ€™t know everything,â€ť he joked.
Confirmation of West as a closing-ceremony headliner spurred some Torontonians to launch an online petition urging organizers to add more local talent to the lineup.
One hundred people have signed the petition titled â€śDonâ€™t have Kanye West perform the closing ceremony for the Toronto Pan American Gamesâ€ť as of Wednesday afternoon.
Watch footage of Toryâ€™s blooper here:
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