July 18, 2015

PanAm Games: Kanye West isn't Canadian -- but worse, he can't sing

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Kanye West has been picked to perform at the closing ceremonies of Toronto's PanAm Games, and not everyone is happy about it.

I have to say, I'm not very interested in the bloated, big-budget, boondoggle Games, and judging by the low audience attendance at the events, I'm not alone.

The final insult may be picking West over any number of home grown performers.

Why not Drake, or any number of Canadian musical artists? What an opportunity for them to earn new fans from around the world.

I don't mind some of Kanye West's songs, but the fact is: He sounds horrible live.

It's the worst way to hear his music.

Watch this popular Freddie Mercury/Kanye West mashup to see what I mean...

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commented 2015-07-20 22:53:54 -0400
1. This was the first time that I ever heard Kayne West sing and, frankly, he sounded as bad as me.

I can’t hold a tune, either!

So, I don’t know how he became rich, from a singing career.

It wasn’t from me!

2. Like Ezra, initially, I was not interested in the Pan Am Games.

Yet when I heard that the event organizers had hired foreigners to perform at the closing ceremony, I felt compelled to voice my opposition.

Part of my stance stems from the fact that I’m tired of hearing artists complain about not being able to ‘make it’, in Canada.

Also, my cousin’s band, which created numerous surprisingly-good original songs, seemed well on its way to becoming the next Bare Naked Ladies. Like many other struggling Canadian artists, though, they could not catch a break and this predictably lead to the band breaking up, etc.

So, I can appreciate the great opportunity that the Pan Am closing ceremony would have provided to a struggling Canadian artist.

International shows, like the Pan Am Games, essentially, generate a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local talent – which is badly-needed! Furthermore, a major reason why people attend those games is to experience that talent – not fake ‘local’ talent.

Along a similar vein, Canada has a chronically high unemployment rate.

So, Canadian government agencies should not be hiring foreigners – especially rich ones – to take high paying/reward jobs/opportunities away from Canadians – especially, with our tax dollars.

That should’ve been a no-brainer.

Yet, the Ontario Liberal Government’s rich and out-of-touch Pan Am organizing group did the opposite. Instead of hiring good Canadian talent, the Liberal patronage hacks hired two foreigners who were already wealthy and famous and were in no need of the extra publicity plus Canadian tax dollars.

Then, when the proverbial and predictable ‘shit hit the fan’, the agency went into a despicable cover-up mode. The CEO, for instance recently implied to CP24: “Don’t blame me, because I don’t know anything!”


So, among other questions, in one of my resultant tweets, I asked how that was possible. For example, I said:

“Did you (@to2015saad) work in a vacuum? Were there no budgets and budget meetings?#TO2015

I asked Kathleen Wynne (L), Andrea Horwath (NDP), and Patrick Brown (PC), if they would voice their support for making the closing ceremony 100% Canadian. Yet none responded.

In addition to the foregoing, it irritates me to think that when our supposed ‘political leaders’ do return to their cushy legislatures and, if the subject is ever raised, then they will all condemn the Pan Am organizing committee for not supporting Canadian artists. They will all beat their chest and thunder aloud about what they would have done, “if they had only had the chance”.

Obviously, I could point out that now is the time for those MIA politicians to show that they are truly relevant.

Yet, I’m predictably disappointed and still haunted by that old complaint.
commented 2015-07-20 17:06:38 -0400
I guess Kathy and all ran out money, and had to settle for this third rate act.
commented 2015-07-20 01:59:13 -0400
Must be a way for a leftie to blame Harper for this.
commented 2015-07-19 21:42:23 -0400
commented 2015-07-19 21:14:55 -0400
At some point someone told black men that rap and hip hop were viable talents. They aren’t. But political correctness dictates that if some person other than white farts and calls it music, everyone must nod and agree., Jesus. I will retire to bedlam.
commented 2015-07-19 13:17:41 -0400
If he wasn’t backed up by all his digital toys and fancy autotune, he’d NEVER have made it past the basement shows. The fact he calls himself a musician is an insult to musicians everywhere. FFS, I can sing better than that excremental excuse for a douchehammer!
commented 2015-07-19 11:21:18 -0400
Sure Kanye can sing. Lotsa 12 year old boys will tell you he can sing. That is if you count rap as “singing”, which is the first bone of contention.
commented 2015-07-19 08:40:24 -0400
What a joke the Pan Scam games have been. Does anyone know if the final costs are in yet? I don’t think they are, and you know she will screeching that it is Harper’s fault, and begging with her hand out for more money!
commented 2015-07-19 07:16:32 -0400
When Kanye West toured in Australia he stopped his show on two occasions. In both Sydney and Brisbane he demanded that everyone stand up and dance. He singled out and humiliated people in both cities for not getting to their feet and made comments about having to wait. It was pointed out to him that they were in wheelchairs. He grudgingly continued his shows.
Aside from the fact that Kanye West is American, and arrogantly narcissistic, is it appropriate to have him perform at a venue for the Pan Am/ Paran games?
commented 2015-07-18 23:28:39 -0400
someone should go on stage and say he don’t deserve to be here like he does at the awards.
commented 2015-07-18 23:25:58 -0400
the only reason they got Kanye west is because ontario has liberals running the country and they did it because CBC wanted it.
commented 2015-07-18 23:02:43 -0400
I believe this is Kathleen sick and twisted way of rubbing salt into an open wound just because she can get away with it for the next 4 years.
commented 2015-07-18 20:46:40 -0400
LOL. The good die young. Kanye should live to 130 I guess. Kathleen and him can share stories in 2095
commented 2015-07-18 20:42:12 -0400
Kanye SUCKS! And is a racist! And did I say he SUCKS! There are Canadians who are a 1000 times more talented and are NOT RACISTS!
commented 2015-07-18 20:07:55 -0400
Fraser….are you trying to purposely use up disk space on this site? You you are being counterproductive – your post is long, and nobody read it, nor cares…..in several stories.
commented 2015-07-18 18:29:34 -0400
I didn’t think he DID sing. I thought his act was rap. All rappers are imbeciles, and they perform a strange, crippled form of sub-music with no melody or harmony — just yelling and chanting curses.
commented 2015-07-18 13:27:25 -0400
Kanye should’ve gotten the crowd on stage and sat back in their seats. Sounded like he was the only one in the joint who couldn’t carry a tune.
commented 2015-07-18 12:54:30 -0400
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commented 2015-07-18 12:24:26 -0400
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1993 Lahr Germany – Germans hold farewell ceremony for Canadian troops after 42 years of NATO service.
1950 Honolulu Hawaii – Royal Canadian Navy destroyers HMCS Cayuga, Athabaskan, and Sioux arrive at Pearl Harbor escorted by cruiser Ontario; to join US naval task force to operate against the Communists in Korea as part of the United Nations contingent; war began June 25.
1755 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania – British General Edward Braddock dies of his wounds after he and his force of British troops and colonial militia were caught in a French and Indian ambush on the way to attack Fort Duquesne; his aide George Washington assumes command of the retreating army.
1609 Sorel Quebec – Samuel de Champlain c1570-1635 sets off up the Richelieu River with two other Frenchmen and a group of Algonkians; will discover Lake Champlain and Lake George
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1789 Nootka Sound BC – Estaban Jose Martinez 1742-1798 seizes another British ship, the Princess Royal; the Nootka Crisis brings Britain and Spain to the brink of war.
1696 St. John’s Newfoundland – Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville 1661-1706 and his naval commander Simon-Pierre Denys de Bonaventure 1659-1711 captures the English ship Newport near St. John’s.
1691 The Pas Manitoba – Henry Kelsey c1667-1724 travels up Saskatchewan and Carrot River to Prairies; first European to record the buffalo and grizzly bear.
1909 Ottawa Ontario
- George-Etienne Cartier’s Manitoba Act comes into effect; creates new bilingual province in West; recognizes Metis land claims by setting aside 566,000 hectares; gives English and French languages equal status; guarantees Protestant and Roman Catholic educational rights; Manitoba enters the Dominion as our fifth province; The North West Territories (Rupert’s Land) officially transferred to Canada; Canada takes over all land between Ontario and British Columbia.
1878 Hamilton Ontario – Hamilton District Telegraph Company opens first telephone exchange in the British Empire.
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1783 Montreal Quebec –
British Crown announces land grants to American loyalists; heads of families get 100 acres, members of families 50 acres each, single men 50 acres, non-commissioned officers 200 acres.
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1792 Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario – John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806 issues a royal proclamation dividing Upper Canada into districts and counties, and setting the allotment of representatives
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1964 Ste-Luce-sur-Mer, Quebec – Canadian Pacific Liner Empress of Ireland rediscovered by scuba divers; sunk in a collision May 29 1914, with the loss of 1,014 lives.
1944 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Royal Canadian Navy escorts war’s largest convoy of 167 ships into Atlantic; meets no U-Boat opposition; RCN now controls all Battle of the Atlantic escort forces.
1897 Seattle Washington – Klondike gold rush starts when the Excelsior and Portland arrive from Skagway with the first group of gold-laden Yukon prospectors.
1838 Niagara Falls, Ontario – John Lambton, Lord Durham 1792-1840 reviews the 43rd and other regulars at Niagara; a show of force to impress American sympathizers of the rebels
1812 Michilimackinac Michigan – Charles Roberts 1772-1817 captures Fort Michilimackinac with 600 British, Canadians and Indian allies from the British Fort St. Joseph.
1673 Quebec – Second census of New France shows a population of 6,705.
1648 Sillery Quebec – First temperance gathering in North America takes place at Quebec; in settlement for Christianized Indians of Loretteville.
1817 Red River Manitoba – Thomas Douglas, Lord Selkirk 1771-1820 makes first treaty with local Ojibway and Swampy Cree people on behalf of King George III.
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1922 Quebec Quebec – Joseph-Elzéar Bernier leaves Quebec City in command of the Canadian Government Arctic Expedition, sent to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.
1853 Montreal Quebec – Trains start running over first North American international railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal.
1577 Frobisher Bay NWT
Martin Frobisher c1539-1594 enters Frobisher Bay; explores islands and shores for gold; trades with Inuit; names Mount Warwick, no trace of kidnapped sailors lost the previous year. Here is an engraving of his crew mining ore for gold.
1950 Korea – UN asks RCAF transport squadron to assist in United Nations airlift in Korea.
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1812 Sacketts Harbor, NY – British launch unsuccessful attack on Sacketts Harbor during the War of 1812.
1814 Prairie du Chien Wisconsin – Lt. Colonel William McKay captures Fort Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; British now have base for potential 1815 attacks on St. Louis, Missouri, and down the Mississippi.