On the way to MuchMusic, a steel drum band played at the back of the bus. Mr. Ignatieff tried his hand at the drum, while a camera clicked away. He and one of the drummers then discussed the band’s prospects at a competition this weekend (the band—Afropan—expects to win).
Once at Much, Mr. Ignatieff was greeted by a dozen clapping kids in red t-shirts who chanted his name. He ducked inside to have a little powder applied then returned outside to the sidewalk to be interviewed by a 17-year-old girl from Sarnia who had questions about the nature of leadership and the future of the country and what video Mr. Ignatieff would like to request (he went with K’Naan’s Wavin’ Flag). He then walked over to dance awkwardly but unabashedly with the calypso queen of this year’s Caribana festival. This segued into a conga line featuring half a dozen Liberal MPs.
We are now crawling through downtown Toronto on the way to a barbeque in Thornhill. Then it’s back to Toronto for an evening reception at a restaurant in Chinatown.