Petition asks that Kanye West be replaced at Pan Am closing ceremony

Online petition calling for a Canadian to perform instead garners 11,000 supporters

TORONTO – Not everyone is pleased by the announcement that American rap legend Kanye West will perform at the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

An online petition asking the organizing committee to change its mind has garnered more than 11,000 supporters as of Thursday morning.

The petition posted at says the Games have triggered a sense of pride in the city, and that “It would only be just to ask a proud Torontonian (or even a Canadian for that matter) to perform instead on July 26.

Among those suggested in the petition are Drake, Walk Off The Earth, Feist and Metric.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory made headlines by wishing aloud that organizers had chosen a Canadian for West’s slot — but only after he was forced to concede that, until now, he’d somehow believed West to be Canadian.

West is to be joined at the July 26 show by Miami pop-rapper Pitbull and six-time Juno winner Serena Ryder.

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