We talked yesterday about how Rob Ford's goal to not be angry on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Well, Ford was able to do so while the cameras were rolling, but was reportedly angry after the show.
Ford wanted to promote Toronto more on the show and felt like he didn't get that opportunity. On that point, we can all agree: Toronto needed more publicity. The problem is that Ford's headline-creating ability has overshadowed a wonderful city.
The Ford brothers (Doug, Rob) said Kimmel apologized and would rectify the situation. Well, Kimmel didn't apologize, but this showed off one of the many flaws in the Ford media strategy: trying to paint everything in your own light all the time will piss people off.
"I knew I was going into a lion's den but I held my own," Rob Ford said back on Canadian soil. Kimmel is a comedian; if he thought a comedy show was the "lion's den," he really is thin-skinned.
Kimmel took the high road and offered an opportunity to showcase Toronto. So Kimmel showed a video that he and his sidekick Guillermo shot in 2011, because in Kimmel's words, "the last thing we need right now is a war with Canada."
Guillermo drives Kimmel in a large car around downtown Toronto. We see the Art Gallery of Ontario, CN Tower, Wayne Gretzky's bar and Second City down the street, Rogers Centre, Toronto Harbour and Lake Ontario, and Sugar Beach.
We see a lot of streetcars, a cool visual. They talk about how you can find maple syrup and "bacon that is better than our bacon." Guillermo quizzes Kimmel on whether Canada is the second largest country in the world. Kimmel gets it right when he notes that in area yes, but not in population.
The video ends with Guillermo's "favorite place" in Toronto, the Celine Dion star on the Canadian stars walk of fame on King Street West across from the Roy Thompson Hall. We see the two guys lips synch to the Titanic theme.
Good news if you visit Toronto: Dion isn't from that part of Canada, she was born and grew up in Charlemagne, Quebec. She spends a lot of time in Las Vegas. She might play in Toronto at the same time you visit, but that is highly unlikely and you'll have plenty of warning.
I have not been to Sugar Beach; my preference is for Hanlan's Point on the islands, but I have been or seen every other place on the tour. And there is so much that they missed. But the video, tongue-in-cheek, did make me yearn to go back.
I don't need to be swayed to go to Toronto, but hopefully, people who have discovered Toronto because of the attention given to Rob Ford will make a visit. And you don't have to talk to Ford, even if somehow you run into him.