I have visited the great metropolises of the old world. I have smelt the rich spices of the orient. I have seen the petals of a rose slowly float away in the breeze as true love faded. I have been scraped by the twisted steel of war. In short, I have seen it all.
In all my travels and in all my vast experiences I have never witnessed anything so marvellous as Mariah Carey performing for the unveiling of the Christmas displays of The Bay department store in Toronto. With this one, singular event, nay, spectacle, nay, feast of the five senses our town has gone from a humble homely backwater, to a place that can truly stand out among the world’s great cities like Budapest, St Louis and Nairobi.
As Torontoers, we have always felt a bit of an inferiority complex. Maybe it’s because we’re Canadian, our country is always tenth best at everything. Maybe it’s because we never invented the airplane. Maybe it’s because we’re collectively in a dangerously co-dependent relationship with Drake. Who knows. Also, who cares because it ends now. No longer will we look to our sophisticated neighbours down south with a mix of jealousy and wonder. For now, with the Mariah Carey concert at the unveiling of the The Bay department store Christmas displays, we too shall have had a taste of the divine. No longer shall we be Chicago’s ugly sister.
After tomorrow, nothing will be the same. Reset your clocks. Reset your calendars. Tomorrow is day zero of year zero. Today we are all born again. See you on the other side.