By now you’ve probably read or heard about the New York Times profile on Toronto and its we-don’t-care attitude about the Pan Am Games. The author Ian Austen suggests Pan Am arrived with a thud, and that “too few spectators seem to care.” Evidently, the city is more concerned with “the disruption caused by blocking certain lanes on the city’s already congested expressways.”
But that’s not entirely true, and we have proof. There is enthusiasm for the Pan Am Games, and it can be found right in the downtown core. At a strip club. Well, two strip clubs. The first is a hotel-strip club named Filmores, and they are really rooting for the athletes.
Filmores is a self-proclaimed “Good Club” and “Canada’s ULTIMATE Gentlemen’s Club.” And, during “PAN-AMANIA,” being the ultimate means offering free lap dances to gold medal winners for the duration of the games. We spoke with Gerard, an employee at Filmores, who tells us the club has been “pretty packed.”
And if that doesn’t say camaraderie and “go sports!” then we don’t know what does. Gerard also tells us that they are required to see the gold medal, and that it isn’t just something they have on their sign. So, Filmores wants to reward winners, not average Joes pretending to be roller skate figure skating champions.
But Filmores isn’t the only strip club that has caught Pan Am fever. In fact, Club Zanzibar on Yonge St., with its “dozens of nude dancers,” claims to be “Pan Am Lapdance Headquarters!!!” Which seems like quite the honourable (and excited) designation, if you can get it.
We asked Gerard how Filmores feels about Club Zanzibar calling itself lap dance headquarters, and he tells us, “We don’t care. It’s just friendly competition.” He also makes sure to note that “[Filmores] is the only club that actually has a legit stage,” which feels a little bit like shade.
So yeah, lap it up, New York Times. We’ve got spirit, and we’re gonna show it to the laps of the best athletes in all of the Americas.