So much for Brampton.
Back in July, Zanta (a.k.a. David Zancai) told The National Post that he was done with Toronto, leaving for Brampton to be with two of his three sons. At the time, Zancai told the Post, “I can’t be me, I can’t be free, and the city of Toronto is to blame….I’m totally a prisoner in my own city. I have to get out of here.” To teach the cops who he claims harass him “a lesson,” Zanta decided to leave the city. Over the summer, the plan was, he said, to “keep it low-key and chill out with my boys.”
Even at the time, though, Zancai hinted that his exodus wouldn’t—couldn’t—be permanent: “I’ll be miserable [in Brampton],” he said, “until I can come back to the city and live as Zanta again.” He hoped, in July, that his fans would mobilize, rise up, and demand his return. “I want to give my fans the opportunity to stand up for me. They’ll say, ‘Toronto isn’t Toronto without Zanta.’ The city’s gonna call back for me. There will be a big outcry. I’m loved by millions.”
A month later, however, and there hasn’t been much of an outcry. Nonetheless, Zanta has been spotted all around the city: at Caribana last weekend, he was seen in typical garb—that is, his Santa hat and self-promotional writing across his chest—and on Friday night he showed up at Taste of the Danforth, where he was photographed (above) by fermata.daily, a contributor to our Flickr Pool.
So, as everyone expected, Zanta is back, if he ever really left at all. While he certainly loves Toronto—of that there is no doubt—it’s whether the feeling is mutual that’s still up for debate.
Photo by fermata.daily from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.