KEMPTVILLE — None other than singer-songwriter Michael Bublé Zoom-bombed an online meeting between North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman and several business leaders.
“In the first two minutes of the call, Mr. Bublé joined the meeting by complete surprise and asked to be added to the agenda,” recounted McManaman.
“In jest, he suggested replacing town water with Bubly Sparkling water, and then inquired about the expansion of County Road 43. There is no doubt Mr. Bublé has a good sense of humour.”
See the clip that includes Bublé’s North Grenville Zoom-bomb, below.
Peckford was approached this past March by a Toronto-based casting firm which finds ‘real people’ for leading national advertising campaigns.
“I was aware of the plan and thought it would be a fun way to get North Grenville on the radar as we launch an ambitious tourism strategy. We have so many amazing business leaders in this community. It was a treat to have Mr. Bublé briefly on the call with all of us.”
“Of course, I told Mr. Bublé that we are very proud of our high-quality municipal water and we have absolutely no plans to replace it with sparkling water. Our water in North Grenville is some of the best in Eastern Ontario.”
Also on the Zoom call were Karen Quigley of Saltastic and new Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Rebecca Cronk, Owner of Get Cronk’d Fitness Studio, Scott Godwin and Luc Oulette of Bubba & Bug Coffee Shop, Anne Walsh, writer and art therapist, William Pearl of Stevens Creek Shutter Company, Natalie Castellas of Catered Affairs, Deron Johnston, Executive Director of the BIA.
“It was a totally unforeseen development,” said Pearl. “We were meeting about how businesses were doing in this third lock down, but it was definitely a fun way to spend a little time with this beloved Canadian icon. He’s bound to help put North Grenville on the map.”
“It took me a minute to figure out if it was real or fabricated,” added Castellas. “I was in the middle of some curbside order pick-ups, but once I realized he was actually speaking with community and business leaders in North Grenville, I was pretty excited.”
“It is our understanding that a short segment of Mr. Bublé’s Zoom call with North Grenville will likely be incorporated as part of a larger social media campaign this summer,” added Mayor Peckford. “We don’t have all the details so stay tuned.”
None of the participants on the Zoom call from North Grenville will be financially compensated for appearing in the upcoming campaign involving the Haven’t Met You Yet crooner. The PepsiCo-owned sparkling water brand hired its near namesake as a celebrity spokesman a couple of years ago.
Bublé’s brief pop-in at the municipal confab was timed to raise awareness about the Canadian launch of Bubly-flavoured drops for SodaStream sparkling water makers.