Montreal has had its share of celebrity spotting in recent weeks. Danny Glover was seen in Montreal earlier this month, and now Jaden Smith and Justin Bieber have been spotted in town ahead of their concert at the Bell Center on March 29.
Jaden Smith posted a video of himself to Holt Renfrew Ogilvy just hours before opening for Justin Bieber. He seemed to be on the hunt for parkas – something Montreal surely has to offer.
This follows an incident at Holt Renfrew in which employees did not let an Indigenous customer use their status card when making a purchase. People with Indian status are entitled to sales tax exemptions under certain circumstances.
In an Instagram post and posts to the MTL blog, the customer (who asked to remain anonymous) said he was subjected to ignorant comments and removed from the store. The client called the incident “traumatic”.
“WE HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH THE GREATEST INDIGNITY AND COMPLETELY REJECTED BC MY STATUS CARD WAS ‘EXPIRED,’” the client wrote on Instagram. Indian status does not expire and the validity of the status card has been extended until May 1, 2022 due to the pandemic.
Holt Renfrew issued a public apology, saying they plan to “make sure this doesn’t happen again”.
Justin Bieber was also seen yesterday in a clothing store in Montreal: SSENSE in Old Montreal. The location serves as a pop-up store for Bieber’s fashion line, Drew House.
The Biebs was seen getting out of a black SUV on rue Saint-Sulpice in a sweatshirt and pajama bottoms and entering the store. Once inside, he hugged Drew House co-founder and creative director Ryan Good, wrote “JUSTICE” (the name of his current tour) on a message board and waved at the gathered fans. leaving.