It may be the biggest non-event in Kamloops this year.
After it was announced Stormy Daniels, the porn star who became a nightmare for American President Donald Trump when she opened up about a 2006 affair with him, would be coming to Kamloops, the event made national news. The Sunday, June 2 nighttime event at the Duchess on the North Shore was, in a word, underwhelming.
The event at the city's only strip club drew a crowd of some 40 people. A varied crowd with fans of her early work (porn) and fans of her most recent work (a tell-all book called Full Disclosure about her experience with Trump) all gathered to see Daniels.
One common question before the show was, "What sort of opening act do you get for a porn-star-turned-political-figure/author?" The answer, in this case, was nothing. While doors opened at 7 p.m., not much followed until Daniels arrived at 10 p.m.
5 minutes. FIVE.
— Tereza Verenca (@tverenca) June 3, 2019
After a short greeting, where she shared how she was excited to be in Kamloops, Daniels asked patrons to come say hi in the VIP section, take a photo with her and get items signed. Due to a mess up with UPS, Daniels didn't have any merch to sell and sign, but she was game for some fun photos. After an hour-and-a-bit of meeting and greeting, the line died down and Daniels took a break, having been on her feet since arriving. A dancer took the stage as interim entertainment.
Around 11:30 p.m., meet-and-greets started up again, followed shortly by the last call. Once the Duchess staff had a chance to take photos, the line died down again and she left.
So, this happened. Story tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/b0tHilZ6Tg
— Brendan Kergin ✒️ (@BKergin) June 3, 2019
TJ Shook says she came out because she's an avid follower of current events.
"I just purchased (Daniels' book) the other day and then started reading it," she says. "I got my book signed and she signed my ticket as well. She seemed quite lovely."
That said, Shook says she was surprised by the attendance.
"I thought it was going to be quite busy so I made sure to get tickets for myself and my friend," she says. "It was one of those interesting things in life to go see. Not very many people here though, which was unfortunate, but it might because it’s a Sunday."
While promoter Riis Ingalls says all 190 tickets sold, it appears at least 140 weren't used. Ingalls says it was still a good turnout.
"I think tonight was great. It was a good opportunity for Stormy to see Kamloops too and to put Kamloops on the map," he says. "Because a lot of people wouldn’t know Kamloops exists."
Ingalls adds prior to Daniels hitting the Duchess, she was given a mini-tour of the area, with stops at Kamloops Lake and Tobiano.
If you were one of the many people who missed the event, she'll be in Vancouver next week.