I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Montreal. Writer and media personality, Matthew Cope, happened to run into Terry DiMonte in Westmount the other day, and was quick to respond to my request to share this photo he posted on Facebook. I know Matthew from my days at CFCF TV. Montreal is just that kind of city. You always run into someone you know and it is easy to stay connected to people. Small town feel under big city lights.
The story of Terry DiMonte -“Radio morning man returning to the airwaves in Montreal after a 4 year stop in Calgary” is of interest to me (and thousands of others, apparently) for many reasons. Not the least of which is that it provides a glimpse of the complexity of life in Canada. Terry’s story is one of many that have been experienced by Quebec anglophones who have moved west to start new lives.
My story is on the opposite side of the coin. I am a western Canadian by birth (Winnipeg), who claimed Montreal as home for a dozen years in my television news career. I now call South Florida home, but Montreal is that shiny bit of magic that remains undefined and truly missed. Every Canadian should live in Montreal for at least a year. It will completely change your perception of what Canada is all about. To be an “Anglo” in Quebec is a complicated affair. I think it fair to say that to be “Quebecois” in Canada is equally complicated, but that is a story for another day.
I am enriched by my experience in Quebec, and by the people who I have met along the way.
Terry and I knew each other professionally and our paths would occasionally cross at media and cultural events. In addition to that, he was “my” morning radio man who helped me ease into the day and get off to work as I sat down to coffee and Cheerios.
Bill Brownstein, another contemporary from my Montreal life, writes for the Montreal Gazette. His thoughtful and detailed piece on Terry DiMonte’s return to Montreal is a terrific read.
Terry’s return broadcast will be heard early on Monday, January 9th.
Best wishes for success and happiness, Terry. Have a great time in a great city.