February 2009


Need I say more… Applications are due by the end of this week!

Do you or does someone you know enjoy being in front of a camera or a crowd?
Do you or does someone you know have a great personality?
If yes, then THIS could be your or their chance to become one of the Canadiens in-game hosts!

The Montreal Canadiens are currently seeking an in-game animator. This person will be required to host certain contests and interact with fans, all while being filmed and appearing LIVE on the Bell Centre’s giant screen before 21,273 fans at every home game.

The host/hostess we are looking for must have:

BULLETPROOF spoken English and French (we can’t stress that enough!)
A great personality, a pleasant appearance, and an innate photogenic quality
A good sense of humor
The ability to improvise and adapt to new situations on the fly
On-camera experience or experience in the visual media field
The availability to work all Canadiens home games
A knowledge about and passion for the Canadiens!
To apply, send your C.V. to animator@canadiens.com along with a short video introducing yourself. In your video, tell us in both English and French why you’d love to be our next in-game host at the Bell Centre. You can also send this by mail to Club de hockey Canadien/Animator wanted, 1275 Saint-Antoine W. Street, 3rd floor, Montreal (Qc), H3C 5L2. If you don’t have access to a video camera, you must send us no fewer than three digital photos of yourself taken in different locales or from different angles.

Applications without demos or photos will not be considered
Considered applicants who submit photos but no videos, or a video in which they speak only one language, will need to undergo a brief phone interview before being invited for an in-person camera test
Only finalists for the position will be contacted
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27. The sooner you get yours in, though, the better – camera tests will begin immediately and in-game tryouts may begin as early as Saturday, February 21.

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In it’s attempts to promote public transportation (or so they claim), the STM will be implementing a new shuttle bus between the Bell Center and the West Island. Starting February 24, 15 minutes after every Habs game at home, a shuttle service will be available on St. Antoine. Said shuttle will have three stops: the Dorval train station, the Pointe Claire train station and, of course, Fairview. All you’ll need to board the shuttle is a valid transit fare. It’s still unclear as to how many buses will be made available although the service will be a on a pilot project basis.

If you’ve ever been by the downtown western strip of Ste. Catherine, you’ve certainly noticed the crumbling, pigeon-infested skeleton that once was the Seville Theatre. Well, after almost 24 years of abandonment, the Seville as well as the surrounding block (formed by Ste. Catherine, Chomedey, de Maisonneuve and Lambert-Closse) will get a breath of fresh air! Claridge Properties, owned by the Bronfman Family, announced this week that it will completely demolish the building whose structure, despite being supported by large metal beams, was at most questionable. This will supposedly make way for a student project housing project with a tidy $100-million price tag.

The new block will be made up of a basic structure of 4-6 floors as well as 1 10-floor rise and another 25-floor rise. In all, the new structure will house 1 155 student dorms as well as commercial and community-oriented facilities. Of course, all of this is pending approval from City councilors this Monday evening. Construction, according to the press, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011.

The area has been a slum ever since the red, white, and blue abandoned The Montreal Forum in favour of the Molson Center (now the Bell Center) in 1996. The Seville block in particular saw a few stores and merchants set up shop only to move away. Some city activists have even accused the Bronfman Family of holding on to the property with the mere hope of receiving easy money from local and provincial governments due to the Seville’s heritage status.

Fast facts:
* The Seville Theatre was built in 1929, 5 years after the Forum.
* The theatre housed 1148 patrons and had one single screen.
* It was one of 15 atmospheric theatres (the illusion of sitting under an open sky) in all of Canada
* The Seville’s name was inspired by it’s design, which borrowed from Spanish motifs.
* The theatre halted live performances in 1960.
* The last film to be shown at the Seville was “Stop Making Sense” on October 31, 1985.

Well, the company who boasts having “played a vital role in building Canada as a nation” will now be servicing it’s nation from abroad. The Hudson Bay Company, founded in 1670 and now owner of box chain stores The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters, recently announced that effective February 28, it will be moving it’s customer service call center to India. Need I say more?

Fast facts:
* In 2006, HBC appointed majority American shareholder Jerry Zucker as the first non-Canadian Governor and CEO of the company.
* Since 2005, HBC is the official outfitter for the Canadian olympic team providing clothing for 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012
* Controversy over the olympic line of clothing erupted when it became apparent that some of the garments were actually made in China

On a brighter note, Bell Canada has announced that it will no longer be transferring it’s calls to India. According to CEO, George Cope, “Some of our off-shore calling has not done what we’ve wanted it to do”. Wow, George, it only took you 6 years to figure that one out!

Welcome to my blog! I know, it’s not much to look at but I’m just getting it going. What should you expect when it is going? Well, summed up, lots about Montreal and lots about me! Stand by, there’s more to come!