It was a tough decision, even though this was a post she had always looked upon as a great career opportunity. Her husband, Steve Hayward, was a CTV Montreal cameraman and their two daughters, Ingela and Mia, were teens at the time. Nonetheless, they agreed that this was a wonderful opportunity, sold their Pointe Claire home and headed down Highway 401. Ingela, 28, is now working in the TV industry while Mia, 23, is in the travel business. Steve has turned to writing.
Travers also worked for CBC and Global here , actually starting up the latter's newsroom in 1998. She puts in long hours at Canada AM, often coming in towards 6:30 a.m. and not leaving for another 12 hours. "We've done a lot here," she says. "I felt that one of the reasons they brought me in was to attach a sense of community to the show."
I worked very closely with Lis during his days here, but kind of lost touch since she became the vice-president and executive producer of Canada AM. We reconnected today to discuss the exciting live broadcasts of the show planned for Montreal June 6 and 7.
Hosts Beverly Thomson, Marci Ien, and Jeff Hutcheson are heading to Montreal for these
|Ien, Hutchison and Thomson|
The Montreal remote actually came about following a chat between Travers and Tanya Churchmuch, a former Global reporter now working for Tourism Montreal. "I am really excited about this," says Travers."There is a great lineup viewers can look forward to."
Thursday, June 6
• MONTREAL’S LIVING HISTORY: Documentary filmmaker, columnist, and life-long Montrealer Josh Freed gives Bev a tour of his Montreal, sharing why he would never live anywhere else.
• A CITY OF SPORTS FANS: From Les Canadiens and the Alouettes, to countless Olympic champs – the show looks at the depth of love Montrealers have for their sports heroes.
• AISLIN’S MONTREAL – Canada’s best-known political cartoonist, Terry Mosher - better known as Aislin - has sketched his way through the history of the city, province and country. He shows his favourites and explains why Montreal is such fertile ground for a political cartoonist.
• FASHION FANTASTIQUE – Marci goes on a whirlwind visit of Montreal’s fashion hot spots with the queen of fashion herself, Jeanne Beker. Jeanne gives Marci the inside scoop on top fashion and top deals.
• STREET MEAT GETS AN UPGRADE – Montreal is finally joining the world of food trucks… but not just any food trucks. Jeff, Marci, and Bev get to sample Montreal’s brand new fleet as it gets ready to hit the street.
• ALL THAT JAZZ AND TICKLING THE FUNNY BONE – They put Montreal on the festival map. The founder of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, André Ménard, and the COO of the Just for Laughs festival, Bruce Hills, join Canada AM. Together, they reminisce about the huge acts that got their start at these landmark festivals, and preview what’s coming up at this year’s events.
• LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN – The unique circus group getting rave reviews from around the world, Les 7 doigts de la main, perform in front of the live audience.
• 98 DEGREES – Nick Lachey and his hit 90s boy band are back! Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees performs three songs live on - a warm up to their performance at Montreal’s Bell Centre that night. The band will give away one set of tickets one lucky audience member.
Friday, June 7
Jeff Hutcheson sticks around, keeping the Montreal festivities going:
• GREGORY CHARLES – This dynamic performer has sold out the BELL Centre for multiple nights before bringing his Vintage Experience performance to Montreal’s Old Port for the summer. This morning, he performs live from his repertoire that will astound, while taking requests from the audience.
• SCHWARTZ’S DELI – Jeff not only gets a taste of the Montreal landmark, but he’ll also slap on a uniform and an attitude, and get to work.
• A SPACE FOR LIFE – Mosaïcultures International Montreal displays a Space For Life – a fantastic display of horticultural art from around the world. It opens June 22, but Jeff gets a behind the scenes preview while these green-thumbed artists are setting up.
There are no politicians listed, but Travers confirmed that she hopes to get Mayor Michael Applebaum to come on the air.