The accompanying message—a hybrid love-letter/PR statement—pays tribute to Melanson, citing his 2½ years running the Banff Centre and his recently announced position as president and CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra: “I am very proud of Jeff for his recent appointments, all of his accomplishments and most of all the integrity, character and grace with which he handles everything in his life. ” she wrote, attaching links to media stories celebrating Melanson’s return: The TSO “needs a miracle worker and it has found one,” the Toronto Star gushed in one.
Melanson responded in the comment thread: “My love, what a beautifully touching post. As you know I am following my heart to Toronto to be closer to [his three children] and to be closer to you. I love you so very much and I won’t ever take what we have for granted.” The pair were married in April 2014 (left) after a four-month relationship (Facebook) The social media declaration masked the reality that the picture captured Melanson and Mc Cain after their private April 26 wedding at Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, the stealth culmination of a four-month, long-distance courtship. That would make their trip to New York City that weekend—where Melanson represented the Banff Centre at a gala and the couple attended a performance of Madame Butterfly at Lincoln Centre—a working honeymoon of sorts.
Mc Cain launched the first salvo on March 2 with a court application for annulment of their nine-month marriage.
And since he’s a Canadian Gatsby, he used cultural institutions as his shiny mansion. And then instead it turns out he’s the guy who ends up face down in the pool.” Yet Melanson’s ability to convince is such that some predict he’ll spring back to life.
“We were acquaintances catching up.” At the time, Melanson was months into a formal separation with his first wife, Jennifer Snowdon, who was known around Banff as the “absentee wife” because she was studying graphic arts in Toronto while the children lived with their father.
When their separation was made public in early 2013, the children moved to Toronto to be with her.
The laws of attraction are impossible to divine; superficially, the pair shared an obvious love of music.
His was seeded in the public school system, sparked by high school musicals, and developed at the University of Manitoba.