Ex-Montrealer Caryn Lieberman developed her “nose for news” while pursuing her Journalism & Communication Studies degree at Concordia. She honed her skills while reporting for Global News in Montreal and Quebec City before making a move to Toronto where she is currently a Sun News Network Anchor and the host of Right Now with Caryn Lieberman. Caryn has fully immersed herself in Toronto’s art and foodie cultures, but she still has a soft spot for one of Montreal’s most loved/hated attributes: the snow.
Where did you live in Montreal? When did you make the move to Toronto?
I grew up in Laval. A few years after I started working for Global News in Montreal, I relocated to Quebec City to work as a full time TV reporter for the station. After 2 years I decided it was time to spread my wings so I made the move to Toronto. That was around 6 years ago.
What are your fondest memories of growing up here?
I have so many fond memories it’s hard to choose! In the winter, as a kid, I loved building forts out of snow outside my home. I remember the snow banks were always so incredibly high. My father also took me ice-skating at the neighbourhood park. In the summer, our family spent many wonderful sun filled days at Oka beach. And no matter the season, we also enjoyed wandering around the Old Port.
What is your favourite Montreal event?
I just love the Montreal Jazz Fest. Such a fantastic event. I only wish I could attend it on an annual basis! As a former waitress, I’m also a huge fan of the Grand Prix. Not so much from a racing perspective, but an economic one. It’s so important to the local economy and I hope the city can maintain it for many years to come.
What are your favourite restaurants?
My favourite restaurant is Bice (now Beatrice) on Sherbrooke Street. It’s where I got married 3.5 years ago so it’s special to me for sentimental reasons. I also love the food at Holder on McGill. There’s a great vibe there.
What are your favourite places to shop?
I generally shop at Carrefour Laval when I’m in town, it really has everything! If I’m downtown, Simons is a must shop. I’m always looking for TV friendly clothes and accessories since I spend most of my week in a newsroom and in front of a camera.
Where do you shop for accessories?
I buy a ton of jewellery at Swarovski. Earrings are a must, but if I go for a fancy necklace, I stick to studs.
Where do you go to get your hair done?
Toula Vanikiotis has been my hairdresser since elementary school. She recently opened a fabulous salon in Laval called Saco. I’m a big fan of her work. No one in Toronto that I’ve encountered can even come close!
Who is your Montreal news personality role model?
Jamie Orchard – senior news anchor at Global Quebec. She’s been behind me since Day One and I’ll always be a fan of hers, although I don’t get to watch the station very often anymore. I remember entering the Global newsroom as an intern and student. I shadowed Jamie on an assignment one afternoon. She interviewed the mother of a long-time missing child at the Missing Children’s Network headquarters. I will never forget her approach to that interview. It was the perfect combination of professionalism, patience and empathy. It’s what sets her apart from so many other journalists…the fact that she cares. And it comes across on camera.
What is the one thing from Montreal you wish you could transport to Toronto?
My sister Stacey Lieberman is a personal trainer and fitness guru. If I could take her and her amazing classes with me to Toronto, I’d be in far better shape.
What do you miss most about the city?
That’s easy. My family. I’m extremely close with my parents, sister and grandmother. Home is where the heart is. So Montreal will always be my first home.