My year: the musical director of Montreal does not regret having moved


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When the pandemic struck, Fannie Crepin traded her loft in Villeray for a house in the woods – and she doesn’t miss the city.

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My Year is a weeklong series in which Montrealers from all walks of life tell Brendan Kelly how they lived through the remarkable year 2021. Today: Fannie Crepin, Music Director.

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When the first wave of the pandemic took Quebec by storm in the spring of 2020, Fannie Crepin felt it was time for a major change in her life.

Crepin runs a music artist management company called Supercool Management, and his office has been set up in his loft in Villeray.

“As soon as it hit, I was talking to a few friends around the world and reading a lot, and just had a feeling it was going to take forever,” Crepin said. “At that time, people were thinking about reopening in September. Like four months later. I just had the feeling that I couldn’t live in this contagious (environment), with this lack of space, with the lack of green spaces. I did not have a terrace. I just felt super trapped in the city. So I started looking for land. I didn’t have a lot of money and was afraid of where we were going in the future.

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She would go up north every weekend and look for places, walking the Red River because she knew that was where she wanted to live. She did this for four months, then her mother found a house in Kijiji with 14 acres of land and the river just on the edge of the woods. It cost $ 175,000. Crépin bought it in August 2020 and moved in in November.

At first, she continued to rent a small apartment in the city, on the Plateau, but after a few months, Crépin realized that she did not need a pied-à-terre in the city. She had fiber optic installed in her country house so that she could do all of her online work from there. In the summer, she went to town once a week for her regular softball game and slept at a friend’s house.

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But she doesn’t want to spend more time in the city.

“It’s when I come back to town that I realize the post-traumatic stress that city dwellers have compared to people in the regions,” says Crépin. “It’s really very different with COVID. The fear is not the same. At first I brought this fear of the city here. But we don’t see many people here. You don’t go out a lot.

Crépin also believes that she made a good financial decision.

“I feel more secure financially because I now have assets that I couldn’t afford in the city,” she said. “It’s cheaper to live here, and I have more means of sustenance. It was much more relaxing for the cost of living. It slowed down my pace of life, which I sometimes miss. But no one is really doing anything right now (in the city). If everything were as it was before the pandemic, I might miss the city more. But every time I go back, it’s not the city that I recognize. So I really don’t miss it at the moment. And my house has already risen in value since I bought it. It was therefore an excellent initiative. “

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She has goats and chickens on her property and loves living a completely different lifestyle.

“I don’t have to be in town anymore at my age,” said Crepin, who is 41. “It’s like my PR was done. I know these people now. I don’t have to stay and go to every event. If I was 24 or 25, I probably wouldn’t feel like that in terms of career. I just feel like if I go once a month, that’s enough to keep the contacts alive.

In short, she does not regret anything.

“It’s a great thing to leave a lot of friends, I’ve had a very social life,” Crépin said. “I worked in bars for many, many years. It’s a weird feeling at first (being in the country). But COVID has helped with that feeling. Everyone was locked up so it was just like a better shot. I don’t think it would have been so easy if life had continued normally in the city.

“It’s just the best decision I’ve ever made.”

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