the sole proprietor and unique employee
of Le crieur, which is a town crier service.
A town crier is sort of a master of ceremony,
a décor and an orchestra all rolled
town crier is an ambassador, he's a Master
of Ceremonies. We have town criers that
are police officers, that
are military personnel, that are mayors,
but I wanted my town crier to be more theatrical.
I also saw that if you developed the services
that you offered the client, then you have
more possibilities, so I started being an
MC, I started being a toastmaster, I started
doing background research historically speaking,
and all those things appealed to the customers.
first town criers were the Spartan Runners
in the early Greek Empire.
now I'm one of the 3 busiest town criers
in the world. I've been doing this for 25
years, so I'm the 2nd senior town crier
in North America.
had the chance and privilege of presenting
people like the pope, the queen, Mr. Gorbachev,
every prime minister since Pierre Elliot
Trudeau. I'll open festivals, special events,
restaurants, stores. I also do love proclamations,
passion proclamations. I even do wedding
proposals, and at 110 decibels, when I propose,
won most elegant town crier in the world
nine times, and I think that's what people
say about me is that I try to add elegance
to everything I do.
know, when you do a cry, you're doing a
cry for maybe 3-5 minutes but you're there
for maybe 1-2 hours, so you're an ambassador,
so you have to add dimensions to it. So
I kiss hands, I'll tip the hat, and those
are things that I research, that I look
in a world where elegance is lost unfortunately,
where good manners are being lost, where
we try as much as possible to avoid contact
with people. I do the opposite completely.
So I'm very theatrical, but I like to think
I'm theatrical in a very elegant sense.”
town crier was often rewarded for his services
with a pair of shoes.