The extraordinary ascent of Toronto Symphony Orchestra chief executive Jeff Melanson continues unabated.
While at the Banff Centre, where he wrought havoc among the resident artists, Melanson gave ‘family reasons’ as the cause for his return to Toronto. Soon, he was divorced. Soon after, he was walking out with the glamorous Eleanor McCain, heiress to a frozen potato-chips fortune.
In no time at all, the couple were being pictured in Hello magazine as Toronto’s power pair and he was headlined as ‘Canada’s cultural turnaround man’. In April 2014, Eleanor married Melanson.
Nine months later, she became the astonished victim of his next turnaround.
Here’s what she tells The Star:
Their first Christmas together: lovely. By the middle of January, however — with a bolt and akin to something out of sad-sack chick-lit — her husband, she says, announced he was moving out.
She never saw him after that, she says now. Not once.
“A couple of weeks later,” she goes on, “he sent me an email saying he was leaving the marriage.”
It surprised her?
“It surprised me.”
Entirely surprised her?