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Joanne Vrakas

Co-Host

Born and raised in Montreal, Joanne Vrakas is a staple of Montreal broadcasting. After studying journalism and law, Joanne worked her way up from community television to hosting at MusiquePlus, then making her way to reporting for CBC radio and television news.

In 2013, when Citytv launched in Montreal, Joanne was asked to join the station as lead anchor and host at Breakfast Television Montreal. Her passion for story telling has led her to travel the world interviewing politicians, community leaders, actors, musicians, and everything in between.

Joanne is a mother of two young boys with her husband, world-renowned artist Andre Monet.

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Derick Fage

Co-Host

With over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Fage has been charming audiences both on and off camera, starring in a number of independent films and live theatre performances.

Most recently, Fage was the host and producer of daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV.

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Elias Makos

New Media Host

With the latest from the world of technology and social media, Elias Makos has kept Breakfast Television Montreal viewers up-to-date with what’s trending and happening online since 2013. A jack of all trades, Elias can regularly be seen hosting, anchoring the news, or doing the weather on BT. He also hosted Citytv’s Sportsnet Central Montreal.

Elias holds a BA in Journalism from Concordia University, and worked for seven years in Concordia’s journalism department as a full-time instructor and part-time faculty member.

Before coming to BT, Elias spent six years as a regular contributor to CTV Montreal, appearing as the station’s Technology and Trends columnist and as a freelance reporter. Elias also contributed to CTV News Channel’s Express. As well, Elias served as a regular contributor to CBC Montreal’s Homerun radio show and for CBC radio’s national syndication service.

Previously, Elias spent three years as the media relations coordinator of Major League Baseball’s now-defunct Montreal Expos. During the 2004 baseball season, he joined Expos’ play-by-play man Elliott Price in the broadcast booth for four games. Elias also worked for the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens from 2002 to 2011.

Elias is the proud owner of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Otis.

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Catherine Verdon-Diamond

Weather and Traffic Specialist

Delivering Breakfast Television’s daily dose of traffic and weather is the always outgoing Catherine Verdon-Diamond.

Born in Montreal, the ambitious Verdon-Diamond grew up overseas, living in Egypt for three years before relocating to Israel for the next four years. Throughout her schooling in Israel, Verdon-Diamond regularly travelled to countries such as Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands to compete in various sports tournaments.

She returned to Montreal in 1994, where she later studied Social Science at Dawson College and Mathematics at Concordia University. In 2012, while working at CBC Montreal behind the scenes, Verdon-Diamond was offered the opportunity to present weather on the 11pm newscast. Just seven months after starting her on-air career, Catherine joined the new team at City Montreal.

Catherine currently lives in Laval with her husband and two sons, and dedicates her spare time coaching her sons’ soccer team and volunteering at their school.

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Andrew Brennan

News Producer

They say the news waits for no one—that’s why Breakfast Television’s Andrew Brennan is first in the door every morning. 

Coming on a decade living in Montreal, Andrew has lived all over the city and now calls home the eclectic Mile End, nestled in the shadow of Mount Royal. Though a former politician once said he had a face for radio, he decided after five years as a news anchor and reporter at CJAD 800 to prove them wrong.

Originally from Toronto, Andrew graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in communication studies and journalism.