Chatting with ... Marc Chouinard

KEN WIEBE

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What was your first job?

I used to work for my great uncle as a lumberjack. I didn't go deep in the woods but I would chop wood and cut it. That was my first, as a 12-year-old. But my first real job was as a painter, which was awful. I was playing junior (hockey) and the only good thing about it was that the pay was pretty decent. I was making 30 bucks a week in junior and all of a sudden, you're making over $200 and it's like you're the richest man in the world, so it's pretty exciting.

How did you get hooked up with the job as a painter?

A friend of mine used to work at this complex, a little village of apartments, where you had a barber shop, convenience store, all that kind of stuff. Obviously, they needed a maintenance guy and I wasn't too good doing the plumbing so they sent me out to do the painting. I had to paint the stairwells, which was the worst.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love movies and I love music. Every concert opportunity that I get, I'm over there. Whatever it is, unless it something really out there.

What was the first concert you remember going to?

Bon Jovi, These Days (tour) in August of 1995. It was spectacular, but from what I've heard, it wasn't their best because they didn't have the whole pyro-technics but it was phenomenal and left a lasting impression. I was 17 or 18 at the show, which was at the old Montreal Forum. It was fantastic, but my best concerts were U2 and Metallica (separate shows).

What's your dream car?

Honda Civic. No, just kidding. It would have to be a nice Ferrari.

If you weren't a professional hockey player, what would you be doing? I would work in business. I have a knack for talking to people and getting involved in crowds. Maybe in sales.


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