So, ironically enough, as the Toronto critics began to arrive in Montreal for the final stages of the CMIM, personal circumstances forced my return to Toronto. It’s not a happy time and my emotional ability to engage with performances is very limited. I realised this yesterday at the art song final where four very fine performances failed to generate any emotional response in me. It was at that point I finally admitted to myself that my duty and my sanity lay at home and I made my arrangements to return. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch at least some of the webcasts but even that may be hard for the next 24-48 hours. So, my apologies if this is where you have been following the CMIM. Both Opera Canada and Schmopera, among others, will have full coverage so I suggest you check them out. I’ll see you again on the other side.