But in my Valentines' card were two tickets to see another ballet: La Lanterne Rouge (Raise the Red Lantern).
Performed by the National Ballet of China (NBC), Montreal was one of two Canadian cities they were visiting - Vancouver was the other one - which made it especially interesting to watch them.
But back to La Lantern Rouge:
Set in 1920's China, the story revolved around a girl who is forced to become a concubine (a live in mistress) to a powerful government bureaucrat, the Master. She however, is in love with her childhood sweetheart, an artist, and when the Master's first concubine discovers her secret liaisons with the artist, she informs the Master. Enraged, he not only sentences the young girl and her lover to their deaths, but the concubine who informed him of the deception too. The two concubines put aside their previous hostilities and forgive each other before being put to death.
It was not any old fishing, no siree: this was ice-fishing on the Saint Lawrence river (the river which runs through Montreal).
T and I piled on layer upon layer of clothes, and went down to the Old Port and the Clock Tower Quay where the ice-fishing was being held.
There were options at the site as to how civilised you wanted to be with your fishing: outside with no shelter whatsoever, temporary shelters that looked like tents, or wooden huts. To my delight, the people we were with had chosen the deluxe version. Having never met them before, I decided these were my kind of people!
Three and a half hours later, our slot was up and we still hadn't caught anything. There was one instance when we thought we had, but in our excitement, we pulled the line up too hard and so the fish got away.
Despite the lack of fish, the luxury heated hut, together with a fun group of people, great food and drink; was definitely my kind of fishing!