Family dynasty? New REM voice is daughter of Metro announcer

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Over 35,000 people voted for their favourite REM announcer, with Caroline Dhavernas, known as “Voice B,” coming out on top. (CDPQ Infra - image credit)
Over 35,000 people voted for their favourite REM announcer, with Caroline Dhavernas, known as “Voice B,” coming out on top. (CDPQ Infra - image credit)

Montreal's public transit systems are keeping things in the family.

Actress Caroline Dhavernas was announced to be the voice of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) light-rail system on Thursday.

But she also happens to be the daughter of Michèle Deslauriers — the woman behind Montreal's Metro announcements.

"When I got the call for the audition, I thought, that would be so funny," she said in a video statement included in a press release from the Caisse de Dépôt et et placement du Québec, the company overseeing the construction of the REM.

"Since it's the public that was choosing, it was a bit up in the air. We'd see if the stars align."

Dhavernas was chosen anonymously by popular vote. Over 35,000 people voted for their favourite announcer, with Dhavernas, known as "Voice B," coming out on top.

"It's just an incredible coincidence," Dhavernas said.

"Without knowing it, the public voted for a voice that echoed that of the Montreal subway," wrote CDPQ Infra, the arm of the Caisse de dépôt that oversees the REM.

Dhavernas, who is known for roles including Mary Harris in Canadian drama Mary Kills People and Alana Bloom in NBC's Hannibal, also has a vast experience in voice work and dubbing.

Dhavernas said she often rides the Metro with her daughter, and points out her mother's voice.

"I tell her: 'that's your grandmother you're hearing.' Now when we take the REM, it'll be my voice," she said.

"When I'm feeling a dash dramatic, I imagine when I'm no longer here, she'll hear the Metro and the REM and hear her mom and her grandmother," she said, laughing.

The first passengers will hear Dhavernas when the South Shore branch of the REM enters operation in 2022.

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