Candace & Eric Alper
Canada AM music correspondent & creator, Name Your Tune
Married: 11 years
Anniversary: Sept. 24
Children: Hannah, 9
Our Valentine’s Day plans:
Eric: This year, we’re going out to dinner — where we’ll talk about our daughter Hannah, her school, our work lives — then I’ll surprise her with a trip to Paris for dessert. One of these plans may not happen.
Candace: Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year — we’ll spend it together as a family with our daughter. I’ll make the favourite meal that we can all agree on (spaghetti and meat sauce), Eric will make popcorn, and the three of us will snuggle on the couch and watch American Idol. Not exactly romantic — but it’s perfect.
My spouse’s ideal Valentine’s Day would probably involve…
Eric: Getting all dressed up with her new clothes just bought at her fave store, a dab of perfume, her hair neatly done, a breath of excitement and romance in the air — and a goodbye as she goes out to dinner with Matt Damon while I watch our daughter Hannah.
Candace: His Genesis DVDs, a bottle of red (for me), a bottle of Coke (for him) and popcorn. It’s the next best thing to getting tickets to see Genesis live, which, obviously, is not going to happen for him.
The best Valentine’s Day gift I ever received:
Eric: Candace and I made our own spectacular and shiny rings from a drab, dirty piece of gold one year. I have yet to take it off. From Hannah, a guitar pick that reads, “I couldn’t pick a better dad.”
Candace: A few years ago, Eric worked with a jeweller and designed a necklace for me. It’s a heart of diamonds with three that are just a bit bigger than the rest to represent our family. Doesn’t get better than that — Oh, the pressure!
This year, I’m hoping to get…
Eric: Nothing, to tell you the truth. Candace showers me with compliments and affection on a daily basis.
Candace: To play hooky, take the day off work and just hang out together — no computers, no BlackBerrys or iPhones.…
Our song is…
Eric: “Power of Two” by The Indigo Girls. But my favourite love song is “Falling Slowly” by the Swell Season.
Candace: “The Power of Two” by The Indigo Girls. Eric totally gave me that one — they’re my favourite band, our first live show together. The song is lovely … “multiply life by the power of two.” It’s us.