Vicki Gabereau

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Vicki Gabereau
Born Vicki Frances Filion
(1946-05-31) May 31, 1946 (age 72)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation Radio and TV personality
Clown (formerly)
Spouse(s) Michel Gabereau

Vicki Gabereau (born May 31, 1946) is a Canadian radio and television personality. She hosted an eponymously titled afternoon talk show on CTV Television Network, produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, which wrapped up production on April 8, 2005 after eight seasons. She makes regular fundraising appearances on the Knowledge Network and is a three-time ACTRA Award winner for best radio host-interviewer.[1]

Born Vicki Frances Filion in Vancouver, her father's best friend, author Pierre Berton was influential in her life, exposing Gabereau to the greatest intellectuals and stars of the 1950s and 1960s.[2]

Gabereau moved to Toronto at age 18 for university. While there she married Michel Gabereau and worked a variety of jobs, including working as a professional clown at Puck Rent-a-Fool.[3] In that capacity, she ran for Mayor of Toronto in the 1974 municipal election under the pseudonym "Rosy Sunrise".[3][4] She then worked in radio, hosting her first talk show for a station in Brampton, Ontario in 1975.[5] She later joined the CBC as an archivist, and became host of that network's Variety Tonight in 1981.

In 1985, she became host of Gabereau, a two-hour daily interview show on CBC Radio. She was one of the CBC's most popular and beloved hosts until her departure in 1997, when she moved to CTV. Her radio program was replaced that fall by Richardson's Roundup, hosted by Bill Richardson.[1] She published an autobiography, This Won't Hurt a Bit,[6] and a cookbook collecting some of her favourite recipes sent in by her CBC radio listeners.[7]

In 2013, it was announced that a retired Gabereau had partnered with a childhood friend to launch a shoe company called VG Shoes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Gabereau indulges obsession". North Shore News. October 25, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "CBC: Life And Times". 1999-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Wild Child". Senior Living Magazine. April 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Historicist: Send in the Clowns". The Torontoist. October 22, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "'We used to laugh every day': 20 years after leaving CBC, Vicki Gabereau still misses it". CBC. June 4, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ Gabereau, Vicki (1987). This won't hurt a bit!. Collins. ISBN 9780002177535. 
  7. ^ Gabereau, Vicki (1994). Cooking without looking. Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN 9781550541519. 

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