Vicki Gabereau

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Vicki Gabereau
Vicki Frances Filion

(1946-05-31) May 31, 1946 (age 75)
OccupationRadio and TV personality
Spouse(s)Michel Gabereau (m.1965; div.1980)
Tom Rowe (1982; died 2017)

Vicki Gabereau (born May 31, 1946) is a Canadian radio and television personality, best known for her longtime association with CBC Radio and her television talk show which aired on CTV from 1997 to 2005.[1]


Vicki Frances Filion was born 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[2] 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, for which she hosted a television talk show,[6] The Vicki Gabereau Show, for eight seasons.[7]

Her radio program was replaced in the fall of 1997 by Richardson's Roundup, hosted by Bill Richardson.[8] She published an autobiography, This Won't Hurt a Bit,[9] and a cookbook collecting some of her favourite recipes sent in by her CBC radio listeners.[10]

In 2013, it was announced that a retired Gabereau had partnered with a childhood friend to launch a shoe company called VG Shoes.[8]

She makes regular fundraising appearances on the Knowledge Network and is a three-time ACTRA Award winner for best radio host-interviewer.[8]


  1. ^ "The Gab-Fest Continues". Maclean's, September 29, 1997.
  2. ^ a b "Gift of the Gabereau". Ottawa Citizen, March 26, 2995.
  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. ^ "Baton banks on home-grown programs". Financial Post, December 18, 1997.
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  8. ^ a b c "Gabereau indulges obsession". North Shore News. October 25, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Gabereau, Vicki (1987). This won't hurt a bit!. Collins. ISBN 9780002177535.
  10. ^ Gabereau, Vicki (1994). Cooking without looking. Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN 9781550541519.

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