Juliette Cavazzi began her career at 13, singing with Dal Richards’ band at the Hotel Vancouver
By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News Posted: Oct 27, 2017
For a decade, Canadians knew her as “our pet, Juliette,” the folksy and glamorous host who sang show tunes in the coveted television slot after CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
Following a long career that saw her appointed to the Order of Canada and honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, Juliette Cavazzi died in Vancouver overnight Thursday at the age of 91, friends and family have confirmed.
Vancouver broadcasting legend Red Robinson described news of Cavazzi’s death as terrible.
“She was a warm lady. You couldn’t help but like her,” he told CBC News.
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver, Cavazzi was a performer from the beginning. She was singing with the Dal Richards’ band at the Hotel Vancouver when she was just 13, and, by 15, she already had her own show on CBC Radio.
Her big star turn came in 1956, when she secured her Saturday night television show, right after the hockey game. Appearing in black and white, she always took the time to tell the audience the colour of her party dress.
“She made it at a time when we really didn’t allow stars in the Canadian broadcast system. And yet, she ended up with a show right after the NHL hockey games, and it became an outrageous success,” Robinson said.
“Juliette really brought a lot to Canadian culture and it’s gonna be sad not having her around.”
She specialized in singing standards and pop songs of the era and ended every episode with the line “Good night, Mom.”
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David Berner used to have her on his NW late night talk show. I also remember her show after the hockey game. Berners show attracted many actors singers and other entertainers.
She really was a Canadian star.
Yes, enjoyed her program in the 60’s…was always so cheerful with great music and wonderful guests.
Thank you Juliette!
The perfect antidote to frayed tempers among viewers after a hockey game. Juliette brought a lot of joy and optimism to her fans.