Juliette 1964 Public Archives Mikan 3612669
As Ray Paquette said, “How many Saturday nights did this vivacious lady enter our home? So many memories.” Juliette to my family was a must in my home long with the Lawrence Welk Show and Hockey Night in Canada.
In recent years she has been living in quiet retirement in a South Granville condo. This spring she moved into a care home, and Oct. 26, died at age 91. She was born Juliette Augustina Sysak on Aug. 27, 1926, in St. Vital, Man., and started singing early — at seven, she won a talent contest singing the depression-era ballad, Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?, dressed as a boy.
Now let’s meet, and greet, your pet… Ju-u-uliette!”
She was one of the CBC’s first bona fide stars, a glamorous yet wholesome hostess who sang standards and show tunes to viewers every Saturday night. From 1956 to 1966, Juliette greeted Canadians live on The Juliette Show after Hockey Night in Canada. Always attired in a party dress, she signed off each week with the words “Good night, Mom.” After the cancellation of her show, Juliette continued to sing in CBC specials and perform in nightclubs before appreciative audiences.
Thanks to Mary Cook who took upon herself to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday in grand style. Juliette came to Carleton Place in November of 1967 to a sold out show at Carleton Place High School.
Jim Amy Kirkpatrick remember when she came to the stage at CPHS. Several of us acted as stage hands to move her piano, etc around the stage. We had to wear white gloves to keep the shiny black piano pristine.
I had forgotten about that until now
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 21 Nov 1967, Tue, Page 21
Juliette 1957 MIKAN 3572176
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 28 Aug 1954, Sat, Page 29
Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum