Q&A With Dawn Chubai Of CityTV

This is the 34th interview of what will eventually amount to 500 profiles of people who have made life in BC that much more interesting. At the rate we’re going it’ll take three years, at which time we’ll probably just start shooting for 1,000.

Once or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a different individual. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. It’s some sort of Rorschach test, for sure…

Dawn Chubai (pronounced “Chew-Bay”) is a local actress, jazz vocalist, and the host of Breakfast Television. This year she will be celebrating 10 years in the broadcasting industry and 5 years working in Vancouver.


Scout Q&A

Three things about your neighbourhood (please tell us which neighbourhood) that make you want to live there: Coal Harbour is great because it is quiet (really important to someone who has to go to bed early), views of the water and mountains not to mention you practically live in a park and the size of the condos are such that you’re never more than an arms reach from anything!

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Movie theatre popcorn.

Default drink of choice: Bloody Caesar.

Drink you’ll never have again: Jaegermeister.

The one place you’d move to: New York City.

Favourite wine varietal: California Cabernet.

The person you can imitate: Krusty the Clown.

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: Homelessness.

Bartender who could sell you anything: Steve De Cruz from Gastropod- he knows everything there is to know about anything boozy.

Cheap place for dinner: Ciao Bella on Denman.

Book you’re reading: The Memory-Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.

Last place traveled: New York City.

Biggest fear: Growing old and being alone.

Cliché that you use too often: “…at the end of the day…”

Dead film actor you wish was still making pictures: Heath Ledger.

Best sneaker in the world: Nike.

Place in BC that you love escaping to: Tofino.

Dumbest purchase ever: Body Flex Videos from a late night infomercial.

What are you proud of: My attitude and work ethic.

The thing that makes you the angriest: Men who are unkind to the women in their lives.

The thing you love most about your job: The variety! No day is ever the same and it’s never boring.

Most challenging thing about working in Television: Working on a morning show, I’d have to say the biggest challenge is trying to maintain some sense of a normal life while having to start my day at 4am.

Best fine dining restaurant in the city: YEW a the Four Seasons (ask for Joel!).

Talent you wish you possessed: I sing so I always wish I was able to play the piano or guitar so that I could accompany myself.

The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Acid-Wash Jeans…and the Toni perm.

Sport you gave up: Softball.

Foreign politician you most admire: President Obama.

The game you’re best at: Cribbage.

Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Domaine De Chaberton Winery in Langley – the Bacchus Bistro is superb!

The number of fist fights you’ve been in: One (with my sister when we were young).

The thing you’re ashamed of: Ashamed may be to strong of a word, but I do wish I could be more patient with my mother.

Best concert experience Marc Jordan at the Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium (he opened for Holly Cole).

Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: Be a better listener.

How you waste time at work: I never do…I have a unique job where even being on Facebook is considered work-related.

The thing you wished people cared more about: How their actions and words impact someone else.

The dish you’re most proud of: Italian-style meatloaf with buttermilk mashed potatoes.

The thing that makes you the most nervous: Leading the singing of the National Anthem at a major sporting event.

Town you were born in: Edmonton, Alberta.

Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Saved By The Bell.

First memory: When I turned 5, we had a birthday party in our back yard- I recall having cake in the playhouse my dad built (it actually was like a mini house!).

Quality you admire most in yourself: I like to help others succeed- I feel good when others do well

Album that first made you love music: Glass Houses by Billy Joel

Default junk food of choice: Old Dutch Ripple Chips with dill pickle dip

The career path you considered but never followed: becoming a social worker

Your top 3 films of all time: Princess Bride, Star Wars, the Colour Purple

The first three things you do every morning: Turn off my alarm, kiss my husband good-bye, text my co-host Riaz with details on what I will be wearing so that we don’t clash…

The thing you’re addicted to: Sleep

Luckiest moment of your life: The day my first boss told me “Everything is trainable except for personality” that one phrase set me on the path to an outstanding career…and on a personal level, I wouldn’t have met my husband otherwise.

Favourite book as a child: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis



There are 4 comments

  1. it is unfortunate that now that ms chubai has become such al ocal tv celebrity…she forgets where she came from…. i worked with her on a commercialand basically had to show her the ropes…as shes not a trained actress and i wanted to stay in touch and now she wont return my facebook messgaes…also dawn chubai should be careful of the way she pronounces things on bt…if you dont know how to say it… lookt it up….! or ask someone….- -a concerned viwer and reder…- laryssa

  2. Hot. Hot. Hot.

    Funny thing is, Glass Houses was my first album too. *swoon*
    Notice how she mentioned her husband a couple of times to keep the Scout Magazine stalkers away?