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Trivia Q & A # 42 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 42 –...

Q. Whose strong a cappella voice sang these words? "Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea; Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage And make a Northwest Passage to the sea" A. Stanley Allison "Stan" Rogers (November 29, 1949 – June 2, 1983) was a Canadian folk musician and songwriter. Rogers was noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely crafted, traditional-sounding songs which were frequently inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian prairies and Great Lakes. Rogers died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the ground at the Greater Cincinnati Airport at the age of 33. Rogers was born in Hamilton, Ontario the eldest son of Nathan Allison "Al" and ...

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Trivia Q & A # 41 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 41 –...

Q. This man's debut single, "Horseshoes", went to the top spot in Canada when he was just 15 years old. Who is he? A.  Adam Gregory launched his career in country music when his first album, The Way I'm Made, was released in 2000 on Epic Records. It was certified as a gold record by Music Canada in May 2003.  He won a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Country Music Recording in 2001, and the Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Country Artist for his song "Horseshoes." He met Billy Ray Cyrus while performing at Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta. Cyrus was the headliner and asked Gregory to perform with him on his hit "Achy Breaky Heart". Soon after, Cyrus was heard on "When I Leave This House". The song was included on Gregory’s second album, Workin' on It, which was released in 2002. Gregory went to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 for the OP ATHENA Show Tour from November 19 to December 5 to perform for the troops. Other performers included Dave ...

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Trivia Q & A # 40 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 40 –...

Q What Canadian singer/producer was noted for her unusual fashion sense which included a nose ring connected to an earring, spiky hair, long braids and many bracelets. A. Jane Richman, known professionally as Jane Child (born 15 February 1967), is a Canadian dance-pop singer, producer and musician best known for her hit single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love". She is also known for her unique and unusual fashion style. Born in Toronto, Jane is the daughter of noted Canadian classical musician Ricky Hyslop. She joined Canadian Opera Company's children's chorus in her youth.  Child was a classically trained pianist during her youth, but at age fifteen she dropped out of school and joined a touring band, playing the synthesizer and singing on their shows, also taking a variety of musical jobs such as organ player in churches, piano bars or doing commercial jingles. Eventually Child cut a demo tape and was signed to a label who relocated her to ...

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Trivia Q & A # 39 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 39 –...

Q. Formed in Abbotsford, British Columbia, this Canadian pop punk band took their name from a town that was for sale. Which group am I speaking of? A. Hedley is a Canadian pop-rock group originating in Abbotsford, British Columbia that formed in 2003. They were named after the unincorporated community of Hedley, British Columbia, a name chosen after members heard that it was for sale for $346,000. Hedley is known for its singles "Never Too Late", "Cha-Ching" (performed at the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics), "Invincible", "Kiss You Inside Out", and "Wild Life", and for the band members' philanthropic work as ambassadors for the charity Free The Children. Hedley originally consisted of Jacob Hoggard, Kevin Giesbrecht, Kevin Heeres, Ryan Federau, and Brandon McKay. The band wrote many songs such as Gunnin' and Brave New World (which were later recorded by the current Hedley). The original band bet Jacob Hoggard $150 that ...

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Trivia Q & A # 38 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 38 –...

Q.  Which female Canadian singer is also well known for penning songs sung by Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, and Cyndi Lauper just to name a few? A.  Amy Sky (born 24 September 1960 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, theatre actress, and television host. Sky started classical music lessons at the age of five, and plays piano, guitar, cello and recorder. She has a degree from the University of Toronto in music theory and composition. In 1983, Sky was signed as a staff songwriter to MCA Music Nashville, and subsequently to Warner-Chappell Music in Los Angeles. In 1996, Amy Sky released her debut album as a recording artist, Cool Rain, and starred in a Toronto production of the musical Blood Brothers with David Cassidy and Michael Burgess.  After being nominated for two Juno Awards, including best songwriter and best new artist, she released Burnt by the Sun in 1998, which also earned a nomination for best songwriter. The string of radio hits these ...

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Trivia Q & A # 37 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 37 –...

Q. What famous Canadian band had a hit song whose entire title consisted of only one letter? A. Crash Test Dummies. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” was released on October 1, 1993 as the lead single from their second album, God Shuffled His Feet. It was very successful all around the world, peaking at number one in Germany, Australia and on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also became a top five hit in both the UK Singles Chart and the all-genre U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The band is most identifiable through Brad Roberts (vocals, guitar) and his distinctive bass-baritone voice. The band members have fluctuated over the years, but its best known line-up consisted of Roberts, Ellen Reid (co-vocals, keyboards), Brad's brother Dan Roberts (bass guitar, backing vocals), Benjamin Darvill (harmonica, mandolin), and Mitch Dorge (drums, percussion). The band is best known internationally for their 1993 single "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" ...

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Trivia Q & A # 36 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 36 –...

Q. Two members of this band, whose 'When I'm With You' was an international hit in both 1983 and 1989, went on to form Frozen Ghost. What was the name of this group? A. Sheriff was a Canadian rock band in the early 1980s. The band was formed in 1979 in Toronto, Ontario and consisted of vocalist Freddy Curci, guitarist Steve DeMarchi, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Arnold Lanni, bassist Wolf Hassel and drummer Rob Elliott. The band's only full-length release was a self-titled 1982 album, that featured a Canadian Top 40 hit, "You Remind Me" as well as their most famous song, "When I'm with You", which reached #8 in Canada and #61 in the United States in 1983 and six years later was re-released and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. in 1989. The band split up in 1985, citing internal tensions. Lanni and Hassel went on to form Frozen Ghost and racked up several hits in Canada, the biggest of which was "Should I See," which reached #69 in the U.S. Six years ...

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Trivia Q & A # 35 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 35  –...

Q.   What is the origin of the band name Tragically Hip? A.  The most commonly known source of the band's name is from a skit on Elephant Parts, a comedy show from Michael Nesmith (yes, formerly of the Monkees). In a 1989 interview with the Georgia Straight, Downie also revealed they’d heard the phrase in an Elvis Costello song. “There's one skit in there that is sort [of] like a TV plea in Elephant Parts: 'Send some money to the Foundation for the Tragically Hip.' And that phrase has also appeared in an Elvis Costello song. It crops up every now and again, and it's just a name that we like." That Costello song is “Town Cryer” from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom.

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Trivia Q & A # 34 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 34 –...

Q. Which band is responsible for the theme song for "Kids in the Hall"? A.  Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet are a Juno Award-winning Canadian instrumental rock band, formed in 1984. They remain best known for the track "Having an Average Weekend", which was used as the theme to the Canadian sketch comedy TV show The Kids in the Hall. Although commonly classified as a surf rock band they rejected the label, going so far as to release a track called "We're Not a Fucking Surf Band", although they also later released a compilation box set titled Oh, I Guess We Were a Fucking Surf Band After All. The band's origins are in Calgary, where founding members Reid Diamond and Brian Connelly were members of the punk rock band Buick McKane in the 1970s. After that band broke up, Diamond, Connelly and drummer Alex Koch moved to Toronto, where they joined with Don Pyle to form a new punk band, Crash Kills Five. That band released one EP, What Do You Do At Night?, in 1980 before ...

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Trivia Q & A # 33 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 33 –...

Q. This singer made her debut in 1997 with 'Under These Rocks and Stones' and was also featured on the 'Armageddon' soundtrack. Who is she? A.  Chantal Kreviazuk comes from Winnipeg, Manitoba and began playing piano at the age of three and hence, the piano features quite significantly in the majority of her music. She first hit the music scene in a significant way in 1997 with her debut album 'Under These Rocks and Stones' (the album has already hit Double Platinum Sales in Canada), and has gained more international and particularly North American exposure with songs on the Armageddon soundtrack (a rendition of 'I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane') and on the Dawson's Creek soundtrack project (a take on Randy Newman's 'Feels Like Home').  Chantal performed the National anthems of the USA and Canada on October 11, 2000 at the NHL game between the New York Islanders and the Calgary ...

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