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Trivia Q & A # 24 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 24 –...

Q. 80's star Gowan is now the frontman of what band? A. STYX Lawrence Henry Gowan (born 22 November 1956) is a Scottish-born Canadian musician. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx  since May 1999. His musical style is usually classified in the category of progressive rock. At the age of 19, he earned an ARCT in classical piano performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, Ontario. Upon graduation, he enjoyed modest local success with the band Rhinegold in 1976. After the band broke up five years later, Gowan began a solo career under the stage name Gowan, releasing his first album under that name in 1982, which was produced by Rob Freeman and featured Kim Mitchell of Max Webster on guitar. This album contained the singles "Victory", "Give In" and "Keep Up the Fight". His 1985 album Strange Animal was his commercial breakthrough in ...

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Trivia Q & A 23 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A 23 –...

Q. What Kingston band's video for "The Darkest One" featured Don Cherry delivering fried chicken to the Trailer Park Boys? A. Tragicially Hip it appears on the album In Violet Light (2002) and on the compilation album Yer Favourites (2005). The video begins with Julian and Bubbles and a character named Gord (Gord Downie, lead singer of the band) waking up Ricky. They tell him they are going to steal an engine for Gord's car in exchange for take-out chicken. The music begins, and the boys wait for their chicken dinner, which is delivered by someone who looks suspiciously like Don Cherry . But before they can eat, they have to steal the engine. While the band plays in his trailer, Gord hangs out with a bunch of Bubbles' kitties and the boys break into the hood of a nearby car. Gord takes the old engine out and the boys haul the new one ...

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Trivia Q & A # 22 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 22 –...

Q. Which 1980's Canadian band released "Helluvatime"? A.  Slik Toxik was a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1988 in Toronto. Slik Toxik was formed out of Toronto hard rock band Portrait.  he band was brought to the attention of Drew Masters who was a national music writer and manager for the band Succsexx. Drew thought that the band should change their name to have more attitude and impact to stand out from the bands that were currently playing on the scene. After adopting a new moniker Slik Toxik was then asked to be support act for Succexx. It was at one of those gigs at the Siboney Club in Toronto's Kensington Market area that manager John Boyes saw the band performing. Shortly after that he courted them to sign a management deal with his brothers company Robert Luhtala Management. The band started to demo some material that was to be produced by ...

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Trivia Q & A # 21 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 21 –...

Q. Which Canadian rock band had hits in the 70s with "Armageddon", "Spaceship Superstar" and "See Forever Eyes"? A.  Prism (often styled as PRiSM) is a Canadian rock band formed in Vancouver in 1977.  They were originally active from 1977 to 1984 and have been active again from 1987 to present. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Ron Tabak, guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, keyboardist John Hall, bass guitarist Allen Harlow, and drummer Rocket Norton. The band's sound is a mix of Album-oriented rock (AOR) and pop rock, and they have released a total of thirteen studio albums, three compilation albums, and one live album. Prism's success has been primarily in Canada where they won the Canadian music industry Juno Award for Group of the Year in 1981, although they also reached the US top 40 charts with 1981's "Don't Let Him Know". Prism is also noteworthy for launching the careers of several former ...

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Trivia Q & A # 20 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 20 –...

Q.  What Canadian music act has won the most Juno Awards to date? A.  Anne Murray Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird" (1970).  She is often cited as the one who paved the way for other international Canadian success stories such as k.d. lang, Céline Dion and Shania Twain.  She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win "Album of the Year" at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album A Little Good News. Murray has received four Grammys, a record 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 19 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 19 –...

Q. Drake had a breakthrough year as a rapper in 2009, after having spent eight seasons on what TV show? A.  Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor raised in Toronto.  Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. His father, Dennis Graham, is an African American and a practicing Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee, and worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles. Drake's mother, Sandi Graham (née Sher), is a white Jewish Canadian who worked as an English teacher and florist. Drake attended a Jewish day school, and ...

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Trivia Q & A # 18 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 18 –...

Q. Toronto in 1991 saw the formation of this band. They recorded their first album, "Five Hundred Pounds" in 1993, but when Jamaican-born Garry Lowe joined them in 1994, the band really took off.  They disbanded amicably in 2004 as a protest to Canadian radio stations who said that their music was "too Canadian". What sweet-sounding rock-blues group am I speaking about? A.  Big Sugar officially formed in 1988 in Toronto, Ontario, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Gordie Johnson, bassist Terry Wilkins, and drummer Al Cross, though the three musicians had already played together for several years as a supporting band for Molly Johnson's jazz performances and as an informal jam band with members of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir. After Molly Johnson returned to rock music with Infidels, she helped her former band mates to secure a record deal. After Wilkins left the band in 1993, Big Sugar recorded the album Five Hundred ...

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Trivia Q & A # 17 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 17 –...

Q. There's no arguing that this band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada's most successful. Formed in 1969, the group can brag about releasing forty albums, as well as thirty-four singles. With lead singer Myles Goodwyn singing popular hits such as "Ooowatanite" and "The Whole World's Goin' Crazy", which famous "springtime band" would this be? A. The hint "springtime band" was referring to 'April' Wine.  They began in late 1969 in Waverley, Nova Scotia (a suburb of Halifax).   The band's name was chosen simply because members thought the two words sounded good together. The original members were brothers David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums. Their cousin Jim Henman joined in on bass and Myles Goodwyn completed the sound on lead vocals and guitar. In early 1970 the band relocated to Montreal.  Shortly after arriving in their new home the band was signed by Aquarius Records.   They recorded and released their ...

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Trivia Q & A # 15 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 15 –...

Q. What was Rush's first chart single? A. "Closer to the Heart" is a single by Rush, released in 1977, from the album A Farewell to Kings. It was the first Rush song to feature a non-member as a songwriter in Peter Talbot, a friend of drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. It was issued as a single for Christmas 1977 and was Rush's first hit single in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978. "Closer to the Heart" was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010. The song's title was used for an episode of Trailer Park Boys, in which Alex Lifeson appears as himself. At the end of the episode, Lifeson and Bubbles (Mike Smith) play the song together. In 2005, Rush performed the song with Smith (in character as Bubbles) and Ed Robertson ...

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Trivia Q & A # 14 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 14 –...

Q. In what 1980 song did the singer lament 'my job is very boring, I'm an office clerk'? A. Martha and the Muffins are a Canadian new wave band, active from 1977 to the present. Although they only had one major international hit single, "Echo Beach", under their original band name, they had a number of hits in their native Canada, and the core members of the band also charted in Canada and internationally as M + M. The group's initial line-up came together in Toronto in 1977, when David Millar asked his fellow Ontario College of Art student Mark Gane to help him start a band. Millar recruited Martha Johnson to play keyboards; Johnson brought in a friend from high school, Carl Finkle, to play bass; and Gane's brother Tim signed on as the drummer. With Millar and Mark Gane as guitarists, and Johnson as lead vocalist, this is the line ...

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