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Trivia Q & A # 7 – 2017

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Q.  This band had a hit in 1986 with "Love is Fire". It featured vocals by John Oates of Hall & Oates. What was the name of the band? A.  The Parachute Club was a Canadian band formed in Toronto in 1982. They released three top 40 hits in Canada between 1983 and 1987, including "Rise Up",""At the Feet of the Moon" and "Love Is Fire" (which featured guest duet vocals from John Oates). The band was well known for being one of the first mainstream pop acts in Canada to integrate world music influences, particularly Caribbean styles such as reggae and soca, into their sound. In 1998, the Parachute Club song "Rise Up" was licensed by EMI Music Canada to McCain Foods Limited for a television commercial for self-rising pizza dough. Members of Parachute Club publicly opposed this commercial use of the song. In a news release issued at the commencement ...

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Trivia Q & A # 6 – 2017

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Q. What Canadian singer had a 1977 hit that got him on the "Mike Douglas" and "Merv Griffin" shows to sing the number. It's a song that Tina Turner recorded for her 1978 album, "Rough". A. Daniel Grafton "Dan" Hill IV (born 3 June 1954) is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter. He had two major international hits with his songs "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Can't We Try", a duet with Vonda Shepard, as well as a number of other charting singles in Canada and the United States. Hill was born in Toronto, the son of social scientist and public servant Daniel G. Hill, and brother of the author Lawrence Hill and the late novelist Karen Hill. He studied guitar in his teens, leaving high school at 17 to work as songwriter for RCA. At one point he was working for the Ontario provincial government, delivering office supplies, while performing at the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 5 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 5 –...

Q. Known for ten top 100 Canadian chart singles that include "Who Knows How To Make Love Stay" and "Too Bad", what Canadian band am I speaking of that took a five-year hiatus after the death of their lead singer in 2004? A. Doug and the Slugs was founded in Vancouver in 1977 by Toronto-born Doug Bennett, who had been a graphic designer in his home town before moving to British Columbia in the mid-1970s.  Bennett served as the band's chief songwriter, frontman, and lead singer. Keyboardist Simon Kendall described Bennett's writing style: "He had some unique and very interesting lyrics. An anachronistic style, if you like. He was a bit of R&B, he was a bit 1940s, he was a bit Tex-Mex. As a writer, I think he deserves more credit than he gets for being intelligent. He wrote some beautiful and quite provocative songs." After some turnover amongst Slugs in ...

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Trivia Q & A # 4 – 2017

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Q.  What festival did Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson refuse to play at?  To really test your trivia knowledge... who did Ian Anderson refuse to meet in Las Vegas? A.  Woodstock  & Elvis Presley Reason He refused to play Woodstock: Fear of Naked Ladies “I asked our manager Terry Ellis, ‘Well, who else is going to be there?’ And he listed a large number of groups who were reputedly going to play, and that it was going to be a hippie festival,” Jethro Tull‘s Ian Anderson once told SongFacts, “and I said, ‘Will there be lots of naked ladies? And will there be taking drugs and drinking lots of beer, and fooling around in the mud?’ Because rain was forecast. And he said, ‘Oh, yeah.’ So I said, ‘Right. I don’t want to go.’ Because I don’t like hippies, and I’m usually rather put off by naked ladies unless the time is right.” Instead of ...

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Trivia Q & A # 3 – 2017

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A. One of few hip-hop acts from Canada to reach the top of the charts in the US, he would attain the pinnacle of success with the song "Informer". But his level of success would "precipitate" and he wouldn't see the US charts again. Who was this One-hit Wonder? Q. Snow - Darrin Kenneth O'Brien (born October 30, 1969), better known by his stage name Snow, is a Canadian reggae/ hip hop artist. Snow was born and raised in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario. For much of his childhood, he lived in the Allenbury Gardens public housing project, and at the age of 17, moved to Ajax, Ontario. In 1988, Jamaican-born DJ Marvin Prince witnessed O'Brien deejaying at a party and the two quickly became friends. For the next few years, they practiced in Prince's basement with Snow providing vocals and Prince playing records. While on a trip to New York ...

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Trivia Q & A # 2 – 2017

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Q.   Which Canadian artist's real first name is Morna? A.  Morna Anne Murray (born June 20, 1945), known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide. Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the US 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 ...

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Trivia Q & A # 1 – 2017

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Q.  Which Canadian band from the 1980's released "Monkey Bars"? A.  Coney Hatch is a Canadian hard rock band who released three albums in the 1980s. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the band consists of vocalist and guitarist Carl Dixon who would also go on to play with April Wine and a Burton Cummings-less Guess Who for several years, as well as touring solo and releasing at least two solo albums; Lead vocalist and bassist Andy Curran also released a solo album. He was nominated for two Juno Awards and was awarded one "Most Promising Vocalist" in 1991. That album featured 2 top 10 Canadian radio hits "License to Love" and "No Tattoos"; guitarist Steve Shelski who has written several instrumentals for TSN; and drummer Dave 'Thumper' Ketchum. They released their first album in 1982. Ketchum left the band in 1983, and was replaced by Barry Connors who formerly drummed with Toronto. ...

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Trivia Q & A # 49 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 49 –...

Q. Born in Toronto this Canadian musician, at various times used the pseudonyms Joe Canuck, Dr. Shakes and Bernard Shakey. Who is he? A. Neil Young Even though he and his family have lived on a ranch in Northern California since the 1970s, Neil Young remains a Canadian citizen. He is proud to be a member of both the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada. He received these honours for his contributions to music and also for his work with The Bridge School, of which he is a co-founder. The Bridge School works with children who deal with severe physical and speech difficulties. His pseudonyms - Dr. Shakes and Bernard Shakey - refer to the fact that he has epilepsy. Here' one of my personal favourite Neil songs & videos...

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Trivia Q & A # 48 – 2016

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Q. What P.E.I. singer/songwriter wrote one Anne Murray's biggest hits - Snowbird? A.  Gene MacLellan (February 2, 1938 – January 19, 1995) was a Canadian singer-songwriter from Prince Edward Island.  Among his notable compositions were "Snowbird", made famous by Anne Murray, "Put Your Hand in the Hand, "The Call", "Pages of Time" and "Thorn in My Shoe". Elvis Presley, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby were among the many artists who recorded MacLellan's songs. MacLellan was born in Val-d'Or, Quebec, and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He would eventually move to Atlantic Canada, settling in Pownal, Prince Edward Island. He won a Juno Award in 1971 as best songwriter. MacLellan was a frequent guest on Don Messer's Jubilee and later a regular cast member of Singalong Jubilee with Anne Murray and Bill Langstroth. Sadly, MacLellan committed suicide in Summerside, on January 19, 1995. He was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame later that year. His daughter Catherine ...

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Trivia Q & A # 47 – 2016

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Q. What is the name of the 198o's Toronto based band who's debut album, "Love Junk", was produced by the amazing Todd Rundgren with the single "I'm An Adult Now" quickly becoming a smash hit on MTV and all across Canada? A. Pursuit of Happiness Led by Edmonton, Alberta singer and songwriter Moe Berg, The Pursuit of Happiness were launched in 1985 when Berg and drummer Dave Gilby moved to Toronto, Ontario. They soon met bassist Johnny Sinclair and formed the band, adding sisters Tamara and Natasha Amabile as backing vocalists. Their debut single, "I'm an Adult Now," quickly became a smash hit across Canada in 1986, sparked by a low-budget video which made it onto the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic. In 1988, they signed to Chrysalis Records. Their debut album, Love Junk, was produced by Todd Rundgren and released that year. "I'm an Adult Now" was re-recorded and released as a ...

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