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Trivia Q & A # 49 – 2017

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Q.  What popular Christmas movie does Tom Hanks do six voices in? A.  The Polar Express is a 2004 American 3D computer animated Christmas musical fantasy film based on the 1985 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, who served as one of the executive producers on the film. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film features human characters animated using live action motion capture animation. The film stars Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen, with Tom Hanks in six distinct roles.  Tom Hanks  was the voice of the Hero Boy , the Hero Boy's father, the Conductor, the Hobo, Santa Claus, and the Narrator. The film also included a performance by Tinashe at age 9, who later gained exposure as a pop singer in 2010.  The film also marks Michael Jeter's last acting role before his death, and the film was thus dedicated to his memory. The locomotive featured in the film is an American 2-8-4 Berkshire type steam locomotive, with a cowcatcher, modeled after the Pere Marquette 1225, which ...

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Trivia Q & A # 48 – 2017

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Q. What Canadian cities were used for  filming the perennial holiday favourite movie (at least at our house), 'A Christmas Story'? A.  Director Bob Clark reportedly sent scouts to twenty cities before selecting Cleveland for exterior filming. Cleveland was chosen because of Higbee's Department Store in downtown Cleveland.  Until they connected with Higbee's, location scouts had been unsuccessful in finding a department store that was willing to be part of the film. Higbee's vice president Bruce Campbell agreed to take part in the project on the condition he be allowed to edit the script for cursing. Ultimately, Higbee's was the stage for three scenes in the film. In addition to the scenes involving Higbee's, the exterior shots (and select interior shots where Ralphie lived, including the opening of the leg lamp) of the house and neighborhood, were filmed in the Tremont section of Cleveland's West Side. The house used as the Parker home in these scenes has been restored, reconfigured inside to ...

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Trivia Q & A # 47 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 47 –...

Q. The album "she" contained the singles "Tango" and "Black on Black", which were this artist's most successful singles. Her songs have been covered by Heart, Queensryche, Helix and Melissa Manchester. Name the artist. A. Dalbello (born 22 May 1959 as Lisa Dal Bello) is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and voice actress. She released three albums in the pop and pop/rock genre in her late teens, from 1977 through 1981 under her full name. In 1984, she re-emerged as Dalbello, with an edgier brand of alternative rock. Signing with MCA Records out of L.A. when she was 17, Dalbello's self-titled debut album in 1977, produced by David Foster, won her a 1978 Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year.  Despite her win, however, MCA dropped her from the label because the album's production had been too expensive. She formed her own label, Talisman Records, to release her second album Pretty Girls, and received her second Juno nomination in 1979 in the category of Female ...

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Trivia Q & A # 46 – 2017

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Q. The Canadian pianist, Frank Mills, born June 27, 1942, had several successful instrumental numbers that made it to both the Canadian music charts and the U.S. Billboard charts. What was the title for his most famous piece of music? A. Music Box Dancer - He won a Juno in 1980 for his bouncy piano tune, "Peter Piper", but it was "Music Box Dancer" that not only out sold "Peter Piper", but also went higher on both the afore mentioned charts and stayed there longer. The internationally acclaimed Mills, would probably never have had "Music Box Dancer" recognized had his new record label not sent a copy of it by accident to pop-station CFRA-AM in Ottawa. After playing the A-side, the DJ couldn't understand why they had sent the record to his station, but decided to try playing the B-side which had "Music Box Dancer" on it. The rest is history. Frank ...

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Trivia Q & A # 45 – 2017

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Q. What singer was voted "Sexiest Babe of Indie Rock" Playboy.com in 2003? A.  Neko Case is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers. Case, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is the daughter of Diana Mary Dubbs and James Bamford Case. Case's paternal family surname was originally Shevchenko. Her father, a Vietnam veteran serving in the United States Air Force was based in Virginia when she was born. Case's parents, who were teenagers when they had her, were of Ukrainian ancestry. Her parents divorced when Case began school. Case left home at 15. At 18 years of age, she worked as a drummer for the Del Logs and the Propanes, playing in venues including a punk club called the Community World Theater. She attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, graduating with a BFA in 1998. She left Canada for Seattle, Washington. Before leaving, Case recorded vocals for a ...

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Trivia Q & A # 44 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 44 –...

Q.  What is the name of the Canadian band that had hits with the summer classics  'This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide'? A.  The Kings were formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Oakville, Ontario in the late 1970s. The original lineup included David Diamond, (David Broadbent, bass, lead vocals), Mister Zero (John Picard, guitar), Sonny Keyes (Nicholas Peter, keyboards, vocals), and Max Styles (drums), with Zero and Diamond serving as the main songwriters with contributions from Keyes. The Kings were originally known as WhistleKing and rehearsed, performed club gigs, and wrote a considerable number of songs for more than three years. In early 1980, the band went into Nimbus 9 Studio in Toronto to record their first album. While recording, renowned producer Bob Ezrin visited the studio, listened to the band, and liked what he heard. Together they created the album The Kings Are Here with the songs "This Beat Goes On" and "Switchin' To Glide." Two other singles followed and the band began ...

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Trivia Q & A # 43 – 2017

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Q. Which Canadian singer was once a co-host of 'Canada AM'? A.  Kim Stockwood began her music career in 1990 performing on folk nights at a local pub in St. John's, where she grew up. By year's end she was playing weekend gigs, while retaining her day job. In 1992, she moved to Toronto in search of a record deal. There, she talked her way into the office of EMI president Mike McCarty, chatted for an hour, then sang two songs for him right there at his piano. She left that day with a publishing deal and had a full-fledged recording contract within five months. Her first album, Bonavista, was released in 1995. With something of a country-rock feeling, the album was named after the town in Newfoundland where both her grandmother and her mother were born. Among the musicians who played on the album and co-wrote songs with her were Randy Bachman and Matthew Sweet. The ...

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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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