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Trivia Q & A # 32 – 2016

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Q.  By the early 1950's, the young man from Nova Scotia, Canada was a regular on the Grand Ole Opry. He convinced the Opry directors to allow a young unknown named Elvis Presley to be his opening act. What was this man's name? A.  HANK SNOW was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. His number-one hits include the self-penned songs "I'm Moving On", "The Golden Rocket" and famous versions of "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me Go, Lover!", "I've Been Everywhere", "Hello Love", as well as other top 10 hits. Snow was an accomplished songwriter whose clear, baritone voice expressed a wide range of emotions including the joys of freedom and travel as well as the anguish of tortured love. His music was rooted ...

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Trivia Q & A # 31- 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 31- 2016

Q. This Ottawa native became an international pop star in his teens. Nowadays, he's as well known for his songwriting abilities as for his singing. Who is he? A. Paul Anka Paul Anka was born July 30, 1941 in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. He began singing as a choirboy at St. Elijah's Syrian Orthodox Church and burst onto the pop music scene when he was 15 with 'Diana'. For years it was thought that 'Diana' was a paean of praise to a former babysitter, but in a National Public Radio interview a few years ago, Paul set the record straight when he said that the song was really about a girl who attended the same church he did. Paul Anka is as well-known as a composer as he is as a singer and has written several of the most memorable signature songs for other singers - for instance, Tom Jones' 'She's a Lady' ...

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Trivia Q & A # 30 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 30 –...

Q. I was David Letterman's long-time Canadian band leader and sidekick. Who am I? A. Paul Shaffer (born November 28, 1949) is a Canadian-American singer, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and multi-instrumentalist who served as David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick on the entire run of both Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993) and Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015). Shaffer was born and raised in Fort William (now part of Thunder Bay), Ontario, Canada, the son of Shirley and Bernard Shaffer, a lawyer. Shaffer was raised in a Jewish family. As a child, Shaffer took piano lessons, and in his teenage years played the organ in a band called Fabulous Fugitives with his schoolmates in Thunder Bay. Later he performed with the "Flash Landing Band" at different venues around Edmonton and the Interior of B.C. Educated at the University of Toronto, he began playing with jazz guitarist Tisziji Muñoz, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 29 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 29 –...

Q.  As odd as it may seem, one of Leonard Cohen's most popular songs was inspired when he read that, in some of the Nazi death camps, a string quartet was forced to produce music whilst prisoners were burned. Which one? A. "Dance Me to the End of Love" was released in 1984 in the album "Various Positions". Other songs in this album are "Hallelujah", Coming Back to You" and "The Law". Despite being structured as a love song, this was in fact inspired by the Holocaust. Cohen recalled: "That came from just hearing or reading or knowing that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt." "So, that ...

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Trivia Q & A # 28 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 28 –...

Q. Which female singer was a founder of the Lilith Fair? A. Sarah McLachlan n 1996, Canadian Sarah McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row.  Bucking conventional industry wisdom, she booked a successful tour for herself and Paula Cole. At least one of their appearances together — in McLachlan's home town of Halifax, on September 14, 1996 — went by the name "Lilith Fair" and included performances by McLachlan, Cole, Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey, formerly of Crash Vegas. The next year, McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour, taking Lilith from the medieval Jewish legend that Lilith was Adam's first wife. In 1997, Lilith Fair garnered a $16 million gross, making it the top-grossing of any touring festival.  Among all concert tours for that year, it was the 16th highest grossing. In 2010, Lilith Fair staged a revival with mixed results, as several dates were ...

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Trivia Q & A # 27 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 27 –...

Q.   Which Canadian Band appeared on 'the Simpsons'? A.  Bachman Turner Overdrive They voiced themselves in the season 11 episode "Saddlesore Galactica". Bart: Who are those pleasant old men? Homer: That’s BTO. They’re Canada’s answer to EOP. Their big hit was TCB. That’s how we talked in the 70s. We didn’t have a moment to spare! After leaving The Guess Who at the height of that band's success, Randy Bachman recalled being labelled "a lunatic and a loser" and that "nobody wanted to work with me." The exception was Chad Allan, former Guess Who lead singer/keyboardist who had left that band four years before Randy. The two agreed to explore a musical project, and Randy then turned to family. The result was the band Brave Belt, formed in Winnipeg in 1971 with the additions of Randy's brother Robin "Robbie" Bachman on drums, and Gary Bachman acting as band manager. Brave Belt's self-titled first album, which ...

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Trivia Q & A # 26 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 26 –...

Q. This Alberta-born singer started her career in country and western mode in a Patsy Cline tribute band, but she's long since crossed musical boundaries and is acclaimed as a singer of pop and blues as well as country. Who is she? A. kd lang - Kathryn Dawn Lang,(born November 2, 1961), known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang was born in Edmonton, Alberta, the daughter of Audrey and Adam Frederick Lang. When Lang was nine months old, her family moved to Consort, Alberta, where she grew up with two sisters and one brother on the Canadian prairie.  Her father, a drugstore owner, left the family when she was twelve. After secondary school, Lang attended Red Deer College, where she became fascinated with the life and music of Patsy Cline and ultimately determined to pursue a career as a professional singer.  She formed ...

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Trivia Q & A # 25 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 25 –...

Q. Remember the 80's? Who wore 'Sunglasses at Night'? A. Corey Mitchell Hart (born May 31, 1962) is a Canadian singer, best known for his hit singles "Sunglasses at Night" and "Never Surrender". He has sold over 16 million records worldwide and scored nine US Billboard Top 40 hits. In Canada Hart has amassed 30 Top 40 hits, including 11 in the Top 10, over the course of 30 years in the music industry. Hart's debut album, First Offense, was recorded at Revolution Recording Studios in Manchester, England in the spring of 1982. It was produced by Jon Astley (The Who) and Phil Chapman. Released in 1983, First Offense featured the US Billboard Top 10 hit song "Sunglasses at Night" (No. 7) and Top 20 follow-up single "It Ain't Enough" (No. 17). The album went platinum in the United States and quadruple platinum in Canada. First Offense initially received a modest response ...

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Trivia Q & A # 24 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 24 –...

Q.  Which member of the Mamas & The Papas was origianlly from Halifax, Nova Scotia A.  Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty Denny Doherty was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Doherty started his musical career in Halifax in 1956 with a band called the Hepsters. With friends Richard Sheehan, Eddie Thibodeau and Mike O'Connell, the Hepsters played at clubs in the Halifax area. The band lasted about two years. Sheehan recalls that they drew crowds wherever they went due to Denny's incredible voice. In 1960, at the age of 19, Doherty, along withPat LaCroix and Richard Byrne, began a folk group called The Colonials in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When they got a record deal with Columbia Records, they changed their name to The Halifax Three. The band recorded two LPs and had a minor hit, "The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch", but broke up in 1963. Coincidentally, they separated at a hotel ...

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Trivia Q & A # 23 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 23 –...

Q. This Canadian musical story-teller retired from music for twelve years as his way of protesting what he saw as a lack of support from the federal government for Canadian artists. Known for comedic songs such as "Big Joe Mufferaw" and "The Hockey Song", who am I referring to? A. "Stompin" Tom Connors Born as Charles Thomas Connors, and also known by the moniker Tommy Messer, "Stompin" Tom Connors, spent much of his career and a lot of his money fighting the powers that be in an effort to bring more notoriety and recognition to Canadians artists who chose to improve their careers within Canadian borders. He protested against any Canadian artist who took their act out of Canada and referred to those that did as "Turncoat Canadians". To express his seriousness regarding his ongoing fight with the Canadian Radio and Television Commission(CRTC), he also took up a protest against the Canadian ...

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