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Trivia Q & A # 42 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 42 –...

Q. Sweeney Todd, named after the murderous barber legend from the 1800s, was formed in 1975 Vancouver. It had a major hit with "Roxy Roller", but its lead singer, Nick Gilder, became much more successful after he left the band with a huge hit that went to number one in both the US and Canada in 1978. What song earned him two Junos as well as a People's Choice Award? A.  Hot Child in the City Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder was born in London, England, Gilder was raised in Vancouver. He began his career as front-man for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd, which later briefly featured a very young Bryan Adams.  Sweeney Todd had a number one hit, "Roxy Roller", that held on to the top spot in the Canadian music charts for three weeks in 1975.  It went on to win a Juno Award for "Best Selling Single" in 1977. Feeling they had ...

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Trivia Q & A # 41 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 41 –...

Q. On March 2, 2008, Canada and the music world lost musician extraordinaire, Jeff Healey, after a lifelong battle with cancer. Despite being blind most of his life, he embarked on a very successful career that included music genres from rock to jazz to blues. Jeff even starred in a movie once with an actor/actress who passed away in 2009. Who was the actor/actress and what was the title of the movie? A. Patrick Swayze - Road House In 1989, Jeff played himself in the movie "Road House" that starred Patrick Swayze, another cancer victim who passed away a year after Jeff. At only eight months of age, Norman Jeffry Healey, born March 25, 1966, lost his sight due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Best known for the hit songs, "See The Light", and "Angel Eyes", Jeff was a master guitarist. Because of his blindness, he learned to play ...

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Trivia Q & A # 40 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 40 –...

Q. 1974 was the year of the second election of Pierre Trudeau as Canadian Prime Minister. The meaning of Pierre (Peter) is "rock" - and voilà: There was a song called "Rock Me Gently" in 1974! Which Canadian with the same home town as Trudeau sang it? A. Andy Kim Andrew Youakim, performing as Andy Kim, is a Canadian pop rock singer and songwriter. He grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He is known for a number of hits that he released in the late 1960s and 1970s, such as "Rock Me Gently", which topped the US singles chart in 1974. He co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies; it was #1 for four weeks and was "Record of the Year" for 1969. He has recorded under the stage name Baron Longfellow since the mid-1980s or just as Longfellow in the early 1990s. More recently, Kim's music has again come into the public eye, as "Rock ...

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Trivia Q & A # 39 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 39 –...

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” The origin of the Crash Test Dummies is tied to the history of two Winnipeg nightspots, the Spectrum Cabaret and the Blue Note Cafe, owned by Curtis Riddell. In the mid-1980s, Riddell joined with Brad Roberts to form the decidedly less-than-serious bar band Bad Brad Roberts and the St. James Rhythm Pigs. Over time, the band evolved into the Crash Test Dummies, a name suggested by a friend of the band who was in medical school. The band first began to achieve commercial success in Canada with the release of The Ghosts that Haunt Me in 1991. The album eventually reached sales of 400,000 in Canada, largely due to the overwhelming popularity of the hit single "Superman's Song", which earned the band the 1991 Juno Award for Group ...

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Trivia Q & A # 38 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 38 –...

Q. Who wrote the theme song for Johhny Carson's 'Tonight Show'? A. Ottawa, Canada born Paul Anka "Johnny's Theme" began life as "Toot Sweet", a pop instrumental composed in 1959 by Paul Anka and recorded by Tutti's Trumpets.  It was released on Disney's Buena Vista label as the B-side to The Camarata Strings' single "Lost In a Fog". "Tutti" Camarata, who was Annette Funicello's producer at the time, asked Anka to write some songs for Funicello's first album to follow her work on The Mickey Mouse Club.  Anka added lyrics to "Toot Sweet" and published them under the title "It's Really Love",  and the song was released as part of Annette Sings Anka. He recorded his own version of "It's Really Love" that same year for the French film Faibles Femmes. When Johnny Carson, a fan of jazz music, was preparing to take over as the permanent host of The Tonight Show starting in ...

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Trivia Q & A # 37 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 37 –...

Q.  Besides Tragically Hip, what other music superstar was from Kingston Ontario? Hint: he can be a bit "Reckless" A.  Bryan Guy Adams,  (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter, photographer, and activist. One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, Adams has sold 100 million records and singles worldwide. Adams rose to fame in North America with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless which produced some of his best known songs including "Run to You" and "Summer of '69". In 1991, he released "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", one of the best-selling singles of all time. Adams also spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Heaven", "All for Love" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?". For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 ...

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Trivia Q & A # 36 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 36 –...

Q. In 1996, one Canadian artist swept the Grammys, winning Album of the Year, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. Who was she? A. Alanis Morisette for the album Jagged Little Pill The third studio album and international debut album by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, first released on June 13, 1995, through Maverick Records. Morissette had released two successful albums in Canada, after which she left MCA Records Canada and was introduced to manager Scott Welch. Morissette began work on her next album after moving from her hometown, Ottawa, to Toronto; she did not make much progress until she traveled to Los Angeles, where she met Glen Ballard. Morissette and Ballard had an instant connection, and began co-writing and experimenting with sounds. The experimentation resulted in an alternative rock album that took influence from post-grunge and pop rock, and featured guitars, keyboards, drum machines, and harmonica. The ...

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Trivia Q & A # 35 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 35 –...

Q.  What famous Canadian musician has a theatre named after him in Winnipeg? A.  Burton Cummings Originally known as the Walker Theatre, The Burton Cummings Theatre for Performing Arts (“The Burt”) was constructed in 1906-07. The theatre was built for a new style of professional-level entertainment and it brought ballets, operas, and Broadway-style shows to Winnipeg. The theatre was converted into the Odeon Cinema in 1945 and served as Winnipeg’s most popular single-screen movie theatre. Original Odeon logos and artwork are still visible on the building. In 1991 it was reopened as a venue for live performances, and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada as well as a Provincial Heritage Site. In 2002, the theatre was renamed after Burton Cummings, Winnipeg-born performer, and former lead singer of the Guess Who.

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Trivia Q & A # 34 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 34 –...

Q. Which Canadian band has a repertoire that includes the songs "Anus of Uranus" and "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III"? A.  Klaatu was a Canadian progressive rock group formed in 1973 by the duo of John Woloschuk and Dee Long.  They named themselves after the extraterrestrial character Klaatu in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. After recording two non-charting singles, drummer Terry Draper was added to the line-up; this trio would comprise Klaatu throughout the rest of the band's recording career.  Both the songs  in the question came from Klaatu's first album "3:47 EST" that was released in 1976. In Canada, the band is remembered for several hits, including "California Jam" (1974), "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" (1977) and "Knee Deep In Love" (1980). In the U.S. "Calling Occupants" b/w "Sub-Rosa Subway" was a minor double-sided hit and their only chart entry, peaking at No. 62 in 1977. The band is also remembered internationally for ...

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Trivia Q & A # 33 – 2016

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Trivia Q & A # 33 –...

Q. Many people think that this artist is from the southern United States. Fact is, he was born in Toronto in 1966. Which blues guitarist plays his Stratocaster in his unique trademark style of laying the guitar in his lap? A. Jeff Healey - Singer, songwriter, guitarist Best known for the hit single "Angel Eyes" and his role as "Cody" in the 1989 film Road House, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jeff Healey has attracted the attention of many with his searing guitar licks and imaginative blend of rock, jazz, and blues. Early in his career Healey was hailed as a blues guitar hero. According to Jas Obrecht of Guitar Player, B.B. King once told Healey, "I've never seen anything like it. Your execution is the best I've ever seen. Stick with it, and you'll be bigger than Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stanley Jordan, and B.B. King." That has not happened, but Healey has ...

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