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Trivia Q & A # 35 – 2017

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Q.   What is the origin of the band name Tragically Hip? A.  The most commonly known source of the band's name is from a skit on Elephant Parts, a comedy show from Michael Nesmith (yes, formerly of the Monkees). In a 1989 interview with the Georgia Straight, Downie also revealed they’d heard the phrase in an Elvis Costello song. “There's one skit in there that is sort [of] like a TV plea in Elephant Parts: 'Send some money to the Foundation for the Tragically Hip.' And that phrase has also appeared in an Elvis Costello song. It crops up every now and again, and it's just a name that we like." That Costello song is “Town Cryer” from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom.

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Trivia Q & A # 34 – 2017

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Q. Which band is responsible for the theme song for "Kids in the Hall"? A.  Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet are a Juno Award-winning Canadian instrumental rock band, formed in 1984. They remain best known for the track "Having an Average Weekend", which was used as the theme to the Canadian sketch comedy TV show The Kids in the Hall. Although commonly classified as a surf rock band they rejected the label, going so far as to release a track called "We're Not a Fucking Surf Band", although they also later released a compilation box set titled Oh, I Guess We Were a Fucking Surf Band After All. The band's origins are in Calgary, where founding members Reid Diamond and Brian Connelly were members of the punk rock band Buick McKane in the 1970s. After that band broke up, Diamond, Connelly and drummer Alex Koch moved to Toronto, where they joined with Don Pyle to form a new punk band, Crash Kills Five. That band released one EP, What Do You Do At Night?, in 1980 before ...

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Trivia Q & A # 33 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 33 –...

Q. This singer made her debut in 1997 with 'Under These Rocks and Stones' and was also featured on the 'Armageddon' soundtrack. Who is she? A.  Chantal Kreviazuk comes from Winnipeg, Manitoba and began playing piano at the age of three and hence, the piano features quite significantly in the majority of her music. She first hit the music scene in a significant way in 1997 with her debut album 'Under These Rocks and Stones' (the album has already hit Double Platinum Sales in Canada), and has gained more international and particularly North American exposure with songs on the Armageddon soundtrack (a rendition of 'I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane') and on the Dawson's Creek soundtrack project (a take on Randy Newman's 'Feels Like Home').  Chantal performed the National anthems of the USA and Canada on October 11, 2000 at the NHL game between the New York Islanders and the Calgary ...

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Trivia Q & A # 32 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 32 –...

Q. Which female Canadian bass player played for both Smashing Pumpkins, and Hole? A. Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur (born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after forming the indie rock band Tinker while she was a student at Concordia University. She was recruited as the bassist for the American alternative rock band Hole in the summer of 1994 and is featured on several Hole releases, including the band's third studio album Celebrity Skin (1998). Following her departure from Hole in 1999, Auf der Maur briefly joined The Smashing Pumpkins as a touring member for its 2000 tour and began her solo career; her debut studio album, Auf der Maur, was released in 2004 on Capitol Records and her second studio album, Out of Our Minds, was released in 2010 on her own independent record label, PHI–MAdM Music Inc. Best known for her music career, Auf der Maur is also a photographer and occasional actress. Her photographs ...

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Trivia Q & A # 31 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 31 –...

Q. This 80's band had an album called "Arias and Symphonies". With what eating utensil do they share a name? A.   Spoons is a Canadian new wave band, formed in 1979 in Burlington, Ontario. They recorded several Canadian chart hits between 1982 and 1989, and in 1983, they won Group of the Year at the U-Know awards. Their most popular songs include "Romantic Traffic", "Nova Heart", "Old Emotions" and "Tell No Lies". he band initially consisted of Gordon Deppe (lead vocals and guitar), Sandy Horne (vocals and bass), Brett Wickens (keyboards, synths) and Peter Shepherd (drums). In late 1979, Shepherd left the band and was replaced by Derrick Ross on drums. Spoons then released an independent single, "After the Institution", in 1980 on Mannequin Records, produced by the band and former member Shepherd. Shortly thereafter, Wickens left the band to release an electronica album as part of the duo Ceramic Hello, also on Mannequin Records, and later became ...

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Trivia Q & A # 30 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 30 –...

Q. What Canadian group had a song featuring pro-wrestler Bret Hart? A. The Rascalz are a Canadian hip-hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, who played a crucial role in the artistic and commercial development of Canadian hip hop. The group consists of emcees Red1 and Misfit, and record producer DJ Kemo. Breakdancers, Zebroc and Dedos were also part of the group. Formed in 1991, the group released an independent album for Calabash Records in 1992. The album, Really Livin', was recorded under the name of Ragga Muffin Rascals. The re-worked major label recording was released the following year in 1993 by Sony Music Canada. The album was nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 1994 Juno Awards. The group moved to BMG Canada in 1997 to record Cash Crop, followed by Global Warning in 1999 and Reloaded in 2002. Cash Crop was nominated for Best Rap Recording at the Juno Awards of 1998. Due to Canadian hip ...

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Trivia Q & A # 29 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 29 –...

Q.  What  song of 1958 was included on the Voyager space craft to represent the origins of rock and roll? A.  "Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958 rock-and-roll song written and first recorded by Chuck Berry. The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences, peaking at number 2 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart and number 8 on its Hot 100 chart. "Johnny B. Goode" is considered one of the most recognizable songs in the history of popular music. Credited as "the first rock & roll hit about rock & roll stardom", it has been recorded by many other artists and has received several honors and accolades. The song is also ranked seventh on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Written by Berry in 1955, the song is about an illiterate "country boy" from the New Orleans area, who plays a guitar "just like ringing a bell," and who might one day have his "name in lights." Berry acknowledged that the song ...

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Trivia Q & A # 28 – 2017

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Q.  One of Canada's premiere soul acts had worked it's way into the charts with hits like  'Cry' (a remake) and 'Hurts To Love You'. Name these boys? A. The Philosopher Kings are a Canadian band who were most commercially successful in the late 1990s. The name of the band is derived from Plato's Republic, in which he outlines the design of an idealistic government, ruled by philosopher-kings. Gerald Eaton, along with Jason and Jon Levine formed The Philosopher Kings in the early 1990's to break the sterile atmosphere of the music school they attended. Their first album came out in 1994 and contained the hit 'Charms', which quickly reached the Top Ten in Canada and the Top 40 in the US. 1997 was their real breakout year however, when they released three hit singles, 'Hurts To Love You', 'Cry' (a remake of the Godley and Creme song) and 'You Don't Love Me'. Once you have heard the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 26 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 26 –...

Q.  Who was the first living pianist to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame? A.  Oscar Peterson Not only the first pianist, but one of the very first inductees. Period.  In 1978, Peterson along with Guy Lombardo shared being the first to be inducted into the newly formed Canadian Music Hall of Fame located  within The National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours including belonging to the Juno Awards Hall of Fame and the Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2013, Peterson was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.

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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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