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Canadian Pop Culture Quiz, Just The Ticket For Your New Year's Hangover

In culture on January 1, 2010 at 3:12 am
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Just what you need! Those who at least try to avoid Google, and non-Canadians, get bonus points for effort…

These are from a deck of cards produced by Kate Armstrong, part of a larger series produced by Pomegranate:

1) Which Canadian architect is known for his curvy titanium structures?

2) What took place on two giant islands in the St. Lawrence River in 1967?

3) Which pianist was famed for unconsciously singing along with the music?

4) Who coined the term Generation X?

5) What hockey legend became equally famous for doughnuts?

6) Which Canadian actor invented a stopwatch that runs backwards?

7) What is Canada’s national game?

8) Whose heroic journey lasted 143 days and covered 3,339 miles?

9) Which political leader has been called the greatest pop star Canada has ever produced?

10) Which branch of the Canadian government sold the Disney Company the rights to its image?


And my additions:

a) Which hit film of 2007 featured two fresh-faced new stars, both of them Canadian?

b) What is poutine? What do you do with it?

c) Which Canadian singer changed her name to Issa but has now changed it back again?

d) Who, or what, are The Habs?

e) Where is The Shrine?

f) Which hottie television star and singer has a twin sister who’s an award-winning journalist?

g) What is, (other than a Beatles’ song) The Walrus?

h) What profession did the inventors of Trivial Pursuit practice before the game’s success and  (bonus) where did they work?

i) If I asked you for a Timbit, what would you be giving me?

j) What are the first words of the Canadian national anthem? In French? Traduisez, SVP!

k) Who were the Group of Seven? Bonus: Can you name some of them?


Happy New Year, eh?

  1. Oh, pathetic. I only the know seven of them! I’ll let other non-Canadians answer…and go hang my head in shame.

  2. Katie! Hand over your passport, babe…Which seven?

  3. 5) What hockey legend became equally famous for doughnuts?
    9) Which political leader has been called the greatest pop star Canada has ever produced?
    b) What is poutine? What do you do with it?
    g) What is, (other than a Beatles’ song) The Walrus?
    i) If I asked you for a Timbit, what would you be giving me?
    j) What are the first words of the Canadian national anthem? In French? Traduisez, SVP!
    k) Who were the Group of Seven? Bonus: Can you name some of them?

    (And no, I cannot name any of them…)

  4. Let’s see if anyone else takes a crack at it.

  5. Where is this Canada anyway?

  6. Jerry, you know this is an unwise question. It’s that big lump just north of The Center Of The Universe, the one with all the oil and gas and fresh water. Oh, and universal healthcare.

  7. Canadian, no Google.

    1) Frank Gehry
    2) Expo ’67 (I was there!)
    3) Glenn Gould
    4) Douglas Copeland
    5) Tim Horton
    6) Huh?
    7) We have two official sports, lacrosse and more recently hockey.
    8) Terry Fox
    9) No idea
    10) Couldn’t even guess.

    a) The Notebook
    b) fries, curds gravy and I have never been able to eat it.
    c) Alannis Morrisette
    d) Montreal Canadiens
    e) I have heard both Maple Leaf Gardens and The Forum referred to as The Shrine.
    f) Jill Hennessey (?)
    g) “What is”, or “Who is” the The Walrus?
    h) Journalists (Globe and Mail?)
    i) Doughnut hole!
    j) “Oh Canada”?
    k) Seven famous Canadian painters. Sleepy, Grumpy… Oh, forget it! Wow! I can’t name even one. Pathetic!

  8. Wow, Katie only got two of the first ten. Very bad. You don’t have to turn in your passport, but you will be “profiled” at the airport.

  9. The Group of Seven is killing me! I did remember Lawren Harris though. Wasn’t an eighth added later. It was a female painter who lived on Vancouver Island. I cannot remember her name, but it is something like Emily Post. Emily…?

  10. CARR! EMILY CARR!

    I GOT ONE!

  11. Emily Carr?! Um, no….But good feminist points.

  12. Darn!

    Wikipedia does tell me that she was “closely associated”…

  13. Sorry. The horseshoe falls; and 3 guys named Neil, Geddy, and Alex, make up just about all of my knowledge of Canada! :)

  14. Nice deke, babe. :-)

  15. little late to this one, but I got most of them (apart from Frank Gehry and Glen Gould)… brianschumacher seems to have got most of them. I’ll try to fill in the ones he didn’t get:

    the first words to O! Canada in French are: O, Canada, terre de nos aieux (O, Canada, land of our fore-fathers/ancestors)

    Group of Seven… influential female artists (I seem to remember some landscapes??)… can’t name them, though. Terrible on my part.

    ‘The Walrus’ is a magazine – and a pretty good one, at that.

    Is ‘The Shrine’ not the Hockey Hall of Fame? I don’t know that one… in any event, if it is, it’s in Trawna.

    Annnd politician who was our greatest pop star? Trudeau??

    I feel that my NYE hangover might have affected this. Or… I’ll blame it on that, anyway.

  16. Brian…good for you…It’s Coupland and Glenn with two nn’s, but this is excellent…I was also at Expo, so what a memory! The answer to Number 10 is a hoot.

    a) and c) are is incorrect and you got the name of one of the sisters correct, which is good…the other is…? h) is right but their employer was wrong…

    markbolton, will you believe it if I tell you (by, does this make me old) that that particular band played at our Toronto high school at a dance before they became HUGE?

    Colin, well done…I think the Shrine is The Forum, not the hall of fame. And, yes, it was PET.

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