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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
An actor portrays French explorer Samuel de Ch...

Samuel de Champlain. But you knew that...Image by AFP/Getty Images via Daylife

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?

Picture Of A Stump Sells For $3,510,000; Canada's Second-Highest Art Price Ever

In art on November 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm
That’s one hell of a stump — $3,510,000 worth, the second highest amount ever paid for a Canadian work of art. The Group of Seven were Canada’s equivalent of the Impressionists who painted scenes of Canada’s landscapes in the early 20th century. The stump sketch is an early version of  painting by Lawren Harris; the panting hangs in the National Gallery in Ottawa. Those who enjoy the Group of Seven (and I’m one of them) love the mythic quality of these paintings. If you ever visit Toronto, make time to visit the McMichael Collection, which groups many of these in a gorgeous setting on the outskirts of the city. The Art Gallery of Ontario also has some great Group of Seven works. One of favorites is J.E.H. Mcdonald’s Tangled Garden.
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