April 02, 2012

Which movie's poster tag-line was "family isn't a word, it's a sentence"? For how many years did Mad Magazine refrain from using real ads? What is the eastern-most of the fifty states in the United States of America? These are the type of questions that you may be asked, as part of the Greatest Game Show in Toronto... Trivia Club, participating with your team to win the vaunted Golden VHS tape!

Hosted and produced by Russel Harder, Trivia Club is a live event that currently takes place at two locations across Toronto, Ontario, Canada! During the COVID-19 pandemic we have also begun Trivia Club LIVE from the Trivia Clubhouse on YouTube every Tuesday, with the audio version also available on the Trivia Club Network on iTunes

The event is three rounds of trivia! The first round is classic pub-style trivia, called Trivia Classic! The second round is Game Show Games, interactive questions based on well-known game shows! The third round is fewer questions for more points, called Tri-Pardo, followed by the Trivia Finale! 

Licensed across Canada, Trivia Club can be found at The Rec Room in London, and Mississauga in Ontario, in two locations in Edmonton, as well as Calgary, Alberta, and in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador! Trivia Club can be found across Toronto, from the flagship big stage The Rec Room Roundhouse (255 Bremner Blvd) weekly every Tuesday, and the friendly neighbourhood Farside (600 Gerrard St East) every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Each location, thanks to phenomenal support from regular participants, also celebrates the anniversary of it's first night of trivia with an annual competition. In addition to being awarded a Golden VHS tape, annual victors at The Rec Room become Trivia Royalty, annual victors at Farside win Uncle Rubberknee's Head of Class, and in celebrating the anniversary of Trivia Club as a whole, our very own Stanley Cup... the Golden VCR is awarded after the Grand Championship Grand Prix which lasts throughout the month of April! Originally the Golden VCR was awarded at Cardinal Rule, Trivia Club's Original Home in Roncesvalles, which saw 245 trivia events from 2012 to 2017!

Fifty-seven episodes of the Pause + Play podcast can be found on our website, as well as through the Trivia Club Network of podcasts that can be subscribed to on iTunes, as well as SoundCloud. Pause + Play was featured on the CBC's Podcast Playlist on March 10th, 2017, as part of their "Games people play" episode, with Russel Harder asking Lindsey Michael and award-winning Toronto news personality Matt Galloway trivia questions.

Trivia Club also operates Extra Curricular events, largely on-line games which are free to all those who are interested! These Extra Curricular events include an Oscar Confidence Pool, as well as the Summer Movie Wager, and the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League which has seen participants from across Canada and the United States, as well as Ireland!

An alumni of the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School in New York City and hailing from the small Saskatchewan town of Asquith, Russel Harder began Trivia Club in April of 2012 at Cardinal Rule and has watched it grow from a once a month event to an event that can be found in multiple locations a week, across Ontario. Trivia Club hosted nine events in its first year of operation and has grown to four hundred and fifty events by Trivia Club's fifth anniversary in 2017, and over seven hundred events since then. Trivia Club has also produced events for Deloitte, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, Simon & Schuster Canada, and others. Companies that have partnered with Trivia Club for prize giveaways include motion picture distributors such as Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and others, independent Canadian brewing companies such as Steam Whistle Brewery, and Beau's, as well as local Toronto businesses like The Candy Bar, Ed's Real Scoop, Crywolf Clothing, and North Standard. During the COVID-19 pandemic we were also lucky to put together trivia packages to entertain those at Etobicoke General Hospital.

Please send any and all inquires to russelharder@gmail.com in regards to press, as well as inquiries into hosting private trivia events!

Author Eric Nusbaum wrote this about sports, and it's how we view Trivia Club as well, why we pay so much attention to team stats, to landmark events, and achievements:

"[It's] a way of marking time. But they are also a way of filling time: the familiar rhythms. It offers us the simple gift of something to do: as participants and spectators. It offers us a habit. We are a species that craves ritual, that requires it. And in [Trivia Club], ritual can create meaning where there otherwise isn’t any. We wrap our games up in fancy clothes and they become important. But they aren’t actually important. That is a big part of their appeal, even at their least serious."

"Games people play" - CBC Podcast Playlist (Matt Galloway & Lindsey Michael) 03/10/17

a short radio doc courtesy of Arman Aghbali, who stopped by Trivia Club @ Cardinal Rule. 01/29/14

"dossier: Russel Harder of TRIVIA CLUB" - a field of crowns (A. Gaboury) 02/11/13

"A Short History of Toronto Trivia in Spring" - Ryerson University (A. Lyle) 05/20/14

"In Pursuit of Trivia Glory" - The Eye Opener (Ryerson University) 02/28/15

Trivia Club was also featured on CP24 on 02/09/20 in promotion of Red Carpet Oscar Trivia at The Rec Room Roundhouse.

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