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 four locations across Toronto, Ontario, Canada! A podcast version of the live event, called Pause + Play, can also be found as part of 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, as well as Mississauga in Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta! Trivia Club can be found across Toronto, from our black label Leslieville location at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, to 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 Hitch win the Christopher Hitchens Cup, 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 given out at Cardinal Rule, Trivia Club's Original Home in Roncesvalles, which saw 245 trivia events from 2012 to 2017!

Fifty-seven episode 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 the Oscar Confidence Pool, as well as a Summer Movie Wager, and also 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 have also hosted events for Deloitte, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, Simon & Schuster Canada, Rover, and other corporations. Companies that have partnered with Trivia Club for prize giveaways include motion picture distributors such as Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, 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.

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

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

a short radio doc courtesy of Arman Aghbali, a Ryerson journalism student 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

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