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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? 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 three weekly 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! 

Trivia Club can be found across Toronto, from our Leslieville location at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every Monday, to The Rec Room (255 Bremner Blvd) the most exciting new event center in Toronto every Tuesday, to our Original Home of Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Ave) every Wednesday, and the warm and comfy Farside (600 Gerrard St East) monthly on Thursday. 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, and in celebrating our anniversary at Cardinal Rule which is also 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!

Every Friday a new 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 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! The Saturday Night Live Fantasy League has expanded exponentially in its four years of operation.

An alumni of the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School in New York City, 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 two to three times a week across Toronto. 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 five hundred events since then. Companies that have partnered with Trivia Club for prize giveaways include motion picture distributors such as Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, VVS Films, and D Films, 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 AT gmail DOT com in regards to press, as well as inquiries into hosting private trivia events!


PRESS
"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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