Grand Championship Grand Prix 2019

May 01, 2019

Trivia Club is celebrating its SEVENTH anniversary! What do we have in store in our latest greatest iteration of the Grand Championship Grand Prix? FIVE EVENTS across THREE LOCATIONS and the return of Grand Prix Points based off of placement!

2 Fast 2 Curious 5 6 6 7 6 30
Smartly Pretty 7 7 7 2 7 30
Fighting Mongooses 3 5 1 -- 5 14
Good Folks from 
Laramie Cigarettes
-- 4 -- -- 3 7
Unusual Suspects 6 -- -- -- -- 6
Ask Jeeves -- -- -- 6 -- 6
Cunning Stunts -- -- -- 5 -- 5
Team Name -- -- 5 -- -- 5
 W e have officially entered into the SEVENTH anniversary celebration of Trivia Club in Toronto! Lucky number seven! The magnificent seven! It was Friday, April 13th starting at 10pm in the now warmly remembered Cardinal Rule that we had our first night of Trivia Club! SPARTACUS would win that first Golden VHS, besting Geraldo Triviera by a point, on a night that would also feature the Fighting Mongooses (but not those ones), Stupid Sexy Flanders, and Team Equipe in the Top Five (top five, top five)! Team Equipe members would soon return under a more familiar name in Trivia Club history, the Cunning Stunts, and by our first anniversary we would be celebrating our fifteenth event!

Now across eight different locations, and three current locations, not to mention two licensed locations across Ontario, we’ve held nearly SEVEN-HUNDRED events, and had the pleasure of holding Trivia Club events for performing arts organisations, and large corporations, and more, while also making appearances on CBC Radio 1! We’ve teamed with movie sponsors like Fox Searchlight and Paramount, enjoyed candy prizes from The Candy Bar, and cool clothes from the likes of North Standard and Crywolf!

As we celebrate our anniversary what do we have in store in our latest greatest iteration of the Grand Championship Grand Prix? FIVE EVENTS across THREE LOCATIONS for Trivia Club’s seventh anniversary!

April 3rd at FARSIDE

April 8th at HITCH

April 16th at THE REC ROOM 
 for Trivia Club’s Anniversary

April 17th at FARSIDE for Trivia Club’s Anniversary 


April 29th at HITCH for our Grand Championship Finale

The points that will decide who wins that Golden VCR in 2019 however won’t just be the points you get on the night of trivia that might win you the Golden VHS, those will still be used in case of a tie-breaker, but your Grand Prix Points will be all about how you place!

Teams that finish within the TOP SEVEN on each of the above FIVE EVENTS will receive the following points towards The Race for the Golden VCR:

  • 1ST – 7 points 
  • 2ND – 6 points 
  • 3RD – 5 points 
  • 4TH – 4 points 
  • 5TH – 3 points 
  • 6TH – 2 point
  • 7TH - 1 point

Who will join Sam Rockwell, The Sexy Dumpster Teens, The Electric Bastards, David Bowie's Corporate Whores, the Cunning Stunts, and the reigning Fighting Mongooses as Grand Champions of Trivia Club?

The Grand Prix for the seventh annual Grand Championship showed just how much Trivia Club had changed over the years while also highlighting both the teams, and moments that have helped it grow throughout the years!

We began the 2019 Grand Championship Grand Prix at  Farside  for the location 28th event, and were joined on April 3rd by a variety of teams, including the Unusual Suspects making their first appearance since last March! The Suspects finished runners-up to another notable duo in Smartly Pretty, known on the night as The Friendly Friends! Third place on the night were Farside's newest regulars in 2 Fast 2 Curious! Rounding out the top five were the Fighting Mongooses! This put Smartly Pretty in the early lead with 7 Grand Prix Points!

The next Monday at  Hitch  on April 8th was not only our next Trivia Club event but also the second GCGP night of 2019! Smartly Pretty, on the night known as 2 Folks 2 Mongooses in honour of the competition, would once again take the Golden VHS in their home bar, and with that first place spot another 7 points for 14 Grand Prix Points! Runners-up on the night and gaining another 6 for 11 GPP of their own was 2 Fast 2 Curious! Moving into third overall with a third place finish on the night were the Fighting Mongooses, who now had 8 GPP! Fourth place were the Good Folks from Laramie Cigarettes!

Eight days later on the 16th of April, the GCGP 2019 finally came to  The Rec Room Roundhouse , and even though the night proved rambunctious with a rock band in the back space during our 75th event, it also proved tough for our reigning Grand Champions as the Fighting Mongooses finished in seventh on the night and at the very least picked up an additional Grand Prix Point for 9 overall. Trivia Club legacy team and our current successful team at The Rec Room, Team Name finished in third. Cookiefaced and Suck It Trebek also made their Grand Prix debuts! Meanwhile Smartly Pretty, as Olivia Newton-Quiz, and 2 Fast 2 Curious were once again first and second, picking up another 7 and 6 GPP respectively!

The Tuesday night Trivia Club was followed up by a Grand Prix doubleheader as the Grand Championship returned to  Farside  on the 17th of April! Smartly Pretty had gained 21 GPP by the halfway mark, while 2 Fast 2 Curious had gained 17 GPP, and with no Fighting Mongooses present at what would be the second half of Trivia Club's anniversary week, the top two teams had solidified at Farside! It proved a tough field as well, including 2017 Grand Champions and the winningest team in in Trivia Club history the Cunning Stunts, at the Friendly Neighborhood 'side, and when the dust settled on the Trivia Finale, 2 Fast 2 Curious had finally garnered a Golden VHS in the GCGP, while Smartly Pretty as The Right Amount of Stupid had fallen down to sixth place! This meant that after our fourth event, the placement points for the Grand Prix had now found 2 Fast 2 Curious in the lead with 24 GPP and Smartly Pretty in second with 23 GPP!

Unfortunately due to game seven of the first round series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, we had to cancel our second even at The Rec Room Roundhouse for the GCGP and just as suddenly six events for 2019 became five events, proving the now penultimate edition of the Grand Prix even more dramatic then thought and giving our competing teams twelve days off between events!

April 29th saw the Grand Championship Grand Prix Finale come to  Hitch  on Monday! With a twelve day wait, both 2 Fast 2 Curious and Smartly Pretty were ready and raring to go! 2 Fast 2 Curious had found themselves without their full team, but the duo of James & Sam were more then ready to go head to head with the duo of Matt & Pat! Set to play spoilers were The Good Folks from Laramie Cigarettes and the Fighting Mongooses! 2 Fast 2 Curious had found themselves in fourth place after the first round, but fought back to second place by the end of the second! Smartly Pretty as Tech-No-Logical Ro-Mance finished in first place on the night for an impressive fourth Golden VHS in April, and added another 7 GPP for 30 GPP overall! Finishing in second however were 2 Fast 2 Curious, which meant that they also finished with 30 GPP overall for April!

With the two teams tied at 30 GPP, the tie-breaker came down to points on the month, and even though Smartly Pretty won four Golden VHS tapes and scored 679 points over that time, they would finish as runners-up on the month!

With 757.5 points to their name, to go along with a Golden VHS and those all important 30 GPP, your seventh annual Golden VCR Champs and the GRAND CHAMPIONS of 2019...

Support Trivia Club on PatreonRussel Harder hosts Trivia Club at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every 2nd & 4th MONDAY, at The Rec Room (255 Bremner Blvd) every TUESDAY, and every 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAY at Farside! Every episode of the Pause & Play podcast, a portable version of our live events, is available on SoundCloud & iTunes!

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