Whatever Happened To ...? Catching Up With Canadian Icons is an entertaining where-are-they-now look at the fate of 100 celebrities, newsmakers, and significant artifacts from our country's past with some great Canadian trivia tossed into the mix.
Lake Ontario swimmer Marilyn Bell, CFL legends Russ Jackson and Whit Tucker, Canada's first automobile, Canada's most valuable sports card, TV personality Elwy Yost and Roger Woodward, a youngster who survived the waters of Niagara Falls, are among those we tracked down.
You'll read about their accomplishments, learn where they are now, and in many cases, find out where to go to learn more.
Whatever Happened To...? Catching Up With Canadian Icons is great reading for anyone with an interest in all things Canadian. It's also a great Christmas or birthday gift.
Pucks Pablum & Pingos We thought we'd covered it all with our previous Canadian trivia books, but it turns out this country has even more weird and wonderful tales to tell. For example...what the heck is a pingo? You’ll find the answer to this and hundreds more fascinating facts in Pucks, Pablum & Pingos.
In this book, we have explored from coast-to-coast to bring readers the classic, the unknown, the hard to find, and the most memorable details of what makes this country tick. The sordid, the intriguing, the strange, and the amusing are all here in bite-sized trivia entries that will settle arguments… or perhaps start even more!
From history, politics, and geography to sports, culture, and colourful characters, Pucks, Pablum & Pingos will keep you entertained and educated.
A cornucopia of quirky Canadiana, baffling brainteasers, and data on dates are combined to make Pucks, Pablum & Pingos a worthy successor to Ray and Kearney’s previous best-selling trivia books.
How many pucks does an NHL team use every season? What baby food did a pair Canadian doctors invent before they stumbled onto the formula for pablum? And what is a pingo and where will you find one? (Hint: pingos are geographical formations).
I Know That Name! Every day, millions of Canadians buy donuts at Tim Hortons, milk at Mac’s Convenience Stores and groceries at Loblaws or Sobeys. They pour themselves aMolson Export or a Sleeman’s Cream Ale, buy clothes at Jack Fraser or Reitmans, purchase a sofa at Leon’s, or get their photos developed at Black’s. The brands and products are familiar but what do Canadians know about the people behind the names? This new book by authors Mark Kearney and Randy Ray has the answers. I Know That Name! details the fascinating stories of more than 125 Canadians who've developed enterprises and products and lent their names to dozens of brands we take for granted. Pickle baron Walter Bick, cheese whiz J. L. Kraft, cosmetic queen Elizabeth Arden, outdoor outfitter Alex Tilley, potato chip princess Miss Vickie and real estate magnate A.E. LePageare just some of those featured in this new book from The Dundurn Group.You’ll also read about the Greek immigrant who slept on the streets of Toronto before founding one of Canada’s largest food companies, the youngster who built toy tractors out of old clocks and sewing machines before introducing Canadians to the snowmobile, the outhouse digger who made millions selling sugar, the mom and pop bakery owners who gave Canada the popular Jos. Louis snack cake and the businessman who was fired by his brother before launching a multi-million dollar international brush company that thrives to this day.Full of fascinating facts, terrific trivia and historic photographs, I Know That Name! will introduce you to the people you’ve heard abo
Who were Canada’s most romantic couples? What were the country’s greatest disasters in the past 100 years and its ten best beers? Who were its most distinguished women? What were its most controversial works of art? And who were Canada’s greatest heroes, best athletes, and most despised murderers? The Great Canadian Book of Lists chronicles a century of achievements, trends, important and influential people, and fascinating events that have shaped this country as it begins the 21st century. The best, worst, biggest, smallest, sexiest, and most significant are all here.
This best-selling book is not merely a shopping list of items about Canada. It’s rich with details to support why certain people and events made it onto nearly 200 lists. Statistical snapshots sprinkled through the book also provide a glimpse of societal trends which show how much Canada has changed. Experts and celebrities from the worlds of science, sports, literature, entertainment, and politics also provide their favourite lists exclusively for The Great Canadian Book of Lists.
In a book that has started as many arguments as it has settled, you’ll read about innovations and flops, successes and failures, comebacks and breakthroughs, record setters and trend setters. The Great Canadian Book of Lists was on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for five weeks in late 1999; The Ottawa Citizen says it’s "what some may call a quintessential book of lists.''
Now in its fifth printing!
Is it true that a McGill University student killed famous escape artist Harry Houdini? Can a goalie take a face-off in a hockey game? What is Canada's most valuable coin? And what milestones have Canadian women reached in politics?
Canada is far from dull and this book proves it. Did you know, for instance, that the hold-up command "Hands up'' has Canadian origins? Or that a Canadian sang on the once-popular sitcom the Beverly Hillbillies? Why is Beatle Paul McCartney wearing an Ontario Provincial Police badge on his coat in a photograph on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album? And have Canadians ever been commemorated on American postage stamps?
The book is ideal for trivia buffs, teachers, sports fans, seniors, parents, children, or anyone who wants to know more about Canada. It also makes a great corporate gift for your customers or staff members.
Did you know that more than 400,000 vehicles a day use Highway 401 in Toronto, making it one of the busiest highways in the world?
Did you realize that Canada's first oil was discovered in Ontario, or that the longest street in the world is in Toronto?
From Agawa Canyon to Zebra Mussels, The Ontario Fact Book provides information on the history, geography, art, culture, wildlife, and quirks of Canada's most populated province.
Anyone who grew up in Canada in the '50s, '60s and '70s, who attended high school dances, quaffed a few at a local watering hole, or passed through the turnstiles at one of Canada's concert halls, knows about the great music produced in this country during that era.
Canadian Music Fast Facts: Profiles of Canada’s Pop Music Pioneers will help rekindle those memories and provide valuable information rarely found elsewhere. Based on interviews with some 300 musicians, producers, record company reps, agents and managers, Canadian Music Fast Facts captures the trials and tribulations musicians encountered as they fought for fame and fortune in the dog-eat-dog world of rock and roll.
The 150 mini-profiles that make up Canadian Music Fast Facts will bring you close to the life, then and now, experienced by scores of Canadian performers. We believe this compilation is one of the most comprehensive on the many musicians who toiled and triumphed in this country, in the U.S., and abroad. And the “Fast Facts” formula is a quick way to find out about your favourite Canadian musicians and what they did once they stepped out of the limelight.
Canadian Music Fast Facts, published in 1991, will re-acquaint you with such performers as Lighthouse, Susan Jacks, The Crew-Cuts, A Foot in Coldwater, Lucille Starr, Ocean, Steppenwolf, The Ugly Ducklings, Edward Bear, Ken Tobias, and many more! READ A FREE SAMPLE!