Game show Trivia is coming to Kingston

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A new pop culture trivia game will arrive in Kingston later this summer.

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Pop Whiz, a pop culture trivia game aimed at young people, invites young people between the ages of 13 and 17 to apply to take part in the show, which will be filmed locally at the end of August.

The show will be hosted by Andrew Gunadie, a host and producer who worked for Travel Channel, HGTV and is now successful on YouTube and TikTok, and will air on GameTV. Pop Whiz will present both pop culture and Canadian anecdotes, and will feature a tourist element that will showcase the characteristics of the different communities in which it is filmed.

The show aims to bring the high-quality production expected from major studios to Ontario’s smaller and more remote communities.

“It’s kind of like a show that is half travel or sightseeing, and half based on anecdotes,” said Britney Castleman, author of questions for the show, in an interview with The Whig-Standard.

The show’s trivia element, in which Castleman is heavily involved, will feature pop culture trivia with a strong emphasis on Canadian content.

“The focus will be on Canadian actors, actresses, musicians, cities, that sort of thing,” she said.

The show’s first season will focus on the communities of North Bay, Timmins, Thunder Bay, Cornwall, Stratford and Kingston, and will tour across the province in July and August.

Castleman explained that the mobility of the production will make the quizzes more accessible to young people across Ontario.

“You think of production, you think of Vancouver or Toronto. Small towns are missing (the chance to participate). Families don’t always have the time or the money to go to these big production studios. I think it’s really good that the production is coming to these cities, ”she said.

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For Castleman, who has strong ties to the community, filming the show in Kingston will be particularly meaningful.

“I spent years in Kingston. I started teaching at the school board there, I went to the teachers college there, my parents still live there, ”she said.

The show, Castleman explained, is a great opportunity for kids to engage with other like-minded kids, especially after a year and a half of intermittent school closings.

“I think the kids had a great time. It’s a wonderful way to meet other kids in your community, especially after COVID, ”she said. “It’s definitely something I would have loved to do when I was younger,” she said.

Young people who are interested in submitting an audition can find more information online at popwhizgameshow.com.


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