The Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown Pub Quiz is Back!

Update! – Victoria is now on-board!

Update! – Winnipeg is now on-board!

Update! – Halifax is now on-board!

The time has finally come. It is time to figure out who are the biggest skeptical know-it-alls in Canada. That’s right, it’s time for the Cross-Canada Skeptical Smackdown Pub Quiz!!

This year I have the honour of creating said quiz and I’m very pleased that several of my friends within CFI Canada are taking part!


But first, what is the Cross-Canada Skeptical Smackdown Pub Quiz? The CCSS is a pub quiz started four years ago by a friend of mine named Kennedy Goodkey, who is a local skeptic in Vancouver. The idea was to create a pub quiz that tested competitors’ knowledge of skepticism and critical thinking. Furthermore, the quiz would be national, meaning various cities would host the same quiz around the same time and the smartest team of 4 would be crowned the biggest know-it-alls.

So how does one participate? First, be in a hosting city. Second, assemble a team of four, you can have your team ready in advance or find one at the event. Third, do the quiz, of course!

So! Which cities are participating?

Vancouver – April 16th – The Railway Club at 7:30pm (event link)

Saskatoon – April 20th – Venue TBA

Halifax – April 21st – Venue TBA (event link can be found here)

Victoria – April 26th – James Bay Inn Pub at 6pm

Winnipeg – April 26th – Norwood Hotel at 7pm (event link here)

Ottawa – April 26th – Venue TBA

I’m hoping that more cities will come on board within the next couple of days.

If you want to take the reins as a Quizmaster (you might also want an assistant quizmaster) give me a shout! You can email me at eclow at cficanada dot ca. I’ll send you the relevant information!

4 Responses to “The Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown Pub Quiz is Back!”

  1. Gem Newman says:

    We’re trying to get Winnipeg onboard, too! We’ll keep you posted once we have the date and venue sorted.

  2. Shawn Wilson says:

    We actually had to move the Halifax event to Monday the 22nd at 6pm at Maxwell’s Plum.

  3. Gem Newman says:

    Any word on who won, Canada-wide?


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  • Ethan Clow

    Ethan Clow, born and raised in the Vancouver area, is best known in the skeptical community as Ethan the Freethinking Historian, co-host of Radio Freethinker, a skeptical podcast and radio show on CiTR in Vancouver. And as the former Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Vancouver. Ethan graduated with a B.A. in History from UBC in the fall of 2009 and has an active role with skeptical movements in Vancouver and British Columbia. He was an executive member of the UBC Freethinkers, a campus club that promotes skepticism and critical thinking. He still maintains a close relationship with the UBC Freethinkers and helps plan events and organizes skeptical activism as best he can. Currently he works for the Centre for Inquiry as the Executive Director of CFI Vancouver.