Quiz: 8 things you should know about folk legend Stan Rogers

On the 31st anniversary of his untimely death, we celebrate Stan Rogers, the man behind some of our country’s greatest folk songs. Special thanks to Stan’s wife Ariel for her help crafting this quiz.

Who is Stan Rogers?

Standing at 6’4” tall, Stan Rogers was truly larger than life. His songs were well-crafted folk ballads and anthems about perseverance and surviving the harsh conditions of the land and sea.

Stan Rogers wrote poetically about Canada, exploring his family’s roots and speaking to the experiences of hard-working Canadians in song. He was taken too soon from us, in a tragic accident aboard a plane that was forced to land due to fire. On June 2, 1983 at 33 years old, Stan Rogers died of smoke inhalation. He had just left a folk festival in Kerville, Texas where he played what was to be his last concert.


In 1990, we released the musical-biography One Warm Line: The Legacy of Stan Rogers. Just this past spring, we issued a new one-hour re-release of the film featuring unseen footage. The re-release contains performances of Witch of the Westmoreland and White Collar Holler as well as additional interviews with his producer and friend Paul Mills, poet and collaborator Bill Howell, singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor and writer Rick Salutin.

How well do you know Stan Rogers? Take our quiz and be entered to win a copy of the documentary One Warm Line: The Legacy of Stan Rogers.



  1. What was the name of Stan’s first album?
  2. An annual folk festival in Stan’s name is held every year in what east coast location?
  3. Although his music has an east coast sound, where was Stan Rogers born?
  4. Name one Canadian folk festival that has their performers sing The Mary Ellen Carter (“Rise Again”) at the end of every festival? 
  5. Stan’s son is a folk musician in his own right. What is his name?
  6. What tune is known for it’s rollicking sing-along-potential in say, east coast pubs?
  7. In 2005, the CBC Radio series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version determined the “50 most essential Canadian songs of all time.” Which Stan Rogers song came it at #4?
  8. In the documentary One Warm Line we learn how “Valerie Enterprises” took care of Stan’s business needs, records sales and fan correspondence. Who was Valerie?


Thanks for taking out quiz! Send us your email address and quiz answers in the form below, or send an email to: info@kensingtontv.com with your answers. Two weeks from today, we’ll announce the winner. (Can’t wait? Buy the DVD in our store right now!)

*Contest now closed*

Thanks for participating and congratulations to contest winner Tom Mills of Nova Scotia!

Answer Key

  1. Fogarty’s Cove
  2. Canso, Nova Scotia
  3. Hamilton
  4. Winnipeg Folk Festival, StanFest, Summerfolk, Canmore
  5. Nathan Rogers
  6. Barrett’s Privateers
  7. Northwest Passage
  8. Stan’s mother


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