TORONTO (November 12, 2021) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) will welcome the hardest working band in Canada, Arkells, to take centre stage at the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show. The 108th Grey Cup from Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field will air live on Sunday, December 12 on TSN and RDS – Canada’s home of the CFL.
This year’s headliners were unveiled on this evening’s edition of CTV’s ETALK and the CFL ON TSN, with Arkells set to play Canada’s largest annual sporting event from their hometown.
“The point of our band has always been to bring people together,” said frontman Max Kerman. “Canadians from coast-to-coast will descend on Hamilton for this event, and millions across the country will be taking it in from home. After the challenges of the past 20 months, we’re honoured to be the band that gets music and sports fans back to singing and dancing.”
The unique opportunity for Arkells to have an unforgettable homecoming, as the Grey Cup is set to play in Hamilton, is not lost on the band. “Given our history with this city, venue and fanbase, this announcement may not come as a total surprise,” laughs Kerman. “We’re exceptionally proud to be the first homegrown act to headline their city’s Grey Cup halftime time show and we’ve got an incredible show in store.”
The multi-platinum recording artists and the JUNO’s reigning Group of the Year have garnered over 200 million streams from six critically-acclaimed albums, including their latest release – 2021’s Blink Once, featuring the #1 hits Years in the Making and You Can Get It.
“After so many years of hearing Ticats are Hummin’ at Hamilton games, we’re beyond thrilled that Arkells are able to join us at Grey Cup,” said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “Their energy on the stage and the action on the field will make this a Grey Cup to remember for the thousands of fans in the stands and the millions watching at home.”
Arkells’ Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show performance is the latest milestone in the CFL’s ongoing relationship with Universal Music Canada, which has included in-game broadcast music, the stadium concert series, and collaborations with the league’s nine clubs.
Arkells are currently preparing for their international 2022 headlining tour, including dates across Canada in February, and a return to Tim Hortons Field in June, for the band’s marquee event, The Rally.
“We like to stay busy, and preparing to play such a big stage, as we get to work on our 2022 tour dates, has certainly helped to fill out our calendar – it feels amazing to be back in action playing live,” added Kerman.
The 108th playing of the Grey Cup will take place at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Sunday, December 12. Beginning at 6 p.m. ET, the broadcast will air nationwide on TSN and RDS. A limited number of tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca/GreyCup.
Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade,” Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. As radio mainstays, sports-sync shoe-ins and curious students of culture, Arkells have remained ever present – building awareness and personal community experiences around their live shows and new music at every turn. The most emblematic example of this being The Rally, Arkells' hometown concert that was hailed as one of the biggest headline shows in the country, and is slated to return in 2022. On the heels of three back-to-back, once-in-a-return-from-pandemic history making nights to 30,000 fans at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage this past summer, Arkells continue to unleash new music and tour dates as the band and their fans return to live in-person festivities. Their hotly anticipated new album BLINK ONCE is out now, with international tour dates to follow throughout 2022.
About Twisted Tea
Since its inception in 2005, Twisted Tea has been the leader of the Hard Iced Tea category and remains Canada’s #1. It is made with real brewed tea and is available in 6 refreshing flavours. At 5% ABV every can has a kick! The brand has long stalong-standingnding ties to the CFL, and has built its partnership roster over the past 5 years to 6 individual teams, the league, and most recently, title sponsorship of the Grey Cup Social and the Half Time show. Twisted Tea, owned by Boston Beer Company, is maketed, and distributed by Moosehead Breweries LTD in Canada. To learn more about Twisted Tea, visit https://ca.twistedtea.com/.
About Canadian Football League
Governors representing the Canadian Football League’s nine member clubs voted in June to return to play after a hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 season which features a 14-game regular campaign for its teams started on August 5 and will lead to the 108th Grey Cup on December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario. To stay up to date with news, analysis and more from around the league, visit CFL.ca.