TORONTO – Arkells have enlisted a little help from multiplatinum, folk-rock authorities, The Lumineers, to wow their hometown crowd as part of the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show. The Denver-based duo will join the headliners at the 108th playing of the Canadian Football League (CFL)’s championship game at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on Sunday, December 12 at 6 p.m. ET.
“When we got the call to do the Grey Cup, our goal from the beginning has been to make the halftime spectacular and world class,” said Max Kerman, frontman of Arkells. “The Lumineers have long inspired us as songwriters and it’s an honour to collaborate with Wesley and Jeremiah to bring their timeless music to the show.”
The Lumineers, made up of Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, recently announced their fourth studio album, BRIGHTSIDE. The two-time GRAMMY nominees’ latest effort, slated to be released on January 14, includes the #1 title track, and brand new single, A.M. RADIO.
“We’re truly honoured to be asked to join Arkells for The Grey Cup Halftime,” remarks Schultz. “We’re excited, can’t wait.”
Their Grey Cup appearance marks the band’s first return to Canada, since two back-to-back sold-out nights at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, in March 2020.
The 108th Grey Cup from Tim Hortons Field, featuring Arkells and special guests, The Lumineers, in the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show, will air live on Sunday, December 12 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN and RDS – Canada’s home of the CFL. A limited number of tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca/GreyCup.
The 2021 edition of Grey Cup Week will feature a number of free fan events, including the CFL Awards, the Grey Cup Arrival delivered by Canada Drives and the Commissioner’s Fan State of the League address, as well as fan favourite celebrations, such as the Spirit of Edmonton events, the CFL Alumni Association Legends Luncheon, and much more. Additional details and registration information can be found at greycupfestival.ca.
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 THE LUMINEERS
The 2x GRAMMY Award-nominated band boast over 1 million album sales in Canada and have three #1 Alt-Rock singles to date. Their debut album is certified diamond. The Lumineers fourth studio album, BRIGHTSIDE includes the first single and title track, “BRIGHTSIDE” which is currently #1 on the Billboard AAA Radio Chart, marking the 6th time the band has topped that chart. On the heels of latest single A.M. RADIO, BRIGHTSIDE releases January 14th, with international touring to follow.
ABOUT THE 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.
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-standing 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 marketed, and distributed by Moosehead Breweries LTD in Canada. To learn more about Twisted Tea, visit https://ca.twistedtea.com/.