We invite you to The Rally. An evening of song and dance to kick off the summer. We’ll be headlining the night, playing tunes from our entire catalogue. This is the only Arkells summer show from the 905 to the 416, and we're extra jazzed because it's right in our backyard. We don’t get a chance to perform in this neck of the woods as much as we’d like, so we’ve recruited some of our favourite acts to help out for the occasion: the legendary Cold War Kids, one of our earliest influences and one of LA’s finest rocknroll bands. Our friend Bishop Briggs, a favourite discovery of 2017. And Ellevator, our favourite new band from Hamilton. We’ll be updating this page with our fave spots & things to do, so you can make the most of your time while you’re in town. Arkells + You = summer tradition. See ya at The Rally,
There are some bands that I can distinctly remember when and how I first learned about them. In 2007 Mike D sent around this song Hospital Beds, and I remember listening to it in my room at 85 Arkell St. It struck a chord because I thought: “Shit, these are the kind of songs WE need to be writing.” Since then Cold War Kids have served up countless hits, sung with conviction and delivered with passion. We recently had a chance to play with them and we knew they would be the perfect fit for The Rally.
We met BB in LA last January, and her rise in 2017 was something to behold. She’s had the chance to perform with the biggest bands in the world (Coldplay, Alt-J, Bleachers) and goddamn does she ever deliver. Her songs are only matched by that VOICE. When you see her live, it’s hard not to be completely won over. She’s also a truly awesome human. And we can’t wait to hear that voice ring through Tim Hortons Field.
There are only three bands that I’ve immediately emailed our agents and said “you should start booking this now.” Ellevator is one of those bands. Nabi is truly an original front woman in 2018 - she’s stoic and fierce. There’s a maturity in these songs you don’t often get in pop music. The band is LOCKED in - arrangements are awesome, hooky, and interesting. They’re our favourite new band coming out of Hamilton right now.