TORONTO — The biggest party in Canada will feature multiplatinum pop group Hedley in this year’s SiriusXM Grey Cup Half-Time Show, Saskatchewan’s own The Sheepdogs rocking the opening ceremonies, and Serena Ryder performing the national anthem, the Canadian Football League announced today.
“We are so proud of the all-Canadian music line-up that will make the 101st Grey Cup a blast for Canadian music fans as well as Canadian football fans,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
“The Grey Cup is an icon that brings our nation together because it gives a rare opportunity to celebrate what is uniquely and proudly Canadian – including some of the best musical talent in the world.”
Sheepdogs to Rock Pre-Game
Before Hedley takes the stage at halftime, Saskatchewan natives The Sheepdogs will rock the opening ceremonies of the 101st Grey Cup.
“We are very excited to once again present the SiriusXM Grey Cup Halftime Show,” said Paul Cunningham, SVP, Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. Coming off the success of the show during the 100th Grey Cup last year, we’re looking forward to Regina and an always exhilarating performance by Hedley, one of Canada’s biggest bands.”
This year’s Grey Cup game, the national championship of Canadian professional football, will be played on Sunday, November 24th at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, the home of Rider Pride.
Multiplatinum and award-winning Hedley, one of the country’s most exciting pop groups, will be coming off the release of their fifth studio album, Wild Life, on November 11 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The first single, “Anything” debuted on radio and was made available for purchase digitally this past week.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the SiriusXM Grey Cup Half-Time Show,” said frontman Jacob Hoggard. “It doesn’t get any bigger in Canada than the Grey Cup, and we can’t wait to entertain our fans and football fans on such an exciting stage.”
Hedley has enjoyed four consecutive double platinum certifications, for Hedley (2005), Famous Last Words (2007), The Show Must Go (2009) and Storms (2011). The band has sold 800,000 albums, and more than two million digital singles, and counting, while winning two JUNO Awards and twelve MuchMusic Video Awards. For more info on Hedley please visit www.hedleyonline.com.
Hedley is also performing on Thursday, November 21 at the Brandt Centre during the Grey Cup Festival in Regina.
Hailing from Saskatoon, three-time JUNO awarding winning artists THE SHEEPDOGS’ burst onto the international scene after beating out thousands of artists in 2011 to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Since then, The Sheepdogs have amassed six JUNO nominations, toured worldwide and earned Platinum certification for their 2010 LP Learn and Burn.
The Sheepdogs’ latest self-titled LP produced by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart late last year, garnering a GOLD Single with “I Don’t Know” and another GOLD record for the band.
The Sheepdogs are also performing at the Rider Nation Pre-Game Party on Sunday, November 24 at the Crescent Point Energy Zone – Credit Union EventPlex, Evraz Place.
Serena Ryder, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Millbrook, Ontario, first gained national recognition with the ballad Weak in the Knees in 2007. Her studio albums include Falling Out (1999), Unlikely Emergency (2004), If Your Memory Serves you Well (2006), Is it O.K. (2008) and Harmony (2012).
She has won two JUNO awards. Ryder’s song “What I Wouldn’t Do” is currently featured in the promotional video for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Serena Ryder is also performing at the Scotiabank Gala – Taste of the Nation on Saturday, November 23 at Casino Regina and Delta Hotel.
The 101st Grey Cup game will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS, and on NBC Sports Network in the United States. It can also be heard on TSN Radio and SiriusXM. In addition to the game, TSN and RDS will also broadcast the opening ceremonies, including the performances by The Sheepdogs and Serena Ryder.