CFL announces game day themes for 2019 season

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced the national league-wide game day themes in advance of the opening of single-game ticket sales to the general public today, May 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. local time in most CFL markets.

Following the success from last year’s game day themes, the highly anticipated Thursday Night Football Concert Series will be returning to each CFL market this season in partnership with Universal Canada. A top artist will perform at each team’s first home Thursday night game, with each game’s acts to be announced at a later date. Last season saw each team host a halftime show and helped shape the new ‘Thursday Night Football’ property with TSN. Dates for each game are in the chart at the bottom of this release.

Family Day is back for the 2019 season in partnership with Family Channel.  Each team will host a Family Day where stars from Family Channel’s hit shows ‘The Next Step’ and ‘Backstage,’ including Isaiah Peck, Shelby Bain, Victoria Baldesarra and Josh Bogert, will attend games, tailgates and other activations to meet fans and perform. Select Family Day games will also see a special activation from American Ninja Warrior Junior. Fans will also be able to meet characters Chase and Skye from popular TV show PAW Patrol, as well as Marvel’s Spider-Man and Iron Man will join the stars to create a fun-filled family atmosphere. Dates for each team’s Family is listed below in the release.

“It’s important to find ways to add value to fan experience at our games and engage new audiences,” said Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer Tyler Mazereeuw. “The analytics show that national game day themes brought new fans to the stadium and we want to continue to build and grow by expanding on last year’s themes and the new initiatives we’re bringing this season.”

Details will be unveiled closer to the launch date of each initiative. Below is the CFL national game day theme schedule for 2019:

Week Date Local Time Game Theme
1 Thurs. Jun. 13 7:30 p.m. Saskatchewan at Hamilton Thursday Night Football Concert Series
2 Thurs. Jun. 20 7:30 p.m. Saskatchewan at Ottawa Thursday Night Football Concert Series
3 Thurs. Jun 27 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Winnipeg Thursday Night Football Concert Series
4 Thurs. Jul. 4 7:30 p.m. Hamilton at Montreal Thursday Night Football Concert Series
Sat. Jul. 6 7:00 p.m. BC at Toronto Family Day
5 Thurs. Jul. 11 7:00 p.m. Edmonton at BC Thursday Night Football Concert Series
Sat. Jul. 13 7:00 p.m. Calgary at Hamilton Family Day
6 Thurs. Jul. 18 7:00 p.m. Toronto at Calgary Thursday Night Football Concert Series
Sat. Jul. 20 4:00 p.m. Edmonton at Montreal Family Day
7 Thurs. Jul. 25 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Edmonton Thursday Night Football Concert Series
Sat. Jul. 27 4:00 p.m. Saskatchewan at BC Family Day
8 Thurs. Aug. 1 7:00 p.m. Winnipeg at Toronto Thursday Night Football Concert Series
7:30 p.m. Hamilton at Saskatchewan  Thursday Night Football Concert Series
11 Sat. Aug. 24 5:00 p.m. Ottawa at Saskatchewan Family Day
13 Sat. Sep. 7 1:00 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa Family Day
5:00 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton
14 Sat. Sep. 14 2:00 p.m. Hamilton at Calgary Family Day
18 Sat. Oct. 12 3:00 p.m. Montreal at Winnipeg Family Day

The 2019 CFL Draft takes place on May 2, followed by training camps which are set to open on May 19. The 2019 season begins on June 13 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders face off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Fans can stay up to date on all the non-stop action at, follow the 2019 season from around the world, and join us at a game. The 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Sunday, November 24.