Arkells to Receive Award for Positive Community Contributions at Canada’s Walk of Fame Gala

The Hamilton Arkells are the recipients of the 2022 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honor for their “positive impact on others and their contributions to the community”.

Randy Lennox, of Canada’s Walk of Fame, said in a press release Wednesday that “The Arkells have become one of Canada’s most successful and beloved rock bands. Their meteoric rise to stardom has never has only reinforced their passion and commitment to giving back to the community that has helped shape their music and their journey.

He said: “They have the most loyal and effervescent fanbase, in large part because of their infectious energy and boundless generosity – whether it’s giving their all on stage, giving back to their fans or use their talents to support causes that have a positive impact.”

In the press release, officials mentioned The Rally, a concert the band has been performing in Hamilton since 2018, except when interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 show took place on June 25 and included local politicians, Raptors coach Nick Nurse, Basketball Canada representatives and players of all ages to celebrate the opening of an upgraded basketball court at Woodlands Park. . The group worked with Ward 3 Councilor Nrinder Nann to provide an $80,000 upgrade for the Woodlands Park multipurpose surface, turning it into a “pro-grade” basketball court.

According to the press release, Arkells also raised over $250,000 through a partnership with non-profit organization PLUS1, through which they donated $1 for every ticket sold on their tour to support their album. Blink Once, released on September 22 last year.

PLUS1 was formed, according to the organization’s website, to “bring together artists and millions of concertgoers with this same small act – a $1 donation from every concert ticket sold.” Their website says the organization was formed after Montreal band Arcade Fire was looking for a way to support the people of Haiti.