The Arkells have seen their fan base grow tremendously over the past few years as they’ve seen themselves transform from a regular Hamilton-based band to the voice of Canadian music and North American sports. However, while they’ve seen a massive increase in fame and popularity, it hasn’t changed anything about the band members.
They’re currently preparing to play one of the biggest shows of their lives this upcoming weekend as they’ll borrow the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ home field for their 20,000+ capacity show. With it being the biggest hometown show for the band with more than 20,000 tickets sold so far, the guys have made the event all about the city that helped make them who they are today.
On Tuesday morning, Arkells vocalist Max Kerman and bassist Nick Dika made a very special announcement with some help from Edmonton Oilers defenceman and fellow Hamilton, Ontario native Darnell Nurse, as they paid a visit to Refuge: Centre for Newcomer Health in Hamilton where they awarded the staff members with their own ‘People’s Champ’ medals and a $5,000 donation.
Using $1 from every ticket sold for the Arkells Rally, the band put together a hefty donation to the place that provides primary health services to Hamilton’s new immigrant and refugee populations.
On top of the donation, the band will also donate proceeds from Saturday’s 50/50 draw to Refuge.
This is an incredible initiative by the band and the Oilers defenceman and a gesture that will be greatly appreciated by the foundation and the rest of the city of Hamilton. Tickets are still available so don't miss out on an incredible night.