Arkells Launch The Rally Concert Event To Support Refugee Health Charity

By Aaron Brophy 2/20/18 |

Arkells — photo via Big Hassle
Canadian rock band Arkells have launched their own hometown music festival in Hamilton, Ontario called The Rally and area refugee causes will benefit from the mega-concert.

The event will take place June 23 at Hamilton's Tim Hortons Field and will feature the band behind hits like "Drake's Dad" and "Oh, the Boss is Coming!" along with Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs and Ellevator. Arkells have also teamed up with Arcade Fire-developed charity Plus 1 to ensure $1 from every ticket sold will go towards Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health.

Established in 2011, Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health's mission is to provide quality healthcare services to the area's newcomer population. A wide range of services are provided at the centre, from routine physical exams and immunization services to things like family contraceptive planning, mental health counseling and nutrition assessment and counseling. In recent years the city of Hamilton has welcomed over 1,000 Syrian refugees.

With four full-length albums, Arkells have become one of the most popular rock bands in Canada. The band says The Rally event will be their only Southern Ontario concert this 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," said the band in a statement.

The team-up with Arkells represents another high-profile partnership for the Plus 1 organization. Created by former Arcade Fire touring member Marika Anthony-Shaw, Plus 1's premise is simple — musical acts collect $1 from every concert ticket they sell and donate it to a charity of their choice. In addition to Arcade Fire, acts like The National, St. Vincent and City And Colour have all utilized Plus 1 to help their charitable aims.


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