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Arkells got their name from a street in their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Vocalist/guitarist Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, drummer Tim Oxford and keyboardist Anthony Carone have been touring relentlessly in support of their latest album, Morning ReportSince the release of the album, the 4x JUNO Award winners have made their debut at some of the biggest marquee festivals in the US, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Their most recent hit single, “Knocking At The Door,” spent an unprecedented 14 weeks at #1 on the Canadian alt/rock charts, making it the most played alt/rock song of 2017, and ARKELLS the most played band of the year. No strangers to the City of Champions, SONiC is pleased to welcome Arkells to Field Day!

The band signed their first record deal as teenagers after playing together for only a year. Guitarist/vocalist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind attended Mountain View High School together in Mesa, Arizona. Bassist Rich Burch and guitarist/vocalist Tom Linton joined the band later, solidifying their line up as Jimmy Eat World.  A childhood drawing by Adkin’s brother was the inspiration for their name – the picture was of Jim Adkins “eating the world”.

Cold War Kids – whose lineup includes singer Nathan Willet, drummer Joe Plummer, multi-instrumentalist Matthew Schwartz, and guitarist David Quon – released their six album L.A. Divine last year. Sighting Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin and Fiona Apples as influences, the band has gone on to become one of the biggest indie groups of the past decade. They’ve played some of the largest festivals in the world, and now they’re bringing their music back to Edmonton for the first time since 2013.

There’s a mechanic shop in the heart of industrial Kingston – it’s tucked in the corner of a dusty cul-de-sac, surrounded by dead trees and rusted out machinery. That’s where The Glorious Sons call home. Vocalist Brett Emmons, guitarists Jay Emmons and Andrew Young, drummer Adam Paquette and bassist Chris Huot have been making music since 2013 and aim to create “a feeling of nostalgia that would make people look back and wonder what they had missed”.

Husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart make up Dear Rouge and call Red Deer home. They quit their jobs to pursue music full time – and it worked out. Since releasing their debut EP in 2012, the band has gone on to receive a B.C.-based radio award, multiple songwriting prizes and a 2016 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year. The band released their second LP Phases in March, an album the band says is full of “grit and gloss”.

Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Drawing inspiration from blues, R&B and rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters, BPF’s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by undeniable musicianship. Dubbed the “next big thing” by Huffington Post after SXSW 2013, BPF has developed a reputation for their untamed live performances. Makes sense, since their pre-show ritual consists of them taking a shot of whiskey and singing Fred Penner.

Born in New Jersey, Grandson relocated to Toronto at a young age, surrounding himself with music of all genres. At 17, he moved to Montreal to attend university and began DJing in nightclubs. By 18, he dropped out of school to move to LA to pursue music full time. Calling Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Twenty One Pilots and more his inspirations, he says he, “genuinely believe[s] the world needs honest rock & roll, now more than ever”.

Formed in 2014, Modern Space made it to #5 on the alternative charts with their hit “Pen To Paper”. The Canadian rockers had the pleasure of touring the country with Arkells before heading back into the studio to record their upcoming EP. They’re said to be channeling The Vaccines and The Strokes, so get ready to rock.


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