The Trews headline 2021 Grey Cup tailgate party

The Trews are the latest addition to the lineup of Canadian artists who will provide the soundtrack to the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton on Sunday, December 12.

As the headlining act of the Grey Cup tailgate, the Juno-nominated and East Coast Music Award-winning rock band will set the stage for the excitement to come during the CFL’s championship game.

“While Nova Scotia was the birthplace of The Trews, Hamilton is our home,” said frontman Colin MacDonald. “We’ve got a long history with the CFL and the Grey Cup — from playing at Ticats’ games, to kicking things off in the pre-game show and singing the national anthem. But the opportunity to play at a Grey Cup, right in our own backyard, is a dream come true.”

Also taking the stage will be hip hop artist Haviah Mighty, whose debut album 13th Floor captured the 2019 Polaris Music Prize. The Torontonian recently released her third mixtape, Stock Exchange, earlier this month.

Rounding out the opening lineup will be the winner of SiriusXM’s Top of the Country competition. Kelly Prescott, Tyler Joe Miller and Raquel Cole are in the running for the prestigious title. This year’s champion will be crowned at the finale concert on Friday, November 26 at the London Music Hall in London, Ont., as part of Country Music Week.

The Grey Cup tailgate will take over the Grey Cup Social in the south end zone plaza of Tim Hortons Field between 1-4 p.m. All activities will be free to attend for Grey Cup ticket-holders.

Thanks to the game day addition of the Grey Cup tailgate stage and programming, and the subsequent expansion of the Grey Cup Social footprint, the CFL is thrilled to announce that a limited number of additional tickets have been released for the previously sold-out Grey Cup Social area.

Even before game day, the music will be loud and the parties will be in full effect at the Hamilton Convention Centre — the official home to the Grey Cup party headquarters. Throughout Grey Cup Week, a number of musicians and artists will be lending their talents to the festivities.

  • CFLPA After Hours Party – Immediately following the 2021 CFL Awards on Friday, December 10, the event will feature Bedford, N.S., native DJ Skratch Bastid. The 2021 CFLPA All-Star team will be announced throughout the evening.
  • Eastern Social Hall (Friday: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.) and Western Social Hall (Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.) – The social halls will be home to Hamilton’s own Born In the Eighties, Canadian folk/Celtic group Eclectic Revival, High Stepping Daddy, DJ Jooce, DJ Rac One and DJ Close.
  • TigerTown GameDay Party – Hosted in partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Alumni Association, the event on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The slate of artists join a Grey Cup lineup that includes the previously announced Arkells, who will take centre stage in the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show. The 108th Grey Cup on Sunday, December 12 will be played at Tim Hortons Field, and will air live on TSN and RDS — Canada’s home of the CFL.

The 2021 edition of Grey Cup Week will feature a number of free fan events, including the CFL Awards, the Grey Cup Arrival delivered by Canada Drives and the Commissioner’s Fan State of the League address, as well as, fan favourite celebrations, such as the Spirit of Edmonton events, and the CFL Alumni Association Legends Luncheon.

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