The B.C. Lions have hired Canadian rock band The Trews to play the club’s Backyard Party on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17.
The first night of the event on Robson Street will also include the game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers being shown on the big screen.
The Trews were founded in 1997 and hail from Antigonish, N.S., though they are currently based in Hamilton.
The band’s first three albums went gold in Canada with hits Not Ready to Go and Yearning reaching No. 1 on the Canadian rock music charts. They also performed the national anthem at the 98th Grey Cup in Edmonton in 2010 and headlined the Grey Cup tailgate party in 2021.
The Trews have received six Juno nominations, most recently for Rock Album of the Year in 2019.
B.C.’s home-opener will take place against the Edmonton Elks on Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Another musical act will play prior to kickoff, though an announcement regarding the performer(s) has not yet been made.
Grammy-nominated pop rock band OneRepublic played ahead of last year’s home-opener, which drew a season-high 34,082 fans to BC Place Stadium.