Arkells heading to Olympics in Korea, all thanks to a tweet

Thanks to the power of the internet (which can apparently be used for more than just cat videos, memes and trolling) local rock band Arkells will be making a transcontinental flight to Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday.

Band making 16-hour flight on Wednesday

Hamilton band Arkells are making a trip to South Korea to support Canada's athletes at the Olympics. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)

A few more Hamiltonians are heading to the Olympics to support Team Canada.

Thanks to the power of the internet (which can apparently be used for more than just cat videos, memes and trolling) local rock band Arkells will be making a transcontinental flight to Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday.

The band was offered the opportunity thanks to a seemingly innocuous Twitter exchange that began late last week.

Responding to a video of the band's hit Knocking at the Door being played while Canadian athletes were celebrating, the band tweeted that they needed to get to Korea and play it live for the nation's Olympians.

Frontman Max Kerman also tagged Team Canada and Air Canada in the post, but was blown away when the airline responded, saying they wanted to make that happen:

"There's lots of funny and unexpected perks of being in a working band, and going to the Olympics under these circumstances is definitely at the top of the list," Kerman told CBC News.

"We are going for basically four days, which is kind of nuts given it's 16 hours each way. But I can't think of a better reason to check out Korea for the first time. Should be a trip."

Kerman says scheduling and details for when the band is over there is still being ironed out, but they hope to get the opportunity to perform for Canada's athletes.

Since its release last year, Knocking at the Door has become a fan favourite, and the band has seen it become a true sports anthem that has seen play on NFL, NHL and MLB broadcasts.

Now, it has the band knocking at the door of the most iconic competition in international sport.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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