Arkells to perform at the 2018 Juno Awards

The band announced their performance alongside Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue in PyeongChang.

The band announced their performance alongside Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue in PyeongChang.

Arkells will perform at the 2018 Juno Awards on Sunday, March 25. (arkellsmusic.com)

Hamilton rock band Arkells are confirmed to perform during the 2018 Juno Awards.

The five-piece group announced today that they will perform at the Sunday, March 25 awards broadcast in Vancouver, B.C. They delivered the news from PyeongChang, South Korea alongside Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue.

"We weren't expected to be doing much in March — we had March off," lead singer Max Kerman told CBC News in PyeongChang. "And then the Junos called us the other day and said, 'If Tessa and Scott [Moir] like you, that's good enough for us, and you should play on the show.'"

Arkells join previously confirmed performers Jessie Reyez, Daniel Caesar and Arcade Fire.

The band has previously won several Juno awards, including group of the year in both 2012 and 2015. This year, Arkells are nominated for four Junos, including Juno Fan Choice Award, single of the year, video of the year and recording engineer of the year, all for their 2017 song "Knocking At The Door."

Following a Twitter exchange on Feb. 14 where Arkells suggested they attend the Olympic Winter Games to perform for Team Canada, Air Canada organized a transcontinental flight for the band. The band landed in PyeongChang last Wednesday, and has since performed for athletes at Canada Olympic House.

Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the 2018 Juno Awards broadcast live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25 at cbcmusic.ca/junos.


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