The four-piece indie rock band hails from Newmarket, Ont. and 2016 marks their 11th year together. Comprised of vocalist and bassist David Monks, keyboardist Graham Wright, guitarist Josh Hook and drummer Greg Alsop, Tokyo Police Club released their debut album, Elephant Shell, in 2008 and haven’t looked back since.
The two-part, self-released Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness: Part One and Two EPs are their most recent tunes, headlined by popular singles ‘Not My Girl’ and ‘My House’. Radness was recorded over a one week period in New York City. Canadian football fans can expect to hear these and other TPC hits at the 52nd installment of the Vanier Cup fresh of a Canadian fall tour.
Tokyo Police Club are the most recent act to play the Vanier Cup halftime, following other notable acts such as Ill Scarlett and the Arkells.
“Since we spent our youths learning guitar chords instead of how to throw the perfect spiral, any chance we get to weasel our way into a major sporting event is a gold opportunity to see how the other half lives,” said Wright. “And as independent musicians, we feel a certain affinity with university athletes – we may not play on the biggest stages but dammit do we ever love the game.”
“We wanted all aspects of the national championship to be exciting” said Graham Brown, CEO of U Sports. “We have the game covered, now we have halftime covered.”
The ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup kicks off at 1 p.m. on November 26, 2016 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont. and all the action, including the halftime performance, will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA.
Prior to the game, fans, friends and families will have the opportunity to enjoy a series of free events and activities at the Horizon Fan Fest, to be held on the South Plaza of Tim Hortons Field. Starting at 11 a.m., the festival will feature interactive football games, cheerleaders, drumline, activities for kids and a stage with live local entertainment presented by Red Bull with Strummers Union performing at 11 a.m., followed by Born in the 80s at 12 noon.
Tickets for the 52nd ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup are available at: www.vaniercup.com