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  • Writer's pictureStevie Connor

Arkells Release Brand New Single 'Big Feelings'


Photo Credit: Nathan Nash.

Ahead of their freshly announced BIG FEELINGS tour later this year, today 9X JUNO Award winners Arkells officially release their emotionally-dynamic, summer single, “Big Feelings.”

Big Feelings sounds like what the title suggests. “In the studio, this track was a burst of energy and felt like it came together quickly, said frontman Max Kerman. “When you have something with propulsion, you just hang on and try to steer it the right way. Immediately, we understood it would be unruly, and that the spirit of the song was more about the collective unvarnished expression than any conventional ‘songwriting rules.’ The most satisfying songs are often the ones where we surprise ourselves.”

Kerman will channel feelings of delight as he celebrates the band’s new single, throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre. This weekend, Arkells will be appearing at Toronto’s beloved Sonic Boom record store, signing copies of their brand-new covers album Disco Loadout: Volume 1 and a special limited edition run of 7” Big Feelings singles. All are welcome to attend the event: Saturday June 8th, 1:30 – 3:00 PM @ Sonic Boom, 215 Spadina Ave.

In a few short weeks, fans will get to hear the new single live for the first time ever when they let their big feelings out at Arkells’ doubleheader weekend at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on June 21 & 22.

Following summer festival appearances, their 14-date fall tour kicks off in Halifax, NS on October 18, and runs until November 30 in Kitchener, ON. Special guests across the tour include: POOLSIDE, Joel Plaskett Emergency, K.Flay and Valley.


June 21 Weekend @ Budweiser Stage, with special guests Tegan and Sara

June 22, @ Budweiser Stage with special guests Grouplove

July 4 - Quebec City, QC - FEQ

Aug 9 - St. John’s, NL - Churchill Park Music Festival

Aug 23 - Winnipeg, MB - The Burt Block Party

Sept 14 - Thunder Bay, ON - Wake The Giant Festival

Oct 18 - Halifax, NS - Scotiabank Centre w/ Joel Plaskett Emergency

Oct 19 - Moncton, NB - Avenir Centre w/ Joel Plaskett Emergency

Oct 24 - Kingston, ON - Slush Puppie Place w/ Poolside

Oct 25 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre w/ Poolside

Oct 26 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens w/ Poolside

Oct 31 - Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Centre w/ Poolside

Nov 1 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place w/ Poolside

Nov 2 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome w/ Poolside

Nov 14 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place w/ TBC

Nov 15 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena w/ K.Flay

Nov 16 - Victoria, BC - Save on Foods Memorial Centre w/ K.Flay

Nov 28 - Oshawa, ON - Tribute Communities Centre w/ Valley

Nov 29 - Barrie, ON - Sadlon Arena w/ Valley

Nov 30 - Kitchener, ON - Memorial Auditorium w/ Valley

Whether they’re rocking stadiums, making a beeline for the discotheque, or gathering around the campfire, the implicit message of Arkells is always the same: everyone is welcome here. Since the beginning, Arkells have never wavered in their mission to be the house band that soundtracks the greatest nights of your life and provides emotional support in your darkest hours. And that communal spirit is reflected in an ever-evolving sound that hits all the perennial pleasure points—fusing the anthemic power of alt-rock, the pulpit-shaking passion of vintage soul, the off-the-cuff intimacy of singer-songwriter music, the urbane edge of 21st-century indie, and the futurist aesthetics of modern R&B. Thanks to that eclectic ethos, Arkells has continued to evolve, while making everyone feel right at home. As one of the most heavily rotated acts on radio, and all-time record holders of the JUNO Award for “Group of the Year, Arkells have extended their reach beyond borders by infiltrating all corners of pop culture; from global sports telecasts and top-tier video games to the stages of Coachella and Bonnaroo. But the band’s longevity is ultimately a function of their commitment to never coasting on past glories and to always live completely in the moment. Even though their impressive history together, Arkells still approach every gig as an opportunity to prove themselves to the unconverted; as they’re fond of saying, each time they take the stage, “we understand the assignment.” The first rule of rock ‘n’ roll is to play every show like it’s your last—but as Arkells prove night after night, it’s just as important to hold onto the unbridled energy and enthusiasm of your first




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