Arkells receive the 2022 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour

Canada’s Walk of Fame, a not-for-profit organization has announced the rock group Arkells as the recipient of the 2022 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour. The award recognizes the band’s positive impact contributions to the community.

“When I think of Arkells, I think of unity, community, heart and sheer talent,” said Gary Slaight, president and CEO, The Slaight Family Foundation in a statement. “They lead with compassion and integrity and epitomize the values ​​that my late father Allan had in mind for this special honour. They are an inspiration and deserving of this recognition.”

Some of this year’s highlights for the Hamilton-made band include the 2022 “The Rally” concert at Tim Hortons Field. The festival broke attendance records with 25,000 fans and $1 from every ticket sold went to Indwell, a local organization that builds and maintains affordable housing in Hamilton.

Both of “The Rally” editions had free transit to and from and to the show, a ticket-free local artisan market outside the stadium and community bike share rides to the show with the band.

Besides a new album coming later this year, the band gifted Hamilton with “The Rally Court” a brand new basketball court at Woodlands Park.

The refurbished basketball court in Hamilton’s Ward 3 neighborhood now has glass backboards, bleachers and updated lighting.

The court was designed by the band, The City of Hamilton, and funded by Arkells’ friends in the basketball community: The Nick Nurse Foundation, The Foxcroft Family, Superfan Nav Bhatia, and Canada Basketball.

Arkells are also giving back to the community while touring. One dollar for every ticket sold has been directed to organizations that work toward health access for marginalized and vulnerable communities in the country.

The band has raised more than $250,000 through their partnership with PLUS1, a charity that mobilizes cultural leaders to bring visibility, awareness and funding for social and environmental justice.

During the height of the pandemic, Arkells’ “Flatten The Curve” music class helped raise $50,000 for the Food Bank of Canada.

Arkells’ COVID relief efforts raised more than $15,000 to contribute to virtual programming updates for Hamilton’s YMCA, and their song “All Roads,” served as the soundtrack to #TogetherAgain, a national vaccine awareness campaign to fight vaccine hesitancy.

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