The Canadian Football League (CFL) in partnership with Universal Music Canada and Apple Music announced that a top artist will perform at each team’s first home Thursday night game in 2018 as part of Thursday Night Football.
“By launching a Thursday Night Football Concert Series this season we are bringing more value to our game days across the country,” said CFL Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Officer Christina Litz. “Adding these talented artists to the summer portion of the schedule on Thursday evenings brings a special atmosphere and energy to Thursday Night Football.”
The CFL season kickoff between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, June 14 will premiere the first Thursday Night concert with Canadian Country duo ‘The Reklaws’. See below for the entire Thursday Night Football Concert Series lineup:
SCHEDULE: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CONCERT SERIES
Edmonton at Winnipeg
Saskatchewan at Ottawa
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
Ottawa at Calgary
James Barker Band
Hamilton at Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan at Hamilton
Edmonton at Montreal
Ottawa at Toronto
Saskatchewan at Edmonton
Edmonton at BC
“Live music, like a touchdown, can bring a crowd to its feet. We can’t wait to build on that home game exhilaration with performances from an incredible line-up of artists this season,” said Kristen Burke, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Universal Music Canada.
The CFL is thrilled to now be featured as a Curator on Apple Music. Fans can find a number of CFL playlists on Apple Music, which will be updated monthly. These playlists are created for fans, and feature the latest (or most requested) game day tracks to get you amped for the 2018 CFL season. The CFL Curator Station features team-specific playlists, a workout playlist “The Grind” created by Brodie Lawson, and a Thursday Night Football playlist, featuring all artists performing at the Thursday Night Football Concert Series. Visit AppleMusic.com/CFL for your listening pleasure.
In May, the CFL and TSN announced that ‘The Reklaws’ will headline the new Thursday Night Football opening intro song to CFL on TSN. ‘The Reklaws’ will also be the halftime performance act at the 2018 CFL Kickoff game in Winnipeg on June 14.
Thursday Night Football Concert Series Artists:
Tim Hicks | July 5 | Saskatchewan
A determined road warrior known for his compelling live show, Niagara Falls native Tim Hicks has cemented his reputation as an elite chart-topping act since making his country label debut in 2013. Hicks’ catalogue of highly praised releases including “Throw Down”, “5:01”, “5:01+” and “Shake These Walls” have earned the three-time JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Rising Star Award winner two PLATINUM selling singles, six GOLD singles and one GOLD album with his long-time label Open Road Recordings, in addition to multiple sold-out headlining dates and tours across the country.
With multiple CCMA Award nominations, CMAO Award wins and a 2015 SOCAN Award, Hicks will release his fourth full-length album this summer, followed by a national headlining tour. The album’s first single “LOUD”, released on April 11th, was licensed by the NHL for the playoffs and was the #1 most added song at Canadian Radio (all genres) the week of release. The track currently boasts close to 800,000 streams to date and is off Hicks' forthcoming new album “New Tattoo” out June 22, 2018.