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Arkells in early 2014
Background information
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
2006 (2006)-present
Labels Universal Music Canada, Dine Alone
Members Max Kerman
Mike DeAngelis
Nick Dika
Tim Oxford
Anthony Carone
Dan Griffin
Arkells performing live in Buffalo, New York, during the summer of 2013

Arkells are a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2006, they signed with Dine Alone Records,[1] and have since signed with Universal Records Canada[2] and Last Gang Records. They are managed by Last Gang Management. They have released four albums, two EPs and a number of singles that have charted in Canada. The band has won multiple Juno Awards, including one for their album High Noon in 2015.[3]

Band history

The band is named after Arkell Street in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton,[4] near McMaster University, where they lived and would practice their music. All five original band members attended McMaster where lead singer Max Kerman graduated with an honours BA in Political Science. Kerman met guitarist Mike DeAngelis at a McMaster Welcome Week event where the two discovered they had an identical taste in music.[5]

Jackson Square (2008-2011)

Arkells' debut album Jackson Square was released 28 October 2008 on Dine Alone Records.[6] In late 2008, Arkells toured Canada as opening act for Matt Mays & El Torpedo.[7] Later that year, on November 22, they performed the halftime show at the Vanier Cup in their hometown.[8] In early 2009 they toured with Waking Eyes across Canada.[9] Arkells were featured on's Alt Sessions where they performed their full EP.[10]

In October, 2009, Arkells won a favourite new artist CASBY Award (short for Canadian Artists Selected by You) from Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge at a ceremony and concert at Toronto's Kool Haus.[11] The band also performed at the event.[11]

In April 2010, Arkells won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year,[12][13] and on May 15, 2010, were picked to open for Them Crooked Vultures at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.[14]

They made headlines while playing a set at Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto after the 2010 Much Music Video Awards, when rapper Shad and pop singer Kesha joined them onstage to freestyle and sing along during a cover of Ms. Jackson by Outkast.[15]

Michigan Left (2011-2014)

In 2011 the band wrote and recorded their second album Michigan Left, which was released on October 18 of that year. The first single, "Whistleblower", was released to iTunes on July 5, 2011. "Whistleblower" has also been used as the Intro Music to the 2011-2012 Calgary Hitmen hockey team and featured in EA Sports NHL 13 video game.[16] The band also released a second song, "Kiss Cam", in July.

Arkells performing at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, June 2010

On 6 October 2011 it was announced that Dan Griffin would be leaving the band to go back to school.[17] He was replaced by Anthony Carone.[17]

In 2012 Arkells won the 2012 Juno Award for Group of the Year.[18] The band has become known for performing spontaneous Motown cover sets, most recently at an Osheaga after-party in Montreal, and while stranded in St. John's Newfoundland.[19] In September 2012, the band played Jian Ghomeshi's "1982" book launch in Toronto.[20] The band has also started a tradition of sending fans signed postcards and free downloads at Christmas.[21]

High Noon (2014-2016)

On April 7, 2014, Arkells released the first track, "Never Thought That This Would Happen", from their third album, which was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, M83). One month later, on May 13, the band released the album's first single "Come to Light", and confirmed the title of the record would be High Noon. The record was released on Dine Alone/Universal Records, August 5, 2014.[22]

Arkells have toured extensively, including tours in the United States with Lights, Tokyo Police Club, The Postelles, X Ambassadors, and Lydia; European touring with Billy Talent, Augustines, British Sea Power, and Anti-Flag as well as Canadian touring with Metric, the Tragically Hip, Hollerado, and Sam Roberts.

At the Juno Awards of 2015, Arkells won the Juno Award for Group of the Year and the Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year. High Noon was also long listed for the Polaris prize in 2015.[23]

On October 23, 2015 the band released a new EP, "Study Music", which they self-produced and released on Universal Music Canada/Dine Alone Records.

Morning Report (2016-present)

Arkells began teasing new material from their forthcoming album on tour in the spring of 2016. The fourth album, Morning Report, was released on August 5, 2016.[24] The first single, "Private School", debuted on May 6, 2016, and charted at number 1 that summer. The video features cameos from Lights, Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club and Steve Jocz (formerly of Sum 41), who also directed the video.[25]

The Arkells song "Round and Round" was featured in the soundtrack of the EA Sports game NHL 17.[26]

At the Juno Awards of 2017, Arkells were nominated for Juno Award for Group of the Year and the Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year.[27] They performed their viral hit "Drake's Dad" live on the television broadcast.

Arkells released a new single on April 7, 2017, entitled "Knocking at the Door". The track shot to number 1 on the Canadian ALT charts, where it spent 14 weeks at #1. It also became their first #1 Active Rock single. They performed the track live that summer on the 2017 NHL Awards in Las Vegas and the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs in Toronto. In the summer of 2017, the band toured the festival circuit, playing Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,[28]Osheaga Festival,[29] and Sasquatch! Music Festival.[30]

Song Influences

Arkells prominently feature political motivations in their music. Examples include "Knocking at the Door," which was written about The Women's March on Washington;[31] "The Ballad of Hugo Chavez" about the Venezuelan President as a political prisoner; and "Whistleblower" about journalists blowing the whistle and exposing truth behind closed doors.[32]

The band has also spoken about their diverse musical influences from Top 40 to Motown.[33]

Band members

Past members



Release date Title Chart positions Label
2007 Deadlines EP -- Self-release
2008 Deadlines EP (digital re-issue) -- Dine Alone Records
October 28, 2008 Jackson Square --
October 18, 2011 Michigan Left 5 Universal Music Canada[35]
August 5, 2014 High Noon 3 Universal Music Canada / Dine Alone Records
October 25, 2015 Study Music EP 55
August 5, 2016 Morning Report 3 Universal Music Canada / Last Gang Records


Year Song Peak Chart Positions Album


2008 "Oh, the Boss Is Coming!" -- 4 -- Jackson Square
2009 "Ballad of Hugo Chávez" -- 12 --
"Pullin' Punches" -- 14 --
2010 "John Lennon" -- 42 --
2011 "Whistleblower" -- 5 -- Michigan Left
"Michigan Left" -- 7 --
2012 "On Paper" -- 15 --
"Ticats are Hummin'" -- -- -- non-album single
2014 "Come to Light" 81 2 2 High Noon
"Never Thought That This Would Happen" -- -- 46
"Leather Jacket" 88 1 2
2015 "11:11" -- -- 12
2016 "Private School" -- 1 4 Morning Report
"Drake's Dad" -- -- --
"My Heart's Always Yours" -- 3 4
2017 "Knocking at the Door" --[A] 1 1 Morning Report (Deluxe)
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Knocking at the Door" did not enter the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 38 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart.[40]


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  15. ^ [2] Archived June 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Arkells Official Facebook Page. 02 July 2012. Accessed 23 Oct 2017.
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  18. ^ Rockingham, Graham. "Hamilton's Arkells win big at Juno Awards gala". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2012. 
  19. ^ Witmer, Phil. "We Got Max from Arkells to Confront the Criticisms of His Band's Biggest Fan." 07 June 2016. Accessed 23 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Party photos of the week: Jian Ghomeshi's book launch". October 1, 2012. Retrieved 2018. 
  21. ^ "Arkells - Timeline Photos". December 10, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
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  23. ^ Brophy, Aaron (June 16, 2015). "2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List Is Here - Polaris Music Prize". Retrieved 2016. 
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  26. ^ "NHL 17 Soundtrack". EA SPORTS. July 27, 2016. Retrieved 2018. 
  27. ^ Woods, Graeme. "Nominees | The JUNO Awards". Retrieved 2017. 
  28. ^ Coachella Lineup. Accessed 23 October 2017.
  29. ^ "Artists | Osheaga". 
  30. ^ "Sasquatch! reveals 2017 lineup". 
  31. ^ "Genius Lyrics | Knocking at the Door Lyrics". 
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  33. ^ "10 Things You Might Not Know About Arkells". 
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