Arkells to Receive 2022 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour at Canada's Walk of Fame Gala

The award recognizes the band's "positive impact on others and contributions to the community"

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BY Kaelen BellPublished Jul 20, 2022

Canada's Walk of Fame has announced that it's handing the 2022 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour to Arkells, celebrating the band's "positive impact on others and contributions to the community."

Speaking on behalf of the board of directors of Canada's Walk of Fame, President of Bell Media Randy Lennox said that the band "have become one of Canada's most successful and beloved rock groups. Their meteoric rise to stardom has only fortified their passion and commitment to give back to the community that has helped shape their music and journey."

He continued, describing the quintet's "infectious energy and boundless generosity — whether it's giving their all on stage, giving back to their fans, or using their talents to support causes that make a positive impact. We're thrilled to 'rally' around Arkells as they receive the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour at this year's Canada's Walk of Fame Gala."
"When I think of Arkells, I think of unity, community, heart and sheer talent," said Slaight Family Foundation President and CEO Gary Slaight. "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."

The band was chosen specifically for their community-based fundraising work, including their 2022 edition of "The Rally" concert at Tim Hortons Field, which raised money for Indwell, a local organization that builds and maintains affordable and geared-to-income housing in their hometown of Hamilton. Other projects from the band include their partnership with PLUS1 and their "Flatten the Curve" music classes, which helped raise money for the Food Bank of Canada. 

Last month, Arkells announced additional dates on their rescheduled summer/fall tour, which will see them play across Canada from August through November. That same month they announced that their seventh studio album Blink Twice — the follow-up to 2021's Blink Once — would be arriving September 23. 

They also shared their new single "Dance with You," featuring Coeur de pirate and Aly & AJ. Revisit that below. 

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