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Arkells tap into Canadian talents of Tegan and Sara, Lights and others for new album

TORONTO — Canadian rockers Arkells have their sights set on major homegrown collaborations for their upcoming album.
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Members of the Arkells pose for a photograph at the media wall after winning Group of the Year during the 2022 Juno Awards Broadcast at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The Hamilton band offered a glimpse of what's to come for their seventh studio album "Blink Twice". THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

TORONTO — Canadian rockers Arkells have their sights set on major homegrown collaborations for their upcoming album.

The Hamilton band offered a glimpse of what's to come on their seventh studio effort "Blink Twice," and it includes songs with Calgary pop twins Tegan and Sara, Halifax-based Joel Plaskett and Timmins, Ont. native Lights.

Arkells revealed the details alongside the new single "Dance With You," a bouncy electro-disco track featuring U.S. pop singers Aly & AJ and Montreal's Béatrice Martin, known as Coeur de Pirate. 

On the song, lead singer Max Kerman performs in French and English with Martin, who wrote the French verse.

"Blink Twice," set for release on Sept. 23, is a companion to last year's "Blink Once." They were both recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other artists set to appear on the album include Cold War Kids and Wesley Schultz of the Lumineers.

Arkells will perform at Hamilton's Tim Hortons Field on Saturday.

The band will then embark on a Canadian tour that stops in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec throughout July and returns west to play cities in Manitoba, Alberta and elsewhere throughout late October.
 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2022.

David Friend, The Canadian Press

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