CFL announces 100th Grey Cup entertainment | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
CFL/Universal Music Staff

TORONTO – The 100th Grey Cup will feature one of the greatest collections of Canadian musical talent ever assembled with international superstar Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, and Gordon Lightfoot lighting up the SiriusXM Grey Cup Half-Time Show and Burton Cummings and Johnny Reid headlining a special Kick-Off Show.

“We are absolutely thrilled to unveil an All-Canadian, All-Star line-up that features the biggest pop star in the world, the woman who gave us one of the biggest songs ever, one of the hottest young bands in the country, an iconic balladeer, a rock and roll legend, and one of this country’s leading entertainers,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“This array of stars will command a huge and diverse audience, entertaining our most loyal fans and attracting new ones to our game’s greatest showcase. It spans genres and generations. And it’s quintessentially Canadian and undoubtedly world class, at the same time.”

The 100th Grey Cup Game will be played Sunday, November 25th at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.  It will be telecast live on TSN and RDS in Canada, and NBC Sports Network in the United States and available to SiriusXM subscribers on Sirius channel 157 and XM channel 160.

And SiriusXM Canada is proud to present what promises to be the biggest and most watched show in the game’s long and storied history.

“We are excited to present the SiriusXM Grey Cup Halftime Show for football and music fans across Canada,” said Paul Cunningham, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada Inc. “With the caliber of Canadian performers taking the stage, audiences are in for an amazing entertainment experience. The strength of the artists performing this year and the cross-section of music genres that will be showcased, makes SiriusXM’s sponsorship a great fit and aligns perfectly with the broad listening experience that we offer Canadians each and every day.”

Born in London, Ontario and raised in Stratford, pop superstar Justin Bieber has one of the largest followings in the history of not only Canadian music but the global music scene. With worldwide album sales in excess of 17 million units, Justin has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years. He has over 47 million Facebook followers, nearly 29 million Twitter followers, and over 3 billion YouTube views – he is far and away the most popular YouTube artist of all time.

Bieber’s double platinum selling album, BELIEVE, debuted at #1 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Albums Chart and also debuted at #1 in 30 additional countries.  BELIEVE features his brand new hit single “Beauty And A Beat”.

From Mission, British Columbia, singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen became a breakout star when the song she co-authored, “Call Me Maybe”, went platinum six times, selling more than 10 million singles worldwide, and climbed to #1 in more than 37 countries, including the U.S. where it spent a record-breaking nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier this year, she released her second studio album, titled KISS.

Justin and Carly Rae are currently on the BELIEVE world tour.

Marianas Trench is one of the hottest young pop-rock bands in the world. From Vancouver, British Columbia, the band has released three full length studio albums. The most recent, titled EVER AFTER, has been certified platinum, nominated for Juno Award and smash singles “Haven't Had Enough”, “Fallout and Desperate Measures” display Marianas Trench at its soaring artistic peak.  

Winnipeg-born Burton Cummings is a rock and roll legend whose art has transcended time, genres and generations. From his lead role with Canada's original rock n' roll superstars, the Guess Who, to his solo career and such hits as "Stand Tall" and "I'm Scared", to his successful reunion tour with Guess Who alumnus Randy Bachman and the release of the THE BACHMAN CUMMINGS SONGBOOK, to his just-released, first-ever live solo album MASSEY HALL, Cummings is truly Canadian rock and roll royalty.

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian music icon, often referred to as the country’s greatest songwriter and internationally acclaimed as a folk-rock legend, whose albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status around the world, and whose songs, including “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”, “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early Morning Rain”, “If you Could Read My Mind”, “Rainy Day People”, and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, have also been recorded by the world’s most renowned artists. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Johnny Reid moved to Canada from Scotland at age 13. Today he is one of the biggest entertainers in the country with each of his 6 full length albums achieving platinum or multi-platinum status and reaching combined sales of over a million units. His most recent release is the double-platinum album, FIRE IT UP which garnered multiple CCMA Awards and spawned a headlining SOLD-OUT arena tour that received rave reviews across the country and solidified his stature as a world class artist.

“From the day we started planning the 100th Grey Cup, we declared it would be a celebration of our storied past and our bright future,” Cohon said.

“The superbly talented performers who will grace this grand stage symbolize the fact that our game – and the enduring symbol of national unity and pride that is the Grey Cup – belongs to every Canadian and every generation. And we couldn’t be prouder or more excited.”

Performer Bios

Justin Bieber - Justin Bieber is the most viewed musician of all time on YouTube with 3 billion views. Hailing from Stratford, Ontario, Justin has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years, compiling over 47 million Facebook followers and nearly 29 million Twitter followers. Justin is currently on the road with fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen on his BELIEVE North American tour.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Carly Rae Jepsen from Mission, B.C. will join Justin Bieber and other great Canadian artists on the 100th Grey Cup stage at halftime. Jepsen has been riding high with the success of her smash single "Call Me Maybe", which is five times platinum in Canada, while selling more than 7.3 million singles worldwide. Jepsen is currently touring with Justin Bieber as a very special guest on the star's headlining BELIEVE tour of North America.

Marianas Trench - From Vancouver, B.C., Marianas Trench is one of the hottest young pop-rock bands in the world. It’s also the project that captures Marianas Trench at a soaring artistic peak. After the breakthrough of Masterpiece Theatre in 2009 and a lot of ensuing months on the road, Marianas Trench were eager to start recording again.

Fan Comments
Frank Merriwell
I think this is great. I have game tickets, and I was concerned with how I was going to get more beer and hit the washroom at half time without missing anything. Now I can go when Justin Bieber's on without missing a thing.
November 21, 2012 - 12:33am
90% of the people happy about the halftime act arent holding 400 dollar game tickets. im excited about the game first and foremost, however in these tough economic times my entertainment dollar is stretched and I appreciate full value for my hard earned dollars. A quick survey of my daughters friends says that they will all be tuning in for the halftime show- the same survey says that no way are they going to watch the game. Quick survey of the people i know attending the game... feeling betrayed by the choice of headliner for halftime. Feeling like an unappreciated fan. This is no way a slight against J.B. btw . Good Canadian kid, doing good things. Just a poor choice for 80% of the people who shelled out to actually attend the game. check the forums....
November 14, 2012 - 7:21pm
I think its a great move because this will attract a ton of attention to the CFL and im sure a lot of people will only watch the half time show but there will be lots who become interested in the CFL and if you dont want to watch it then don't
November 12, 2012 - 6:53pm
I understand that the CFL wants to get in touch with a younger crowd, but in doing this they alienated their faithful. All any Beiber etc. fans will do is just tune in at halftime to see them. The faithful bought tickets well in advance of the game expecting the CFL would get appropraite half time entertainment. Why not have him play early and have Rush, Neil Young or many other iconic Canadian acts that reflect this iconic game. Gordon Lightfoot is iconic, yet will be relegated to a short set. It is disrespectful to the loyal fans by not getting appropriate entertainment. The CLF went after the "biggest act on the planet" and in securing it, missed the mark.
November 07, 2012 - 7:40pm
JOKE!!! Like a lot of my fellow fans i have spent big money to attend this event with 8 buddies. A big part of the build up to this event was, "what amazing act will the CFL treat us too for the 100th Grey Cup??" A cdn supergroup? Maybe members of rush, the guess who, april wine, pagliaro, neil, the hip, the trews, the sheepdogs... all jamming together?? an international act? the who, aerosmith? surely they will appreciate the support their demographic has shown in snapping up tickets worth hundreds of dollars to watch a sport we all love and have grown up with and reward us with a memorable half time act. apparently not. The CFL has moved on and expects the stands to be full of 12 year old girls next season. they can have my seat. Thanks a lot CFL- youve lost me, enjoy your new target demographic.
November 07, 2012 - 7:31pm
WHOOOO!!!!!!!!marianas trench. best band in the world!
November 02, 2012 - 1:28am
CFL, why do you hate your fans?
October 29, 2012 - 6:48pm
Nobody who goes to the Grey Cup and pays all that money (which I have) wants to see Justin Beiber. This is not a bunch of teenage girls going to the Grey Cup. The League messed this one up. This is a disgrace. There is so much better Canadian talent. I feel sorry for the people who are paying for this.
October 29, 2012 - 1:06pm
And what about a couple of French singers ??? Or is it one more Anglo-only stuff for an so-called All-Canadian league ???
October 28, 2012 - 12:26pm
I spent a good chunk of coin to watch the 100'th Grey Cup. Was totally stoked. I know it's only the half time entertainment but what a buzz kill!
October 28, 2012 - 10:40am
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