Music News Monday: Arcade Fire’s dress code fury, CFL musical acts rock Regina, and more.

Arcade Fire later recanted a statement on a dress code policy for their upcoming tour, in which fans were asked to attend concerts in formal or costume attire. The band released a Facebook post on November 20 clearing up any misconceptions of the request, stating that the dress code is “super not mandatory”, citing instead that a dress-up theme makes for “a more fun carnival when we are all in it together.”

The National Post and exclaim.ca report that fans were made aware of the dress code announcement when purchasing tickets via Ticketmaster.

Gentle pokes of resistance have surfaced in response to the news. Swerve magazine released a guide for fans entitled Five Costumes to Wear to the Arcade Fire Concert, while This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ produced a satirical 25-second video showing ‘Win Butler’ explaining the dress code to fans.
 
Arcade Fire’s North American tour includes 6 dates in Canada. Full tour dates here.
 
Saskatchewan Roughrider’s fans had two reasons to cheer yesterday as Saskatchewan’s own The Sheepdogs opened the CFL’s 101th Grey Cup game in Regina with energetic performances of “Feeling Good” and “I Don’t Know”. MetroNews Canada reported the band took time to chat with actor Tom Hanks, a Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan, prior to kickoff.
 

 
Millbrook, Ontario’s Serena Ryder sang the Canadian National Anthem complete with an iconic Gibson Flying V guitar. The halftime show was reserved for Abbotsford BC’s Hedley, highlighted with flying snowmobile action and cheerleaders dancing in unison. The Ottawa Citizen reports that the band played their new single “Anything” to a crowd of 45,000 fans, and curiously comments on lead singer Hoggard’s ability to resist stripping down as he did for the single’s video.
 
Mi’kmaq people and allies are joining together for the Elsipogtog Benefit Fundraiser taking place Saturday, November 30 in downtown Halifax to help raise funds to further protect land and water from fracking. The concert portion will showcase various Aboriginal talents, including Kickin’ Krotch, Melissa Girvan, Gmanwolf Productions, Black & Grey, and City Natives. More information available here.
 

Credit: Byron Miller, courtesy of Trigger Effect.

Sad news for fans of the Montreal punk band Trigger Effect last Thursday, as frontman Nick Babeu passed away of an accidental death, reports the Montreal Gazette. Their newest album What’s Left to Eliminate was released this past April. Details surrounding the death are still unknown at this time.
 

Trigger Effect’s XI: That Vital Force
 
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