A number of major Canadian performers have been confirmed for the 100th anniversary halftime show at this year's Grey Cup: teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, "Call Me Lately" breakout singer Carly Rae Jepsen, and icon Gordon Lightfoot.
The pop rock group Marianas Trench will also take to the stage. The announcement came this past Saturday.
The Grey Cup, which takes place November 25th at Rogers Centre, is celebrating a huge milestone, and Canadian musicians are turning out in droves – Johnny Reid and rocker Burton Cummings will put on a special pre-game show as well.
"We are absolutely thrilled to unveil an all-Canadian, all-star lineup 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," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a release (as reported by The Canadian Press). "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."
Last year's halftime show featured Canadian band Nickelback, who were nowhere on the roster of this year's performers (so no need to start an online petition to have them banned, people).