CALGARY -- Musical act Five for Fighting has joined the entertainment line-up for the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday, Feb. 20 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Led by singer/song writer John Ondrasik, Five for Fighting will perform before the start of the 4 p.m. MT outdoor game between the host Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, joining country music singer Paul Brandt (Canadian national anthem), country music duo Thompson Square (U.S. national anthem) and indie rockers Tokyo Police Club (first intermission) for the historic event.
Ondrasik released his most recent album, Slice, in June 2010 on Wind-up Records. The album includes the hit song "Chances" which was featured in the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side. Ondrasik burst onto the music scene in 1997 with the release of his debut album, Message for Albert (EMI). Five For Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song "Superman" from the Platinum certified America Town (Aware/Columbia Records). In 2004, John recorded the Platinum-certified album, The Battle For Everything, which yielded the retrospective hit, "100 Years." With the 2006 release of Two Lights, featuring "World," the hit song "The Riddle," and "Freedom Never Cries," Ondrasik continued to craft songs with material drawn from his personal experience in regard to love, war, culture, family, humanity and mortality.
The 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic is the first NHL regular season game contested outdoors in Canada since the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens in the first NHL Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003.
On Feb. 20, CBC and RDS will carry the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic live in Canada and VERSUS will telecast the outdoor match in the United States. In addition to the standard and HD telecasts, the game is being distributed in next-generation 3D in Canada via CBC and in the U.S. via VERSUS. On radio, Calgary's Fan 960, Montreal's CJAD (English) and CKAC (French) and Sirius XM's NHL Home Ice XM 204 and Sirius 208 (with Best of XM package in the U.S., only) will have all of the coverage around North America. NHL Network and NHL.com will provide extensive pre- and post-game programming.