VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eight-time Juno Award and three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan and 2014 Juno Award nominees Tegan and Sara will headline the musical performances at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ between the Vancouver Canucks® and Ottawa Senators® at BC Place in Vancouver on March 2 (1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN), the National Hockey League announced today. McLachlan will perform the Canadian national anthem, accompanied by choir members from the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, while Tegan and Sara will perform before the game and during the first intermission.
Joining McLachlan for the national anthem will be the Canadian Armed Forces Flag Party of the 39 Canadian Brigade Group comprised of members of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).
Before puck drop, members of the Vancouver Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Final team will be reunited. In addition, members of Canada's 2014 Olympic gold medal-winning National Women's Team will be honoured. Alternative rock band Odds will perform during the second intermission.
The entertainment for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ and 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is being produced by RK Productions in association with Big Monkey Entertainment.
Sarah McLachlan & Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir – Canadian National Anthem
Sarah McLachlan (@SarahMcLachlan), a Vancouver resident, is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in entertainment with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide. Her landmark fifth album, "Surfacing," contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks – "Building a Mystery" and "Last Dance." In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians and raised more than $7 million for local and national charities over its three years. In 2002, McLachlan founded her non-profit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free afterschool music education for at-risk and underserved kids who otherwise would have no access to music programming. She will release her highly-anticipated new album, "Shine On," in May.
Reunion of Vancouver Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup® Final Team – Pre-Game
Members of the 1993-94 Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) team that captured the hearts of British Columbians and inspired a generation of fans during their run to the Stanley Cup® Final will reunite prior to puck drop. Among the former 1993-94 Canucks players and coaches taking part in the 20th anniversary celebration of the team's memorable run and magical playoff moments will be Greg Adams, Dave Babych, Jeff Brown, Jose Charbonneau, Geoff Courtnall, Murray Craven, Gerald Diduck, Bret Hedican, Tim Hunter, Nathan LaFayette, Trevor Linden, Jyrki Lumme, John McIntyre, Kirk McLean, Dana Murzyn, Gino Odjick, Cliff Ronning, Stan Smyl (Assistant Coach), Pat O'Neill (Equipment Manager) and Pat Quinn (Head Coach/General Manager).
Salute to Canada's 2014 Olympic Gold Medal-Winning National Women's Team, Presented by Molson Canadian – Pre-Game
Members of Canada's 2014 Olympic gold medal-winning National Women's Team will be honored before the game as part of a tribute to Canada, presented by Molson Canadian. Among those in attendance will be Team captain Caroline Ouellette and teammates Hayley Wickenheiser, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Laura Fortino, Rebecca Johnston, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau, Natalie Spooner and Shannon Szabados. Prior to their appearance at BC Place, the players will take part in a Q&A on the main stage and an autograph session at the Molson Canadian Hockey House inside the Canadian Tire NHL Spectator Plaza at 11:00 a.m.
Tegan and Sara – Pre-Game and First Intermission Performances, Presented by SiriusXM
For 13 years, Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) has seen its career build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. The Calgary-born identical twin sisters' unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Tegan and Sara's seventh studio album, "Heartthrob," launched their hit single, "Closer," and was certified gold in Canada. The success of the album and single has garnered the group four 2014 Juno Award nominations, including Pop Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Tegan and Sara will join Katy Perry on the North American leg of her 2014 Prismatic World Tour.
Odds – Second Intermission Performance
Odds (@oddsmusic) were born out of the 1987 Vancouver music scene and made their mark with the Zoo/BMG album "Neopolitan" in 1991. Warren Zevon ended up with a copy and recognized the band as a kindred spirit, taking Odds on the road as his opening act and backing band. Black humourists, Stax fans and power-pop purveyors, Odds released three more critically-acclaimed albums – "Bedbugs," "Good Weird Feeling" and "Nest" – before taking a nine-year hiatus. Their albums had broken through and achieved platinum status in their native Canada, along with six Juno Award nominations, several top 10 hits and a few top 40 hits in the USA and around the world. Songs you may recognize include "It Falls Apart," "Eat My Brain," "Make You Mad," "Heterosexual Man" and "Someone Who's Cool." The band returned in 2008 with "Cheerleader," featuring the single "My Happy Place" (as heard in the outro for the hit Canadian show, "Corner Gas"). Continuing a long-standing relationship with Kids in the Hall, Odds performed the theme music to the CBC/IFC television series "The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town."
As long-standing hockey fans, Odds have had the honour of serving as the house band for the Vancouver Canucks during the last several Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tim Hortons Auxiliary Rink
Throughout the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, 30 youth hockey players from the local Tim Hortons Timbits program and the Vancouver-based Hockey Is for Everyone program, HEROS, will scrimmage on an auxiliary rink ice inside BC Place.
About the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic
The Vancouver Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at BC Place on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on CBC and RDS in Canada and on NBCSN in the U.S. SiriusXM Radio will provide live radio coverage. Through the 2014 NHL Tim Hortons Heritage Classic, the Canucks become the first NHL® team to host a game in a retractable-roof facility and just the third Canadian NHL team to host a regular-season game outdoors, following the Edmonton Oilers in 2003 and Calgary Flames in 2011. For more information, please visit: www.nhl.com/heritageclassic.