TORONTO – The Canadian Football League is offering a diverse mix of performers for the halftime show of the 100th Grey Cup.
Teen heart-throb Justin Bieber, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, pop-rock group Marianas Trench and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will perform at halftime of the league’s championship game Nov. 25 at Rogers Centre, the CFL announced Saturday.
Country artist Johnny Reid and rocker Burton Cummings will headline a special kickoff show before the game.
“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.
“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.”
Nickelback played last year’s Grey Cup halftime show in Vancouver.
Here’s how Twitter responded to the Bieber news:
Justin Bieber to play the Grey Cup
Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Sun, Oct 28 2012 03:32:58
News of the announcement:
Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Gordon Lightfoot to play at the Grey Cup.ET Canada
Good thing Grey Cup not in #yeg + during baseball so the @ryleyrebels wouldn’t have to cancel the game for Bieber show http://pic.twitter.com/pdDznyCH”Leduc Milleteers
Response from professional sports watchers:
Carly Rae Jepsen AND Bieber to play halftime of the Grey Cup this year. Like all of us, I was hoping for a Nickelback-Avril combo.Bruce Arthur
Bieber and Jepsen at Grey Cup halftime? Rogers Centre to overflow with ear blood.Elliotte Friedman
Justin Bieber and CarlyRae Jepsen doing Grey Cup halftime show. That should work well with CFL demographic of over 50s. #wedogetlightfootsteve simmons
And a sampling of other replies from the Twitterverse:
JUSTIN BIEBER GREY CUP HALFTIME SHOW WILL BE INVERSE OF KEANU REEVES BAND PLAYING SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW!!Hulk Stuart McLean
whether you like him or not, getting #bieber for the #greycup half-time show is a BIG coup for the #cfl. Will bring LOTS of additional popEric Gage
Heres the first fumble… RT Justin Bieber to perform at Grey Cup halftime show http://flpbd.it/fM9YUYukonher
The 100th Grey Cup halftime show will feature Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen. CFL fans everywhere facepalm. http://pic.twitter.com/mxYPyLrmJ.C. Coutts
DADDY PLEASE BUY MY TICKETS TO THE GREY CUP IN NOVEMBER TO SEE JUSTIN BIEBERalexandra cece
Justin Bieber to play Grey Cup halftime: http://ow.ly/eOY2D Not sure how I feel about this. Perfect time to grab more beers, though.Bruce Owen
1 million teenage girls just became interested in football"@CTVNews: Justin Bieber will play the halftime show at this year’s Grey CupStephanie Forseille
justin bieber is performing at the grey cup….and I’m going. Uh.charlotte
Last word to Connor:
I would rather have Justin Bieber play the CFL Grey Cup halftime than NickelbackConnor