October 28, 2021

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Arkells enthusiast harnesses electrical power of social media, scores unreleased duplicate of new album – here in the Sault (4 photos)

Arkells fan harnesses power of social media, scores unreleased copy of new album - here in the Sault (4 photos)

Korri MacDonald was travelling throughout Canada when he asked the nicely-identified Canadian rock band for some new tunes. He ended up with an unreleased duplicate of the new Arkells album – and a CD participant to listen to it on – many thanks to some Sault connections

Korri MacDonald imagined it would be acceptable to hear to some Arkells tunes when travelling by way of Ontario for the duration of his go from Alberta to Nova Scotia – but he wasn’t banking on the journey that was about to unfold in Sault Ste. Marie. 

On Aug. 17, MacDonald despatched a message to the well known Canadian rock band by using Twitter in hopes of probably scoring some new music from Arkells’ forthcoming album, Campfire Chords.

The very following day, he had an progress CD copy of the unreleased album in his hands following waking up in the Sault.    

“Basically we were being driving from Kenora into Sault Ste. Marie – and appropriate about Thunder Bay, I variety of experienced the notion, just jokingly with my roommate below to tweet out and see if we could get a copy of it,” he stated. 

MacDonald lost cell telephone reception for about two hrs though heading to the Sault, but when he did finally get some reception, he understood that he experienced acquired a information from the band on social media. 

Arkells wanted to know his route by means of Ontario so they could help the longtime fan out with some new product for the lengthy street vacation. As it turns out, the dad and mom of the Arkells’ supervisor, Ashley Poitevin, were being heading back again house to the Sault from Toronto.  

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“It just so happened that I was heading to be in Sault Ste. Marie that night. They experienced presented a burnt duplicate of it to their manager’s mother and father who ended up driving from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie that very same working day, and they acquired in get hold of with them and figured out my itinerary for the night and coordinated to drop it off,” MacDonald claimed.

The upcoming early morning, MacDonald woke up to find out that the CD copy of Campfire Chords experienced been delivered to the entrance desk of the hotel he was remaining at in the Sault. 

But there was a person catch. 

“The truck we were in did not basically have a CD player, so I experienced tweeted out about needing a CD player or Discman or one thing to hook it up to – and that in itself took on its existence on the web,” MacDonald stated. 

Saultites answered the phone on social media, featuring a quantity of recommendations. Village Media Account Strategist Brianne Veale and her companion, Daniel Shunock, supplied to support MacDonald out with a CD participant that Shunock had found in his parents’ basement.  

“I bought in speak to with Bri [Veale], and she experienced confirmed with me that there was just one that they experienced that labored. They dropped it off that very same early morning at the resort for me,” MacDonald mentioned. 

MacDonald claims he’s prolonged thanks to the Arkells group, and programs on sending a special ‘Nova Scotia care package’ to Veale and Shunock for their generosity all through his stop in the Sault.   

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At initial, MacDonald was hoping to score a digital duplicate of Campfire Chords. He says that attaining the new Arkells album – in CD format, no considerably less – ultimately became the adventure.  

“I experienced the joke that as soon as I acquired it listed here, at the time we get residence, I have the frame it – it’ll be a piece of Canadian tunes record, and I consider I’m in possession of the most famous boombox east of Ontario,” he reported. 

Arkells’ new album Campfire Chords will be released Aug. 20.