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The 100th Grey Cup: Best and worst past halftime performances

Gordon Lightfoot and Justin Bieber (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage) …

This year Canadian artists Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench and Gordon Lightfoot will rock Toronto's Rogers Centre when the 100th Grey Cup takes place on Sunday Nov. 25.

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Until then, check out some of the best and worst performances from past Grey Cup halftime shows featured below.

 

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BEST: The Tragically Hip at the 92nd Grey Cup in 2004 in Ottawa
Hearing the first few bars of The Tragically Hip's tune "Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)" from their 1992 album "Fully Completely" is enough to bring goose bumps to any Hip fan who hears it. This band performing this particular track at one of Canada's biggest events is one of the best moments in Grey Cup halftime show history.

WORST: Nickelback at the 99th Grey Cup in 2011 in Vancouver
Although the production value was good, it was a little awkward hearing Nickelback's frontman Chad Kroeger sing lyrics like "You're beside me on the seat/Got your hand between my knees/And you control how fast we go by just how hard you wanna squeeze" from the band's tune "Animals" and made for a squirm-worthy halftime show.

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BEST: Lenny Kravitz at the 95th Grey Cup in 2007 in Toronto
We are pretty sure that everyone wanted to go Lenny Kravitz's way after he rocked out at the halftime show performing his hit "Are You Gonna Go My Way."

WORST: Theory of a Deadman at the 96th Grey Cup in Montreal
It seems like even the audience was only mildly moved by Theory of a Deadman, who were the first band to be signed to Chad Kroeger's label 604 Records in 2001. As the halftime show played, almost every camera shot of the crowd showed an audience giving a polite applause. Also, the screens behind them could have been used more effectively rather than a vehicle to project images that look like Windows Media Player visualizations.

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BEST: The Guess Who at the 88th Grey Cup in 2000 in Calgary
Nothing says rock better than one of Canada's biggest rock bands who performed hits such as "No Time" and "Bus Rider."

WORST: Shania Twain at the 90th Grey Cup in 2002 in Edmonton
What's disappointing about this halftime show performance is that Shania Twain isn't singing entirely live. According to Rolling Stone, it turns out that she was lip-synching during rehearsals but was only later "accused" of it by fans. Either that, or jumping around like a bunny has absolutely no effect on her voice while she performs her track "Up."

BEST: Trooper at the 85th Grey Cup in 1997 in Edmonton
In addition to Trooper performing their awesome hit "Raise A Little Hell" during this halftime show, we have to give lead singer Ra McGuire's jester style toque some major props.

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