On October 22, 2009, Arkells won a favourite new artist CASBY Award (short for Canadian Artists Selected by You) from Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge at a ceremony and concert at Toronto’s Kool Haus. The band also performed at the event.
The band has continued raising their profile and experiencing success in 2010. On April 18, 2010, Arkells won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year, and on May 15, 2010, were hand-picked to open for Them Crooked Vultures at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
They also made headlines while playing a set at Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto after the 2010 Much Music Video Awards, when rapper Shad and pop singer Kesha joined them onstage to freestyle and sing along during a cover of Ms. Jackson by Outkast. “Whistleblower” has also been used as the Intro Music to the 2011-2012 Calgary Hitmen hockey team and featured in EA Sports NHL 13 video game.
In 2011 the band wrote and recorded their second album Michigan Left, which was released on October 18 of that year. The first single, “Whistleblower”, was released to iTunes on July 5, 2011. The band also released a second song, “Kiss Cam”, on July 12. “Whistleblower” will be released as a 7″ single, and “Kiss Cam” will serve as the single’s B-side.
Griffin joining Kerman, Carone, and band at Sound of Music Festival, June 14, 2012
On 6 October 2011 it was announced that Dan Griffin would be temporarily leaving the band to go back to school but that he will be rejoining them on stage when he can. He is being replaced by Anthony Carone
In 2012 Arkells won the 2012 Juno Award for Group of the Year. The band has become known for performing spontaneous Motown cover sets, most recently at an Osheaga after party in Montreal, and while stranded in St. John’s Newfoundland. In September 2012, the band played Jian Ghomeshi’s “1982” book launch in Toronto. The band has also started a tradition of sending fans signed postcards and free downloads at Christmas.
Arkells have become known for their extensive touring schedule. This has included American touring with Lights, Tokyo Police Club, The Postelles, The Maine, and Lydia; European touring with Billy Talent and Anti-Flag as well as Canadian touring with Metric, the Tragically Hip, Hollerado, Sam Roberts and numerous other Canadian bands.