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Men Without Hats vocalist Ivan Doroschuk will perform at the HarbourCats home opener on June 1. (Wikimedia Commons)

You can dance if you want to, but you don’t want to leave your friends behind for this one: Men Without Hats vocalist Ivan Doroschuk will sing the anthems at the Victoria HarbourCats season opener on Friday, June 1.

Not only is Doroschuk the leader, founder, and songwriter of the iconic Canadian band, he’s also a Victorian.

His brother Colin, another founding member of Men Without Hats, also lives in Victoria.

“This is a thrill for us to have Ivan perform the anthems for us before the first game this season,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of the HarbourCats.

“He’s a great guy to talk baseball with, and is a legend in Canadian music. Our fans will really enjoy that, as part of some great plans for starting our season. There will be a lot of fun things going on that will entertain the crowd, and give us a great start to the 2018 season.”

Men Without Hats are a synthpop/new wave group originally from Montreal, Quebec. Their 1983 single “The Safety Dance,” off the album Rhythm of Youth, stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks, and peaked at number 11 on the Canadian top 50.

They’re also known for the hit “Pop Goes The World.”

News of Doroschuk’s performance comes less than a month after it was announced that Canadian rockers Chilliwack would be performing at a HarbourCats came in July.

The June 1 home opener is part of a full weekend of activities, including the first of four fireworks nights on Saturday, June 2, and the first of six Sunday matinees on June 3 at 1 p.m.

HarbourCats 2018 Home Opener against the Wenatchee AppleSox

When: Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave

Tickets: Buy here.

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