ARCADE FIRE are a Canadian indie rock band based in
Montreal , Quebec
, consisting of husband and wife
Win Butler and
Régine Chassagne ,
along with Win's younger brother William Butler ,
Richard Reed Parry ,
Tim Kingsbury and
Jeremy Gara . The band's current touring line-up
also includes former core member
Sarah Neufeld , an additional
percussionist, Tiwill Duprate, and a saxophonist,
Stuart Bogie .
Founded in 2001 by friends and classmates
Win Butler and
Josh Deu ,
the band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their
critically acclaimed debut album Funeral . Their second studio album,
Neon Bible , won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best
International Album and the 2008
Juno Award for Alternative Album of
the Year. Their third studio album,
The Suburbs , was released in 2010
to critical acclaim and commercial success. It received many
accolades, including the 2011
Grammy for Album of the Year , the 2011
Juno Award for Album of the Year , and the 2011
Brit Award for Best
International Album. In 2013,
Arcade Fire released their fourth album,
Reflektor , and scored the feature film Her , for which band members
William Butler and
Owen Pallett were nominated in the Best Original
Score category at the
86th Academy Awards . In 2017, the band released
their fifth studio album
Everything Now . The band's first four studio
albums have received nominations for the Best Alternative Music Album
Grammy ; the band's work has also been named three times as a
shortlist nominee for the
Polaris Music Prize : in 2007 for Neon
Bible, in 2011 for
The Suburbs and in 2014 for
Reflektor , winning the
award for The Suburbs.
The band plays guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola ,
cello, double bass , xylophone , glockenspiel , keyboard , synthesizer
French horn , accordion , harp , mandolin , and hurdy-gurdy , and
takes most of these instruments on tour; the multi-instrumentalist
band members switch duties throughout shows.
* 1 History
* 1.1 2001–03: Formation and early work
* 1.2 2004–06: Funeral
* 1.3 2006–10:
* 1.4 2010–12:
* 1.5 2013–2015:
* 1.6 2016-present:
* 2 Activism
* 3 Members
* 3.1 Timeline
* 4 Discography
* 5 Tours
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
2001–03: FORMATION AND EARLY WORK
Win Butler and
Josh Deu founded
Arcade Fire in
Montreal around 2001,
having first met at
Phillips Exeter Academy as high school students.
Butler and Deu's musical ideas began to develop and the first
incarnation of the band was born while they were attending McGill
Concordia University , respectively. The duo began
rehearsing their material at McGill where they met
Régine Chassagne ,
a music student whom they asked to join them. Deu recalls, "Win and I
played guitar. Everyone played guitar. We had no music to show her,
but she ended up saying yes to joining us, and I don’t know why.
Maybe there was a little spark with Win." The trio recorded a set of
demos and began performing live in the second half of 2001. At that
time, the band consisted of Butler, Chassagne, Deu,
multi-instrumentalist Tim Kyle (later of
Wild Light ), bassist Myles
Broscoe (later of Les Angles Morts, Crystal Clyffs, and
AIDS Wolf ),
guitarist/drummer Dane Mills (later of Crackpot), and
Brendan Reed (later of Les Angles Morts and
founding member of Clues ), who lived with Butler and Chassagne in
Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood at the time and was a collaborator
with them on song-writing and arrangement (2001–2003).
Montreal structure of the band began to dissolve in the
summer of 2002, when they travelled to Butler's family farm on Mount
Desert Island, Maine to record their self-titled EP . Tension between
Butler and bassist Myles Broscoe led the latter to exit the band
following the recording session.
Richard Reed Parry , who had been
enlisted to help the band record, began to collaborate with them
during the sessions and would go on to join the band shortly
afterwards. Around the same time, Joshua Deu left the band to continue
his studies; he continued to collaborate on the visual aspects of the
band. In the winter of 2003, the band celebrated the release of its
EP with a show at Montreal's
Casa del Popolo . Before a crowd packed
beyond capacity, the band's set ended (in the middle of an encore)
with an argument between Butler and Reed, who quit the band on-stage.
Mills told gathered friends in the crowd immediately thereafter that
he considered the band to have broken up, as such resigning from the
band as well. Following the on-stage implosion, Butler's brother
William Butler (subject of the early
Arcade Fire song "William Pierce
Tim Kingsbury were brought in to replace Reed and Mills
so that the band could continue, and they set out to promote the
self-titled EP. The eponymous release (often referred to by fans as
the Us Kids Know EP) was sold at early shows. After the band achieved
fame, the EP was subsequently remastered and given a full release.
The promise shown by the new band in its early live shows allowed
them to land a record contract with the independent record label,
Merge Records , before the end of its first year together.
When asked about the rumour that the band's name refers to a fire in
Win Butler replied: "It's not a rumour, it's based on a
story that someone told me. It's not an actual event, but one that I
took to be real. I would say that it's probably something that the kid
made up, but at the time I believed him."
Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in
Great Britain. The title of the debut album referred to the deaths of
several relatives of band members (prominently the Butlers'
Alvino Rey ) during its recording.
These events created a somber atmosphere that influenced songs such as
"Une année sans lumière" ("A Year Without Light"), "In the
Backseat," and "Haïti," Chassagne's elegy to her homeland.
The album was critically and commercially acclaimed. It appeared on
many top ten album lists for 2004 and 2005 (due to delayed
international releases), with Pitchfork , Filter , No Ripcord, and The
MTV2 2005 Review crowning it the album of the year.
NME named Funeral
second in their list of 2005's best albums.
NME also named "Rebellion
(Lies)" the second best track. By November 2005, Funeral had gone gold
in both Canada and the UK, and sold over half a million copies
worldwide, a very large number for an independent release with
minimal television or radio exposure. The album became
Merge Records '
first in the
Billboard 200 chart and the label's biggest selling
album to date, surpassing
Neutral Milk Hotel 's In the Aeroplane Over
the Sea .
The band booked small clubs for their 2004 tour, but growing interest
forced many venue changes, far beyond the band's expectations, and the
tour continued into mid-2005 throughout the United States, Canada,
Europe, the SummerSonic Festival in Japan, and the Hillside Festival
Guelph . Taking much of the summer of 2005 off, the band made key
festival appearances at the
Halifax Pop Explosion , Coachella Valley
Music and Arts Festival , the
Sasquatch! Music Festival
Sasquatch! Music Festival , Lollapalooza
, Vegoose Festival ,
Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, Electric
Picnic in Ireland and the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.
Arcade Fire was featured on the April 4, 2005 cover of Time 's
Canadian edition. On May 1, 2005, the band performed at the Coachella
Arcade Fire subsequently opened three shows for that
tour, and at the third in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, appeared on stage
during U2's encore to join in a cover of
Joy Division 's "Love Will
Tear Us Apart ." Additionally,
The Dan Patrick Show , a daily
national sports talk show in the US, plays the song as a lead-out
every Friday to signify the end of their show. The song was also heard
numerous times during the Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2010.
Funeral and the single "
Cold Wind " were nominated for Grammys in the
Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for a Motion
Picture, Television or Other Visual Media categories (Six Feet Under ,
Vol. 2: Everything Ends), respectively. On April 2, 2006, in Halifax,
Nova Scotia ,
Arcade Fire received the
Juno Award for Songwriters Of
The Year for three songs from Funeral: "Wake Up," "Rebellion (Lies),"
and "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)." The band was nominated for three
BRIT Awards : Best International Group, Best International Album, and
Best International Breakthrough Act.
Arcade Fire made an appearance on the
BBC show Later with Jools
Holland on May 12, 2005, performing "Power Out" and "Rebellion
(Lies)." On December 27, 2005, Funeral was ranked No. 1 on
MTV2 's "50
Greatest Albums of the Year" in the United Kingdom. On October 22,
2007, Funeral was ranked No. 8 in
Bob Mersereau 's book The Top 100
Canadian Albums . In late 2009,
Pitchfork Media ranked the album No.
2 in their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s, behind Radiohead
Kid A .
2006–10: NEON BIBLE
Arcade Fire performing in support of
Neon Bible at the
United Palace Theater on May 7, 2007
During the downtime between Funeral and the beginning of recording
Neon Bible , the band purchased a defunct church in the
Quebec town of Farnham , approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi)
southeast of Montreal, and spent the early part of 2006 converting it
into a recording studio.
The first track officially released from
Neon Bible was "Intervention
" in December 2006 on iTunes . Proceeds from this release were
Partners in Health . An error resulted in a second song,
"Black Wave/Bad Vibrations," appearing on iTunes for a short time. The
album was leaked to peer-to-peer networks on January 26, 2007, and was
officially released March 5, 2007 in the UK and March 6 in North
Neon Bible premiered at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart
and the Irish Album Charts, and number 2 on the US Billboard Top 200
charts and the UK Top 40 Album Chart for the week of March 12, 2007.
The album was also number 1 on the Rock and Indie album charts. The
first proper single, "Black Mirror ," reached the No. 1 spot on CBC
Radio 3 's R3-30 chart for five consecutive weeks, from March 22 to
April 19, 2007, and was the first single by any band ever to spend
more than two weeks atop the chart. The album gained much critical
acclaim (even being mooted as a strong contender for album of the
year), and because of its success saw the band proclaimed the most
exciting act on the earth by British music magazine Q . Paste voted it
one of the five best albums of 2007.
Trouser Press writer Jason
Neon Bible "among the best indie rock recordings of all
Arcade Fire made their first appearance on
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live on
February 24, 2007 (Episode 618), performing "Intervention" and "Keep
the Car Running."
Owen Pallett was not present as he was recording
for his solo project. During the performance, one of Win Butler's
guitar strings broke, prompting him to rip the strings from his
acoustic guitar and smash it on the floor until it shattered. On this
guitar, "sak vide pa kanpe" was written in duct tape across the front.
A Haitian proverb meaning "An empty sack cannot stand up" in Creole ,
this may have been a reference to the extreme poverty of Haiti, the
country of origin of Régine Chassagne.
On July 10, 2007,
Neon Bible was named to the shortlist for the 2007
Polaris Music Prize . Patrick Watson was announced as the winner at a
gala ceremony on September 24, 2007. However, due to the band's
preference not to participate in compilation albums , they were the
only nominee not to have a track on the Polaris promotional
Polaris Music Prize . Some media initially reported
that the Polaris committee had snubbed the band by excluding them,
leading the band and the committee to issue a joint press release
confirming that the band chose not to have a track included on the
Neon Bible tour continued into September 2007 with 25+ dates
scheduled in North America and Europe through mid-November. In Paris
the band did a Take-Away Show video session shot by
Vincent Moon .
The band toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in early
2008 as part of the 2008
Big Day Out
Big Day Out festival. On October 14, 2007,
Win Butler and
Régine Chassagne made a surprise guest appearance at a
Bruce Springsteen show in
Ottawa , playing "State Trooper" and "Keep
the Car Running ." The band committed to give Partners in Health
$1.00, £1.00, or €1.00 of every ticket sold on its 2008 European
and North American tours.
Arcade Fire further helped PIH, when it recorded "Lenin" on Red Hot
Organization 's latest album,
Dark Was the Night . Sales from DWTN
generated over $850,000 in money donated to AIDS related
charities—$300,000 of which was given to PIH on Arcade Fire's
In February 2008,
Win Butler announced on the band's journal that the
Neon Bible tour had come to an end, after one year of touring and a
total of 122 shows (including 33 festivals) in 75 cities and 19
Win Butler has been a vocal supporter of
Barack Obama since the end
of the New Hampshire Primary.
Arcade Fire performed two free concerts
for Obama in
Nelsonville, Ohio on March 2, 2008 and
March 3, 2008 before the state's March 4 primary. The band, with
Superchunk , performed another two free concerts for Obama on May 1 in
Greensboro, North Carolina , and on May 2 in Carrboro, North Carolina
before the state's May 6 primary. On January 21, 2009, Arcade Fire
Jay-Z were the musical guests at the Obama Campaign Staff Ball at
the DC Armory, at Obama's request. Butler thanked President Obama for
his stated intent to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay , and
repeatedly thanked the Obama staffers for their work during the
The band was rumoured to be working with producer
Markus Dravs on the
soundtrack for the Richard Kelly film The Box .
Win Butler denied the
claims, but stated that he and
Owen Pallett "may do an instrumental
piece or two" for the film.
In December 2008, Pitchfork reported the band set up the website
miroir-noir.com to foreshadow the release of a concert film with the
same title, reporting, "Miroir Noir will feature live footage from the
Neon Bible tour." The upcoming film was directed by Vincent Morisset.
It was made available to pre-order on December 15, 2008 with the
digital version available to download immediately, and the DVD
shipping March 31, 2009.
A re-recorded version of the band's song "Wake Up" from their 2004
debut album, Funeral, has been used for the trailer of the Spike Jonze
film Where the Wild Things Are , which was released on October 2009.
The song "Wake Up" has also become popular on sports radio talk shows
in the US In 2009, two nationally syndicated shows—The Dan Patrick
Show and The Petros and Money Show—frequently used the song as
"bumper" music. The
National Football League featured this recording
in commercials throughout the broadcast of the
2010 Super Bowl . The
band donated the proceeds from licensing the song to the NFL to the
Partners In Health .
2010–12: THE SUBURBS
The Suburbs (Arcade Fire album)
On May 27, 2010 it was announced that a new double-sided 12" single
would be released the same day, with the full album, called The
Suburbs , to be released on August 2 in the UK and on August 3 in the
US and Canada thanks to Merge Records. The album is produced by
Markus Dravs , who worked on previous album, 2007's
Neon Bible and was
engineered by Marcus Paquin, who has also previously worked with the
band. A track-by-track review ahead of
The Suburbs release by The
Quietus website said, "The progression is similar to the one William
Blake takes us through in
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence and of Experience that
suggests forward momentum and maturity." The album was released with
eight different covers.
The first show announced was
Oxegen 2010 which took place in Ireland
in July. The band announced that they would play songs from the new
album in their headline performance at the Reading and Leeds Festivals
in August 2010, with
Win Butler noting "We're really looking forward
to playing the new songs live... like an inventor emerging from his
basement after a year's work."
In July 2010,
Arcade Fire announced they would be broadcasting their
August 5 concert at Madison Square Garden live via YouTube. They later
announced the video would be directed by
Terry Gilliam . The Suburbs
was released worldwide at the start of August 2010 to extensive
critical acclaim comparable to Funeral and Neon Bible. During the
Arcade Fire gave a tribute to
Jay Reatard performing the
cover of "Oh, It's Such a Shame."
Win Butler confessed to Zane Lowe
that the band wanted
Jay Reatard to support the band on this tour, but
The Suburbs went on to debut at number one in the US (on the
Billboard 200), selling 156,000 units in its first week. It was also
number one in the UK and Canada.
In August 2010,
Arcade Fire and Google released an interactive music
video, written and directed by
Chris Milk and produced by
which allows the viewer to enter the address where they grew up and
the video is then "geopersonalised." This video utilizes the band's
song "We Used to Wait" from The Suburbs, and showcases capabilities of
HTML5 and Google's Chrome browser. On November 13, 2010, Arcade Fire
made their second appearance on
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live , performing "We
Used to Wait" and "
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) ."
In a nod to the Butlers' maternal grandfather,
Alvino Rey , who was
an amateur radio operator, the logo used by the band from this time
was a variation of that used by the
American Radio Relay League .
Also, when playing the single "
We Used to Wait " live, the background
video screen features a radio exchange between Rey and a Canadian
operator having Call Sign VE3YV. The video also features many other
amateur radio artifacts.
Arcade Fire performed at the 53rd
Grammy Awards in February 2011. The
band was nominated for
Grammy Awards in three categories: Album of the
Year , Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal , and Best
Alternative Music Album (for The Suburbs). Out of the three
nominations, they won the award for Album of the Year.
At the 2011
BRIT Awards ,
The Suburbs won Best International Album,
Arcade Fire won the Award for Best International Group.
In March 2011,
Arcade Fire was honoured at the
Juno Awards of 2011 .
They won Group of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for "Ready to
Start," "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)," and "We Used to
Wait," all off The Suburbs.
The Suburbs also won Album of the Year and
Alternative Album of the Year.
On April 19, 2011 it was announced that
Arcade Fire will release a
deluxe edition of their album
The Suburbs featuring the short film
Scenes from the Suburbs, by director
Spike Jonze , as well as two new
tracks, "Culture War" and "Speaking in Tongues" featuring David Byrne
. Scenes from the Suburbs, which debuted at the Berlin International
Film Festival 2011 , has a running time of 30 minutes. The film
screened at the
SXSW Film Festival 2011 and saw its online premiere on
MUBI on June 27, 2011. Writing for the Canadian Press, Nick Patch
called the film "a sci-fi puzzler that seems to blend the paranoia of
Terry Gilliam films with the nostalgia of classic Steven Spielberg
On June 16, the album was named as a longlisted nominee (one of 40)
for the 2011
Polaris Music Prize . On July 6, the album was named as
a shortlisted (one of 10) nominee for the 2011 award. On September 20,
2011, they were awarded the Polaris Prize.
On May 19, 2012
Arcade Fire (minus members Will and Tim) made their
third appearance on Saturday Night Live, playing as a backup band for
musical guest and host
Mick Jagger . The band played "The Last Time "
with Jagger, and participated in
Kristen Wiig 's farewell skit,
playing "She\'s a Rainbow " into "Ruby Tuesday ." The band wore
carrés rouges (red squares) to show support for the 2012 Quebec
student protests .
Arcade Fire recorded a song for
The Hunger Games soundtrack (The
Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond ), called "Abraham's
Daughter." The song is featured in the movie's end credits. The
soundtrack was released on March 20, 2012, debuting at number one on
Billboard 200 . It sold more than 175,000 copies in its first
week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film
soundtrack to top the chart since Michael Jackson's "This Is It"
debuted at No. 1 on the list. It is also only the 16th soundtrack to
debut at No. 1 in the history of the
Billboard 200 chart (those
soundtracks include film, television, and straight-to-video efforts).
Arcade Fire also contributed to the movie's original score, The
Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score. The group composed the
grand, fascistic-inspired, ominous Panem national anthem, entitled
"Horn of Plenty," an important and signature leitmotif appearing
throughout the film. "We were interested in making music that would
be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise," Butler, who
co-wrote the song with Chassagne, explained. "And there’s an anthem
that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist
Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might
sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically."
He further added that "it's not a pop song or anything. More of an
anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games.
So we did a structure for that, and then
James Newton Howard made a
movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film."
Arcade Fire's Panem national anthem has received strong reviews.
According to Spin Mobile, "'Horn of Plenty' sounds both exactly like
Arcade Fire and exactly like a futuristic anthem."
Reflektor "There's a lot of them, and they're mostly
self-produced – like, they don't need a producer in a certain way. I
think it's going to be a really great record, actually. I'm eager to
see it come out." —James Murphy , 2013
Arcade Fire and
Mercury Records confirmed that they would release a
fourth album in late 2013. In December 2012, the band's manager Scott
Rodger confirmed that
Arcade Fire was in the studio working with
regular producer of the band
Markus Dravs and James Murphy , frontman
LCD Soundsystem . The official
Arcade Fire pre-order website sets
the release date on October 28, 2013. The band announced on January
18, 2013 that they were selling the church they had been using as a
studio due to a collapsed roof. Throughout 2013, the band worked on
the album in several different recording studios - including Murphy's
DFA Records studio in
New York City
New York City . On June 22, 2013, Rolling Stone
reported that new material from the album would be released on
September 9, 2013.
On July 12, the band announced via a reply on
Twitter that their new
album will be released on October 29.
Arcade Fire's 2013 tour generated controversy in some smaller clubs.
The band made a mandatory dress code of "formal dress or costume" for
a few locations, with negative reactions from fans.
Arcade Fire members William Butler and
Owen Pallett received an Oscar
nomination for Best Original score for
Spike Jonze 's 2013
science-fiction romance film Her . Speculation emerged in August that
the album would be named
Reflektor after images began circulating of
street art using the name. These images were collected on an Instagram
account and later uploads noted the date of September 9 and time of 9
Arcade Fire confirmed their connection to the campaign with a
billboard put up in
New York City
New York City on August 26, 2013. A week later,
the band released a 15-second music clip on
Spotify titled "9pm 9/9"
under the album name Reflektor.
English rock musician
David Bowie contributed to backing vocals on
the title song, "
Reflektor " after praising the song's quality in fall
Arcade Fire have recorded a version of the 1980 hit single "Games
Without Frontiers " for the
Peter Gabriel tribute album And I\'ll
Scratch Yours , which was released in September 2013.
Arcade Fire were the musical guest on the 39th-season premiere of
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live on September 28, 2013. The episode drew six
million viewers. They also appeared in a half hour special on
Arcade Fire in Here Comes the Night Time, that aired immediately after
SNL. The special featured cameo appearances by
Ben Stiller ,
Bill Hader ,
Zach Galifianakis ,
Rainn Wilson ,
Aziz Ansari , Eric
Wareheim , and
Michael Cera . The concert footage was filmed at the
band's surprise September 9 appearance at Montreal's Club
Arcade Fire performed live at the
YouTube Music Awards on November 3,
2013. The performance featured an experimental "live video" directed
by Her writer and director
Spike Jonze , and actress
Greta Gerwig .
The band was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Original Score
for Her. They were also nominated for a Los Angeles Film Critics
Association Award for Best Music Score . The band headlined the 2014
Glastonbury Festival on June 27.
At the 2014
Juno Awards ,
Reflektor won Album of the Year and
Alternative Album of the Year. The album was also a shortlisted
nominee for the 2014
Polaris Music Prize .
Arcade Fire was the recipient of the International
Achievement Award at the
SOCAN Awards held in Montreal.
A documentary film called The
Reflektor Tapes , about the making of
the album, was released on September 24, 2015 and was shown at the
2015 Toronto Film Festival . The following day, a deluxe edition of
the album containing original recordings and five unreleased songs was
released. The documentary was directed by Kahlil Joseph, winner of the
2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films. Arcade Fire
during their first full-band show in two years in Barcelona
2016-PRESENT: EVERYTHING NOW
On May 25, 2016,
Win Butler and
Régine Chassagne performed a
surprise set outside the
Louvre which included a new song. The pair
were invited by the French street artist JR to DJ at the launch of his
new exhibition titled JR Au Louvre, but set up drums and keyboards in
the Tuileries gardens.
On June 17, Will Butler hosted a Reddit AMA , where he answered fan
questions about the next
Arcade Fire album. He stated that the new
record may be released in spring 2017 and that the band had 'no
definite schedule though. It'll be done when it's done.'
On July 5, the band played their first complete full-band concert in
two years in Barcelona, Spain as a warm up for their upcoming summer
festival dates in Canada, Portugal, Spain and USA.
On July 19,
Tim Kingsbury told CBC that the band's upcoming fifth
album will be out in 2017.
On January 19, 2017, the band released a new single to coincide with
Donald Trump 's presidential inauguration entitled "I Give You Power."
The song featured guest vocals from singer
Mavis Staples . The
proceeds were donated to the
American Civil Liberties Union .
Arcade Fire signed a two album recording contract with Columbia
Records in May 2017. On May 31, the band released a new single
Everything Now " on a limited edition 12' vinyl at the Primavera
Sound Festival in Barcelona.
Arcade Fire would also perform at the
festival in early June 2017. A day later,
Arcade Fire announced their
fifth studio album
Everything Now , due for release on July 28, 2017,
and released a music video for "Everything Now." In July 2017,
"Everything Now" became Arcade Fire's first single to reach number one
on a Billboard chart, reaching number one on the Adult Alternative
Songs airplay chart.
Régine Chassagne is of Haitian descent, Arcade Fire
continuously works to support Haitian people through raising awareness
of the struggles this country currently faces, as well as the history,
specifically the regime of
François Duvalier in which 30,000 to
60,000 Haitians were murdered . This time in history is highlighted
in Arcade Fire's song "Haiti". Chassagne co-founded the Kanpe (Creole
for "to stand up"), a foundation that "brings together Haitians,
members of the diaspora, friends of Haiti, and partners on the ground
to develop customized solutions to enable these families to escape the
cycle of poverty and stand on their own."
Arcade Fire played two shows in the hometown of
all profits were donated to Albert Schweitzer's hospital in Haiti.
Arcade Fire has donated $1.00, £1.00, or €1.00
of every ticket sold on tour to
Partners in Health + Kanpe, via
* 2006: Proceeds from the release of track "Intervention" were
dedicated to Partners in Health.
Arcade Fire recorded "Lenin" for Red Hot Organization’s
"Dark Was the Night." $850,000 raised for AIDS relief; $300,000 was
donated to Partners in Health.
* 2010: The NFL purchased rights to "Wake Up" for
Super Bowl XLIV ;
all proceeds went to PIH.
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