Arcade Fire are set to receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at 2016’s Juno Awards gala (a bit like Canada’s Brits or Grammys), for their efforts in helping the peoples of Haiti.
The Montreal band have won six Juno awards before for their music, but this time they are being honoured at the annual awards evening for raising over $9.6million for the Haitian people, as well as for being actively involved with the training of volunteers.
Arcade Fire singer and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne, who is also married to lead vocalist Win Butler, was born in Quebec to parents of Haitian origin. Her parents emigrated from Haiti to escape the dictatorship of François Duvalier in the 60s.
“It is an honour. We are very thankful,” Chassagne said in a statement about the awards. “It helps us continue the work.”
The band began their humanitarian efforts in Haiti back in 2006 when the band donated $1 for every ticket sold to Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that “strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.” Since then Régine Chassagne has also co-founded the Haiti Charity KANPE in 2010, and Chassagne and Butler have even announced plans to release a Haitian themed restaurant in Montreal.