February 27, 2016


Arcade Fire to be Honored at Juno Awards

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Fresh off his MVP performance in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, Win Butler, along with the rest of his Arcade Fire compatriots, will soon receive a different, more noble honor.

This year, Arcade Fire will be the recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, given out annually at the Juno Awards to recognize Canadian musicians who have made significant humanitarian efforts.

The group has been involved activism almost since its inception, raising money for Haiti by donating $1 of every concert ticket they've sold since 2006 to Partners in Health, a non-profit founded in Haiti with the goal to "bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair." Additionally, after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the band licensed the rights to their song "Wake Up" to the NFL for the upcoming Super Bowl broadcast, with all of the proceeds going to relief efforts.

Butler's wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne was born in Montreal to Haitian parents who had fled the dictatorship of the country in the 1960's. In 2010, Chassagne co-founded KANPE, an organization dedicated to providing tools, training and support to Haiti's most vulnerable families in order to help them achieve financial autonomy.

With the recognition, Arcade Fire will be in good company; past winners of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award include Simple PlanNeil Young, and Rush.