Arcade Fire, the Montreal-based Canadian band, will perform in Carnival celebrations in Haiti this month.
The Grammy and Juno Award-winning musicians will play in the town of Jacmel on February 21st. It’s an event that usually features local groups but Arcade Fire has been involved in Haiti for several years now.
It is the ancestral home of Regine Chassagne, the band’s co-founder. Chassagne’s family fled the island in the 1960’s to escape the Duvalier dictatorship, and like many others at the time, settled in Montreal.
Two years ago, lead-singer Win Butler, Chassagne’s husband, said Arcade Fire donates $1 from every concert ticket to the charity, Partners in Health. Now the band has donated more than $500,000 to the Haitian charity that focuses on health care.
‘Reflektor’ the band’s most recent, fourth album, features Haitian elements such as ‘rara’ music. In March, Arcade Fire will be playing dates in the United States as part of their upcoming tour.