Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and Jeremy Gara are named as the 2018 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The Montreal-based Grammy-winning band will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Entertainment Complex on Thursday, May 10 in Toronto.
In a statement released earlier this morning, the band collectively stated that they were “deeply honoured” to receive the award. “For more than a decade our fans have joined us in supporting Partners in Health and KANPE and the work they do in Haiti. These relationships have profoundly influenced our lives and our art. This award and the example of the Slaight family are both a great support and a motivation to keep doing more."
To date, Arcade Fire has raised and donated more than $4M and has also trained thousands of outreach volunteers and engaged over 500K fans for a cause that they hold close to their hearts - the people of Haiti. In 2004, a song titled “Haiti” appeared on the first Arcade Fire album Funeral. That same year, Arcade Fire played two hometown shows and gave all the profits to Albert Schweitzer's hospital in Haiti.
Speaking for the family, Slaight Communications President and CEO Gary Slaight stated that "the Slaight family is proud to acknowledge the great deeds that Arcade Fire has done for causes at home and abroad over the years. My father, Allan Slaight, has always stressed the importance of giving back and this great Canadian band has done so in spades. In awarding them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award, we celebrate the great work they have done in supporting the Haitian people and the acts of kindness they have provided to many."