Musicians Making a Difference for Haiti: Arcade Fire

By Bryan Schaaf on Mercredi, mars 7, 2007.
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arcade firearcade fireBelow is an interesting article on a band called Arcade Fire, who we have known about for some time. What we did not know is how involved they have been with Haiti. The band had recently contacted Partners in Health, an important NGO based in Haiti which has pioneered treatment for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in low resource settings, to see how they could be involved.

This was not their first socially conscious endeavor. Arcade Fire has also provided music for the "Project Red campaign which raises money for the Global Fund through purchases made in the private sector. You may have seen the commercials with red cell phones. Turns out -- the band also blogs about Haiti in their online journal frequently. Arcade Fire devoted the proceeds of the first single from their new album (available through ITUNES) to PIH. In addition, a portion of every ticket sold from every concert in Europe and the United States will go to PIH.

On the right hand side of this page, you can find an excerpt of a song they had written about Haiti. For those of us in DC, we can catch them at the DAR Constitution Hall on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 8pm. More info on the band and their tour can be found at www.arcadefire.com

Music in Haiti can be a powerful way to connect with history, with a cause, to affirm you identify, or to just have a good time. Some of Haiti's best Ambassadors are musicians and we applaud Arcade Fire's decision to remain engaged.

Arcade Fire sparks support for PIH – Canadian band raises issues and funds

The Arcade Fire, a Montreal-based “indie” rock group, is making a name for itself not only as one of Canada’s hottest bands but as advocates and fundraisers for global health equity. Most visibly, they provided the music—free of commission—for a series of television advertisements to boost sales during the holiday shopping rush of the “(PRODUCT) RED” campaign to raise funds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But they didn’t stop there. At the end of December, they dedicated proceeds from the iTunes release of the first single from their eagerly awaited new album to Partners In Health. And most significantly for us, the band has committed to give PIH $1.00, £1.00 or €1.00 of every ticket sold on their upcoming European and North American tours.

After learning about PIH by reading Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains and Paul Farmer’s Pathologies of Power, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the husband-wife duo who formed The Arcade Fire in 2003, contacted us about their desire to help. Although the band’s interest in PIH is relatively new, their dedication to promoting understanding of Haiti’s complicated history and solidarity for its long-suffering people is not. Régine’s Haitian background has influenced the band’s music significantly. The song “Haiti” appeared on their first album, Funeral. The lyrics are indicative of Régine’s deep personal bond with the country: “Haïti, mon pays, wounded mother I'll never see. Ma famille set me free. Throw my ashes into the sea…” In addition to expressing the issues through their music, Win has used his online journal (link) to write snippets about Haiti’s historical relationship with France and the United States and to encourage support for Partners In Health.

With the release of The Arcade Fire’s second album, Neon Bible, in March 2007, they will be touring both in Europe and North America. Following a series of warm-up concerts in London, Montreal and New York through the middle of February, the band will tour Europe from March 7 through April 7, with appearances in the Ireland, Scotland, England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Dates and locations for the North American leg of their tour have not yet been finalized.

But wherever they go, they intend not only to entertain their fans but to educate them about the major global health issues of our time—from the weakening of the Global Fund to the structural violence that has plagued Haiti and other poor nations for years, causing major public health disasters.

Arcade Fire Charms Curious Haitians in Jacmel (2/27/2014)

The Gazette
By T'CHA DUNLEVY
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Win Butler took a solid swig off a bottle ot Barbancourt rum, before taking the stage. Arcade Fire was in its home away from home, Friday night, performing in Haiti as part of the ramp-up to the national carnival celebrations, just 24 hours after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It was a free outdoor concert, not unlike the open-air blowout it played for 75,000 as part of Pop Montreal in 2011, except the crowd here hovered closer to a guestimated 20,000. The demographic was almost exclusively Haitian — most of them on hand to hear popular Haitian acts including RAM, BelO and Rara Fanm — offset by sporadic pockets of pale-faced hipsters who had made the pilgrimage to the beach town hub of Jacmel to catch the world’s biggest indie rock band in an intriguingly incongruous context.
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Arcade Fire may love Haiti, but most of the country’s inhabitants have no idea who the group is or what to make of its world-renowned sound. Around these parts, the norm is a rhythmically frenzied dance music called rara, which Arcade Fire flirts with in a song or two on its latest album, Reflektor, otherwise sticking to more familiar rock turf. So as opposed to the adulation with which the band is usually greeted, the atmosphere was closer to perplexed curiosity. Arcade Fire grabbed the bull by the horns, opening with its rousing, former show-closer Wake Up, throwing itsel into the song’s “ohh-ohhhhh” chant with added oomph. Leader Win Butler donned a mirrored head-covering for Reflektor’s electro-tinged title track. He and his bandmates wore the same black-and-white, carnival-themed outits they’ve had throughout the promotion of the new album, while Butler’s wife Regine Chassagne sported a festive, form-fitting short dress.
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The set list leaned heavily on the new album, with a few early-career hits thrown in for good measure. Flashbulb Eyes’s spooky lilt suited the occasion. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) and Rebellion (Lies) were inherently energized. And if It’s Never Over was a tad too subtle to lift off, the Chassagne-led Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) drew cheers for its thumping beat and her exuberant antics, twirling streamers as she spun about the stage. They saved the best or last. A throng of traditionally-attired Haitian women emerged to sing and dance along to the expanded rara interlude of Here Comes the Night Time. Chassagne wrapped things up with her motherland ode Haiti, gushing affection for Jacmel and its thriving arts scene. Arcade Fire may not have the same brand recognition in Haiti as it does elsewhere, but the band continues to forge and deepen its ties with the country, donating a portion of its tour proceeds to Haitian relief, and going out of its way to perform (and co-produce) shows like this.

Arcade Fire: Right on Song - Rebuilding of Haiti (6/19/2011)

The Guardian
By Will Butler
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One pound, dollar, or euro from each ticket we've sold since 2007 has gone to organisations that work in Haiti, chiefly Partners in Health. This past year ticket buyers have given more than $300,000 to PIH. Our upcoming show in Hyde Park will raise in the realm of £60,000. One point of our trip to Haiti was to see how this money is being used. Partners in Health works all over the world. In Haiti, PIH and its sister organisation Zanmi Lasante ("Partners in Health" in Creole) employs more than 5,000 Haitians. There are some non-Haitian employees and foreign volunteers – visiting orthopaedic surgeons, engineers – but the vast majority of the doctors and nurses are Haitian, as are the construction workers, janitors, community health workers, secretaries and so on. One thing I learned was that PIH employs lots of construction wohelrkers. They are building a large teaching hospital in the town of Mirebalais (the biggest construction project begun in Haiti since the earthquake). The main result will be access to high-level medical care for the 140,000 people living in the region, but employment is an intended side effect. Haitians do the construction as far as possible. Where locals are unskilled – in plumbing, electrical wiring, welding – foreign volunteers are brought in to work and help train. John Chew, the project co-ordinator, was excited about how his bricklayers could now read blueprints – a good, marketable skill. When people have jobs, other people can sell them cell phones or, hey, bootlegged DVDs. The economy slowly grows. This is happening not just in Mirebalais but also with smaller clinics and schools PIH is building throughout rural Haiti.
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Health, as you might think, is the main concern of PIH. They are known and celebrated for their successful treatment of Aids and TB patients in extremely poor regions. But they take a broad view of health. One employee talked about digitising medical records and seeing several prescriptions for "needs new roof". And these prescriptions had been filled. We met Genevieve Joubert, a nurse who lives and works in the tent camp of Dadadou in Port-au-Prince. She has helped deliver more than 150 babies since the earthquake. But she is also focused on latrines – on the struggle to find someone to build more. And on the more infuriating struggle to get someone to regularly empty them. The people who work for Partners in Health work there for the same reason any of us would. Some work just because they need a job. Most seem to strongly believe in PIH's vision. The doctors and nurses could get higher pay working for other foreign organisations, or the UN. Many, with foreign graduate degrees, could get jobs any where in the world. Dr Patrick Almazor is from Port-au-Prince and a former Fulbright scholar with a master's degree in public health. He runs the hospital in St Marc, a coastal town where cholera hit particularly hard last year. He'd started with PIH because of a mandatory year of service post-medical school. He'd stayed because he realised he wanted to serve the poor, and he found working with PIH was the best way to do that. PIH are breathtakingly competent. I would describe them as efficient, but that might imply a focus on cost-effectiveness and the system, instead of on the patient. I'd rather say that PIH are thorough in all aspects of operation and wise in their use of money and supplies. They are part of a strong, organic movement towards a functioning society in Haiti.

Linkin Park's Dave Farrell Helps Keep Haiti On Our Minds

6/3/2011
By Caroline Walker
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This string of natural disasters just won't quit, am I right? Tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods...it's becoming too common for comfort. Since we aren't likely to hold back the wind anytime soon, the best we can hope for is a sustained commitment to rebuilding broken down areas--something Dave "Pheonix" Farrell from Linkin Park is taking to heart. In partnership with Music for Relief and the United Nations Foundation, Phoenix just took a trip down to Haiti to check on progress and touch base with residents who are still rebuilding some 15 months after suffering the effects of a 7.0 quake. Over time, the story has been shadowed by new headlines, new disasters and concerns, which is to be expected. It doesn't in any way mean that Haiti is out of the woods, though, and it certainly doesn't mean we can give up support just yet. Farrell has a strong connection to the cause, having co-founded Music for Relief as a response to the Haitian disaster and an easy way for fans to help out. Giving $10 through the org's "Download to Donate" program earns donors access to exclusive MP3s. Alternately, texting "RELIEF" to 41010 sends a $10 donation directly to the fund. Money goes to a roster of respected and established NGOs working in the region. Bravo, Farrell, for keeping the issue on the front page. On that tip: The Gulf Coast still needs work pulling through oil spill damage, Japan is still in the early stages of rebuilding after its earthquake and tsunami and plenty of U.S. towns are struggling to clean up damage from recent Mississippi River flooding. Nature's most recent heartbreaker hit Joplin, Missouri, hard when a tornado ravaged the city and took 142 lives on May 22, reinforcing that, unfortunately, there's no shortage of causes to get behind and no room for forgetting.

Linkin Park Detail Ongoing Recovery Efforts In Haiti

More than a year has passed since an earthquake ravaged Haiti, and, as is sadly the case with disasters like this, the focus of the world has shifted elsewhere, despite the fact that the recovery effort is still very much ongoing. But one group who hasn't forgotten about the Haitian people is Linkin Park, who, through their Music for Relief charity — and in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation — are working to bring light to the nation ... literally. They've begun a program to build solar-powered lights in many displacement camps (which are home to more than 1 million Haitians), and last week, though they were set to film a video for their new single "Iridescent," the band sent bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell down to Port-au-Prince to check on the progress.
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"I just got back from Haiti last night," Farrell said on the Los Angeles set of "Iridescent." "I had gone over there to check on what we had been working on with Music for Relief, in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation. We've basically been working to install some solar-powered lighting in some of the camps there ... the camp in particular that we visited had 40,000 people ... and no electricity. "So, at night, women and children are very susceptible to violence, rape, all kinds of really awful things, even when they're doing something as simple as trying to go to use the latrines, the restrooms, et cetera," Farrell continued. "We've been putting solar-powered lighting in strategic areas, and we've found that not only has that lowered the crime rate, but it's given the camps a place where kids can go and play in the evenings, and, in addition to that, we have students studying and reading at the lights at night." And though Farrell said that he was "amazed" by the resiliency and spirit of the Haitian people, he realizes that bringing the nation back from the brink is an ongoing process — one that's going to take a lot longer than most could imagine. But, with his bandmates, the U.N. and his fellow musicians at his side, Farrell is confident that, eventually, Haiti will recover. "We've always felt like music is a very inspiring and uniting force, and with Music for Relief, we've always wanted it to be something that's more," he said. "It's not supposed to be 'Linkin Park for Relief': It is really supposed to be 'Music for Relief.' We've always felt that with a united group of people, you can do a lot more than just as individuals."

Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire visits PIH sites in Haiti

4/11/2011
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Members of the rock band Arcade Fire, winners of this year’s Grammy for Best Album, visited PIH projects throughout Haiti last week. In addition to performing informal concerts for patients and staff, the musicians came to learn more about PIH’s work and the issues faced by the communities PIH works with. Arcade Fire has supported PIH since 2007. During that time the band has raised over $1 million for PIH’s work in Haiti. More than that, they have introduced thousands of their own supporters to PIH. After reading Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains, the group contacted PIH to ask how they could help. Since then, their support has included organizing special fundraising events and donating a portion of ticket sales from recent concert tours to support PIH’s work. Last year, they licensed their hit song “Wake Up” to the NFL for a series of commercials, donating all proceeds to PIH’s work in Haiti. In addition, the band’s relationship with Haiti runs deep. Cofounders Win Butler and his wife Régine Chassagne have always remembered Régine’s Haitian roots; her family emigrated from Haiti to Canada before she was born. Fans know that Win sometimes decorates his guitar with the Haitian proverb “sak vide pa kanpe”—“an empty sack cannot stand up”—as a reminder of the crushing poverty that afflicts Haiti.Chassagne and Butler, along with the rest of the band—Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Marika Shaw, and Jeremy Gara—have supported relief work in Haiti through donations and, equally importantly, by spreading the word around the world about Haiti and PIH’s work.

RAM and Arcade Fire Play Suprise Show in Port au Prince

3/30/2011
NOLA.COM
By Alison Fensterstock
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New Orleans-based photographer Lee Celano was on hand at the Hotel Oloffson in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, last night for an intimate surprise gig from the Grammy and Juno Award-winning Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire. According to Celano, signs around Port-Au-Prince had coyly advertised the "secret" show coyly as "The Grand Return Of The World Famous Band From Canada." The Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne, a singer and multi-instrumentalist, is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. The band has visited Haiti several times since last year's devastating earthquake and has worked in tandem with the Partners In Health organization, pledging over $1 million dollars in aid for the island.
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According to Celano, Arcade Fire played a 45-minute set split between covers of cuts by Cyndi Lauper, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones as well as their own originals, including, of course, "Haiti" from the band's 2004 debut album "Funeral" - Chassagne's moving tribute to her turbulent homeland. Partners in Health's website reports that the band will record with local musicians during this trip to Haiti, as well as gather footage for an upcoming concert DVD. One of the focuses of this year's Jazz Fest is a tribute to Haiti, and Haitian musicians and artisans will be present in force on the Fairgrounds. Arcade Fire will close out the Acura Stage at the Fest on Friday, May 6, at 5:35 PM. RAM performs at the Chouest Family Kid's Tent at 5:15 PM on Thursday, May 5 and on the Jazz and Heritage Stage at 5:45 PM on Sunday, May 8. Check the Jazz Fest "cubes," released this morning, for more information on Haitian acts at the Fairgrounds.

Linkin Park and UN Foundation Team Up for Haiti (2/23/2011)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Linkin Park Encourage Facebook Town Hall Participants to Help the UN Help Haiti
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Band’s Music For Relief Charity recognized by UN for its contributions to Haitian relief efforts Senior USAID representative talks with online community about progress to date and future challenges
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The United Nations Foundation today hosted a Facebook® Town Hall to keep the public engaged in rebuilding Haiti after last year’s earthquake, and giving participants unique access to experts and high-profile speakers from the United Nations, multiplatinum alternative band Linkin Park, and the United States government. The Town Hall was the first time UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken alongside members of a band to educate and raise awareness about efforts to rebuild Haiti.
The unique speaker lineup engaged a wide base of participants for the interactive online forum. Attendees watched live and asked questions as representatives from the United Nations, members of Linkin Park, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the UN Foundation spoke about the latest developments in Haiti and ways for individuals to continue helping the Haitian people one year after the devastating earthquake.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Significant progress has been made in Haiti in the thirteen months since the earthquake, and there is still tremendous work to do. Governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals all have a role to play in supporting the rebuilding efforts. This Facebook Town Hall provided an innovative, effective way to educate people on the work the UN is doing in Haiti and ways that individuals can get involved.”
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During the event, fans were able to log on to the UN Foundation’s Facebook page to participate in the live-streamed Town Hall through a live chat feature. Participants were encouraged to Download to Donate as part of Linkin Park’s charity, Music for Relief, where a one-time donation offers year-long access to a growing catalog of music from a variety of artists. Donations made to Download to Donate support the work of five organizations in Haiti: Artists for Peace and Justice, charity: water, Direct Relief International, Partners In Health, and the UN Foundation. By partnering with Download to Donate, the UN Foundation aims to raise enough money to enable UN agency partners to provide 100 new solar lights to keep the women and children of Haiti’s tent camps safe at night. “As a band we have always focused on creating the music our fans are passionate about,” said Linkin Park's co-lead vocalist, Mike Shinoda. “Now we are asking our fans to direct their passion to help others. That’s why we established Download to Donate, giving music lovers a way to access a unique lineup of songs while helping the rebuilding efforts in Haiti.”
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“Helping Haiti rebuild and transform is a long-term process that requires global support,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The UN Foundation and others have used Facebook in new and innovative ways to mobilize the resources needed to help the Haitian people. Today we have once again come together on Facebook to maintain the focus on Haiti, to continue the conversation, and use the power of social media to get people involved.” “This is a time of great challenge for Haiti, but also a time of great hope,” said Mark Feierstein, USAID's Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The United States' commitment to Haiti's recovery and reconstruction will endure. The people of Haiti deserve partners who will stick with them over the long term, empower them to take the lead in their own development, and invest in building up their capacity to govern and support themselves.”
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“By working with Facebook, the United Nations, the UN Foundation, and Linkin Park gained the ability to reach a global audience on a global issue, without having to travel,” said Facebook Marketing Director Randi Zuckerberg.” We are proud to have had this opportunity to help the UN Foundation raise awareness that there is still work to be done in Haiti, and anyone can get involved and donate.” After welcoming participants to the Facebook virtual Town Hall meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with members of Linkin Park and its official charity, Music For Relief, to recognize their significant contribution to relief efforts in Haiti and other countries affected by natural disasters. The organization was founded by Linkin Park following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Since then, Music For Relief has raised over $3.9 million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents and initiated programs to help reduce global warming. During the meeting, Linkin Park and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explored ways Music for Relief and the United Nations can continue to work together to mobilize the public on global issues.
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Those who missed the event can view a recording of the discussion at www.livestream.com/unfoundationlive.
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Background: To date, the UN Foundation has raised nearly $4 million benefiting the UN’s relief efforts in Haiti. The funds were granted to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to help provide food, medicine, water and shelter following the earthquake; to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the Cash for Work Program, an initiative to offer Haitians temporary jobs to remove rubble; and to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for material health kits and solar street lights to keep women safe at night. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the solar lights, the UN Foundation has decided to make that initiative the focus of its participation in Download to Donate. For more information, please visit www.unfoundation.org/haiti.
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About the United Nations Foundation: The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
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About Music for Relief: Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multiplatinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $3.9 million for victims of multiple disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, wildfires in Southern California & Victoria Australia, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, and a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs to help in prevention and mitigation of future natural disasters such as the Send Dirt campaign for wetlands protection and restoration and the Million Tree Project in China’s Inner Mongolia Desert. Music For Relief has organized a benefit concert featuring multiplatinum artists, sent musicians and volunteers to Southeast Asia and the U.S. Gulf Coast to help rebuild and donate supplies to people in need, and planted over 810,000 trees to help reduce global warming. For more information, visit www.musicforrelief.org.
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About Linkin Park: Linkin Park is a modern alternative band comprised of lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda - lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The highly anticipated fourth studio album from Linkin Park A Thousand Suns (Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros) has been described as a psychedelic journey that explores the conflict between technology and humanity. The album debuted at the top of Billboard's Top 200 album chart, making A Thousand Suns the 3rd consecutive Linkin Park album to reach #1. For more information, visit www.linkinpark.com

Arcade Fire helps launch new project in Haiti (6/12/2010)

Canwest News Service
By Marianne White
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Acclaimed Canadian indie-rock sensation Arcade Fire is backing a new initiative to support the reconstruction of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. On Monday, band co-leader Regine Chassagne launched KANPE, an organization aiming to help put an end to poverty in Haiti. "My family is from Haiti and I've always been interested in doing something about Haiti," Chassagne told reporters in Quebec City, where the band is playing a big outdoor show on the Plains of Abraham.
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When a massive earthquake shattered the Caribbean country six months ago, Chassagne said she was torn between putting the finishing touches to the band's third full-length studio album, due Aug. 3, and going straight to Haiti to help. In the end, she chose to continue working with the band while focusing on KANPE as a long-term project to make a difference in Haiti. "We're all family in times like this," she said.
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Chassagne has led the band's involvement with the Haitian cause since 2005, raising money and awareness for charitable organizations, including Partners in Health. They are teaming again with Partners in Health and Fonkoze, specialized in micro-credits, for KANPE — a word meaning "Stand Up" in Creole. The program, set to kick off in October, will help 500 Haitian families for an 18 month-period. A social worker will accompany each family, providing help and counsel about health, nutrition, education, work, etc.
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The goal is to have each family become self-sufficient by the end of the experience, said the president of KANPE, Dominique Anglade, a Canadian of Haitian origin, who lost both her parents in the earthquake. The first families who are to receive help are located in Thomonde, in central Haiti. "We're working outside of Port-au-Prince, where everyone has fled to since the earthquake because there is nothing to return to, so straightening those areas is going to become very critical," Chassagne explained.
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Her husband and lead singer of Arcade Fire, Win Butler, was by her side Monday and said the band will ask fans in its upcoming tour to give money to KANPE through SMS services. "We're putting our money we're our mouth is, so to speak," Butler said in a brief encounter with media. Arcade Fire was slated to play a sold-out show before upward of 50,000 fans on the Plains of Abraham Monday night in Quebec City. Late Monday, Quebec City Summer Festival organizers announced they will donate 25 cents to KANPE for each person who attends the show.
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Butler declined to talk about the band's new album The Suburbs and the upcoming tour, only conveying Arcade Fire's eagerness to get back on a big stage. The band's only recent live appearances were warm-up gigs in Toronto, Montreal and Sherbrooke, Que. Arcade Fire will play Ottawa's Bluesfest on Tuesday night and on July 31, the group will perform in hometown Montreal, headlining the first day of the two-day Osheaga Music & Arts Festival.

Good initiative

If everyone could care a little outside their own little bubble, this is great. Find something that you want to support and lend a giving hand. It's the thought that counts.

Here is a link to some of the lyrics of the band
http://www.superlyrics.com/artist/Arcade_Fire.html

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