The JUNO Awards announced today that this year’s recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award is Montreal group Arcade Fire. The award “recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada”. The alternative rock group has six members somewhat led by Canada’s Régine Chassagne and her American husband Win Butler. The band has won 8 JUNO awards since its formation in 2001, 2 BRITs (U.K.), and 1 Grammy (U.S.).
A standout among Arcade Fire’s humanitarian work involves Haiti, considered the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The JUNOs explain: “The members of Arcade Fire have developed long-term partnerships with organizations that help in breaking the cycle of poverty, giving Haitians the strength to stand up on their own. … The band has traveled to Haiti several times to experience the nation’s extreme poverty firsthand. To date, Arcade Fire has not only raised and donated over $4 million, but has also trained thousands of outreach volunteers and engaged over 500,000 fans in the fight for the people of Haiti.”
Arcade Fire will receive the award during the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in the fine city of Calgary.