Montreal-based band Arcade Fire will have the honour of receiving this year's Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2016 Juno Awards. The six-piece ensemble, fronted by husband-and-wife team Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, is being recognized for its ongoing charitable efforts in Haiti and because it "demonstrates the spirit of the award through the millions of lives they’ve enriched through their music and their impact on both local and national charitable causes," reads a statement from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The award will be presented a night before the big show during the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards.
“It is an honour. We are very thankful. It helps us continue the work,” said Régine. The band's dedication to helping Haitians in need is rooted in the lead singer's personal ties to the area. Régine's parents were born and raised in the caribbean country before emigrating to Canada in the 1960s. As co-founder of Kanpe, an organization that "stands with the most vulnerable Haitian families towards their financial autonomy," the 39-year-old performer has been a voice for the nation both here in Canada and abroad.
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Arcade Fire laid the groundwork of their honourable legacy early in their career by donating $1 from every ticket sold from their concerts to the health organization Partners in Health (PIH). Members have also been deeply involved in the work of Artists for Peace and Justice, which was founded by director Paul Haggis.