Arcade Fire to receive humanitarian award at 2016 Juno Awards

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The Canadian band will receive the award for their work supporting Haiti

Arcade Fire will receive a humanitarian award at the 2016 Juno Awards to recognise the contribution they have made to the people of Haiti.

The Canadian band will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards, which takes place in Calgary on April 2, one day before the main awards ceremony.

As Pitchfork reports, the group have raised around £6.9m ($9.6m), helped train volunteers and “engaged over 500,000 fans in the fight for the people of Haiti”.

In a statement, band member Régine Chassagne said: “It is an honour. We are very thankful. It helps us continue the work.”

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It was recently reported that Chassagne and bandmate/husband Win Butler were to open a Haitian-themed restaurant in Montreal last summer.

Butler told Canada’s The Globe And Mail: “[The restaurant is] more of an art project. The idea is that it’s a cultural space. The thing that we were really impressed with at Rhum Corner is that it’s this space for Haitian and Caribbean culture and it’s really cool and contemporary.”

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire recently announced their first live dates of 2016.

The band will headline Bilbao BBK in Spain and Lisbon’s NOS Alive in July. They join fellow NOS Alive headliners Radiohead on the bill for the Portugese festival’s 10th birthday celebrations.

These are the only two European festivals Arcade Fire will play in 2016. The band are reported to be working on a new album since last year with the record said to be “30 per cent done” as of last September.