The multi-instrumentalist also gave a short speech after receiving the honour from Montreal’s Concordia University
Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Montreal this week.
The Montreal-born musician, whose parents are of Haitian origin, received the doctorate from the Faculty of Art at her alma mater on Monday (November 7) for “her commitment to Haiti and her impact on the international music scene.”
Chassagne has regularly championed Haitian issues during her time in Arcade Fire, including her current role as a grand ambassador of KANPE, an organisation she co-founded in 2010 to “play an integral part in the fight to help Haiti break free from a vicious cycle of poverty.” She also sits on the board of trustees of Partners in Health, an organisation that “helps treat the sick and prevent diseases throughout Haiti.” Chassagne has helped raised more than $500,000 for the two organisations through her work with Arcade Fire.
As Pitchfork reports, after she was awarded her doctorate, Chassagne then gave a speech that covered the topics of her parents, Haiti and studying at Concordia.
Watch Chassagne’s acceptance speech, via Arcade Fire Tube, below.
Régine Chassagne was born in Montreal. Her parents, born in Haiti, fled the dictatorship of François Duvalier in the ’60s. Chassagne and Minister Dominique Anglade co-founded KANPE with the goal of bringing the diaspora and friends of Haiti together to develop customized solutions to empower the neediest Haitian families to become autonomous.
Earlier this week, Arcade Fire announced what will be their only UK festival appearance of 2017 – the band will headline The Isle of Wight festival in June.