Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Vampire Weekend for charity basketball game

Win Butler was once coached at basketball by Drake

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler has announced his latest charity basketball tournament, which will feature members of The Strokes and Vampire Weekend.

Butler has regularly organised charity basketball games in aid of DJ Sports Club in his home town of Montreal.

This year’s game is on September 24 at McGill University Sports Center. As well as Butler, players include his brother and Arcade Fire bandmate Will Butler, The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture, Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Thomson and Silicon Valley actor Martin Bonner.


Professional players taking part in the game, billed as POP Vs Jock, include brothers Luke and Matt Bonner. There will be a screening of basketball movie Space Jam after the game, with half-time entertainment by ‘Tootsee Roll’ collective 69 Boyz.

Win Butler is renowned as a basketball player of a decent amateur standard, and was part of the Canada basketball team which beat the USA in a charity match in February. [a]Drake[a/] coached the Canada team, for which Butler was named most valuable player, with Kevin Hart the USA’s coach.

Arcade Fire continue to work on a follow-up to 2013’s ‘Reflektor’ album, which Will Butler said in June was 30% finished and likely to be released in 2017. The band played a handful of festival shows over the summer, but have yet to preview any new songs.