August 15, 2011 – As a salute to the city they call home, Montréal’s Arcade Fire will be performing a free outdoor concert on September 22, 2011, at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des spectacles. The show, which organizers expect to draw as many as 75,000 fans, will be presented as part of the 10th anniversary edition of the POP Montreal International Music Festival and include an opening performance by Karkwa, the 2010 Polaris prize winners.
To say Arcade Fire had a tremendous year in 2011 would be an understatement. The band’s third studio record, The Suburbs, brought home the Grammy and Juno awards for Album of the Year, as well as the Brit Award for Best International Album. But no matter how big they become, their roots will always be planted in Montréal, and they’re doing this show to give something back.
“Our band couldn't exist without Montréal,” says band member Régine Chassagne. “After having had the chance to tour extensively around the world, we're very excited to finally come home. And to do so the Montréal way, we hoped to play a free outside show, on the very last day of summer as a big 'thank-you' to the beautiful city we love so much.”
In keeping with the spirit of giving, the band is also using the concert as an opportunity to raise awareness of KANPE, a Montréal-based partner organization of Partners In Health, which seeks to end the cycles of poverty in Haiti. Régine Chassagne is one of the founding members of the collective. The show is timed to coincide with the French release of Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountain (Soulever les montages), which also focuses on Partners in Health, documenting the story of Paul Farmer, one of its founders.
For a band with a strong social conscience, it’s fitting that the show will take place during “In Town, Without My Car!” event, which turns the city—if only for a day—into a pedestrian paradise. A great way to end the summer.