Posted on February 14th, 2011 by .

The Montreal band not only took home a Grammy last night, they took home the biggest one of the night. Their album, The Suburbs, was named Album of the Year…

Anyone who has watched enough award shows knows genuine shock when they see it. Arcade Fire‘s lead singer Win Butler, generally a fairly strait-laced guy, was grinning and clearly taken aback.

“What the hell,” said Butler, before adding the comment that made Montrealers all a little teary. “Merci to Montreal for giving us a home, a place to be in a band.” Butler, an American who moved to Montreal and founded the band with his wife, Regine Chassagne, a native Montrealer, was clearly overjoyed. “Thank you everyone, thank you Grammys, we’re so happy.”

But when Chassagne added “Merci à Montréal! Merci à tout le monde au Québec!” (Thank you Montreal, thank you to everyone in Quebec), everyone here in Quebec started to positively swell with pride.

Montreal is having itself quite the awards season. When Paul Giamatti won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes for his role in the movie version of Mordecai Richler’s Barney Version, he was effusive in his praise for the city in which it was set. With Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies up for a Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2 weeks, Montreal might soon have more cause to celebrate. We’ll be watching closely.


Now, you’re probably hunting for video of the win last night, but whatever Youtube clip I put up will probably be taken down within minutes. So, while I could have put up a video from Arcade Fire’s performance last summer at Osheaga, I decided to go with the clip from a show (held in the Mile End’s comfy Ukrainian Federation) that I had the pleasure of attending. I think it does a pretty great job of demonstrating that Montreal loves Arcade Fire right back…


  1. Sam Hood

    / Feb 18th

    Arcade Fire are the best band so far in 2011 – congratulations on winning the award.

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