Indie giants Arcade Fire will donate up to $1 million Canadian (approximately $965 million US) to the ongoing relief and rebuilding effort in Haiti. According to the New York Times, the Montreal-based group made the announcement Monday night, which marked six months since Port-au-Prince was devastated by the massive quake that killed some 200,000 people.
“Please, take our money,” frontman Win Butler reportedly said during a gig at the Quebec Summer Festival, adding that $5 donations made by fans who texted “30333” would be matched by the band. Arcade Fire’s other lead singer, Régine Chassagne, who is also Butler’s wife, is the daughter of Haitians who left their homeland during François Duvalier’s dictatorship.
Donations will go to Kanpe, a nonprofit organization formed by Chassagne to help bring Canadian aid to Haiti’s rural poor, including healthcare and financial assistance to families displaced from the capital. Arcade Fire’s debut album boasted a song called ‘Haiti’ and the band was active in raising awareness since news of the disaster broke. Their forthcoming LP, ‘The Suburbs,’ is due Aug. 3.