BREAKING: Arcade Fire is playing Metropolis next month

The full band will headline the annual KANPE Kanaval event.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are fixtures at the annual KANPE Kanaval, but for this year’s fifth edition on March 15 at Metropolis, they’re bringing the entire band with them for a performance.

Tickets cost $65 and go on sale today at noon at

In addition to the Arcade Fire set, actor Jason Sudeikis will play MC. Last year, Butler and Chassange covered Talking Heads songs with David Byrne and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

This year, Kanaval’s other acts will be Paul Beaubrun, Gardy Fury, Fwonte, Rara Soley, Diolkidi, Ti-Will and Jean-Nazaire Baptiste, DJ Debby Friday, Tito Maréchal, Gayance, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler) and dancers presented by 100 Lux.

Proceeds of the show go to KANPE, a foundation that helps the most vulnerable families in Haiti get closer to financial autonomy. In five years, KANPE Kanaval has become one the hottest tickets of the winter concert season in Montreal, and even though they’re moving from the cramped SAT to the larger Metropolis a couple of blocks over, tickets will likely be snapped up in a hurry. The 2,400-capacity venue is a small one for the popular Montreal band.

Arcade Fire last played in Montreal as a full band at Parc Jean-Drapeau in 2014, on the Reflektor tour. They returned earlier this January with a new track featuring singer Mavis Staples, called “I Give You Power” (listen below). The band is expected to release a new album sometime this year. ■

Tickets ($65 plus taxes) go on sale today, Wednesday, Feb. 15 at noon on and at Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E).

For more information on KANPE, visit the organization’s website.