Published Jan 18, 2010As we recently told you, former Fugees front-man Wyclef Jean has joined the fight to raise money for Haiti following the country's tragic earthquake. His own charity raised a little bit of controversy, but we're happy to report that a number of other artists have now contributed their own efforts to the cause as well.
Following their recent Do They Know It's Christmas? single, Toronto hardcore superstars Fucked Up have barely made it a month without contributing to a noble cause. As they prepare their long-awaited Couple Tracks compilation, they've announced an eBay auction for the double-vinyl test pressing of that album. If you go here, you can bid on the record. If you win the auction, you'll also receive a copy of the limited Couple Tracks seven-inch. All of the sale proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders for their relief efforts in Haiti.
Among other Canadians lending a helping hand is Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne, who wrote an editorial for The Observer recounting her experiences with Haiti. "Haitians know that they have been wronged many, many times," Chassagne writes. "What we are seeing on the news right now is more than a natural disaster. This earthquake has torn away the veil and revealed the crushing poverty that has been allowed by the west's centuries of disregard. That we must respond with a substantial emergency effort is beyond argument, but in the aftermath, Haiti must be rebuilt." Chassagne is asking for donations through the Partners in Health organization.
Similarly, 4AD and the Red Hot Organization, the organizers of the Dark Was the Night compilation, have decided to divert $150,000 U.S. in proceeds to the Haiti relief to Partners in Health. The charitable album, which was organized by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner last year, was initially intended to battle the global AIDS pandemic. Thanks to the Arcade Fire's suggestion, they've moved their focus onto Haiti.
Also, Calgary label Flemish Eye, the home of Chad VanGaalen and Women, is donating 100 percent of the imprint's sales from its web store to the Humanitarian Coalition, which will be needing donations for months to come to help bring assistance to people in the region. You can browse the Femish Eye shop here.
Lastly, Irish superstar rockers U2 have written a new song for a Haiti benefit being organized by Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. "Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz," the Edge told 2FM. "He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we were here, we wrote a song - finished, recorded, and sent it back to them. So, that might be the next thing you hear from us."