Published May 02, 2017Arcade Fire have been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for the better part of two decades, and now their home province is honouring them with a prestigious award. The band's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne will be presented with the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Quebec (OALQ) on May 29 during a ceremony at Montreal's Phi Centre.
The OALQ is presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), and was established in 2015 to recognize "outstanding contributions to the diversity and vitality of Quebec culture."
This year, Butler and Chassagne are amongst a list of 18 recipients, which also includes Jacques Brault, Michel Dallaire, René Derouin, Yvon Deschamps, Diane Dufresne, Denise Filiatrault, Roger Frappier, Phoebe Greenberg, Pierre Lassonde, Kent Nagano, Lorraine Pintal, Michel Rabagliati, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Florent Vollant, Vincent Warren and Kim Yaroshevskaya.
"Each of these individuals has contributed to Quebec's reputation for excellence at home and at the international level," CALQ board of directors chair Marie Côté said in a statement. "By placing their talents and passions at the service of their art and by committing themselves to their communities and to the development of their respective disciplines, they have bequeathed to us the richest and most valuable heritage of all: a culture to be shared. We are presenting them with this honour as a sign of our gratitude."
The complete list of recipients to date can be seen here.
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