Story courtesy of Now Concordia. Click to view video of the band receiving their Grammy award.
Despite being up against music-industry heavyweights Eminem, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, the Montreal-based indie group Arcade Fire captured Album of the Year on February 13, 2011 at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Two days later, they sailed past Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon to win best International Album at the BRIT Awards. In both cases, the group won for its third album, The Suburbs. They also won the BRIT Award for best International Group.
The seven-member Arcade Fire, fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter Win Butler, features three Concordia alumni: Régine Chassagne (BA Communication Studies 98), a multi-instrumentalist and singer; Richard Reed Parry (BFA 03, Music, Electroacoustic Studies), also a multi-instrumentalist and singer; and violinist Sarah Neufeld (BFA 03, Music, Electroacoustic Studies).
At the Grammys, band members gave a shout-out to their home base. "Merci to Montreal, Quebec, for taking us in, giving us a home and a place to be in a band," Butler said after accepting the award. Chassagne, who is married to Butler, also acknowledged her roots. "Merci Montréal! Merci tout le monde au Québec," she said.
In 2006, Chassagne was interviewed for a Concordia University Magazine article called "Gang of Rockers" that highlighted Concordia grads in the burgeoning Montreal indie-rock scene. She praised her former Concordia professor and music instructor Iain Cook (BA Communication Studies 93, MA Media Studies 97). "There's nothing better for a student than to have an inspired teacher," Chassagne said.
Arcade Fire | Photo by Anton Corbijn