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NEWS: Iqaluit April 01, 2014 - 7:38 am

Beware: it’s April Fools’ Day — Arcade Fire to shoot video, hold concert in Iqaluit

Relax, Arcade Fire fans, it's all an April 1 prank

DAVID MURPHY
Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire. The indie rock sensation will play Iqaluit May 7 to shoot a music video and play a concert. (FILE PHOTO)
Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire. The indie rock sensation will play Iqaluit May 7 to shoot a music video and play a concert. (FILE PHOTO)

Montreal indie rock band sensation Arcade Fire will visit Iqaluit next month.

The Grammy and Juno award-winning group is scheduled to play May 7 as part of the Alianait concert series, said the festival’s executive director, Heather Daley.

Arcade Fire members are currently touring their latest album, Reflektor, which won a Juno award for best alternative album March 30.

The band isn’t making Iqaluit an official tour stop, Daley said. Lead singer Win Butler told her they are visiting Nunavut’s capital to film a new music video.

But Daley said the group agreed to put on a small performance at Inuksuk High School. In exchange, Daley will provide the group with equipment for the video shoot. 

Daley, who describes herself as a “big fan,” said Butler contacted her through Facebook. 

“I was totally blown away. I fell off my chair,” Daley said. 

“We’ll be letting them use all of Alianait’s equipment of course,” Daley said. “It’s the least we can do.”

A spokesperson for the band said in an email to Nunatsiaq News that Butler is hoping buy a sealskin jacket when he gets to town, or maybe some mittens.

This isn’t the first time a world renowned rock group has passed through Iqaluit to shoot a video — The White Stripes visited Iqaluit to do just that in 2007.

The video is for an as-yet unreleased single entitled Poisson d’avril.

Arcade Fire finish touring the United States with a performance in New Orleans May 4. They are set to leave for their European tour May 29.

Arcade Fire is by far the most prominent band Alianait has managed to snag for the festival’s concert series, Daley said, adding Iqalummiut should expect big things.

“It’s going to get them absolutely so excited, they’re going to be dizzy.”

Iqaluit’s own The Jerry Cans will be opening for the 2011 Grammy award winners.

Daley said tickets are $75. All proceeds go towards the Alianait concert series.

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