Arcade Fire to be awarded Peace and Justice Activist Award Belinda Messick Culture, Music, Performers & Artists, Press Release Artists for Peace and Justice announces its inaugural Montreal gala fundraiser Benefiting APJ & The KANPE Foundation Arcade Fire to be awarded Peace and Justice Activist Award Grand Prix F1 weekend – Saturday, June 8, Ritz-Carlton Montreal Montreal Artists for Peace and Justice Gala raises funds to provide access to education in Haiti Co-hosts include actor Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), George Stroumboulopoulos, Suzanne Boyd Emcees Natasha Gargiulo (Virgin Radio), Patrick Langlois (Rouge FM, Your Morning) May 22, 2019 (Montreal): Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is thrilled to host its inaugural Montreal gala fundraiser on Montreal’s most prestigious weekend – Grand Prix F1 weekend at Montreal’s most prestigious address – Saturday, June 8 at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. The gala will raise funds to provide access to education in Haiti. APJ has already built a secondary school in Port-au-Prince which serves 3700 students and issued 2000 scholarships with its Brilliant is Beautiful program supporting higher education for girls and women, amongst its other programs. Arcade Fire will receive the Peace and Justice Activist Award at APJ’s inaugural Montreal fundraising gala. Past honorees include Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jackson Browne, and Drew and Jonathan Scott. APJ’s board chairs are actors Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller, among others. Its board includes actresses Olivia Wilde, Madeleine Stowe, and singer Maxwell. Its advisory board includes actors Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, Charlize Theron, Jude Law, and Clint Eastwood, among others. The Canadian board, chaired by Natasha Koifman (NKPR) consists of George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC), Joanne Bull, David Bell, Yannick & Shantelle Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), Suzanne Boyd (Zoomer magazine) & Dr. Reza Nahavian. The inaugural gala will be hosted by Canadian Board members Yannick & Shantelle Bisson, Suzanne Boyd, and Natasha Koifman. Emcees for the evening will be Natasha Gargiulo of Virgin Radio and Patrick Langlois of Rouge FM & Your Morning. Régine Chassagne, Win Butler, Richard Reed Parry & Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire will perform with Haitian singer Paul Beaubrun and Haitian DJ & producer Michael Brun. Montreal’s DJ Jerico will also perform. APJ’s mission is to encourage peace and social justice, working to alleviate poverty around the world. The organization’s immediate efforts serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in secondary education and training in creative industries, while expanding the reach globally by partnering with effective local organizations to give young women access to quality education. Since its inaugural launch event in 2009 during the Toronto International Film Festival, APJ Canada has raised over $30M for the organization. Because it works directly with Father Rick Frechette, who is on the ground in Haiti, 100% of the funds earmarked for the school and other scholarships are applied directly to those programs. “The Ritz-Carlton is proud to support the next generation of leaders who will strive to make this world a better place for everyone. Youth has always been important to us, as is family. The work that APJ is doing to build tomorrow’s youth into strong community leaders in Haiti is important work and we want to contribute to that growth,” said Andrew Torriani, General Manager, Ritz-Carlton Montreal. “After celebrating our tenth APJ anniversary in Toronto this past fall – and over $30M raised to build a high school that allows 3500 students annually a chance at an education they wouldn’t otherwise have had access to – we thought it was only fitting to expand our Canadian roots and bring this incredibly important evening to Montreal where the Haitian community is so strong,” said Natasha Koifman, Canadian Board Chair, US Board of Directors and Gala Co-Host. “I am honoured to be working alongside individuals in this market who have a shared passion for what APJ is all about; using their talents, resources, expertise, and time to make the world a better place.” Tickets and tables are available at APJMONTREAL.EVENTBRITE.COM. Tables begin at $5,000 and individual tickets start at $500. Tax receipts will be issued. The gala is a black-tie event. Generous sponsors for this year’s event to-date include the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Air Canada, and NKPR. For more information on the organization or to make a donation please visit http://www.apjnow.org or follow @artistsforpeace on social media. Event committee: Natasha Gargiulo, Bradley Grill, Leisa Lee, Katia Piccolino, Lisa Reitman About Artists for Peace and Justice Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. APJ’s immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. The organization is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. The model is simple: APJ believes in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation. We believe youth, especially those living in abject poverty, deserve liberty and equality to build a better life for themselves and for their families. By developing partnerships with local leaders in communities that need us most, Artists for Peace and Justice works to create real opportunity with Valuable Education, Meaningful Employment, Inspiring Voices and Ethical Leadership. APJ is based in New York; Marchelle Sellers serves as its CEO. To learn more, visitwww.apjnow.org or follow @artistsforpeace on Instagram and Twitter. About KANPE KANPE means “to stand-up“, in Creole. Founded in 2010, the Foundation focuses on six pillars that enable autonomy: health & nutrition, education, agriculture, entrepreneurship, leadership, and local infrastructure strengthening. KANPE is active in the Central Plateau region of Haiti, more specifically in the community of Baille Tourible, one of the most affected by declining agricultural production and poverty.