I’ve never been to Québec’s winter carnival, perhaps for fear of the cold and let’s face it, it’s a bit of a hike just to party with Bonhomme! So when I heard that there’s a not-to-be-missed Haitian-style carnival happening this weekend at the PHI Centre with Montreal’s stellar music group, Arcade Fire, I thought: “Now that’s a carnival I can get into!” Not only will the ambiance be chaude, chaude, chaude – the entire evening benefits Kanpe’s aid efforts in Haiti!
What is Kanpe?
Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire helped create the organization after the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010. Kanpe means “to stand up” in Creole and the org’s goal is to help Haitian people out of poverty by focusing on one village at a time.
What is Kanpe Kanaval?
The first carnival organized by Kanpe, Pop Montreal and the PHI Centre happening tomorrow, February 23. Including: music by the Haitian group Doody & Kami and Arcade Fire, an incredible photo exhibit of Haiti by renowned photographer Leah Gordon, and prizes to be won, including a trip for two to Haiti!
Who can attend?
Anyone! The more the merrier, and that’s why there are ticket options for all budgets:
50 VIP Tickets: $400
Includes all events plus supper, drinks and an exclusive meet and greet with the members of Arcade Fire.
Main Event: $175
Includes all events: exhibitions, concert, Creole delicacies and admission to the after party.
After Party: $30
Dance for the cause until the wee hours of the night. DJs include members of Arcade Fire, Win Butler & Richard Reed Parry, Nom de Plume (Radio Radio), The Salivation Army, and DJ ACE.
Here’s a video to inspire you to join us tomorrow for this great cause:
Saturday, February 23rd, as of 7:30PM
407, rue St-Pierre
More info on the event: http://phi-centre.com/fr/evenements/display-event.sn?id=kanpe&lg=en
Follow Kanpe on Twitter: @KanpeHaiti
Follow PHI Centre: @PhiCentre