Godin Guitars & Arcade Fire Join Together in Support of Haiti

Godin Guitars teams-up with fellow Montrealers & internationally acclaimed indie rockers Arcade Fire to bring some relief to the people of Haiti through music & guitars.

Montreal, Canada- April 2011- Godin Guitars is very pleased to announce their support of fellow Montrealers Arcade Fire in their continuing efforts and charitable contributions to the country of Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  The Canadian guitar manufacturer is donating numerous acoustic guitars from their Seagull, Norman, Art & Lutherie and Lapatrie brands, that will be distributed by Kanpe in the Central Plateau.

“We are proud to support the great work that Arcade Fire are doing alongside organizations such as Kanpe and Partners In Health by helping the people of Haiti after such a catastrophe”, says Godin’s Press & Artist Relations representative, Richard Bunze. “At the end of the day, we build guitars. That’s what we do, and we’re happy to be able to help out in this way. The people of Haiti have been through so much devastation, so if providing guitars and the ability to make music can bring some form of joy to their lives, then we are happy to do so.”

Haiti is a country very close to Arcade Fire’s hearts, especially that of singer/multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne, whose family emigrated to Canada from Haiti before she was born.  As well, the band’s charitable work in Haiti dates back to 2007, when they began working with Partners in Health by donating proceeds from their own concert ticket sales to the cause. Along with P.I.H., the band also stands alongside the Montreal based Kanpe, in their mission to help rebuild the impoverished nation following the aftermath of the deadly earthquake of January 12th, 2010.

Montreal’s Arcade Fire have had a monumental year after the release of their critically acclaimed album “The Suburbs” (Merge Records). The album has garnered the indie rockers international accolades and awards, including taking home the big prize for “Album of the Year” at this year’s Grammy Awards, N.M.E Awards and Juno Award ceremonies, amongst others such as the Brit Awards for “Best International Album” & “Best International Group”.

During a visit to Haiti in March 2011, the band performed a show at the Hotel Oloffson in Port-Au-Prince and a concert for several thousand Haitians at thePartners in Health hospital in Cange.  The band also performed acoustically at the St-Marc Clinic, the Dadadou tent settlement in Port-Au-Prince, and in rural Thomonde, where KANPE is beginning to work. The band played three of the guitars donated by Godin Guitars during the shows, including a Seagull Entourage CW GT, Seagull Maritme SWS Folk HG and a Lapatrie Concert Nylon HG, which were then given out to local musicians in need.
For more information on the fine work being done in Haiti by organizations such as Kanpe and Partners In Health or about how you can help, please visit: www.kanpe.org and www.standwithhaiti.org

About Godin Guitars:
With its early beginnings in 1972, the Godin Guitar family now includes 7 lines of guitars. These include the renowned Godin & Richmond electric lines, as well as the finely crafted acoustic lines such as Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie and LaPatrie nylon stringed classical guitars. Godin Guitars is also the manufacturer of the revolutionary TRIC acoustic guitar case and is the North American distributor of high-end Italian made SR Technology acoustic amplifiers. Based in Montreal Quebec, this Canadian company has 6 factories, 5 of which are located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and 1 located in Berlin New Hampshire.

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