Canadian Radio Stations Launch Arcade Fire Music As Band Kicks Off Tour
Arcade Fire music is removed from some Canadian radio stations amid sexual misconduct allegations against lead singer Win Butler. According to Ottawa City News, a CBC representative said they will “pause” the broadcast of Arcade Fire on its radio station CBC Music FM, as well as SiriusXM station CBC Radio 3 “until we know more about the situation.”
Indie88’s program director in Toronto also confirmed that his station made a “quick decision over the weekend to pull the band’s music” but had “not yet had a thorough internal conversation about tenure. of this decision”.
On Saturday, Pitchfork released a lengthy report in which four people came forward accusing Butler of having inappropriate sex with them. They were all between the ages of 18 and 23 at the start of the meetings, which took place during overlapping periods from 2016 to 2020 when the singer was between 36 and 39 years old.
Arcade Fire kicked off their tour tonight in Dublin at the 3Arena with the opening of Feist and Beck. Neither Beck nor Feist commented on the allegations, and the evening apparently passed without incident. According to a photo of Feist’s merchandise tent, his team will donate “all proceeds” from merchandise sales to domestic violence organization Women’s Aid Dublin. This donation would not be unique to this Arcade Fire tour, however.
Butler denied any non-consensual sexual activity. In a statement via a crisis public relations firm, he called the accusations of non-consensual sexual activity “revisionist and frankly just plain untrue” and issued an apology. “I’m sorry that I wasn’t more aware and in tune with the effect I have on people,” Butler said. “I screwed up, and while that’s no excuse, I will continue to look forward and heal what can be healed, and learn from past experiences.”