Arcade Fire and Pop Montreal have once again shown a keen knack for unusual events and strange settings.
The group’s lead vocalist, Win Butler, and Dexter John of DJ Sports Club have put together the festival’s first Pop vs. Jock Charity Basketball Game, which will take place Sept. 24 at the McGill University Sports Centre. Team Pop, which will include Butler, his brother Will and other musicians, will play against Team Jock, an all-star team of players from the McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers. Guests are expected to include Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend, plus surprise appearances.
Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist Regine Chassagne will play organ, and another of the group’s jacks-of-all-instruments, Richard Reed Parry, will premiere a bicycle symphony called Drones during the half-time show, which will also feature Kid Koala.