QUEBEC — Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler are being recognized by Quebec's government for their roles as cultural ambassadors for the province.
The vocalists are among 18 honourees set to receive this year's Companion of Quebec's Order of Arts and Letters, a recognition for "outstanding contributions to the diversity and vitality of Quebec culture."
The event will be held at Montreal's Phi Centre on May 29.
Other recipients include Roger Frappier, producer of numerous influential Quebecois films, including "Jesus of Montreal," "La Grande Seduction" and "The Decline of the American Empire"; and children's entertainer Kim Yaroshevskaya, who also starred in the CBC drama "Home Fires" in the early 1980s.
Created in 2015, the recognition focuses on artists, writers and other patrons of the arts.
Past honourees include the late musician Leonard Cohen as well as directors Denys Arcand, Denis Villeneuve and Xavier Dolan.
The list of this year's Companion of Quebec's Order of Arts and Letters recipients:
Jacques Brault — Literature
Win Butler and Regine Chassagne — Music
Michel Dallaire — Architecture and design
Rene Derouin — Visual arts
Yvon Deschamps — Humour
Diane Dufresne — Music and visual arts
Denise Filiatrault — Theatre, cinema and music
Roger Frappier — Cinema
Phoebe Greenberg — Visual or digital arts patron
Pierre Lassonde — Visual arts patron
Kent Nagano — Concert music
Lorraine Pintal — Theatre
Michel Rabagliati — Comics
Charles Richard-Hamelin — Concert music
Florent Vollant — Music
Vincent Warren — Dance
Kim Yaroshevskaya — Storytelling, theatre and television
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