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Arcade Fire To Open Agrikol, Haitian Restaurant, In Montreal This Summer

05/07/2015 04:46 EDT | Updated 05/07/2015 04:59 EDT
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Canadian band Arcade Fire headlines the Pyramid Stage on the first official day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

"Eclectic" is just one word you can use to describe Arcade Fire's music.

It can also describe the group's interests beyond the recording studio.

The indie rock band is partnering with the owners of Toronto restaurants The Black Hoof, Rhum Corner and Cocktail Bar to open Agrikol, a Haitian restaurant in Montreal this summer.

Black Hoof co-owner Jen Agg confirmed the news on her Twitter account Wednesday, adding the resto could be close to opening by the weekend of August 1.

The partnership came together after the band dined at Rhum Corner last August, The Globe and Mail reported.

Singer Win Butler asked Haitian-born co-owner Roland Jean if he could play some Haitian festival music, but the speaker system blew out. However, bandmate (and Butler's wife) Régine Chassagne kept time using some glasses and other items sitting on surrounding tables, creating what Agg called a "magic" moment.

They soon started talking about opening not just a restaurant, but a Haitian "cultural space" with food, art and music, Butler told the newspaper.

It isn't Arcade Fire's first association with the Caribbean country.

Chassagne's family fled Haiti when it was run by dictator François Duvalier, and the band has long worked to raise awareness of poverty there.

The song "Haiti" features on their debut album "Funeral," and it makes reference to Chassagne's history in the country.

Arcade Fire's song "Wake Up" was licensed to Super Bowl XLIV, with all proceeds going to help relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that happened earlier that year.

The band also played the 2014 Kanaval celebration in Jacmel last year.

Chassagne said of the trip: "It was literally one of the most beautiful experiences I had ever witnessed."

She told The Montreal Gazette about a scene involving papier mâché masks, loud music and bands playing from 18-wheeler trucks.

"I wanted to bring a bit of that phenomenon here," she told the newspaper. "Because it's from another world."

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