A month ago, we found out that Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire were going to play in a charity basketball game on Saturday with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes).
But Friday, we got a surprise: Fans in attendance at the Pop vs. Jock game in Montreal would get some extra entertainment from the group of celebrity musicians.
"One time only!" Arcade Fire tweeted. "POP All Star Band feat. Win & Will/Arcade Fire, Justin/Bon Iver and Nikolai/The Strokes! Sat 2:30PM, McGill Sports Complex."
The results were... disappointing, to say the least. Video evidence shows the group waffling through a version of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" during pre-game introductions, and then awkwardly starting up a lackluster cover of Phil Collins' "I Can Feel It In The Air Tonight."
But hey: it was for a good cause.
All proceeds from the Pop vs. Jock game went towards DJ Sports Club, a non-profit organization that provides sports and educational programs for kids 7 to 17 years old in the southwest borough of Montreal.
Check out the videos:
Former NBA player Brent Barry and current NBA player Matt Bonner led the team of "Jocks," featuring college players from the McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers.
Montreal has also been besieged by this weekend's Pop Montreal festival, which runs through Sunday. Some of the most prominent acts performing this year include Ty Segall, The Gaslight Anthem, Sun Kil Moon, Sheryl Crow, Twin Shadow, Unicorns, Panda Bear, Against Me!, Stars, Schoolboy Q, Ronnie Spector and Deafheaven, among many others.
Tickets to the Pop vs. Jock afterparty are also available. Need a reason to go? James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem will be DJ'ing with Butler (DJ Windows 98).