Arcade Fire, Bon Iver To Play Basketball For Charity In Montreal
If there's anything that Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler loves more than music, it's basketball (and since he's about nine feet tall, he's pretty good at it, too). Over the last few years, Butler has hosted the annual Pop vs. Jock basketball game in Montreal, in which musicians play against college basketball players for charity. Exclaim reports that this year's Pop vs. Jock game will take place on Sept. 20 during the Pop Montreal festival, and in addition to Butler and his brother Will, some of the other participating musicians include Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture.
Joining the members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and the Strokes on Team Pop is former San Antonio Spurs player Brent Barry, as well as current Spurs player Matt Bonner. The game will take place at the McGill University Sports Centre.
All proceeds from the Pop vs. Jock game go 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. Tickets can be purchased for $20 through Pop Montreal's website.
This year's Pop Montreal festival will take place from Sept. 17 to 21. 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.
You can check out a video from the 2012 Pop vs. Jock game right here: