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Two Canadian radio stations “pause” playing Arcade Fire music following Win Butler accusations

CBC Music and Toronto’s Indie88 will not be playing the band’s songs for the forseeable future.

August 31, 2022
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Two radio stations in Canada have confirmed that they will not be playing Arcade Fire music following news this week of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by four separate people against frontman Win Butler.

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Ottawa City News reports that CBC will “pause” playing Arcade Fire on both CBC Music FM and the SiriusXM CBC Radio 3 station "until we learn more about the situation." Toronto's Indie88 also confirmed that “a quick decision" had been made to pull the band’s music with a "fulsome internal conversation about the permanence of this decision" to follow.

The allegations, which Butler denies, include claims of unwanted sexual messages and one of sexually assault. The band kicked off their European tour in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday night with support act Feist donating merch proceeds to a local domestic abuse charity.

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Two Canadian radio stations “pause” playing Arcade Fire music following Win Butler accusations