Founded in 2001 by friends and classmates Win Butler and Josh Deu, the band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Funeral.
Their second studio album, Neon Bible, won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and the 2008 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.
Their third studio album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It received many accolades, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album.
In 2013, Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflektor, and scored the feature film Her, for which band members William Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated in the Best Original Score category at the 86th Academy Awards.
All four of their studio albums have received nominations for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy; the band's work has also been named three times as a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize: in 2007 for Neon Bible, in 2011 for The Suburbs and in 2014 for Reflektor, winning the award for The Suburbs.
The band plays guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, synthesizer, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy, and takes most of these instruments on tour; the multi-instrumentalist band members switch duties throughout shows.
1) Funeral (2004)
2) Neon Bible (2007)
3) The Suburbs (2010)
4) Reflektor (2013)
Members Name Check
- Win Butler – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, keyboards
- Régine Chassagne – vocals, accordion, drums, piano, xylophone, hurdy gurdy, recorders, keyboards
- Richard Reed Parry – guitar, bass guitar, double bass, celesta, keyboards, piano, organ, synthesizer, accordion, drums, percussion, backing vocals
- William Butler – synthesizer, bass guitar, guitar, percussion, sitar, panpipes, trombone, omnichord, glockenspiel, musical saw, double bass, concertina, clarinet, gadulka, backing vocals
- Tim Kingsbury – bass guitar, guitar, double bass, keyboards, backing vocals
- Jeremy Gara – drums, guitar, keyboards
- Sarah Neufeld – violin, keyboards, backing vocals (2006-2013; current touring member)
- Howard Bilerman – drums, guitar (on Funeral)
- Josh Deu – guitar (2001–2003)
- Alan Lavian – bass guitar
- Myles Broscoe – bass guitar
- Brendan Reed – tap dancing, drums, percussion, vocals (on Arcade Fire EP)
- Dane Mills – bass guitar, drums, stomping (on Arcade Fire EP)
- Tim Kyle – electric guitar (on Arcade Fire EP)
- Sarah Neufeld – violin, keyboards, backing vocals (2004-2005, 2013–2014; full-time member: 2006-2013)
- Owen Pallett – violin, keyboards, backing vocals (2004-2005, 2011, 2013–2014)
- Diol Edmond – percussion (2013–2014)
- Tiwill Duprate – percussion (2013–2014)
- Stuart Bogie – saxophone and clarinet (2014)
- Matt Bauder – saxophone and clarinet (2014)
- Marika Anthony-Shaw – violin, backing vocals (2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2013)
- Colin Stetson – horns
- Kelly Pratt – horn
- Pietro Amato – horn (during the Funeral tour)
- Mike Olsen – cello (during the first year of Funeral tour)
- Alex McMaster – cello (at the 2011 Juno Awards)