Céline Dion, Arcade Fire to head benefit for PQ rally shooting victim

Céline Dion and Arcade Fire will headline a star-studded group of Quebec performers in a benefit concert to support the family of Denis Blanchette, who was killed in a shooting outside the Parti Québécois victory party.

Concert funds raised to help Denis Blanchette's daughter

Celine Dion will perform live at Montreal's Metropolis theatre Monday, the same venue where the PQ victory party was held on Sept. 4. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Céline Dion and Arcade Fire will headline a star-studded group of Quebec performers in a benefit concert to support the family of Denis Blanchette, who was killed in a shooting outside the Parti Québécois victory party earlier this month.

The concert announced Tuesday morning will take place Oct. 1 at the Metropolis, the same venue where the PQ rally was held on the night of the provincial election.

Other performers on the bill include:

  • Patrick Watson.
  • Quebec songstress Cœur de pirate.
  • Ian Kelly.
  • Vincent Vallières.

Surprise guests are also slated to appear, according to a release by benefit organizer L’Équipe Spectra, the Montreal production company behind events like the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Shot on the job

Denis Blanchette (Facebook)
Blanchette, 48, was working as a lighting technician for the PQ party when he was shot outside the venue by a suspect who was trying to enter through a backstage door.

His colleague, David Courage, was also shot, but survived. A collection will be taken at the venue to offer him financial assistance as well.

The proceeds from ticket and bar sales will be allocated to a fund set up to help Blanchette's young daughter. People not attending the show can make a donation to the fund on the Metropolis' website. 

Tickets are $80 for unreserved, standing room, and $175 for a reserved seat on the balcony.

Only 355 tickets for reserved seats will be sold.

All tickets go on sale at noon Tuesday (today) through Ticketmaster.