The night of the Quebec election earlier this month, lighting technician Denis Blanchette was gunned down at the Parti-Quebecois victory party and killed, and now musicians including Celine Dion and Arcade Fire will headline a benefit concert for the victim's family.
Blanchette was 48 years old.
Another man, David Courage and Blanchette's colleague, was also shot but survived the incident.
On September 4th a show will take place at Metropolis, where the shooting occurred. Other performers at the benefit show who will be participating are Patrick Watson, Ian Kelly, Cœur de pirate, Vincent Vallières, and a few special guests.
Tickets are $80 for unreserved, standing room, and $175 for a reserved seat on the balcony, and only 355 tickets are available. They went on sale yesterday at noon through Ticketmaster. Proceeds from all of the ticket and bar sales will go toward a fund that has been set up to help Blanchette's young daughter as well as his family. A collection will also be taken for Courage to give him financial assistance. If you'd like to contribute, donations can be made through the Metropolis website.
Richard Henry Bain, who is responsible for the voilent killing, will appear in court on October 11th and faces a total of 16 charges, including first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, as well as arson. It's his second time in court.
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