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 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

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.

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Équipe Spectra