We were at Scotiabank Place, getting ready for a performance for the United Way (Sens Sational Sunday). We’re testing our new git’awkee sticks (more on that later). After our sound check we go down to ice level to relax. There are a bunch of announcements… United Way thanks its donors and volunteers with events like these to show their appreciation to those who help make Ottawa a better place.
While we listen to the announcements, we hear about the Community Builder Award, which honors Ottawa’s outstanding volunteers who make Ottawa a better place. Award recipients are also honored by having their names inscribed on the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall. That’s pretty cool. While we listen to all this, (Quinn staring at the Jumbotron wondering how long until we eat, Jan trying to remember where he put those square batteries that go in his wireless transmitter, and Liam wishing he had access to Wi-Fi), suddenly we hear the name of the winner, “THE BROTHERS DUBE!!!”
In perfect Harmony, Quinn, Jan, and Liam say, “Hunh?”
Jan had only a few words to the crowd, “I’m really glad to see people are recognizing these efforts.”
Thank you from all of us to the kind folks at the United Way and CJOH for taking the time to recognize us. You folks are a class act…
Click on the picture to read more about it…
United Way Community Builder Award at Scotiabank Place
Click here to watch CTV’s Kimothy Walker reporting on us.
In March 2011, we were interviewed by Marcia Pilote on the CBC French television program “C’est ça la vie.”
See the interview here.
In the video, you can see us at home, practicing in the basement studio, recording at Prescott Sound, busking on Sparks Street, and playing a gig at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. You can even see us snowmobiling and pillow diving!
The interviewer, Marcia, will tell you that you can visit us at BrothersDube.com… uh, but you probably already know that, hunh? Heh heh…
We met our $100,000 milestone for Haiti on March 13 at a fundraiser at the Heart and Crown in the Byward Market, Ottawa.
We have been in the recording studio and are releasing an album in May. We will donate 50% (that’s half) the proceeds to Haiti, which will be matched by Arcade Fire. We recently co-wrote a song with Sean Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason. He’s pretty cool!
We recently posted a video “Boom Boom – Out go the Lights” bringing some awareness to safety in hockey (concussions) which was featured in the Globe and Mail two weeks ago.
We are getting ready for another year of busking and touring. We plan a tour in our ancestral (that’s old) homeland Ireland in late August, as we meet our musical relatives. The tour will continue to raise money for Haiti.
During all that, we will continue to film a documentary about our crazy journey. Part of that will include a trip to Haiti to visit the House of Hope Orphanage, the orphanage for which we raised money.
Our school grades are good, we do our chores, and we are fortunate to be in good health. We spend as much time as possible at the cottage, chilling, playing music, and just being kids. Music is a lot of fun and we enjoy that it makes people smile, but it has to be fun – something we love doing.
Thank you all for being our fans, watching our videos, and sending your encouragement. High five to you all!!!
Thank you to everyone who came to the Heart and Crown on Sunday to hear us play and to donate to our efforts to make a difference in Haiti.
A special thank you to Stuntman Stu who introduced us and Max Keeping who popped by to give us support. We thank them both for their on-going, enthusiastic support. Watch this report on CTV News:
Together, we did even better than we figured! Here are the results:
March 13, 2011
$3839.50 Brothers Dubé
$3890.50 Arcade Fire matching
Kanpe Campaign to Date
$9044.50 Brothers Dubé for KANPE
$9044.50 Arcade Fire matching
Haiti Campaign to Date
The total raised for Haiti from the Brothers Dubé and Arcade Fire through Kanpe and from the Brothers Dubé through other Haiti charities:
At the Byward Heart & Crown
Here are the details we didn’t have about the OttawaKiosk.com draw at the Sunday event.
Your name went, along with names from other sources, into the OttawaKiosk.com “You Be the Judge” contest. Your name will stay in the draw for some future games.
If you win, OttawaKiosk will notify you by e-mail several days before the event, so you can respond. The winner for each game gets the following:
- 2 VIP GOAL JUDGE SEATS at the glass to an Ottawa Senators home game.
- SPECIAL ACCESS to the Club 101 VIP lounge including a FREE buffet.
Club 101 is a private VIP lounge located behind the Goal Judge seats, exclusively for Club 101 members and guests. Before all regular season home games, enjoy an amazing buffet meal in the lounge 101 Lounge, and access to view the taping of Bell All Access.
- ALL-ACCESS observation of the Bell All-Access post-game interview in Club 101 following the game.
Bell All Access is an exclusive post-game interview with Sens management or an Ottawa Sens player in which you and your guests can get an up-close and personal look during the taping. The Bell All Access interview airs the following morning to subscribers of Bell
- More details HERE.
We told you it was a REALLY COOL prize! Were we right, or what?!
Thank you again for participating, tweeting, yelling, donating and being a part of this ONE community we call Ottawa in this ONE community we call Earth!
What kind of buskers use stage monitors? That was the question I asked myself last summer as I passed an impressive trio of wee lads just outside the Bluesfest grounds. Shortly afterward, the story about local rockers the Brothers Dubé hit the front page of a local paper with this epic picture. Those sweaty folks in the picture (aside from the wee lads) are Grammy Award-winning Canadian ‘indie’ darlings Arcade Fire, who, after their own show on the main stage, jumped the security fence to…
Read the whole article: The Brothers Dubé: Rocking out to save the world | Apartment613.
Stuntman Stu looks great in his new “The Dube Brothers” toque!
Yours should look pretty much like this, with the lettering the right way around , although not as good looking as the Stuntman!
Visit Stuntman Stu’s blog at http://stuntmanstu.blogspot.com.
The Dubé Brothers are an inspiring trio of young, devout rockers with both the instrumental skills and musical merits needed to take them to the top. What began as YouTube performances for their mother has now blossomed in to a major musical endeavor, championing some seriously worthy causes including funding cancer research, inspiring other young Ottawa musicians, and even traveling to Haiti in support of a local orphanage & Children’s hospital. Read More…
Pint-sized buskers draw big crowds at Bluesfest
The Dubé Brothers have been drawing big crowds — and music sensations like Arcade Fire — to their late-night busking shows on Wellington Street and, Bruce Ward writes, these pint-sized performers deserve all the happiness that comes their way. Unfortunately, the original article is no longer available on the Ottawa Citizen Web site.
Photo: David Forcier http://www.davidforcier.com