Artists have always been at the forefront of social change, and for violinist and violist Marika Anthony-Shaw, driving social engagement has been at the core of her musical endeavour. While initially gaining recognition in the Grammy-winning Montreal-based band Arcade Fire, Marika also saw an opportunity to harness and direct the energy of a passionate fan base and founded Plus1 – a global initiative that empowers artists to partner with their fans to drive awareness, advocacy, and resources for organizations doing proven, measureable work for the world’s most disenfranchised populations. Through this initiative, over $6M million has been raised for leading social justice organizations by nearly 100 artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Sam Smith, The XX, CHVRCHES, Flume, Grizzly Bear, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Marika was raised in B.C. by her mother – a linguist and academic who works with First Nation communities in language revitalization – who taught Marika the value of identity and the power of language. Marika has two degrees from McGill University. She sits on the Board of Directors of Partners in Health Canada, POP Montreal, and is a trustee of Partners In Health in Boston. She frequently speaks about the power of collective impact and philanthropy in the arts, including appearances at C2 Montreal, the Forbes Under 30 Summit, and universities and engagements around the world. She lives in Montreal with her husband, record producer Marcus Paquin, and their young daughter.
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