The “Brothers Dubé” are billed as “Canada’s youngest rock band,” and man, are they a great group of guys. The drummer Quinn is 10, the lead singer/bass player Jan is 12, and the lead guitarist Liam is 14.
Before we run the awesome song they wrote and performed about head shots in hockey (with a nicely crafted barb at Don Cherry), here’s what you need to know about them:
From their website:
The Brothers Dubé got their start in music in Ottawa, Canada in 2006 at the ages of 6, 8 and 10 after posting covers of their mother’s favorite songs on YouTube (www.youtube.com/mentalvelcro) to keep her spirits up while she fought cancer. Shortly after her death in 2008, they began fundraising. In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake however, with televised images of orphans striking a familiar chord, the Brothers Dubé turned their sights on the House of Hope Orphanage and Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti and embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise $50,000, which they have since far surpassed.
As part of producing a documentary, the Brothers Dubé will travel to meet the orphans they have been raising money for to get a first hand of experience of what life is like for them and better understand how funds are being invested to promote more awareness for this cause. Having now raised over $85,000 for Haiti’s House of Hope orphanage, the Brothers Dubé turned their sights on to Kanpe, to complete their drive towards $100,000 in funds for Haiti support with Arcade Fire matching every dollar raised thereby doubling any contribution.
Their list of accomplishments is extensive, especially considering their ages - check out their about page to learn more on the whole Arcade Fire connection and their growth as a group.
Fortunately for us, they’ve turned some of their attention to another problem - the lack of protection for hockey player brains. We don’t have many to spare, ya know?
Here’s the song and video they put together:
I quite enjoy the repeated drumming of the brother’s head in the middle, nicely done.
These guys are doing some pretty valuable work on some pretty important topics, so feel free to get to know them better.
You can help them out by clicking here and to their cause in Haiti.