Marika Anthony-Shaw

Marika Anthony-Shaw played the viola as a touring member of Grammy award winning band Arcade Fire for 9 years. She also led the band’s philanthropy and community outreach. While playing on stages around the world, Marika and her fellow band members could feel the incredible energy of thousands of people coming together to experience something profound. Motivated by this potential, Marika dedicated herself to building a new organization, Plus 1. Plus 1 empowers artists to partner with their fans to drive awareness, advocacy, and resources for organizations doing proven, measureable work to increase equity, access, and dignity. 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 degrees in Music performance and Education from McGill University. She sits on the Board of Directors of Partners in Health Canada, and on the PIH Board of Trustees 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 producerMarcus Paquin, and their young daughter.