The federal government will cancel a program today that sent artists abroad to promote Canadian culture because the program’s grant recipients included “a general radical,” “a left-wing and anti-globalization think-tank” and a rock band that uses an expletive as part of its name.
The recipients singled out by the Conservatives include: – $3,000 to Toronto-based experimental rock band Holy F—for a week-long tour of the United Kingdom. – $5,000 to former CBC broadcaster Avi Lewis, who now works for al-Jazeera and who is described in a Conservative memo as “a general radical,” to help pay for his travel to film festivals in Australia and Argentina. – $16,500 to send Tal Bachman, a best-selling recording artist and the son of The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman, to South Africa and Zimbabwe for music festivals.
Meanwhile: Canada’s Cirque de Soleil sells out to Arabs