Marc Weisblott at Toronto alt-weekly eye has an interview with Yarmouth native Brian Borcherdt, of indie-dance superstars and HPX headliners Holy Fuck, in which BB talks about the band being held up as one of three reasons why the government cancelled the $4.7-million PromArt funding program for travel grants to artists.
Our personal feelings on arts funding in this country shall go undeclared at the moment, but just to catch you up, the examples the government considers poor grant handovers are Holy Fuck (that name!), Tal Bachman (rich daddy) and Avi Lewis (works for Al-Jazeera).
Turns out Borcherdt doesn't really give much of a honk, considering HF has built its considerable reputation and success through live shows and touring (despite the name), which he says would've been accomplished with or without a few grand from Captain Harper:
“What frustrates me most is that they were going to cut this program regardless,” says Borcherdt. “You know the name of the band had nothing to do with it, and we’re just being held up as a scapegoat. It doesn’t really achieve a whole lot, although I suppose it distracts certain people from questioning the real motives. We wouldn’t even be having this discussion if they blamed all of this on a ballet.”