Canadian punk singer-songwriter Art Bergmann, has been recognised in the Canadian New Year Honours list and awarded the Order of Canada for his “indelible contributions to the Canadian punk music scene, and for his thought-provoking discourse on social, gender and racial inequalities.”
“It’s humbling. And I want to know who did this to me,” said Bergmann.
Bergmann hit the Vancouver’s punk scene in the 1970s and ’80s as a member of various bands, including the Young Canadians. He has since written songs and published albums as a solo artist and won a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album in 1996.
Bergmann, known for his political, anti-establishment lyrics, said he wants to divert any publicity generated by his appointment toward pressuring the Canadian federal government over its failure to provide adequate housing and clean water to First Nations.
“There’s a few things that have gone wrong in Canada … [and] me not having an award for my work is not one of them,” said Bergmann. “Honour the treaties, give the First Nations water and housing and thank you very much, Canada — a work in progress.”