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Billy Talent criticizes Lisa MacLeod over photo they say 'misrepresents' their meeting

Canadian band Billy Talent is distancing itself from Ontario's tourism, culture and sport minister after she posted a photo the band says "misrepresents" a meeting they had. 

Band says it met with province's culture minister over cuts to Ontario Music Fund

Billy Talent drummer Aaron Soluwoniuk, lead singer Ben Kowalewicz and guitarist Ian D'Sa at CBC in Toronto. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Canadian band Billy Talent is distancing itself from Ontario's tourism, culture and sport minister after she posted a photo the band says "misrepresents" a meeting they had. 

Lisa MacLeod tweeted a photo — that appears to have since been deleted — of herself sitting behind a drum kit, joined by the band.  She thanked the band for having her play drums as they record their new album.

Billy Talent says in a statement today that their record label asked them to meet with MacLeod to discuss recent cuts the
government has made to the Ontario Music Fund and the negative impact it has on artists. 

The band says that by engaging with her they thought they could make a difference, but based on her post, they believe their appeal fell on deaf ears.

Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Billy Talent says MacLeod posted the photo without their consent, and since some people interpreted it as a show of support, they want to make clear they do not support Premier Doug Ford's government.

A spokesman for MacLeod did not immediately respond to a request for comment.