Dorthy Cameron, Me and the Art Scene.

In 1965 I was trying to be an Artist. I tried to get into OCA and was rejected. I was still living in Uxbridge working with my buddy Gary Hodgkins in his sign business. We had a 'pad' and a lot of parties and a lot of unhappy fathers.
Anyway we were in Toronto on some sign biz and stopped into the Morrissey Tavern for a few beers. I had read the paper and mentioned that 'Eros 65' the erotic art show everybody was talking about was just across the street and we should have a looksee. So with few beers in us   we wander  over to the Cameron Gallery to find chaos. Dorthy was cowering in a corner as this idiot was grabbing pictures off the wall and throwing them on the floor screaming religious stuff. So Hodge and I are big strong guys we grab the guy and throw him out the door. We tried to help with the mess but she just thanked us profusely and closed the gallery so we went back to the Morrissey. So next year I moved to Toronto and soon was a hanger onner on the Art Scene and Dorthy remembered me and we became friends and met up at many shows and quaffed a few wines. Dorthy was a beautiful person knew more about the art scene then anybody around. She was a big supporter of Art and Toronto Artists.
Eros '65
May 21, 1965 - June 7, 1965
Dorothy Cameron Gallery
Dorothy Cameron Gallery, Toronto
Eros '65 featured the drawings and sculptures by: Martin Berkovitz, Claude Breeze, Dennis Burton, Graham Coughtry, Greg Curnoe, John Fillion, Gould, Harman, Peter Harris, Tom Hodgson, Gerald Humen, Robert Markle, Louis de Niverville, Willis Perron, Colette Romanow, Fred Ross, Ivor Smith, Harold Town, Joyce Wieland, Walter Yarwood and Paul Young

Incredible interview with Robert Markle (this was like the pilot in those days)
(There is more philosophy in a bottle of wine than all the books ever written)…/…/cops-ban-artist-for-lewd-drawings.html

Eros '65
May 21, 1965 - June 7, 1965
Dorothy Cameron Gallery
Dorothy Cameron Gallery, Toronto
Eros '65 featured the drawings and sculptures by: Martin Berkovitz, Claude Breeze, Dennis Burton, Graham Coughtry, Greg Curnoe, John Fillion, Gould, Harman, Peter Harris, Tom Hodgson, Gerald Humen, Robert Markle, Louis de Niverville, Willis Perron, Colette Romanow, Fred Ross, Ivor Smith, Harold Town, Joyce Wieland, Walter Yarwood and Paul Young

Related people
   Martin Berkovitz - Artist
   Claude Breeze - Artist
   Dennis Burton - Artist
   Graham Coughtry - Artist
   Greg Curnoe - Artist
   Louis de Niverville - Artist
   John Fillion - Artist
   Jack Harman - Artist
   Peter Harris - Artist
   Tom Hodgson - Artist
   Gerald Humen - Artist
   John Gould - Artist
   Robert Markle - Artist
   Willis Perron - Artist
   Colette Romanow - Artist
   Fred Ross - Artist
   John Ivor Smith - Artist
   Harold Town - Artist
   Joyce Wieland - Artist
   Walter Yarwood - Artist
   Paul Young - Artist

Typical me
A few years and many Art Shows later I was dating an Artist (I tried but can't remember her name) who was showing at the Roberts Gallery. She was part of the Christmas group show and had two paintings in the show so she invited me to go to the opening with her. The show was at 8pm and at 7:30 we are in a large line waiting for the doors to open. It was cold and I had never seen anything like it. At 8 the doors open and everybody runs. So I run  ?? to the bar. Nobody there. Everybody ran to the walls and had their hand on a painting. They sold every painting in minutes. Girl was a bit pissed at me.  But in all my years of going to Art Openings I never saw another one like this.They had a great bar.

I went with Nancy Hazelgrove.
She was a really good artist. I was living at the commune at 127 Hazelton. Nancy kind of fell for me and kind of moved in with me. she gave me a great painting that hung at the foot of my bed. She sort of took over my life and scared the shit out of me and I broke it off. So one morning I wake up kinda stoned as usual and my eyes wont focus on the painting. Then I realize that Nancy had replaced the painting with a collage of pigs. I laughed and laughed I got the point. I sure wish I had that painting. Hell i wish I had the collage.
Nancy Hazelgrove remembered
On Thurday, September 7th at 3 pm, UTM’s Blackwood gallery held a memorial service and solo exhibition to honour artist and former curator Nancy Hazelgrove, who passed away on June 7th at the age of 54.
Nancy Hazelgrove was a professional artist, and served as curator of the Blackwood Gallery between 1979 and 1984, and from 1988 to 1998.
As curator of the Blackwood, Nancy Hazelgrove was responsible for the formation of the art gallery advisory board, enhancing the Blackwood gallery’s permanent collection, and organizing traveling exhibitions across Canada as a part of the Grassroots programme.

I made the tshirts for the 50th anniversary of the group of seven. A.Y. wore his proudly.

I was at a Michael Snow retrospective and went back to a party at a huge house in Rosedale. I was wandering around upstairs looking for a washroom to smoke a joint in when this guy grabbed me and pulled me into a room where we talked and smoked a couple of joints. I soon realized the guy was George
Eaton. We were soon joined by Thor and his wife and we smoked a bunch and went downstairs real giggly. We got drinks but I found out they didn't like to smooze. We sort of hid out in this big alcove under the stairway. Soon we were joined by their mother who basically went and got us drinks and sandwiches. So I am smoking dope with the Eaton boys and getting served by Lady Eaton. good one Mike.


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Gary LeDrew said...

Hi I am Gary LeDrew
And I am writing a book
I was lucky enough to be in the middle of most things in sixties and seventies and got to hang out with some of the greats and near greats and characters of that time.

I was involved in the Art scene and was friends and hung out with Jack Bush, Harold Town, Gord Rayner Robert markle, Mickey Handy, Gerry Gladstone, Gershon Iskowitz etc. etc. and I have stories about all of them.
I was in the music biz and managed a few bands like Kid Bastien and hung out with most of them. I was a close friend of Murray McLachlan for years, and hung out with Mike McDonald, Danny Marks, Praire Oyster, Irish Rebels, Downchilds, Ian Tyson, Tom Cochrane, Burton Cummins etc. etc. of course I was the Lobsterman and sang with McLean and Mclean. I hung out with Cannonball and Nat Adderly whenever they came to town.
I was Toronto's leading bootlegger for 5 years everybody came to my afterhours club from the Rolling Stones to the premier of New Brunswick. And Joanie Mitchell sang there.
I won an Actress in a poker game, Helen shaver cooked me supper and I went out with a bunch of models and actresses.
Lesley McDonnell introduced me to Leonard Cohen , Rod Steward and Paul Shaffer for a few. I hung out with Leonard for a while. I survived a night hanging out with Hunter S. Thompson (sitting with tom Waites)I basically had backstage passes to Maple Leaf Gardens and Massey hall whenever i wanted and Bonnie Rait kicked me out of her dressing room.
In the Movie biz I was friends with Mike Ironside for years and Winston Reckert, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Sarrazin,I have lain on Elizabeth Ashely's belly while she shoved coke up my nose. I showed Johnny Hart and Jack Caprio a good time. I took Howard Duff to Lunch everyday for a six weeks and was on his xmas card list until he died. I drank with Richard Burton at least a couple of times a week for 3 months and he told me everything.
I lived on a lighthouse as a kid and took off sailing in the caribbean for 15 months. I took and sold all manners of drugs and in the seventies I was The guy to know in Toronto.
I was one of the few white guys go to the Elephant walk club. If there is one thing I hope to dispel is Toronto as a dull place.
To business I am getting old and not in great health, I am living on a basic pension and I have to Hustle with my art and web sites most of the month to get by. I am afraid I might die before I get all these stories down
My friend Richard Flohil is also raising money to write his book so far over ten thousand and well deserved Richard was instrumental to the folk and blues and jazz scenes in Toronto and tells a good story too. In my own way I was too, I helped a lot of people along the way and I never really cared about money , you wouldn't believe the people that never paid their bar tabs for starters. i just might be a little more fearless in my admissions. For I am not ashamed of anything I did there is lots I wish I had never done.