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Toronto Pop Festival ’69: Tiny Tim & Jeanne Beker.

August 14, 2014

Happy #TBT. Here’s the next in this series [there will be a few!] covering the film Lionel shot at the The Toronto Pop Festival in 1969! This one has shots of a young looking Tiny Tim, some members of the Ronnie Hawkins band, playing while a 17-year-old Jeanne Beker dances her hart out in a yellow bikini top. That made the […]

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The Dealers

January 13, 2013

This is an old, very distorted tape of Lionel anonymously interviewed on the CBC as a Drug Dealer. He’s young, before he had kids i think. It’s pretty strange and interesting! –  Been neglecting this site for a little bit, swamped with work. But haven’t posted anything since August! Plan to post some new stuff soon. […]

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Tie Required

April 5, 2012

Was told of this short silly film a few times by various friends of Lionel’s over the years, but the people who mentioned it didn’t remember who made it so I had no idea where to look for it… Ends up Lorne Gould, publisher of the “Collected Works” [1980 by Emanation Press] was the film […]

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The Italian Machine Project on redbubble.com

March 19, 2012

I’ve been exploring different avenues of making prints & things available online, little late to the game, there are a few interesting options. I’ve decided that RedBubble is a good fit for publishing a few of Lionel’s photos. I’ve just finished setting up the first 12 images I selected to publish, I think they make […]

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106 photos of summer

April 6, 2011

Here’s a three rolls of film from what looks like sometime in the summer. Scenes from around Toronto. People hanging out in the Beaches. The Island faeries and on the island with a dog. Children and older folks out and about in what I think are parts of Cabbage town. John McNeily and Arna at the Berkeley stree loft, […]

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A haircut at Libby’s

April 2, 2011

Most of these shots, i think were probably taken by Ian Argue. Looks like Arna Lionel and he visiting Lionel’s mother, Libby. My grandmother. Also two shots in someone’s kitchen, not sure where. Might not even be from the same roll, they are not on the contact sheet but were in the negative sleeve with the others.

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Summer in the city

March 15, 2011

Couple of rolls of photos of what i think is mostly Toronto in the summer. I have this lens still, along with a 28 wide angle for my Nikon F. It’s a bit crappy now though. Some of the few bits of camera equipment I’ve been able to hang on to. I was supposed to get it all, but an older relative claimed to want […]

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Some Silly Doodles

March 7, 2011

So in case you didn’t know, I’m a cartoonist. Arna my mother is an artist, she works in animation. In part this explains my involvement in the arts. But not only was Lionel also very creative, he was a avid reader of comics, introducing me to my first undergrounds and superheros. And I’m told we would sit […]

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The streets and swimming in the Quarry

March 7, 2011

Not really sure if it is a quarry, looks like one. Ian Arna and Lionel going for a dip somewhere. Another shot of Arna and Lionel in happier times together. One of the nicest things about going through these old shots is finding those. I wonder who’s taking them when he’s in the frame. Ian some of the time i […]

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Assorted old prints from the Trunk

March 3, 2011

Along with all the negatives, there are a few prints printed by Lionel i assume, in some cases mounted on boards. Scanned them tonight, an interesting selections of images. Some of the prints were in rough shape. cleaned up a few things but mostly left them as is. I’m using these as a rough rule of thumb […]

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Cats Kids Bingo and Berkeley Street

February 25, 2011

Some more shots of Arna, kittens, and folks at Berkeley street, also looks like a gimps at the garage on the first floor. Some photos of a fair, people playing bingo. The CNE maybe? And kids, smoking a pipe? Lionel loved kids, there are a lot of shots of kids playing in the collection. I remembered when the ice cream […]

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Un-published poetry

February 22, 2011

Pulled out the big folder of peotry today, there’s a lot there that was not published in the Emanation Pess book, scanned a few of them to post today. These were typed on a huge humming electric typewriter that’s still around – an old girlfriend of mine has it. The titles of these are not necessarily his, […]

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Beginnings and Endings

February 22, 2011

Going through his papers I found some interesting stories about Lionel in the form of documents. The first two here are landmarks, one is his birth certifique, the other a letter of thanks for his eyes. I always wondered who looked though his eyes after he died. I hope they helped them see beautiful things.

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More negatives from the Trunk

February 22, 2011

Scanned another sheet tonight. These were it seems from the same set as the last, or are just unmarked. I’ve called them 02-01B for now. They are from 1969 as well. Looks like he was a little sloppy rinsing his negatives early on, there’s some streaking from developer left on them when they were hung to dry. I recognize some of […]

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The Trunk of Photos

February 20, 2011

I have this trunk. It’s filed with negatives. My father’s photos. Mostly B&W, i’ve been meaning to scan them, get them archived and published in some manor. Decided to start this site in part as an excuse for that. Get things rolling. The Binders of negatives in the trunk are somewhat in order, so I’m […]

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The Italian Machine

February 20, 2011

So, why “The Italian Machine Project”? Lionel was Jewish after all…? The machine in question was a bike, a Ducati Super Sport in a film that featured a fictional version of Lionel and captured a bit of the mythical version of him many remember. The Italian Machine was actually meant to be a 60 minute long […]

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A well remembered friend

February 20, 2011

Lionel left a big impression. I’ll post other bits of evidence of this, but it goes a long way towards making the point, to post this. A two page spread published in one of Toronto’s major weekly papers, three months after his death. It’s an impressive hagiography, if not a little bit biased. Like most things in the media it’s not […]