Toronto Pop Festival ’69: More Chuck Berry, Sly & the Family Stone, & Ronnie Hawkins

August 28, 2014

Happy Throwback Thursday! I missed a week there, was having some issues with the site. Here we have another roll of film from the Toronto Pop Festival ’69 at Varsity Stadium. In this shot behind the police women, is my mother! She’s the one giving them the funny look. I’m not sure if this all […]


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 […]


Chuck Berry @ Varsity Stadium in 1969

August 7, 2014

Happy late Throwback Thursday! I decided a while ago I would make this the standard posting day for the site here. Seemed fitting. I’ve got a few rolls from this show, though not all of them that Lionel took I think? We’ll see. This first scanned, is #5 of indeterminate. These are pretty much raw […]

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Assorted negatives in an Envelop

June 26, 2014

  Assorted negatives in an Envelop from the late ’60s, some of them very damaged. Mostly the good stuff was ok though. Haven’t done anything other than scan them and put in the water mark. Been CRAZY busy with my own work, launched a new book! Doing lots of freelance, looking for more. The usual […]

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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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Frank Zappa 1969-05-24 @ The Rockpile

August 24, 2012

Frank Zappa @ The Rockpile! 1969-05-24, i suspect it’s the Late Show Arna and Lionel went to the show together I’m told. She sent me this photo on the right, it’s from Nash the Slash’s site, you should check it out he’s got some amazing archives. I’ve tinted it to highlight what she thinks is […]


The Italian Machine Project on

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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Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 3

February 27, 2012

The last roll of shots from the historic Jimi Hendrix Experience show [see pt1 and pt2 here]. Also at the end of the roll shots back stage i think, with Hendrix’s guitar? Might be, and a few at the Berkeley street loft, of Arna and Ian.


Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 2

November 30, 2011

The second roll of photos of a historic Jimi Hendrix show, the night of May 3, 1969 at Maple Leaf Gardens. There’s been a fair bit of interest in prints of some kind, I’m working on a couple of solutions, and should have something to present with the 3rd Roll of film from the show. For a bit […]


Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens

October 24, 2011

This is the first of 3 posts. You can find the second and third sets of shots from this show here and here. legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport on May 3, 1969 at 9:30 a.m. after customs found small amounts of heroin and hashish in his luggage. He claimed they […]

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Colour slides | moments of life on Heward ave

September 2, 2011

I just got back from a trip to Toronto, and brought back another pile of Lionel’s things. This time it was 8 trays of colour slides, photos Lionel took mostly in the mid 70s. This first batch is all shots taken in or around Heward ave, the house Lionel owned and lived in for most of the 1970s […]

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown @ The Rock Pile

August 12, 2011

Next 4 posts will all be Live shows. This one is at the historic Rock Pile – April 12, 1969. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is an English psychedelic rock band formed by singer Arthur Brown in 1967. To give you an idea of what the show might have been like here’s a video […]

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Hanging out with Clive, Billy, Ralphie & Co.

August 8, 2011

This set of photos goes with the next post, a set of live concert shots. Arna and Lionel hanging out with friends, before and after a big night of live music. Clive Smith is one of the founders of Nelvana, formally one of Canada’s largest animation studios. In the early 80′s Arna would go to […]


1050 CHUM festival in a park

August 8, 2011

Photos from a live show put on by 1050 CHUM, not sure who the act is or the date, will have to look that up.

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Of your fatherless child

June 18, 2011

30 more, mostly i think un-published poems. I recognize a few lines here and there, some are maybe earlier drafts of poems in the collected works book.


All of life a stage

June 18, 2011

This set is almost entirely of a dress rehearsal for a play, not sure of what company, i’ll have to ask a few people see if I can find out. Might be Theatre Passe Muraille or a precursor. Nope, confirmed by a few people it’s not, may be a Hart House production. The fellow in […]


Smiles games and ashes

May 21, 2011

Visitors to the Berkeley street loft, a convertible, friends playing Frisbee in the park, and a burned out home.


The good, the bad, and the beautiful

May 21, 2011

A few shots of the buildings around the Berkeley street loft, a very lovely guest reeding in it, a tough looking lady in leather, and lots of photos from a screening of The good the bad and the ulgly. I have photos like that, from films on TV usually, stills i took of monies i […]


Taking about photos

April 30, 2011

This set is a little meta, in amongst the shots you can see contact sheets here and there, people looking at them, talking about them. I wonder what they are of. I’ll see if i can’t deduce it for later. Also a few great shots of a biker and his dismantled ride, some pretty ladies […]

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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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Ravi Shankar & a show at The Riverboat

April 2, 2011

So for the 20th post on the site i’m skipping ahead a few sheets to a treat. This was probably one of Lionel’s first live show shoots. I’ve some later one’s that came out a bit better. Not sure if this is the same place, or day. One set is a trio i can’t place [hints […]

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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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The halls that shine with sliding sound

March 31, 2011

More poetry! About half way though the folder now, here’s a few more, 30 to be exact. One is a draft of a poem that appeared in the book, the rest i think are unpublished and predominately hand written.


Landscapes and the ladies of Berkeley street

March 27, 2011

Somewhere by the side of the road in southern Ontario Lionel and Arna pulled over and took these photos. The one of Arna in profile standing in a slight wind is really striking. Some really nice shots of the landscape too, I love the texture of the grass. I’ll have to ask if the 1952 Pontiac was […]


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 […]


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 […]


Streets and People

March 6, 2011

This is a big interesting set. I think it’s all one roll, hard to be sure. It’s mostly of what i think is the streets of Downtown Toronto. Will try to find out and ad that info here when i do. But the really interesting thing about these shots are the people.

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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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Last night the kichen table resisted my thoughts

February 26, 2011

Some more words. The first three are actually drafts of poems that appeared in the book, so not unpublished. But it’s interesting to see them typed up here just the same. The rest I think, are Un-published and not seen publicly, if ever, in over 30 years!


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 […]


Sometime after July 20, 1969

February 24, 2011

Of course i can’t be sure, maybe he shot these, put the camera down, and then picked up the day of the landing. Or maybe it was in the other order. But it looks like this roll was shot the day Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. Arna, my mother is there so perhaps […]


Over a truck and billboard painting factory on Berkeley Street

February 22, 2011

This is a nice set. My mother is in some of them, getting dressed in the first place she and Lionel lived in together. She was an art student at OCA and an artists model. I have a great story to post later about how they met… “This is before Rochdale, before you! The first place we lived […]

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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, […]


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.


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 […]


Lionel Douglas. The collected works

February 20, 2011

Lionel Douglas: Selected excerpts of “Collected Works” published in 1980 by Emanation Press. This is a book of my fathers work published a year after his death by friends. Not sure if they have it in stock still but you can try to get a copy from the publisher here if your interested. Going to try […]


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 […]