Murray McLauchlan Lady Luck

Lady Luck is a song by Murray McLauclan it begins. I remember shooting craps at Gary's Bar where the money disappeared on every roll. So I had a drink on someone else's paycheck and Lady Luck stayed with me no more. Murray showed up on Friday night with Jim McCarthy. Jim was an old friend and married then to Elizabeth Ashely.

Gary Kendall Writes

 I`m a little foggy on the the time frame but I think your bar`s era was around 76/77.  Not the best time for my career as a blues musician.  Disco had taken out a number of live music clubs, punk and new wave were gaining a foot hold. Looking back, I think I was floundering with not much direction or creativity.  My music of choice was blues but I couldn`t get a good gig to save my life and I was burned out from being the band leader of Dollars through 74/75.  Making money was a challenge and hanging out in an after hours bar wasn`t a wise choice for a guy with a family.  When I did get a gig, I`d spend a good chunk of my pay drinking at your place.

Joni Mitchell

Bernie Fieldler brought her to the club one night and she couldn't have been nicer.We sat and talked for awhile and then  she asked if I would like to hear her new record and She borrowed Roy's guitar and got up and sang a whole set to my patrons. what a treat. She broke 2 strings on Roy's guitar and I bet he is still complaining about it.

Rolling Stones

I get a phone call one night. It's Tom Hedley "Hey Mick Jagger wants to talk to you. "Allo Gary Mick Jagger here. "Tony Silverthorn says "we might get a drink at your club?' A little stunned I said 'sure.' "Can you guarantee my safety?' "No Problem!' I assure him. "We are in a limo outside your door Will you let us in." I went down and escorted them in. they stood at the end bar, not obvious but in plain site and a few whispers went through the bar but basically my very hip clientele ignored them.

Jim Milne

I Bass Player with Downchilds

Penny Royce

 Penny was a beautiful and  intelligent customer I always enjoyed her custom and company.

Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith

I liked Cathy from the first time I met her in 1965 she was Paul 
Donnelly's girlfriend. We were social friends always glad to see each other.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cathy Evelyn Smith (born 1948 in HamiltonOntario[1]) is a former backup singer and rock star girlfriendgroupie and drug dealer, who served time in the California state prison system for the manslaughter of John Belushi in 1982.
Smith had been paid for a front page headline story in the Hollywood tabloid the National Enquirer,[2] where she stated she was the person who injected the actor with a fatal drug overdose. In 1984, Smith co-authored a book entitled Chasing the Dragon[3] which told her life story. The title is an allusion to Smith's heroin addiction. Smith appeared prominently in the Bob Woodward book Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, and was played by Patti D'Arbanville in the film version. She has been called a backup singer but has also been described as merely a groupie.



[edit]Levon Helm & The Band

Smith became notorious in the Belushi case, but her association with well-known performers goes back at least 20 years prior to her confession in the National Enquirer. Her earliest association was with Levon Helm, later a member of The Bandin 1963.[4] In Helm's autobiography, he recalls that Smith first met him in Hamilton, Ontario.[5] Helm, with friend and bandmate Rick Danko, was in a band called The Hawks at the time (see Ronnie Hawkins). At one point, the musicians were in Toronto facing a drug bust.[2]
Smith has been connected to The Band's famous song, "The Weight", released in 1968. Smith says in Rock and Roll Toronto: From Alanis to Zeppelin,[6] that Richard Manuel offered to marry her but she refused.[7] Nevertheless, she continued to tour and party with Helm, Rick Danko and Manuel through the 1960s. She later had an affair with Gordon Lightfoot. After the affair ended, Smith returned to Levon Helm and the circle who now comprised The Band.

[edit]Gordon Lightfoot

Smith became an employee and then mistress of Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in the early to mid-1970s. At one point, she even drove their tour bus. Smith sang backup on Lightfoot's song "High and Dry" which was on the Sundownalbum.[8] She apparently sang more backup on the album but Lightfoot mixed most of it out.[9]
By several accounts,[who?] the Smith-Lightfoot affair was volatile and illustrated in the lyrics of "Sundown", Lightfoot's Number One hit and most financially lucrative song. It reflects the dark feelings Lightfoot was experiencing at the time. Drinking too much and married to another woman, he on one occasion broke Smith's cheekbone in a fight.[10] Lightfoot has stated of his three-year relationship with Smith, "I was sometimes crazy with jealousy".[11]
Bluegrass musicians Bruce and Brian Good, The Good Brothers, who were one of Lightfoot's opening acts during that time, got fired by Lightfoot for "flirting" with Smith.[12] Smith was cited in divorce papers, and shortly after his affair with Smith ended, Lightfoot was a party to the most expensive divorce settlement in Canadian history to that date.[13]
In a 1975 interview, Lightfoot expanded upon Sundown and hinted at the worry he experienced in his relationship with Smith:
"All it is, is a thought about a situation where someone is wondering what his loved one is doing at the moment. He doesn't quite know where she is. He's not ready to give up on her, either, and that's about all I got to say about that."[14]
Lightfoot gave another insight into his relationship with Smith in a 2000 interview when he remarked upon "Sundown" being:
"a back-alley kind of tune. It's based on infidelity -- I've seen both sides of that."[15]
In 2008, Lightfoot gave an interview confirming that "Sundown" was written with his then-girlfriend in mind:
"I think my girlfriend was out with her friends one night at a bar while I was at home writing songs. I thought, 'I wonder what she’s doing with her friends at that bar!' It’s that kind of a feeling. 'Where is my true love tonight? What is my true love doing?'[12]

[edit]Belushi case

After Lightfoot and The Band, around 1976 Smith became a backup singer for Hoyt Axton, who was struggling with cocaine addiction at the time.[16] She sang on his song "Fearless" (1976) and co-wrote "Flash of Fire" with Axton (1976).[17]
Smith became involved with heroin use in the late 1970s. In Bob Woodward's Wired, she appears as a drug dealer toRolling Stones band members Ron Wood and Keith Richards during their touring and rehearsals as The New Barbarians. She moved to Los Angeles and as her addiction increased she became a full-time drug dealer and courier to Wood, Richards and others in the entertainment world. Smith first met comedian John Belushi on the set of Saturday Night Live in 1976 when The Band were the musical guests.[18]
She later met Belushi again through Wood and Richards and was contacted by Belushi to purchase the drugs that eventually killed him. Smith alleges that she injected Belushi with 11 speedballs (a combination of cocaine and heroin) at theChateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California in 1982, and that this injection led to his death. According to Woodward,Robin Williams was on the scene at the time, and was "creeped out" by Smith, whom he thought to be a "lowlife".[13] Belushi had been battling cocaine addiction for years. He was not a heroin addict, though he had used the drug infrequently before his death.
Released after initial questioning on the morning of Belushi's overdose, Smith spoke briefly to freelance writer Chris Van Ness. Then, two National Enquirer reporters, Tony Brenna and Larry Haley, spoke with her and published their lengthy in-person interviews with her under the headline: "I killed John Belushi. I didn't mean to, but I am responsible." This led to the charge against Smith in Belushi's murder and 13 counts of administering cocaine and heroin.[19] The National Enquirerreporters refused to testify at the subsequent trial and were threatened with incarceration by Judge Brian Crahan; however, he later vacated the contempt order.[20]
Smith eventually returned to the United States, in June 1986 where she accepted a plea bargain by "plead[ing] guilty to involuntary manslaughter and several drug charges".[21] She served 15 months in prison at California Institution for Womenbetween December 1986 and March 1988.[21][22] She was deported to Canada after release[21] and moved to Toronto "where she worked as a legal secretary and spoke to teenagers about the dangers of drugs".[23]
Smith was arrested in July 1991 "with two grams of heroin in her purse" in VancouverBritish Columbia, for which she received a fine of CDN$2000 and "12 months' probation".[23] She appeared in the E! television network show True Hollywood Story episode on Belushi's death which first aired in 1998.[24][25][26]


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Cayle Chernin

Cayle was a dear friend for many years.
TORONTO — Actress Cayle Chernin, best known for appearing in the seminal Canadian road movie, "Goin' Down the Road," has died. She was 63.Going Down the Road.
When I was living at Hazelton Ave. in Toronto (we had a commune)  there was a premier or preview of 'Going Down the Road' at the New Yorker.
I went with Melinda, Carla and Helen and Pauline. Pauline and i were going together at the time.
We were knocked out by the movie and afterwards we went to the Pilot and we all raved about it. we felt it was a big step for Canadian Movies. Pauline really liked it. anyway they wanted to go back to Hazelton and i stayed on for a few more drinks. 
so I am sitting there and who walks in but Paul Bradley. We hit it off we were friends from almost the first moment we met. We had a couple of hours of drinking and story telling and somewhere in 
this haze i got a great idea. it was Pauline's birthday on Friday and we were having a party. So I talked Paul into coming and to play his character of Joey from the movie (this was not difficult). This was my idea of a crazy birthday present for Pauline.

Friday night Paul showed up with a friend (who kinda looked like McGrath) Introduced as Joey and just blew Pauline and the girls away. Paul is a traveling roadshow by himself and after a couple of hours went into entertainment mode. we had lots of drugs and booze and food and he ended up staying for a couple of days and we were good friends for ever more. Over the years we would get to gether every once in a while and have a  good get together.

Cayle Cherin was Salina. She went off to Hollywood and Dennis Hopper etc. Anyway just after i opened my after hours club about 5 years later. Cayle showed up on the scene I didn't recognize her to me she was this mysterious beautiful girl who started hanging around the 22 and Grossmans etc.
Then one night she shows up at my bar with some guy. Didn't like him much but ended up playing poker dice with him. I won about $300 off him. it was late and we all had a bunch of drink into us. When he said he didn't have any money left. I said half joking I will play you one more game. you win you get your $300 dollars back I win I get your girlfriend. He said ok and we rolled the dice as  Cayle looked askance. When I won Cayle went into a bit of a tirade about the whole thing and told guy to get lost who did he think he was etc.I guess she thought i was a better deal because we dated for a while but even better became really good close friends. For the rest of her life we were really good buddies and enjoyed our friendship. I skyped her just a few days before she die. I really miss her. She was an extremely brilliant writer, actor and produce

Film producer Robin Cass says Chernin died Friday.
Chernin had been preparing for a return to the spotlight with "Down the Road Again," a sequel to the 1970 road movie about two down-on-their-luck Nova Scotians who head to Toronto looking for work.
Earlier this month, friend and "Goin' Down the Road" co-star Jayne Eastwood said Chernin was diagnosed in June with advanced ovarian cancer.
Eastwood said Chernin kept her illness secret while filming took place in October and didn't tell castmates until shooting wrapped that she was sick.
Eastwood also said Chernin was the one who persuaded original director Don Shebib to revisit his iconic characters with another film.
"It was her who convinced Don Shebib to make this movie," Eastwood said. "This was her baby and she was going to do this movie come hell or high water."
Eastwood said Chernin was energetic and enthusiastic during filming, and was so dedicated to the project she delayed traditional cancer treatments so she could work.
"The doctors were screaming at her, they said, 'Do you know what you've done? You will go faster.' And she said, 'I want to spend my last months the way I want to spend them and I want to do "Down the Road Again","' said Eastwood.
The original film featured Doug McGrath and the late Paul Bradley, who died in 2003, as the jobless duo Pete and Joey.
Eastwood played Joey's flame Betty, while Chernin played Betty's best friend, Selina.
"Down the Road Again" picks up the story in Vancouver, with Pete as a retired postman and Joey gravely ill.
Shebib has said he expects the film to be released later this year.

Strip Pool Strippers

  Does anybody remember a bar in Toronto around Bloor and Bay that had strip pool in the seventies? You got to play pool against very beautiful girls who would remove an article of clothing if you beat them.
4 or 5 of these ladies hung out at my club. These ladies mostly played my musician friends and beat them regularly on the pool table. I remember Musicians who all seemed to think they were pretty good pool players complaining to me. these broads are really good pool players,

Jackie Burroughs

 Jackie came to the club once in a while.  I Fondly Remember Sitting with Jackie at the Club22 (Windsor Arms) in the early seventies she was between jobs. So what are you doing jackie? She suddenly becomes a wide-eyed teenager " I am running away to New York and becoming a waitress" she says very convincingly.
She was intelligent, incredibly talented and charming and will be sadly missed. 

Robert Markle

Robert and Marlene by Krash
  In 1965, Markle paintings shown in the exhibition Eros ’65 at the Dorothy Cameron Gallery were seized on a charge of obscenity, drawing considerable media attention. In the mid-1960s Markle began to write for magazines such as the Toronto Telegram Showcase, Maclean’s, and Toronto Life, publishing widely on topics as diverse as striptease, hockey, childhood Christmases, and Gordon Lightfoot. Markle also worked extensively as an illustrator, contributing images to magazines and literary journals. His work asan educator included terms at The New School of Art (1966-1977) and Arts’ Sake (1977-1982) as well as OCA and the University of Guelph. From the early 1960s, Markle played tenor saxophone and piano in the Artists’ Jazz Band. In 1970 the Markles moved to a farmhouse outside of Holstein, Ontario, although Robert re-established a studio in Toronto from 1979 to 1982. In 1979, he won a commission to decorate a Toronto hamburger restaurant, which was named Markleangelo’s in his honour. His other large-scale commissions include wall-sculptures for the Ellen Fairclough Building in Hamilton, Ontario, and the MetroToronto Convention Centre. He executed painted outdoor murals in Owen Sound and Mount Forest,Ontario. Markle was killed in a traffic accident in 1990. Of Mohawk ancestry, Markle used his mother’s

spelling of his surname, although it was spelled “Maracle” on his birth certificate. Markle worked primarily in painting and ink drawing, and also explored photography, collage, printmaking, wooden sculpture and neon. He collected folk art, which inspired a number of whirligig works later in his career. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of


Dianne Lawrence

 Dianne was a regular good looking and engaging. She moved to L.A. about the sametime I moved to the movie biz.
She Edits and Publishes  an online magazine there

505 Queen

The competition Marcus O'Hara ran Danny Ackroyd's booze can

Juno Blues

 I was recently introduced webwise to  Treasa Levasseur by Danny Marks and had a listen to her music. I was most impressed by her dynamic sound and was cheering for her 'Low fidelity' as Blues Album of the year in spite of my respect for Downchild and Harmonica stealing Donnie Walsh. and Colin Linden (who wasn't old enough to drink when I first met him) I'm sure Treasa will get many more nominations  She Good! Downchild sounding pretty good too.
I remember a couple of years I went to Juno parties. I was always amazed at the respect I got for being a bootlegger.  I got to the Columbia Hospitality Suite just as they closed for supper hour. A Columbia Vice President insisted the bartender stay for me and my friends. When the bar opened Burton Cummings got mobbed and joined my group for safety. (From too many pretty girls mostly)

Jerry Reed

 Myrna Lorrie frequented my afterhours in the seventies, She was a lot of fun and I caught a few of her shows and liked her music. One night she showed up on the arm of Jerry Reed. (I'm a lover, not a fighter) Rosanne Cash was with them and she was with one of the Eagles. (I can never remember which one) apparently, she had a fling with him They were there almost every night for a week or so.

Helen Shaver

Helen was a night person, She was intelligent and sexy.
She came to my bar often and we enjoyed each others company. She invited me for dinner one night,
And in her sensuous sultry voice recited one of her poems about losing her virginity to a sailor in my ear.
I suffered instant arousal. Unfortunately it was not to be her sister dropped in and the situation never rose again so to speak. After she went to LA. We got together at a TO film festival. I introduced her to the MacLean Brothers and we had a great party. Ahh. . .Helen sigh

Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth married Jimmy McCarthy an old friend as well as a friend of Murray McLauclan. She was in Toronto quite a bit shooting films. Somehow I became her Toronto buddy and we spent some good times. running around the city in her limos and dining and clubbing not to mention the times at my bar. There many rumours going around about us and I only wish they were true. But even after she split up with Jim we remained friends until her cocaine bust kept her out of Canada.

Michael Ironside

Mike was still at the Art college of Ontario when I met him. He somehow got into my afterhours club with somebody and soon became a regular. he was in his early twenties exhuberant, totally careless and very full of himsel and very much a pain in the ass. I had to take down my dartboard because he hit a bystander in the leg he was always too full of fun and too loud etc. etc. He won an award for a  student film he had made and one night and brought 30 film students from the awards and was very troubled when I wouldn't let them in. But I didn't really like him and he was mostly a pain in the ass. But after a few years of him hanging around my place and sleeping it off there more than a few times.
We finally became friends.
One night at my new bar at Queen and Bathurst was very crazy. We had a special bar made from some really old planks from a wrecking company and planed them and wanted to cover them in acyrlic. So my partner Greg got some crazy friend of his to do this. It was a big job and all of us were breathing too many fumes etc. But somehow his friend got it wrong and the plastic never set and you could't lean on the bar too long without sticking to it. So some weeks later Mike was on a tear and when I closed the bar he was passed out in a chair so i left him. My Apartment was a bove the bar and I wake up to this thumping on the floor. So I get up and go down to the bar. Mike had woke up for a minute and crawled on top of the bar and went to sleep. so he wakes up and his face is glued to the bar. When I got there he had managed to reach a pool cue and bang on the ceiling. I finally stopped laughing long enough to pry him loose without too much loss of skin. Michael and I hung out together most of the time for a few years,(see Kathrine O'Hara) I could probably write a book. One Afternoon we met a couple of chicks and decided to get them drunk etc. We went to liquor Store and got ingrediants for a giant Sangria complete with a bottle of brandy.
So we smoked some dope drank a bunch of wine and woke up about 8 hours later very naked and very hung over. My camera was laying on the table and when I got the film developed we discovered we had got drunk and the chicks had taken our clothes off and took pics of us.-more to come

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Marcus O'Hara

Marcus O'Hara did me one of those favours that just takes the cake .
At the 2nd or third Toronto Film Festival one of the major parties was held at Toronto City Hall.
The layout was a disaster. The bar was set up all wrong and it was impossible to get a drink. the place was just solid lineup. I was waiting in line with a bunch of friends when I got a tap on the back. It was Marcus he was a bartender or some such thing. He pulled me into the center of the room in the space between the facing elevators. here he had set up for me a large portable bar. several bottles of liquor with mix and ice. Soon I had my own private party with my friends and the festival VIPs. You cant buy that kind of favour.

Mary Margret O'Hara

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Lou Miles

Lou Miles was a famous Toronto Tailor and a man about town. We became great friends and went out on many parties dinners and the like with his girlfriend Wendy. They also spent many nights at my bar.

Krash Radcliff

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John Marshall

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John Martin

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