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Painter Greg Curnoe champions Canadian artists

The Story

On his bike and clad in bright colours, Greg Curnoe is a familiar sight on the roads in and around the Ontario town of London. Curnoe's hobby is cycling, but his profession is art. Along with fellow painters Jack Chambers and John Boyle, Curnoe created Canadian Artists' Representation (CAR) in 1968 as a union to advance the rights of Canadian artists. In this 1975 interview from the CBC special The Great Canadian Culture Hunt, Curnoe explains how CAR got started and why he strongly objects to the great number of non-Canadians heading up Canadian cultural institutions.

Medium: Television
Program: The Great Canadian Culture Hunt
Broadcast Date: March 10, 1975
Narrator: Gordon Pinsent
Guest: Greg Curnoe
Duration: 6:09

Did You know?

• On Nov. 14, 1992, Curnoe was riding with a group near London when he was struck from behind and killed by a driver in a pickup truck. The husband and father of three was 55. Eleven others were injured, five of them seriously. The driver was charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death and five counts of dangerous driving, but was acquitted of all charges in 1994.

• Curnoe was a founding member of the London-based Nihilism Spasm Band, an informal, experimental noise outfit for which he played drums and kazoo until his death. As of 2015 the band is still active.

• CAR still exists as CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens).




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