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An open letter to the head suits at Warner Brothers:

(They probably will not read it).

In 1980 I flew to New York to speak in person to the head of the Warner legal department about bringing Friz Freleng to Toronto.

During the course of our conversation I discovered that the issue was that I had listed five of Mr. Freleng’s WB films on the ad announcing his presence. He had the impression that I was advertising the showing of those films. The titles were TWEETY PIE (1947), SPEEDY GONZALES (1955), BIRDS ANONYMOUS (1957), KNIGHTY KNIGHT BUGS (1958) and THE PINK PHINK (1964).

I informed him of two things. The first was that I did not have copies of those films. The second was that each of those films had won an Academy Award.

“Oh, those are his credits,” he said.

I further said, “Mr. Freleng is a director. I will make him the Director of the event. Whatever he says goes. I will not be showing any films unless he gives his approval.”

On those conditions the presence of Mr. Freleng was okayed.

What neither Mr. Freleng nor Warner Legal knew was that my then Board of Directors had asked me to cancel the event.

Everyone had told me that they thought Mr. Freleng old hat. They said, “He has nothing he can teach us.”

“There is one thing he can teach you,” I told them.

“What is that,” they asked.

I replied, “How to be working at his age.”

It looked like there would be absolutely no response to the event.

I went to call Mr. Freleng to tell him I could not bring him to Toronto. As I picked up the phone I heard his voice. He had called me at that precise moment. The phone had not even rang.

He said, “Hi, Reg, it’s Friz. I am sorry but I can’t come to Toronto. I am back at Warner Brothers. They don’t want me going anywhere they do not approve of and they do not approve of you.”

Well, I hardly expected them to but that was good news as it meant I could cancel the event without losing face.

All I had to do was to say, “Gee, Friz, that’s too bad.”

But I did not. Instead, without thinking about it, I said, “How do you feel?”

Friz said, “I gave you my word. My wife is looking forward to the trip.”

“Would you care for a fee?” I had asked when I invited him to Toronto.

He had asked, “Can I bring my wife?”

“What sort of question is that?” I had said to myself. I found out after that the art galleries, colleges, schools, museums, theaters, and universities always said, “We don’t have enough in our budget to cover that.” Mr. Freleng would then ask for a $10,000.00 fee. It was his way of saying no. I use it myself. If they agreed he brought his wife along and gave her what was left over to go shopping with,

I had said, “Of course you can bring your wife.”

He had replied, “In that case there is no fee.”

When Friz said, “I gave you my word. My wife is looking forward to the trip,” I replied, “Then I guess you are coming up.”

Then I told my board, “He is coming.”

They were furious.

He came. He could not imagine being interesting without his films. Before he arrived I had told people, “Please do not ask him what his favorite film is nor what is your favorite character. He gets asked that everywhere. Try to think up some interesting questions.”

Naturally, the first questions were the ones I had requested not be asked.

The audience, which was seated on the floor around him, was composed of people of all ages most of whom I had called and invited just to get bodies so that the room would not be empty. Maybe about ten had actually come of their own choice.

Regardless, they all saw the look on his face when the questions he had been asked again and again were once again asked again.

That look said, “I came all this way for this?”

Then the audience, there were well over a hundred people, dug deep into their brains to ask new questions. The questions they began to ask were first rate. I had had to do everything myself. No one was helping. I was practically delirious from exhaustion. The questions woke me up. They sparked my interest. They sparked Friz’s interest. Going in he had said, “I am not going to talk for more than half an hour.”

Three hours passed like three minutes. When he walked out that first of three nights he had a youthful spring in his step. The quality of the questions had invigorated him as much as they had me.

He said, “You are doing something good here. I am glad I came.”

The event was free. That allowed me to get around all the hurdles Warner Brothers had placed in my way.

I am not a man with a lot of money. To cover costs I had sold whatever I needed to sell to get things done. I do not use government grants. On the way out everyone said, “That was really incredible. I learned a lot.”

When they had all left I went to clean up. In a dish I saw that people had, unasked, left a huge pile of cash. There was enough there to cover about half of my cost.  It was a very welcome and much needed gift.

The next two nights surpassed the first. Word went out what an enormously interesting man Mr. Freleng was.

That Christmas I called to wish him the best. He said to me, “You are the finest host I have ever met.”

Now to get to Nancy Avery-Arkley.

She has been on my facebook friends list for three or four years now. I had wondered what her relationship is to Tex Avery whom I rank as number three in the pantheon of great American and world animation artists.

When I asked her she said, “I am his daughter.”

I then said, “I must bring you to Toronto.”

My venue, THE CINEFORUM, is situated in the living room of my home. I have large comfortable chairs. I can at the most seat twenty. So this is not something that is going to generate a lot of money. In fact, it is something that is going to cost me a lot of money.

As well, I am running for election for the first time in my life. I am running for City Council for my Ward. Why? Because changes are looming which will destroy completely the fabric of this Ward which is the creative heart of Toronto. My focus should be completely on that.

I am, however, used to doing several things at once. I have been doing that all of my life.

As we further communicated I learned that Nancy was trying to get a documentary film made on her father’s life. She told me she was under enormous pressure because the man she was working with was bullying her. He had said they needed to raise $100,000.00 to make the film. He wanted her to fly to France with him to meet with the author of a French book on Tex Avery. The hope was that this man would loan them the needed money.

I told her to drop the bully. I have met more than my share of bullies. It is mistake to try to reason with a bully. If they were reasonable they would not be bullies.

People who speak publicly at institutions get paid enormous sums to talk for an hour. They get paid in the thousands. I figure the daughter of one of the most important and original animation directors ever ought to be able to get at least ten dates at $10,000.00 which means she could raise the money herself while at the same time promoting the project. She need not owe anyone a dime.

I asked her if she had an agent as an agent should know how to do this. She said she did not. I asked if she would like me to be her agent. She said, “Would you?”

I said, “Of course.”

I have never acted as an agent for anyone but myself all of my life. Now I am.

I am not a conventional agent. I bring to the table more than fifty years of experience. Warner Brothers might not approve of me. That is fine. Many, a very great many do.

Conventional people think I do what I do for common reasons. The most common reason people do things is to make money. Solomon said, “Do only that which profits you.” Common people think of profit purely in terms of material wealth. Uncommon people, and I most certainly an uncommon person, see profit in a much deeper, richer sense.

Material wealth allows us to lavish things on our self which work to our destruction: alcohol, rich foods, sensual pleasures, and more. I certainly am not against these things now and then. A steady diet of them would kill me.

That which most profits us comes from austerity richly embraced.

To learn how to live without is to learn how to live well.

Bureaucrats—accounts, administrative people, clerks, lawyers—see the value of things not people.

Shortly before I brought Mr. Freleng to Toronto to save storage fees Warner Brothers burned tons of old animation cells because they cost too much to store. What went up in smoke with those discarded cells was the millions of dollars in sales they could have generated.

No one knew that then because the market for animation art was just beginning.

I am not saying you need to know your history to do your job.

I am saying that if you know your history you will do a better job.

Nancy Avery-Arkley is the daughter of the single most important person in animation history after Winsor McCay and Walt Disney.

The Disney people have preserved their history. No bean counter has ordered the destruction of materials to save money.

Unfortunately few remembered the importance of Winsor McCay, Certainly no one in THE UNITED STATES saw the importance of preserving his films which had long passed their perceived value as commercial properties.

Thankfully, someone in Canada did. That someone was Louise Beaudet of THE CINEMATHEQUE QUEBECOISE who acted to preserve McCay’s materials when no one else did.

I am going to end this letter rudely. I have spent a considerable amount of time and thought in its composition. It is a long letter. I doubt very much that you will read it.

A documentary film on the art and life of animation director Tex Avery could and should have been made long ago. In fact the art and lives of all the great Warner animation directors, animators, artists, storymen, inkers, etc., should have been made while these people were still with us.

Instead time passes. Each day another one passes.

I wanted to learn what was the secret behind Warner Animation. I wanted to find out how on budgets that were insanely low such high quality work had been created every year on time and on schedule despite ever constricting budgets imposed on them by the bean counters who could only see the present value, were blind to the future value and finally, seeing no value, closed the doors on the most incredible accidental gathering of talent in the history of animation.

After talking with, meeting with and learning directly from Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones (and in the process winning the love of these men) I learned the secret. The hardest thing to do in creating these films was not animating them. The hardest part was just coming up with stories. For that reason the story sessions were called “No No Sessions” because the only word that was not allowed was the word no.

Why? Because when we use the word “No” everything stops, people feel shot down. It is hard to pick up and get going again.

I see from your correspondence that Warners has said no to Nancy many times.

That means that as those bean counters threw out millions of dollars so you have thrown out much more.

Here comes the rude part.

Jim, Ed, Julia, Steve, it is time to get off your high horse. You are blocking the way. Stop saying no. Start doing what the geniuses Warners paid peanuts to learned long ago, Forbid only one word. Forbid the word no.

I am publishing this on my blog because I have a huge international readership. I doubt you will take the time to read this. If you do read it I doubt you will act on it. I know that others will read it and will read it and for that reason and not to shame you (though, believe me, you deserve and ought to be shamed) I am sharing it with the world.

I would imagine you have all graduated from some place of high education.

Consider this. The greatest film maker of his generation was Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick never took a day of public schooling he could get out of. He certainly went to neither film school nor a university.

He was the man.

Another person who never went beyond public school was a woman who possessed the finest and sharpest awareness of cities ever. Her name is Jane Jacobs. THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES, her first book, remains the most important book on cities we have. DARK AGE AHEAD, her last book, ought to be re-issued and re-titled DARK AGE NOW. Those two books have more value to our culture than everything in the Warner library put together.

That woman was my friend from her arrival in Toronto in 1968 until her death in 2006. She wrote me, “Everything you write is worth reading.”

That means that if you have not gotten this far she would have.

Jane could be earthy when the moment called for earth.

By the way, at my request she welcomed the great Warner animation director Bob Clampett to Toronto when I brought him here on my dime in 1979.

And I know Jane would say as I now say: GET THE FUCK OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND HELP NANCY MAKE THIS FILM ABOUT HER FATHER.

Learn the great secret of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng,  Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson. Make your story sessions “NO NO SESSIONS.”

From now on let the only word to no is said at Warner Brothers be the word no.–Amen. Reg Hartt

P.S. These attachments are to show not only that I have done something with my life more than block people but alsi to show also that many people the world over think pretty damn highly of it.

I and people like me do not need Warner Brothers.

Warner Brothers does need us and that desperately.

 

 

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I bought this to mark Grim's 100th birthday so that the world could know. He got gifts from all over. I was there for the party. He said, "You have done more me than anyone I ever met." That was because I learned more from him than from anyone else I ever met.

I bought this to mark Grim’s 100th birthday so that the world could know. He got gifts from all over. I was there for the party. He said, “You have done more me than anyone I ever met.” That was because I learned more from him than from anyone else I ever met.

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The bad boys and girls of animation history.

Good boys and girls ask for permission. Bad boys and girls know you should never ask for permission. They do new things. They get things done.

Good boys and girls are boring. Bad boys and girls are as interesting as it gets. They are always exciting to be around. Good boys and girls follow the rules. Bad boys and girls break the rules.

Good boys and girls envy bad boys and girls ‘cause they have all the fun. After a while good boys and girls begin to hate bad boys and girls. After a little bit longer good boys and girls invent rules so they can punish bad boys and girls. This is good because it means that to be a bad boy and girl and be good at it we can’t concern ourselves with rules, with what people think, with anything other than daring to do what in our heart we have to be. We must have courage.

Great men and women throughout history began as bad boys and girls. Only after they had been dead a long time did we begin to realize how important those bad boys and girls were.

Here are the bad boys of American Studio Animation ranked in importance:Bob-Clampett-Bruce-Kirkland2 Bugs (1) Chuck-Jones-letter Hepburn Jean-Cocteau-1 - Copy

 

 

1. Winsor McCay. Others made animated films before him. He was the first to make animated films people wanted to see. Other animators of his day hated him for his success.

Winsor McCay loved animation. He did not copyright his ideas because he wanted others free to use them. He knew that real artists do not work for money. They are always poor. Unfortunately one man listened to McCay, learned from him and then copyrighted all McCay's ideas in his own name. To use them even Disney had to pay.

Winsor McCay loved animation. He did not copyright his ideas because he wanted others free to use them. He knew that real artists do not work for money. They are always poor. Unfortunately one man listened to McCay, learned from him and then copyrighted all McCay’s ideas in his own name. To use them even Disney had to pay.

Winsor_McCay_1911_Little_Nemo_film_still 2. Walt Disney. Told those stories have already been told Walt said, “I will tell them better.” Said Walt, “The only way I know to make these movies is with artists. You can’t seem to do it with accountants and book keepers.” Walt began bad. Too bad he did not end bad.

After Disney lost his star character Oswald The Lucky Rabbit he learned the one lesson no one else in animation has learned except the late Bob Clampett: YOU MUST OWN YOUR WORK. IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN BUILD. If Ralph Bakshi owned his work he would be able to reissue it. He does not. He can not.

After Disney lost his star character Oswald The Lucky Rabbit he learned the one lesson no one else in animation has learned except the late Bob Clampett: YOU MUST OWN YOUR WORK. IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN BUILD. If Ralph Bakshi owned his work he would be able to reissue it. He does not. He can not.

 

 

3.TEX AVERY.

Told to make his films as much like Walt Disney as possible Tex made them as much unlike Disney as possible. He led the way away from Walt. Damn good thing, too.

Told to make his films as much like Walt Disney as possible Tex made them as much unlike Disney as possible. He led the way away from Walt. Damn good thing, too.

Tex_Avery_portraitSuccess breeds imitation. Told at the start of his career as a director to make his films as much like Walt Disney as possible Tex knew the only person the public wanted to see make films like Walt had the last name Disney or Lantz. Tex asked himself first, what would Walt do. Then he went as far as he could in the opposite direction.

 

4. Bob Clampett. Offered big money to work as a newspaper cartoonist Bob took little money and worked as animator.No really great talent has ever worked for money.

Bob Clampett is the great unsung genius of American Studio Animation. No one anywhere made anything to equal Bob's COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS and TN PAN ALLEY CATS. Today these films are banned. They can't be seen. That is like banning Picasso's GUERNICA. On top of that Bob and his wife, Sody (who recently passed away) were two of the most generous people I ever met.

Bob Clampett is the great unsung genius of American Studio Animation. No one anywhere made anything to equal Bob’s COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS and TN PAN ALLEY CATS. Today these films are banned. They can’t be seen. That is like banning Picasso’s GUERNICA. On top of that Bob and his wife, Sody (who recently passed away) were two of the most generous people I ever met.

5. Friz Freleng. Told by his bosses, “Do what we want or you’re fired,” Friz said, “Here’s the pencil. You do it. I’m going home.” When he got there the phone rang. They learned never to do that again.

I asked Friz if he wanted a fee. He said, "Can I bring my wife?" I wondered what sort of a question that was? I wondered who would say,"We can't afford it. It is not in the budget." I found out the art galleries, colleges, museums, theaters, universities did. Them Friz charged a fee ($10,000.00). When I said, "Of course," Friz said, "In that case, there is no fee." I bought him first class tickets. I told the airline who he was.They were thrilled. Friz sat in the pilot's seat when the plane landed in Toronto. Meeting his wonderful wife was a great gift. I learned

I asked Friz if he wanted a fee. He said, “Can I bring my wife?” I wondered what sort of a question that was? I wondered who would say,”We can’t afford it. It is not in the budget.” I found out the art galleries, colleges, museums, theaters, universities did. Them Friz charged a fee ($10,000.00). When I said, “Of course,” Friz said, “In that case, there is no fee.” I bought him first class tickets. I told the airline who he was.They were thrilled. Friz sat in the pilot’s seat when the plane landed in Toronto. Meeting his wonderful wife was a great gift. I learned a helluva lot from Friz. So did everyone else.

Chuck Jones cancelled his visit to The Cineforum because Warners would not let him show his films here. He felt without them he would not be interesting. Luckily, Friz Freleng took a chance. He discovered that without his films people found him extremely interesting.

Chuck Jones cancelled his visit to The Cineforum because Warners would not let him show his films here. He felt without them he would not be interesting. Luckily, Friz Freleng took a chance. He discovered that without his films people found him extremely interesting.

6. Chuck Jones knew that if you ask permission they always say no. He learned that if you want to something interesting you have to cheat. He would do two cartoons that were simple and cheap. Between them these cheaters he sandwiched one that was complex and expensive. That is how WHAT’S OPERA , DOC got made.

 

 

7. Frank Tashlin. He made only a few animated cartoons. They are all interesting. One day he thought it is too bad we can’t do these films with live people, we would probably kill them. Then he said, “Why not.” He took two men. One he modeled on the really cool version of Bugs Bunny. His name was Dean Martin. The other he modeled on the really wild Bob Clampett version of Daffy Duck. His name was Jerry Lewis. Then he decided to model a live woman after his Nazi pigeon—see-ducktress Hata Mari from PLANE DAFFY. Her name was Jayne Mansfield.

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Frank Tashlin  http://www.cartoonbrew.com/animators/14-reasons-frank-tashlin-was-awesome-78140.html

 

 

8. Max Fleischer knocked Mickey Mouse out from number one position with a one-eyed sailor who after ingesting green stuff beat up everybody who was not Olive Oyl. Said King Features when he asked for the rights to Popeye, “What do you want with that ugly thing?” Max said, “My daughter asked me to put Popeye into pictures. I am doing it for her.” Ya gotta love him.

 

 

9. Grim Natwick. Grim was the artist chosen over Adolf Hitler by the Academy in Vienna that Der Future Fuehrer got turned down by (they only chose one new student a year). Grim was the best. He stayed the best right up to his death. He created animated ultimate bad girl Betty Boop, ultimate good girl Snow White and taught just about everyone in the industry how to draw. Plus he liked to drink wine, lots of wine.

I bought this to mark Grim's 100th birthday so that the world could know. He got gifts from all over. I was there for the party. He said, "You have done more me than anyone I ever met." That was because I learned more from him than from anyone else I ever met.

I bought this to mark Grim’s 100th birthday so that the world could know. He got gifts from all over. I was there for the party. He said, “You have done more me than anyone I ever met.” That was because I learned more from him than from anyone else I ever met.

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10. Shamus Culhane who was a pain in the ass to a lot of people because he loved what animation could be. Said Max Fleischer, “Your problem, Culhane, is that you are an artist.” Yes, he was. And he liked hard liquor and women.

 

11. Tisse David. Fresh from Europe Tisse David met Grim Natwick at UPA. Each knew genius when they saw it (Bet you thought there would not be any women here).

 

12. Everyone at UPA. They have to be included as a collective. They were a whole bunch of communists who just could not do thing’s Walt’s way.

 

13. Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi said, “It is time for animated films to grow up. He brought Fritz the Cat to the screen. He gave cartoons characters tits, cocks and balls. Good boys and girls had heart attacks. So far no one has dared go where Ralph went which is why modern theatrical feature films are of little or no interest to me. The problem is that even Ralph ain’t Ralph no more. Nonetheless, Ralph made the ultimate bad animation feature, COONSKIN, which is also the greatest animated feature. It is the only one that approaches Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL. For that all sins major and minor are forgiven. The problem is not Ralph. It is the industry he works in. No one in it right now more important than Ralph.

 

 

14. John Kricfalusi went to study animation at Sheridan College where his teachers showed only the good stuff. John discovered a fellow named Reg Hartt in Toronto was showing four hours of the wicked stuff his teachers would not every Sunday. John knew at once that Reg Hartt was the High Priest of Animation. He started going to Reg Hartt’s Sunday services. When he got his chance John did something new. John made cartoons for TV with characters that picked their noses, ate boogers, farted, and tried to rape everything that moved. Kids, lots of kids, just loved John’s cartoons. John was real bad. As they copied Disney so they copied John. Now John is copying himself. Gotta move on John.

 

15. Reg Hartt. He is worse than all the rest put together. He is really bad. He never asked for permission once in his life. Reg has been called the most hated man in film in Canada. The mother of modern science fiction, Judith Merril (herself a bad girl) said, “Reg Hartt is the most creative man in film in Canada. The world seems to agree. The world’s number one travel guide, The Lonely Planet, lists Reg’s tiny twenty seat living room Cinema at the very top of places to see in Ontario and in Toronto. Good boys and girls do not go to Reg Hartt’s programs. He frightens them with his wicked Crazy-Wisdom-Yogin Buddha ears and eyebrows. Jane Jacobs, another bad girl who took on and defeated the good people in New York and again in Toronto, who was the greatest thinker about cities of our time started going to Reg Hartt’s shows when she arrived in Toronto in 1968. She did not go for the movies. Many of those she could have seen elsewhere. She went because she liked to listen to Reg. Shortly before her death she told him over a beer in her home (bad girls drink beer, good girls drink tea) she said, “The best part of what you offer is what you have to say.” And don’t worry about the screening room being small. We’re not going to show any movies while Nancy is here. We have lots of room and a big laneway in the back.REG HARTT WARD 21

 

 

 

16. Nancy Avery-Arkley. She’s Tex Avery’s daughter. She and Reg Hartt got together a couple of weeks ago on facebook. They decided to raise Hell together. Then they said, “Let’s throw a party and invite only the bad people.” Then, because Tex Avery is not only Nancy’s father but also Bugs Bunny’s (which makes Nancy Bugs Bunny’s sister) and because Bugs Bunny is Hollywood’s Greatest Drag Queen they decided to invite Drag Queens because everyone knows ya can’t have a really good party without inviting the ultimate bad boys, Drag Queens. Nancy likes her beer. Good animation boys and girls don’t drink beer. In a picture of Nancy at Bergamo the beer bottle was airbrushed from her hand. Not in Toronto. Not, by God, at The Cineforum. Hell, I am here because there is a Beer Store across the street. I have the best selection and the best prices just footsteps away. That is why people invite me out for a beer I say, “Come here. You’ll save money. Instead of spending fifty dollars for a few cheap beer you can pick up a two-four of really good beer. Of course, you’re not going to drink all that which is why you will share it.” But, by God, is you have your picture taken with Nancy and you both have a beer in your hand WE ARE NOT GOING TO AIRBRUSH IT OUT. In Canada we are PROUD OF OUR BEER.

The beer bottle in Nancy's hand was air-brushed out by the good boys and girls in Bergamo, Italy. Won't be any good boys and girls at this event. They would never get permission.

The beer bottle in Nancy’s hand was air-brushed out by the good boys and girls in Bergamo, Italy. Won’t be any good boys and girls at this event. They would never get permission.

This is going to be one helluva night. We invited Toronto's best male strippers because guys in animated films have no balls. It is time they did.

This is going to be one helluva night. We invited Toronto’s best male strippers because guys in animated films have no balls. It is time they did.

17. Donnarama Versace, one of Toronto’s ultimate animated Drag Queens who does stuff that belongs in a TexAvery cartoon, was invited to join the party and to be sure to invite male strippers men in animated films don’t have balls. The animators need to see dicks and testicles. They need to see lots of dicks and testicles. It’s time for animated features to grow the fuck up. Bugs Bunny likes to hang out at Reg’s because there he can copulate like a bunny (which is what rabbits do most, ya know. Have ya never heard the phrase, “Fuck like a bunny.”).

Donnarama Versace and the wickedest Drag Queens in the world.

Donnarama Versace and the wickedest Drag Queens in the world.

18. Yet to be discovered. S/he has to be a combination of all the rest and worse, much worse. Maybe s/he will show up here   By the way, Bob Clampett, Sody Clampett, Ruth Clampett, Friz Freleng and his wife Lily, Grim Natwick and his landlady Mrs. French (Richard William’s mother-in-law), Tisse David, Shamus and Juana Culhane and Bernard B. Brown have all been to Reg Hartt’s place. John Kricfalusi lived there. Jerry Beck did not come by when he was in Toronto, but, hey, that’s Jerry. He’s a good boy. Thad Komorowski, Steve Stanchfield and Tommy José Stathes have been here.   It is time for you come to Toronto to visit Reg Hartt in Toronto and to meet Tex Avery’s red hot daughter Nancy Avery-Arkley.

 

Bring beer and $100 for Nancy’s autograph to help her raise money to create her documentary on her father, Tex. Damn, it is about time someone did.  Who better than his daughter? No one dared muck with Tex. No one will dare muck with Nancy. She’ll kick their ass. Donnarama Versace will loan her the shoes to do it with.

 

 

Thank God for Donnarama Versace. The world is not ready for a 3D movie from him.

Donnarama Versace will loan Nancy Avery-Arkley her shoes so that Nancy can REALLY KICK ASS/

Donnarama Versace will loan Nancy Avery-Arkley her shoes so that Nancy can REALLY KICK ASS/

Hate posters have appeared all over Toronto denouncing Reg Hartt as a pedophile. They were posted by someone whose name should not be mentioned here. This is the film the poster state is kiddie porn. It is not. Come see for yourself. In the interest of truth (which is more than the person posting those flyers is concerned with) no admission will be charged. Pleaser help end this person's hate fueled career. Please get him off the streets and out of Toronto. Zero tolerance for bullies. Zero tolerance for those who using his poster services fuel his slanders attacks. More information here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/ http://drjamiesevents.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6wuSoPjlc http://www.yelp.ca/biz/dr-jamies-bike-clinic-toronto-2 http://www.ziplocal.ca/user/4364-Reg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96QfcjaR2U Letter from former employee of DR. JAMIE’S EVENTS POSTERING: "I can't believe Jamie has done that stuff to you. Terry I can believe, he really hated him. I remember that when I was first working with Jamie he was fucking this fourteen year old girl who was addicted to crack! What an asshole. I thought that he would have self-destructed by now, but he is a stubborn bastard. So yes, I can write a letter for you if you wish... not sure if that would help anything...You could think about suing him, maybe there is someone out there who might help you, it's libel and it destroys your livelihood for him to have a public campaign like that. I mean there is a reason people don't put up posters like that. But is there a point? I doubt he is actually hurting you that much and I'm sure there's always been people who hated you. He just gave the girl money, and she was clearly an addict. He bragged to me about how many times he fucked her and how old she was. Terry might remember that too. In any case morally I think that's a lot more questionable than anything Reg Hartt or Rob .... has done. You can go ahead and put up a poster if you like, and give my name to whomever.  If you give my name to someone as a character reference, or you ever need to call me, then my number is....”—Robert .....

Hate posters have appeared all over Toronto denouncing Reg Hartt as a pedophile. They were posted by someone whose name should not be mentioned here. This is the film the poster state is kiddie porn. It is not. Come see for yourself. In the interest of truth (which is more than the person posting those flyers is concerned with) no admission will be charged. Please help end this person’s hate fueled career. Please get him off the streets and out of Toronto. Zero tolerance for bullies. Zero tolerance for those who using his poster services fuel his slanders attacks. More information here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/
http://drjamiesevents.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6wuSoPjlc
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/dr-jamies-bike-clinic-toronto-2
http://www.ziplocal.ca/user/4364-Reg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96QfcjaR2U
Letter from former employee of DR. JAMIE’S EVENTS POSTERING:
“I can’t believe Jamie has done that stuff to you. Terry I can believe, he really hated him. I remember that when I was first working with Jamie he was fucking this fourteen year old girl who was addicted to crack! What an asshole. I thought that he would have self-destructed by now, but he is a stubborn bastard. So yes, I can write a letter for you if you wish… not sure if that would help anything…You could think about suing him, maybe there is someone out there who might help you, it’s libel and it destroys your livelihood for him to have a public campaign like that. I mean there is a reason people don’t put up posters like that. But is there a point? I doubt he is actually hurting you that much and I’m sure there’s always been people who hated you. He just gave the girl money, and she was clearly an addict. He bragged to me about how many times he fucked her and how old she was. Terry might remember that too. In any case morally I think that’s a lot more questionable than anything Reg Hartt or Rob …. has done. You can go ahead and put up a poster if you like, and give my name to whomever. If you give my name to someone as a character reference, or you ever need to call me, then my number is….”—Robert …..

Nightly Now  at 7pm at THE CINEFORUM, 463 Bathurst below College. 416-603-6643. No admission fee.

And, if you don’t want to see the movie, come by anyway to see this place for yourself.–Reg Hartt.

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History has shown again and again that getting people to see the truth is almost fucking impossible.

History has shown again and again that getting people to see the truth is almost fucking impossible.

Gillis attacked the entire homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city's gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

Gillis attacked the entire homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city’s gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

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Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

Daniel Goggin was previously attacked in one of James Gillis (Dr.Jamie)'s street poster smear campaigns. He feared for his life. PLEASE HELP END THIS NOW.

Daniel Goggin was previously attacked in one of James Gillis (Dr.Jamie)’s street poster smear campaigns. He feared for his life. PLEASE HELP END THIS NOW.

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The police say they can do nothing because it is a civil not a criminal matter. Toronto’s MLS has the power to end this by enforcing the street postering Bylaws. They refuse to. Why?

This is why I am running for Council For Ward 20. I am tired of hearing,”There is nothing I can do.”

NOW magazine knows the details of this. They are silent.

Almost all of the media (including XTRA!, Toronto’s gay paper) know the details behind this. They are silent. Why?

One paper, however, has published an in-depth piece which traces the full history behind this. That one paper is THE GLOBE AND MAIL. Read what they wrote here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

Reviews and information on SALO:

http://www.criterion.com/films/532-salo-or-the-120-days-of-sodom

http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/511-salo-breaking-the-rules

https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1423&bih=766&q=Sal%C3%B2%2C+or+the+120+Days+of+Sodom&oq=Sal%C3%B2%2C+or+the+120+Days+of+Sodom&gs_l=img.12..0l3j0i24l7.2231.2231.0.4183.1.1.0.0.0.0.923.923.6-1.1.0….0…1ac.2.48.img..0.1.921.pTuCWwU5K8g#facrc=_&imgdii=_&

Imagine yourself in my shoes walking out your door to see these all over the city. Imagine yourself in my shoes when again anmd again and again I am told, “There is nothing I can do.”

I want to make certain not one more person is put through this Hell. If TORONTO MLS can’t get its butt in gear I willkick EVERY ASS out of it that refuses to ENFORCE THE LAW and put in new people who will.

It is time for a HOUSECLEANING AT METRO LICENSING AND STANDARDS.

Please give me the broom.

For Ward 20 VOTE REG HARTT.

If you are not angry in God’s name why not? More info here: http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=12925

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One of the most refreshing things I saw yesterday was when I opened this trash container to put a bundle of hate posters where they belong. Someone else had done it as well. When you see them please do the same.

One of the most refreshing things I saw yesterday was when I opened this trash container to put a bundle of hate posters where they belong. Someone else had done it as well. When you see them please do the same.

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The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini's SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini’s SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

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our silence may mean my death and that of others. SPEAK UP.

our silence may mean my death and that of others. SPEAK UP.

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of...

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of…Hate is his middle name. Zero tolerance for this bully and those who by employing him empower him.

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of...

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of…Hate is his middle name. Zero tolerance for this bully and for those who by employing him empower him.

Zero tolerance for this bully and those who by employing him empower him.

Zero tolerance for this bully and those who by employing him empower him.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This racist poster went up during Caribana. It was mixed with Reg Hartt`s flyers to make it look like Reg had posted them. Thousands were posted. The intent was to get an angry Black man to commit murder.

This racist poster went up during Caribana. It was mixed with Reg Hartt`s flyers to make it look like Reg had posted them. Thousands were posted. The intent was to get an angry Black man to commit murder. Again and again the authorities throw their hands in the air and say, “There is nothing we can do.“

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He got that right.

He got that right.

Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

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In 1979 Animation Director Bob Clampett was welcomed to Toronto by Jane Jacobs.

In 1979 Animation Director Bob Clampett was welcomed to Toronto by Jane Jacobs.

To Whomever It May Concern:Tex Avery 4

Nancy Avery-Arkley has agreed to have me act as her agent. This means that all dealings with her will have to come through myself.

Currently I am assisting her in raising funds for a documentary film she wishes to produce on her father, Tex Avery, in whose animated films at the Leon Schlesinger Studio between 1936 and 1942 the Warner Bros. style of animated cartoon was created and the key characters of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny were introduced and/or perfected.
Mr. Avery is also responsible for the development of the careers of master animation artists/directors Robert (Bob) Clampett and Charles M (Chuck) Jones who apprenticed with him before launching their own careers as animation directors of the first rank.

Bob Clampett, TexAvery and Chuck Jones by Jesse Oliver.

Bob Clampett, TexAvery and Chuck Jones by Jesse Oliver.

On leaving Warner Brothers Mr. Avery went to MGM where he created a body of work which is without parallel today. Mr. Avery is second only to Walt Disney in importance to the development of the American animated theatrical short subject.
Mrs. Avery-Arkley had been working with a man to create a documentary on her father when we first came into communication. He had told her they needed to borrow $100,000.00 to make the film.
My personal experience from over forty years working independently as a motion picture archivist, lecturer, and programmer has shown me there are other and better ways to raise money for this project. I have myself spoken at art galleries, colleges, museums, theaters and universities across Canada and in The United States.Fees for these engagements can be $10,000.00 or more. I am certain that as the daughter of  one of the most important figures in American Studio animation, second only to Walt Disney,  Mrs. Avery-Arkley can and should command a minimum of $10,000.00 per engagement especially as with ten such engagements she would have herself the $100,000.00 necessary to make this documentary. With twenty such engagements she would have the means to do it much better. With thirty, very much better.
Personally, I do not think clips from the various films are required for the film. I brought animation director Friz Freleng to Toronto in 1980 for a three day symposium. Mr. Freleng was reluctant to come as his films would not be shown. He felt himself not to be an interesting enough person to hold an audience’s interest without them. I differed in that view. I have always viewed creative people as more interesting than their work. They have to be for their creations to be interesting.
I was proven right the first night. Mr. Freleng said he would only speak for half an hour. Three hours later he was still going. He found for the first time in his life an audience literate in his work. The questions asked inspired him as he had never been inspired in his life. After three hours of speaking we would be right to assume he felt tired. Instead he felt renewed.Bugs
Mrs.Avery-Arkley is to be my guest in my home in Toronto for October 25, 26, 27, 2014. My home also functions as a private salon in which I present motion pictures from the earliest days of the cinema to the present. I also give talks on everything from “WHAT I LEARNED FROM BUGS BUNNY” to “WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD.”
THE CINEFORUM is listed in the world’s number one travel guide, THE LONELY PLANET, at the very top of places to see in Ontario and in Toronto.

"Old ideascare sometimes found in new buildings. New ideas are found in old buildings."--Jane Jacobs. Reg Hartt's Cineforum is in an old building chock full of new ideas.

“Old ideas are sometimes found in new buildings. New ideas are found in old buildings.”–Jane Jacobs. Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is in an old building chock full of new ideas. It is time for you to get here and to get here often.Lonely Planet

For this engagement I have billed Mrs. Avery-Arkley as the sister of animated cartoon super star Bugs Bunny, which, since Tex Avery is agreed to be the father of Bugs Bunny, she is.
For this event to which I am inviting the world I have asked artists to contribute a poster for the event. On the poster  I want Nancy Avery-Arkley presented a la  the girl from Tex Avery’s motion picture RED HOT RIDING HOOD. I want generic wolves going into paroxysms of lust around her. The poster is to say: Tex Avery Is The King Of Cartoons. Come meet his daughter, Nancy. She is one red hot lady! Nancy being 63 was a bit worried about that. I feel if Mae West could pull off being wicked sexy in her eighties Nancy can pull it off in her sixties. I want the artist to put a cool small Bugs Bunny on the side saying, “Come meet my sister, Nancy.” I want a small Trademark & Copyright Warner Brothers placed beside the figure of Bugs Bunny.

Bugs is not the principal figure on the poster. His presence there is to act solely as a credit. I don’t want more of Tex Avery’s creations as Bugs, being the greatest animated cartoon star, is the one most instantly recognizable. More will clutter up the poster.

The poster is not for sale. It will be a gift to anyone who donates $100 towards the making of the documentary. The event is private and in my home. No laws or copyright laws are being violated.
1. The fee will go towards the cost of creating the documentary. That means Nancy, as the producer, will own it.

2. Speaking will raise awareness as to who Tex Avery is, who Nancy is and why people should be interested in what she has to say.

3. As well it will generate interest in the public to see the film once it is made.
4. The people who host Nancy Avery-Arkley  will also be people who can screen the film once it is finished.
5. I am not interested in investors. Don’t need them. If we pre-sell the film to get it made and it is a hit (and there is no reason why it should not be) then we sell ourselves short because we will have already given away the broadcast rights which, for a successful motion picture can be in the millions.
I am aware that most people do not think the way I do. Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney and the Brothers Warner did.
Some have suggested KICKSTARTER. Again I do not feel we need it.As well, KICKSTARTER takes the money if the goal is not reached.
In return for creating the poster the artists will receive their original art returned autographed by Nancy. They will also receive as a bonus gift the cds, dvds and publications generated from my past events with Bob Clampett, Shamus Culhane, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Grim Natwick and Tisse David. As well they will receive both a 2D and 3D copy of the high definition film I will be creating myself from the event.
During her stay in Toronto Mrs. Avery-Arkley will be shown the city by my friend Shirley Hughes of THE TORONTO SILENT FILM SOCIETY.
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On her last day there will be no presentations. Nancy will be given a guided tour of THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA (http://www.textilemuseum.ca/)by a guide chosen personally by the museum’s founder Mr. Simon Waegemaekers. Mr. Waegemaekers was removed from the museum several years ago. Mr. Waegemaekers is not the first nor will he be the last creative person robbed of the fruits of his labor. As a compensation Mr. Waegemaekers will be preparing a TEX-MEX feast at his place of residence for Nancy and those who have been of extra help in this project.
Mr. Waegemaekers prepared an Indonesian dinner for Grim Natwick’s visit to Toronto in 1982. As the occasion also marked Mr. Natwick’s 92nd birthday my sister baked a BETTY BOOP BIRTHDAY CAKE. Lorraine French (mother-in-law to animation director Richard Williams), Shamus and Juana Culhane and Tisse David were also present at that feast. It was a wonderful cap to an awesome three days.
Sadly a complete set of Mr. Avery’s MGM films is not available in Canada and The United States. There is a rare dvd set of his works available from Europe. A friend has purchased it for me. This program will include Mr. Avery’s banned films.All will be seen uncut, uncensored exactly as Tex meant us to see them.

There will be a retrospective of Tex Avery’s films during the time Mrs. Avery-Arkley is away from THE CINEFORUM.
No films will be shown when Nancy is here. She is THE STAR of this event.
THE CINEFORUM has been called the most perfect place on earth in which to see a film. Presentations here are licensed from the Canadian companies that control non-theatrical rights in Canada. While donations are being requested towards the making of the documentary film there is no charge for the event itself.
An Optoma TX 1080 1080p DLP projector (http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-TX1080.htm) will be used. The sound system at THE CINEFORUM is state of the art. I use a JBL EX 250P subwoofer (http://www.amazon.ca/JBL-ES250PBK-High-Performance-12-Inch-Subwoofer/dp/B00166ZFSO).
Simply put the films screened will look and sound at their very best. For those who have seen them before the experience will be like seeing them for the first time. I can safely say few will have seen and heard these films at this level of quality.20081120-optoma-tx1080
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Admittance is restricted to those nineteen and over as Mr. Avery’s films are adult oriented and include things younger minds may have trouble with. There is a BEER STORE across the street from The Cineforum. Those who attend are invited to have a beer with Bugs Bunny”s sister, Nancy Avery-Arkley which is another reason why admission is restricted to legal drinking age and over. Of course,under 30 proof of ID is required.
This is going to be one Hell of a lot of fun.
If you would like to sponsor an event with Nancy Avery-Arkley or would like to employ her services please get in touch. The minimum requirement is transportation and lodging (food and alcohol included) for two plus a donation of at least $10,000.00 towards the cost of producing a documentary film on her father Tex Avery that will trace his roots back to the infamous Law West of The Pecos, The Hangin’ Judge Roy Bean.
Mrs.Avery comes from a much larger than life family. She is an interesting woman in her own right. You will enjoy meeting her. I hope you can be here. Nothing like this has been done before anywhere. Be part of something new.

Nancy was invited to an animation festival in Bergamo. They airbrushed the beer bottle shoe was holding out of the picture. In Canada we are proud of our beer. There will be no airbrushing here. Have a beer with Bugs Bunny's sister (There is a BEER STORE directly across the street. It closes at 5pm on Sunday so get your beer early. Get the best selection at the best price).

Nancy was invited to an animation festival in Bergamo. They airbrushed the beer bottle she was holding out of the picture. In Canada we are proud of our beer. There will be no airbrushing here. Have a beer with Bugs Bunny’s sister (There is a BEER STORE directly across the street. It closes at 5pm on Sunday so get your beer early. Get the best selection at the best price).

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–Reg Hartt, 463 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9 (416-603-6643)bugs
Jane Jacobs Welcomes Bob Clampett to Toronto:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D7J2ch2Tec
(Chuck Jones got Dick Cavett whom even Cavett would agree is minor league next to Jane Jacobs.)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex_Averyhttp://www.texavery.com/
I love it when people say, “I have never heard of you.” I say, “Don’tcha read your papers?”
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Under THE RAMSDEN DECISION The Supreme Court of Canada defended street postering as freedom of specch for those who do not have access to mainline media (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, etc.). That means THE POOR.

If an organization and/or person is advertising through newspapers, magazines, radio, television and/or a combination of those media that decision is not for them (http://scc.lexum.org/en/1993/1993scr2-1084/1993scr2-1084.html ).

THE SUPREME COURT did not make this decision so that others could create businesses posting flyers.

Under the current City Of Toronto Street Poster By-laws poster size is set at 22 centimetres by 28 centimetres in size; (which is the basic 8 1/2 x 11 inches, letter size piece of paper). Posters above this size are in violation. It is illegal to cover another group or person’s poster. Not more than one poster per event may be posted on a kiosk or pole.

This is fair as it leaves room for others. Larger sizes take room from others.

The city has crews which routinely remove posters from kiosks. The kiosks on Yonge Street are practically useless because the posters are removed, it seems, several times a day.

COMPLETE Poster Bylaws: Poster Bylaws 1184_693(1)
Toronto Street Poster By-laws here ( I suggest you print this section out and carry it with you while you are postering as, from my experience, the police are not completely familiar with this section of the by-laws that designate under what conditions and where posters may be placed–especially concerning utility poles):

ARTICLE IV
Posters on Public Property
[Adopted 2010-08-27 by By-law No. 1074-201023]
§ 693-28. Definitions and interpretation.

A. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOULEVARD — The untraveled portion of a highway, but does not include a sidewalk or a median.

COMMUNITY POSTER —A poster identifying missing persons, pets or items, or promoting citizen participation in religious, civic, charitable, or non-profit activities such as advertising festivals, community events, local artistic and cultural events, local community services, and political ideas.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — The Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards.

HIGHWAY —A highway as defined in section 3 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006,24 that is under the jurisdiction of the City.
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Editor’s Note: This section was passed under the authority of section 425 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, and, under section 61 of the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, a person convicted of an offence under this section is liable to a fine of not more than $5,000.
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Editor’s Note: This by-law was passed under the authority of subsection 8(2) of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, S.O. 2006, c.
11. This by-law also repealed the following: (1) Section 9 of By-law No. 64-87, “For Prohibiting and Regulating the Erection of Signs and Other Advertising Devices,” as amended, of the former Borough of East York; (2) Sections 215-27, and 215-28 of Chapter 215, Signs, of the former City of Etobicoke Municipal Code, as amended; (3) Section 2.10 of By-law No. 30788, “A By-law to prohibit or regulate signs and other advertising devices,” as amended, of the former City of North York; (4) the following provisions of Chapter 313, Streets and Sidewalks, of the former City of Toronto Municipal Code: (a) Article XB; and (b) the following from Schedule A, at the end of Chapter 313: “§ 313-73.4C” from column 1, “Removal of poster” from column 2, and “$60.00*(per poster)” from column 3; (5) Paragraph 2.2.3 of Schedule A to By-law No. 22980, “A By-law to prohibit and regulate signs in the City of Scarborough,” as amended, (Scarborough Sign By-law) of the former City of Scarborough; and (6) By-law No. 11928, as amended by By-law No. 3296-79 of the former City of York, being “A By-law to prohibit the erection of signs, posters or other advertising devices and the posting of notices on buildings or vacant lots, and to prohibit the pulling down or defacing or any sign board or notice lawfully affixed.”
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Editor’s Note: See S.O. 2006, c. 11.
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§ 693-29 SIGNS
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KIOSK — A structure, approved by the General Manager of Transportation Services, placed on a highway within the City for the purpose of posting posters and includes a poster board, a designated wall or other designated locations.

OWNER — Includes a person who created a poster, who installed a poster, who is in lawful control of a poster or otherwise directly benefits from the message of a poster.

POSTER — Any device, structure or medium that uses any colour, form, graphic, illumination, symbol or writing to convey information of any kind to the public, including but not limited to an advertisement, bill, handbill, leaflet, flyer or placard, and includes a community poster.

SCHOOL — A “school” or a “PRIVATE SCHOOL ” as defined under the Ontario Education Act.25

STREET-LIGHTING POLE — A pole owned by Toronto Hydro Street Lighting Inc.

UTILITY POLE — Includes a utility pole, light standard, a pole owned or controlled by the Toronto Transit Commission, and a street-lighting pole but does not include a privately owned pole.
B. For the purposes of this article, there may be more than one owner of a poster.
C. For greater certainty, this article does not apply to election signs.
§ 693-29. General restrictions.
A. Except as authorized by by-law, article in this chapter, or by agreement with the City, no person shall erect, attach, place or display, or cause or permit to be erected, attached, placed or displayed, any poster on, over or to any structure or thing, located on land owned by the City or any of its agencies, boards or commissions, including but not limited to:
(1) Parking meter ticket dispensers (pay and display machines) and parking meters, including the vertical support posts;
(2) Parking and traffic signs, including the vertical support posts;
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(3) Street litter disposal CONTAINERS ;
(4) Newspaper boxes;
(5) TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES and signal control boxes;
(6) Trees;
(7) Street furniture;
(8) Bus shelters;
(9) Bicycle RACKS ;
(10) Fire hydrants;
(11) Post boxes;
(12) Phone booths and call stations;
(13) Switching cabinets;
(14) FENCING of a construction site or demolition site required under Chapter 363, Building Construction and Demolition, Article III, Fencing of Construction and Demolition Sites;
(15) Kiosks;
(16) Utility poles; and
(17) Privately owned poles.
B. For greater certainty, Subsection A(14) shall not apply to prevent the erection, attachment, placement or display of posters on construction site or demolition site FENCING which is located on land owned by the City or any of its agencies, boards or commissions, where such posters are authorized by Article III.
§ 693-30. Posters on kiosks.

A. Despite § 693-29A, a poster may be placed on a kiosk if:

(1) The community poster is no more than 22 centimetres by 28 centimetres in size; (8 1/2 x 11 inches).
(2) The poster consists only of lightweight cardboard or paper;
(3) The poster is securely attached flush to the surface of the kiosk using staples or REMOVABLE TAPE and no other method of affixing the poster to the kiosk is used;
(4) The poster is placed no higher than two meters above the ground;
(5) The poster includes the date of posting on the front of the poster;
(6) The poster is displayed for not more than the earlier of:
(a) Thirty days; or
(b) Five days after the end of the advertised event, if any;
(7) Not more than one poster conveying essentially identical information is posted on the kiosk;
(8) The poster faces towards the property fronting on the highway and away from the portion of the highway ordinarily used by vehicles; and
(9) The poster includes valid contact information for at least one owner of the poster.

§ 693-31. Community posters on utility poles.

A. Despite § 693-29A, persons, charities, religious organizations, community organizations and schools may erect, attach, place or display, or cause or permit to be erected, attached, placed or displayed community posters on utility poles as permitted under Subsection B.

B. A community poster may be placed on a utility pole located on a boulevard if:
(1) The community poster is no more than 22 centimetres by 28 centimetres in size; (8 1/2 x 11 inches).
(2) The community poster consists only of lightweight cardboard or paper;
(3) The community poster is securely attached flush to the surface of the utility pole using staples or REMOVABLE TAPE and no other method of affixing the poster to the utility pole is used;
(4) The community poster is placed no higher than two meters above the ground;
(5) The community poster includes the date of posting on the front of the poster;
(6) The community poster is displayed for not more than the earlier of:
(a) Thirty days; or
(b) Five days after the end of the advertised event, if any;
(7) Not more than one community poster conveying essentially identical information is posted on the kiosk;
(8) The community poster faces towards the property fronting on the highway and away from the portion of the highway ordinarily used by vehicles; and
(9) The community poster includes valid contact information for at least one owner of the poster.
§ 693-32. Additional restrictions.
A. In addition to the restrictions in §§ 693-30 and 693-31, a poster shall not:
(1) Be placed on or within any traffic island or median.
(2) Be a hazard or dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as determined by the General Manger of Transportation Services.
(3) Cause any damage to municipal property.
(4) Become unsightly.
(5) Cover or overlap another poster or community poster, in whole or in part.
§ 693-33. Compliance.
Despite any other sign by-law of the City or article in this chapter, a poster that complies with this article may be erected or displayed without a permit.
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§ 693-34 SIGNS 693-38 2010 – 08 – 27
§ 693-34. Removal of posters.
A. The Executive Director or the owner of a utility pole may, at any time and without notice, remove any poster from a utility pole or kiosk in the course of periodic CLEANING or maintenance operations.
B. The Executive Director may, at any time and without notice, remove any poster that is displayed in contravention of this article.
C. A poster removed under this section may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the Executive Director or the owner of the utility pole without notice or compensation to any person who has an interest in the sign.
D. Where a poster has been removed under Subsection B, the owner or any person responsible for erecting, attaching, placing or displaying, or causing or permitting the erecting, attaching, placing or displaying of the poster in contravention of this article shall, in addition to any fine or other penalty that may be imposed for an offence under this article, be required to pay to the City the greater of the removal fee prescribed in Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, and the actual cost of removal and disposal of the sign, and the City may recover this amount by legal action or in like manner as municipal taxes.
§ 693-35. Offence.26
Any person who contravenes any provision of this article is guilty of an offence.
26 Editor’s Note: This section was passed under the authority of section 366 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, S.O. 2006, c. 11, and, under section 61 of the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, a person convicted of an offence under this section is liable to a fine of not more than $5,000.
693-38 2010 – 08 – 27
While individuals might not know these Bylaws it is the duty of people who poster commercially (for hire) not only to know them but also to lead the way in following them. Clearly this is not the case. The posters in these pictures were put up by a commercial posters who, as his own ad states, has been in business for over 15 years. Not only does he ignore the Bylaws, he tramples them. See further links to information on the web about this particular company below. Also reviews of his other “business,” DR. JAMIE’S BIKES.

 

 

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. Despite § 693-29A, a poster may be placed on a kiosk if: (1) The community poster is no more than 22 centimetres by 28 centimetres in size; (8 1/2 x 11 inches). (2) The poster consists only of lightweight cardboard or paper;  (3) The poster is securely attached flush to the surface of the kiosk using staples or REMOVABLE TAPE  and no other method of affixing the poster to the kiosk is used; (4) The poster is placed no higher than two meters above the ground; (5) The poster includes the date of posting on the front of the poster; (6) The poster is displayed for not more than the earlier of: (a) Thirty days; or (b) Five days after the end of the advertised event, if any; (7) Not more than one poster conveying essentially identical information is posted on the kiosk; (8) The poster faces towards the property fronting on the highway and away from the portion of the highway ordinarily used by vehicles; and  (9) The poster includes valid contact information for at least one owner of the poster.  § 693-31. Community posters on utility poles.  A. Despite § 693-29A, persons, charities, religious organizations, community organizations and schools may erect, attach, place or display, or cause or permit to be erected, attached, placed or displayed community posters on utility poles as permitted under Subsection B. B. A community poster may be placed on a utility pole located on a boulevard if: (1) The community poster is no more than 22 centimetres by 28 centimetres in size; (8 1/2 x 11 inches). (2) The community poster consists only of lightweight cardboard or paper; (3) The community poster is securely attached flush to the surface of the utility pole using staples or REMOVABLE TAPE  and no other method of affixing the poster to the utility pole is used; (4) The community poster is placed no higher than two meters above the ground; (5) The community poster includes the date of posting on the front of the poster; (6) The community poster is displayed for not more than the earlier of: (a) Thirty days; or (b) Five days after the end of the advertised event, if any; (7) Not more than one community poster conveying essentially identical information is posted on the kiosk; (8) The community poster faces towards the property fronting on the highway and away from the portion of the highway ordinarily used by vehicles; and  (9) The community poster includes valid contact information for at least one owner of the poster.  § 693-32. Additional restrictions.  A. In addition to the restrictions in §§ 693-30 and 693-31, a poster shall not:  (1) Be placed on or within any traffic island or median.  (2) Be a hazard or dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as determined by the General Manger of Transportation Services.  (3) Cause any damage to municipal property.  (4) Become unsightly.  (5) Cover or overlap another poster or community poster, in whole or in part.  § 693-33. Compliance. Despite any other sign by-law of the City or article in this chapter, a poster that complies with this article may be erected or displayed without a permit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

http://drjamiesevents.com (Pictures on his own site show him in violation of the Bylaws)

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/dr-jamies-bike-clinic-toronto-2

http://www.ziplocal.ca/user/4364-Reg

Letter from former employee of DR. JAMIE’S EVENTS POSTERING:

“I can’t believe Jamie has done that stuff to you. Terry I can believe, he really hated him. I remember that when I was first working with Jamie he was fucking this fourteen year old girl who was addicted to crack! What an asshole. I thought that he would have self-destructed by now, but he is a stubborn bastard. So yes, I can write a letter for you if you wish… not sure if that would help anything…You could think about suing him, maybe there is someone out there who might help you, it’s libel and it destroys your livelihood for him to have a public campaign like that. I mean there is a reason people don’t put up posters like that. But is there a point? I doubt he is actually hurting you that much and I’m sure there’s always been people who hated you. He just gave the girl money, and she was clearly an addict. He bragged to me about how many times he fucked her and how old she was. Terry might remember that too. In any case morally I think that’s a lot more questionable than anything Reg Hartt or Rob …. has done. You can go ahead and put up a poster if you like, and give my name to whomever. If you give my name to someone as a character reference, or you ever need to call me, then my number is….”—Robert …..

If what is in this letter is true (and the information has been confirmed from others who worked for the man who added that he had himself video taped having sex with the child) Metro Licensing And Standards not only is turning a blind eye to his abuse of the Bylaws regarding street postering but also to his abuse of a child.

Below are some of the posters referred to in THE GLOBE AND MAIL piece:

This is a completely bogus flyer crafted to look as if it came from myself. It is meant to stir up public opinion in the worst possible way, in short, to provoke a lynching.

This is a completely bogus flyer crafted to look as if it came from myself. It is meant to stir up public opinion in the worst possible way, in short, to provoke a lynching.

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This is the alleged "kiddie porn." The film is Pier Paolo Passonlini's 120 DAYS OF SODOM. The picture is available on dvd. It regularly screens not only at THE CINEFORUM but also at other venues including THE BELL LIGHTBOX. Porn kiddie or otherwise it is not.

This is the alleged “kiddie porn.” The film is Pier Paolo Passonlini’s 120 DAYS OF SODOM. The picture is available on dvd. It regularly screens not only at THE CINEFORUM but also at other venues including THE BELL LIGHTBOX. Porn kiddie or otherwise it is not.

 

Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

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Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin, a former employee.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin, a former employee.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin

Dr. Jamie Street poster.

Dr. Jamie Street poster.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Terry Ross.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Terry Ross.

Dr. Jamie Street poster targetting Reg Hartt

Dr. Jamie Street poster targetting Reg Hartt

Dr Jamie street poster.

Dr Jamie street poster.

Dr. Jamie Street posters

Dr. Jamie Street posters

Dr. Jamie Street posters targetting Reg Hartt

Dr. Jamie Street posters targetting Reg Hartt

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Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Reg Hartt.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Reg Hartt.

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Racist flyer posted by Dr. Jamie in effort to make it appear it had been posted by Reg Hartt. This was put up during CARIBANA. Literally hundreds of them went up.Was the intention that an outraged Black man would shoot Hartt?

Racist flyer posted by Dr. Jamie in effort to make it appear it had been posted by Reg Hartt. This was put up during CARIBANA. Literally hundreds of them went up.Was the intention that an outraged Black man would shoot Hartt?

Daniel Goggin is a much loved figure in the Bike Courier Community. He had to refrain his courier friends from fire bombing James Gillis' place of business. At that time Gillis lived and worked out of THE OAKLEAF STEAMBATH in Toronto and has a used bike shop on Dundas West.Property owners do not realize how fortunate they are thast the people attacked by this man have shown more restraint than Gillis in the actions and responsibilities.

Daniel Goggin is a much loved figure in the Bike Courier Community. He had to refrain his courier friends from fire bombing James Gillis’ place of business. At that time Gillis lived and worked out of THE OAKLEAF STEAMBATH at Bathurst and Queen in Toronto and has a used bike shop on Dundas West.Property owners do not realize how fortunate they are that the people attacked by this man have shown more restraint than Gillis in their actions and responsibilities to the community.

Dr Jamie's first attack on Reg Hartt 001

Customer Reviews of Dr. Jamie's Bike Clinic: http://www.yelp.ca/not_recommended_reviews/dr-jamies-bike-clinic-toronto-2

Customer Reviews of Dr. Jamie’s Bike Clinic: http://www.yelp.ca/not_recommended_reviews/dr-jamies-bike-clinic-toronto-2

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If one person in the city is murdered thanks to these vicious poster attacks or killed riding one of this man bicycles that person's blood will be on the hands of Toronto Metro Licensing And Standards. Here is their web address: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=27c4a83b82870410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

If one person in the city is murdered thanks to these vicious poster attacks or killed riding one of this man’s bicycles that person’s blood will be on the hands of Toronto Metro Licensing And Standards. Here is their web address: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=27c4a83b82870410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

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Tex Avery's daughter, Nancy Avery-Arkely photographed at an animation festival in Begammo. The beer bottle in her hand has been air-brushed out. At The Cineforum in Toronto, Canada we are not ashamed of beer.

Tex Avery’s daughter, Nancy Avery-Arkely photographed at an animation festival in Begammo. The beer bottle in her hand has been air-brushed out. At The Cineforum in Toronto, Canada we are not ashamed of beer.

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Nancy Avery-Arkley has been one of my facebook friends for a long time now.

Two Sundays ago I asked her what her relationship is to Tex Avery. She said, “I am his daughter.”

At once I said, “I must bring you to Toronto.”

In 1979 I brought master animation artist Bob Clampett to Toronto. The experience for Bob and his wife Sody whom I welcomed to come with him was way beyond anything he had experienced before or would experience again.

Through Bob, one of the most innately generous people I have ever met, I was introduced to Tex Avery, Bernard B. Brown, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones and the great Grim Natwick. Through Grim I was introduced to the equally great Shamus Culhane.

Tex Avery passed away Labor Day Weekend 1980.

Bringing his daughter to Toronto will be a great and unexpected pleasure.

As we spoke last week after I announced the event (October 25 & 26 in Toronto at The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Street (which is my home) I found out that Nancy has been trying to get a documentary made on her father, Tex Avery. This is something which is long overdue.

The problem is that the man who offered to produce it for her has been bullying her.

Heck Allen, Tex Avery’s writer at MGM, became a friend of mine. He told me something strange happens to people who work in the motion picture industry. Thankfully, it does not happen to all of them. It does happen to most of them. It clearly has happened to this man. I know the signs. I have met them far too often.

I told Nancy, “Dump him.”

She did.

I have spoken at many art galleries. colleges, libraries, museums, schools and universities. In the United States speakers get paid $10,000.00 and more to speak for an hour. Most of them have nothing to say.

I told Nancy, “You are Tex Avery’s daughter. You are descended from the legendary Law West of The Pecos, the Hanging Judge, Roy Bean.  You have lots to say. All of it is worth hearing. This fellow said you need $100,000.00 to make a documentary? Well, 10 x $10,000.00 IS $100,000.00. You don’t need to borrow the money. You can raise it and not owe anybody a dime. I will help you do it..”

She said, “I never thought of that.”

I said,”Start thinking.”

I also told her, look the event is free. I already promised that. I can’t change it. But people at Comic Cons pay small fortunes for the autographs of faded movie and television stars. Leaving one such convention I heard a kid say, “I can’t believe what my Dad paid for that man’s autograph.”

Frankly, neither could I.

During this visit you can help Nancy make her documentary in more ways than one.

The first is give her a donation of $100 for her autograph. It can be on something you bring. It can be on something we have here. If you want more than one autograph donate $100 for each autograph.

Unfortunately Tex Avery’s films are not available uncensored on this side of the pond. They are available in very limited edition uncensored sets in Europe. They won’t ship them to Canada and/or The United States. A friend of mine in Europe has bought them for me. They are on the way.

All of the people whom I have asked to be part of this event have said they can’t come because they are doing something more important. This is like the King in Jesus’ parable who found his friends too busy to come to his daughter’s wedding. Rather than have his daughter sad by seeing that no one she loved cared for her the king invites strangers in from the street.

So come on strangers. You ARE invited. I ain’t gonna ask no more freaking “friends.”

I am going to film this event in theater quality 3D. I am then going to send this documentary around the world. It will also be part of Nancy’s own documentary.

If you love Tex Avery then you will love meeting his daughter. You can also go on record with your views on Tex. Everyone has heard Leonard Maltin, John K, Jerry Beck, etc., talk on video about these cartoons. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate these guys. But I’d like to see some new faces. So get your ass to Toronto and your face in this documentary.

Perhaps through it we can persuade Warner Brothers to do not only Tex but also Bob and Chuck and Friz and all the rest justice in uncensored Blu-ray Directors Cut Collections of all their films (including the ones they began in-betweening and/or animating on).

When John Kricfalusi came to Toronto his teachers saw a crazy kid. They put him down. I saw talent, originality and a unique vision. I made him welcome. Today, it seems John has gone Hollywood. Too bad. He was a sweet kid.

Now here’s what I need. I need some classic Bugs Bunny poses with a beer instead of a carrot in his hand. I want them WICKED. I want them to be something nobody today at Warner Animation would approve.

Why? Because Nancy was at an animation festival in Europe. In the picture they published she was holding a beer. They air-brushed it out.

I have a BEER STORE across the street. You can bring your own food and drink. I certainly hope you bring beer. We certainly do not intend to air brush beer bottles out of photographs.

I want you to get fucking fall down drunk on Tex Avery’s animation. As this is my home and I am inviting you here as friends and I am NOT CHARGING A FEE I can show you these films EXACTLY as Tex wanted us to see them. If that and the unique pleasure of seeing them WITH his daughter does not excite you, well, I definitely do not want to know you.

I invited Jerry Beck over here when he was in Toronto last year. Jerry could not come. Well, THE LONELY PLANET, the world’s number one travel guide, places my CINEFORUM at the very top of its places to see in Ontario and in Toronto.

Brit painter Peter More calls this place “the most perfect place on earth in which to see a movie.” (Hit the link for Peter on the side. He is an awesome painter.)

The projection here and the sound is without par. The reason I am number one is because I AM NUMBER ONE. But then Jerry said, “They call me New York’s Reg Hartt.” Jerry ain’t me.

If you can’t come for whatever reason you can still help Nancy.

How can you help? First get her autograph by giving a donation. Second, have your art gallery, church, college, school, theater, university get in touch with me about bringing Nancy to your city. The fee is a donation of $10,000.00 towards her documentary film plus expenses.

For once it will be $10,000.00 well spent. –Reg Hartt (rhartt4363 (at) gmail.com).

P.S. I also would like some wicked posters for this event that would make the women at Warner Animation today faint, the men gasp and the lawyers reach for their phones. Every piece of art I use will be signed for free by Nancy and returned to the sender.

Take the carrot out of Bugs' hand and put in a beer bottle. Thanks.

Take the carrot out of Bugs’ hand and put in a beer bottle. Thanks.

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Everyone has a Reg Hartt Story…

“Everyone has a Reg Hartt story,” someone tweeted yesterday.

The most common story and no doubt the one this person is referring to is,”I went to his program. He talked, I said, ‘I did not come here to hear you. Can you please shut up and show the movie.’ He said, “Get out. Leave.’ What an asshole.”

I can always spot the person who is going to do this.

The moment I start to speak they look at their watch. They do not listen. They look this way, that way, this way again and again they look at their watch.This time they shake their head. Then they look this way, that way, this way, that way and again they look at their watch. Again they shake their head. Then they say, “I did not come here to hear you. I just want to see the movie. Please shut up and show it.” Sometimes they add, “I heard you do this. I came late so I could avoid it.”

Then I tell them to leave.

Yes, everyone has a Reg Hartt story. Only a few, however, have THAT story.

The thing about those few is that they think everyone else is just like them.

Thankfully, everyone else is not just like them.

Here are some with a different story…  REG HARTT WARD 20  7 REG HARTT WARD 20  6 Langlois jane 1 David Beard solomon Reg Hartt   13 Reg Hartt   14 Reg Hartt   7 Reg Hartt   4 Reg Hartt   3 Best place to take a date

It is easy to bear the contempt of the mediocre (who, after all, are the only ones who feel contempt) when a man as celebrated as Chuck Jones send me a Christmas card like this.

It is easy to bear the contempt of the mediocre (who, after all, are the only ones who feel contempt) when a man as celebrated as Chuck Jones send me a Christmas card like this.

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I first met John Kricfalusi when hewas in first year animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. John came tomy animation festivals. He asked if we could do programs at Sheridan and we did. Today John writes that everything he needed to learn about animation he learned through my programs.

I first met John Kricfalusi when he was in first year animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. John came tomy animation festivals. He asked if we could do programs at Sheridan and we did. John once wrote (here) that everything he needed to learn about animation he learned through my programs. Today, unfortunately, John seems to have gone Hollywood. Heck Allen, one of Tex Avery’s writers, told me, “Something strange happens to people when they get into the movie industry.” Thankfully, that is not always true but it seems that now that many based on what he has done want to meet John he has forgotten one who made him welcome long before others saw in John what he recognized at once: an original and unique talent. That talent is still original, still unique and still there. I am immensely proud of him.

 

I make a point of following Cocteau's advice. So should you.

I make a point of following Cocteau’s advice. So should you.

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Now I am the first to admit Our Mayor Robert Ford has let down a lot of people. For a big man he has proven himself a mighty small one in far too many ways. Be that as it may he has actually done nothing that hideous. There is, however another man in this town who has done and continues to do some pretty hideous shit.

Of course, the TORONTO STAR, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, THE NATIONAL POST, NOW MAGAZINE, XTRA!, the dear departed GRID are not going to sell papers dragging HIS sorry ass into the light.

And don’t for a moment try to tell me you don’t know who is. I have been blowing the HORN loud to deaf ears for quite a while.

The least of his outrages are listed here:
From THE WEB (Issued in the interest of Public Safety).

1. “TERRIBLE customer service! Bought a bike, seat was loose, brakes failed after 3 or 4 times on the bike. No returns!?!”

2. i was employed at this shop for the first 3 months of 2013 and i still have not been paid yet and it is now well into april. he also owes other employees money. if you support employees being paid for working than do not shop here.
my name is jason burke and i have nothing to hide. you can contact me at jasonstephen@yahoo.com

3. I was extremely dissapointed with the service at Dr. Jamie’s Bike Shop. The owner, Jamie, had taken in a bike for repair. He told me he should have it within the next day or so and that he would call me. He didn’t give me any estimate, nor did he ever call. Every time I called, he told me he was busy and he hadn’t looked at it- no apologies or estimated date of completion. I ended up having to take my bike to another shop. It was a big waste of my time and energy. Not to be trusted.

4. This shop advertises bikes that are “tuned up and come with warranty”. In terms of being properly tuned, the bike I purchased (priced at the over $400 level) ended up having a loose bottom bracket, a broken rear brake lever, wobbly wheels, and derailleur cable housing used for the brake housing (this is bad, because the derailleur housing runs parallel to the cables and cannot be compressed, whereas brake housing is coiled and meant to be compressed under braking).

As a result of the wrong housing my brakes failed the first week I had the bike (the cable pulled itself right out of the housing) and the housing/cables needed to be replaced. I also replaced the brake levers and the front brake caliper as the caliper that came with the bike was old and stiff and used brake pads meant for steel rather than alloy rims (of which the bicycle possessed the latter).

Oh, and did I mention that the stem was seized and I had to work it out with WD40? Upon removing stem and seat post it was also obvious that the bike’s frame has major internal rust issues. This may be a general issue with poilce auction bikes, since they have probably sat abandoned and open to the elements at one point.

Given the above issues, interpret the claim that the bikes have been “tuned up” as you will. And what about the so-called “warranty”? It’s only a 24 hour warranty! Joke was on me because I only asked about the warranty details after I had paid in full.

My recommendation is to stay away unless you have the knowledge to inspect and evaluate the bike before buying. And then be prepared to take the bike to a real bike shop and dump some more money into minor or major fixes.

http://www.yelp.ca/not_recommended_reviews/f702hTJoqdR34Jn23C7d1A

But these pale next to this from a former employee of the man: “I can’t believe Jamie has done that stuff to you. Terry I can believe, he really hated him. I remember that when I was first working with Jamie he was fucking this fourteen year old girl who was addicted to crack! What an asshole. I thought that he would have self-destructed by now, but he is a stubborn bastard. So yes, I can write a letter for you if you wish… not sure if that would help anything…You could think about suing him, maybe there is someone out there who might help you, it’s libel and it destroys your livelihood for him to have a public campaign like that. I mean there is a reason people don’t put up posters like that. But is there a point? I doubt he is actually hurting you that much and I’m sure there’s always been people who hated you. He just gave the girl money, and she was clearly an addict. He bragged to me about how many times he fucked her and how old she was. Terry might remember that too. In any case morally I think that’s a lot more questionable than anything Reg Hartt or Rob Meade has done. You can go ahead and put up a poster if you like, and give my name to whomever. If you give my name to someone as a character reference, or you ever need to call me, then my number is……….”

When Jamie attacked a street person a few years back I shouted to deaf ears, Finally I went out and bought a video camera to record what he was doing for posterity. That video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6wuSoPjlc

One of the comments on it is here:

“What’s creepy about this video is the fact that Reg Hartt is walking around with that hidden spy camcorder.”—John Semley.

John Semley is the online editor of NOW Magazine. When I asked him what was behind that comment he said it was not him but someone pretending to be him. Either way John should have stood up.

The girl I learned from another ex-employee  of Dr. Jamie was the niece of a 14 Division Police Officer. I also learned Jamie had himself filmed having sex with her. I would think that would be enough to make them do a balls out search to find her.

This man targets myself because I run SALO:120 DAYS OF SODOM by Pasolini. He has posted flyers claiming the film is kiddie porn. The flyers are aimed at the ex-cons he shares his place of residence with because the lowest life in prison is the child  rapist.

As sick as Jamie makes me you fucks that empower him make me sicker.right rumors

All you have to do to know that Jamie is lying through his crack rotted teeth is the same as all you have to do to discover I am telling you the truth. Investigate for yourself. The truth is out there. In fact, it is right here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/

http://drjamiesevents.com

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/dr-jamies-bike-clinic-toronto-2

http://www.ziplocal.ca/user/4364-Reg

But then how many have ever cared about being informed. Besides, it is safer to go after Rob Ford. Well, for all his failings Ford is more of a man than those who are damning him. I can’t vote for him, that is for sure. But I do know this, straight or stoned on crack Mayor Ford would crack the head of a child rapist which, it seems, is more than can be said for NOW Magazine and John Semley.harlan-ellison-crop

Ford may be a dope. He may not. But I doubt he's stay silent when something passing itself off as a man rapes a girl young enough to be his grandaughter.

Ford may be a dope. He may not. But I doubt he’d stay silent when something passing itself off as a man rapes a girl young enough to be his granddaughter.

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Keith Cole is someone I like. When he called to invite me to FIRST THURSDAY I was keen to go.

But then I lost my enthusiasm.

ku-xlarge - CopyThat began when I ran into Dennis Reid who has for years been a major force in Canada’s Cultural landscape. When I told him I would be at his stomping grounds he reminded me that he had been given the boot there in a completely shameful manner.

That reminded me of what happened years before when the talented people who ran many programs there were not only told their services were no longer required because they lacked university degrees they would have to train the university graduates hired to replace them.

Then I realized that tonight is the last night someone very special to me will be here.

Aditya Shankar arrived in Toronto from Bombay in June of 2013 to go to school at the University of Toronto. He is a damn fine film maker. His work is on youtube. I created THE CINEFORUM first and foremost as a school for those keen enough to make use of it in that fashion. Most, of course, do not. Some do.

Adi was one of the ones quick to grasp that there is a lot going on here. He asked if he could live here. I said, “Sure.”

Adi, who had not yet come out to his parents, made himself the face of Gay Youth India. Every moment I have lived with this man has been gold. Now we are getting down to the last few.

What I do suggest if you wanted to hear what I had to say is come over to THE CINEFORUM after.

Better yet, come here and meet Adi. FIRST THURSDAY will be there next month. Adi will not be.–Reg Hartt.944830_462854743825037_1630279705_n 999637_10201003232347012_192615560_n

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/toronto/entertainment-nightlife

http://www.ago.net/firstthursdays

Dennis Reid

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/07/22/30year_ago_employee_forced_into_retirement.html

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2010/10/19/two_top_stars_of_ago_team_to_leave.html

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2010/01/10/the_civil_servant_who_brought_art_down_to_earth.html

 

Everything is on time and on schedule

Until One Is Committed

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
–W. H. Murray, THE SCOTTISH HIMALYAN EXPEDITION.

“Ideologies get in the way of seeing.”—Jane Jacobs (author of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES, DARK AGE AHEAD).

“The child sees more clearly than the adult because the child has not chosen what he will and will not see.”—William S. Burroughs (author of NAKED LUNCH)

When people ask me what I believe I tell them I don’t believe in anything. Why? Well, a few years ago I was invited to speak at a church. I had no idea what to talk about until I stepped up. As I looked around the church I saw signs everywhere which proclaimed “WE BELIEVE.”

I saw my theme. The words came to me naturally.

“I see all these signs that say ‘We believe.’ That is all very good but it is not good enough. If I am a witness in a court room and am asked, ‘Do you know what happened?’ and I reply, ‘I believe this is what happened,’ the attorneys will say, ‘Believe? Do you believe you know or do you know? Belief is not good enough when a man’s life is at stake.’”

I had them there I saw because everyone agreed though clearly not one of them had thought of that before.

Then I said the words that shattered the silence.

“Belief is not good enough. We have to know and I KNOW.”

“You can’t know!” shouted the half of the room on my left.

“You can know!” shouted the half of the room on my right.

After the service I got invited to speak to tons of groups including THE BOY SCOUTS.

I did not speak to any of them.

One time I decided to double bill Sergei Eisenstein’s film OCTOBER [THE TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD] (1927), the film of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, with Leni Riefenstahl’s TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935) the film of Adolf Hitler’s 1934 Nuremberg rally. They are both propaganda. One of Communist (Left Wing), the other is Fascist (Right Wing). All the people for OCTOBER sat on the left. All the people for TRIUMPH sat on the right. I found that as interesting as it gets.

“You should read Aldous Huxley,” I said to a fellow who was Roman Catholic.

“He was an atheist,” replied the man.

I said, “No, he was not. And, besides, that is not a good enough reason not to read him.”

A person who calls them self an atheist said, “I am not going to read a bronze age document written by unknown authors.”

He means, of course, THE BIBLE.

Without THE BIBLE everything we value would not exist. It is that thread that holds everything together. Pluck it out everything falls apart. Right now it is being plucked out. Everything is falling apart. No cause for alarm. Decay is part of life,

Some view THE BIBLE as “the inspired word of God.”

The authors of it would certainly not share that view. But as time passes silliness steps in

“The first generation will understand me. The second will come close. The third will miss the mark completely and make me a God.”—THE BUDDHA.

What do I know?

Well, one thing I know for sure is this: nothing I read in a book gives me the right to hate.

Another is that I make mistakes. We all make mistakes. Nothing wrong with that. There is something wrong with letting the mistake defeat us. There is something wrong in condemning others when I know that I, myself, often fall short.

I have read THE NEW TESTAMENT through cover to cover over five hundred times. I have read it in a variety of translations. Doing that I learned how much a word translated differently changes all that follows it.

I read it in the beginning because I was told by people who called themselves Christians that God hated me because I was not. Even worse, I was a fag, a queer.

Reading the book for myself I discovered that is not true.

I discovered that a lot of what I thought based on what I had been told plain and simple was not true.

Now if you think THE BIBLE is the only book I have read you are wrong by a huge margin. Before I started to read THE BIBLE I discovered by chance The Wilhelm/Baynes Edition of THE I CHING. That was in 1968. Then, going by bus from Toronto to Hollywood in 1970, I took with me only one book. That book was a small pocket sized translation of THE NEW TESTAMENT. I had always wanted to read that not out of a desire to find God but simply to know what it says.

To my great surprise I found that many of its ideas I had already met in THE I CHING. Why was this so? Because eternal truths remain eternal truths regardless of time, location, and their speaker. “The child sees more clearly than the adult because the child has not chosen what s/he will and will not see,” said Burroughs.

I am with him. Jesus said, “Unless you come as a child you can not see the Kingdom of God.”

I come as a child. I see The Kingdom of God everywhere.

I see it on the street with a father and mother walking their children.

I see it in a bathhouse with men having sex with men.

I see it in the man who right now is doing his best to destroy me.

The clue is in Peter’s Vision (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter’s_vision_of_a_sheet_with_animals). In it he is presented with a vision of all the foods of the world. “Take and eat,” Peter is told.

He replies, “I can’t. My lips have never touched anything common or unclean.”

He is then told, “How can you call anything God created common or unclean.”

God created the Jew and the non-Jew. God created the man who loves women. God created the man who loves men. God created the men who love. God created the men who hate.

THE BIBLE teaches that God created each of us exactly as He wishes us to be.

Now, if you are an atheist please forget for the moment the unbelief that is blocking your eye for your eye is blocked as much as a Deist’s eye may be blocked.

Look at the idea being expressed.

As an atheist you can accept or reject that idea.

As a Jew or a Christian, however, you have no choice but to accept that idea for as The Bible makes clear it was not Pharaoh who hardened his heart against Moses and the Jews but God who hardened Pharaoh’s heart against Moses and the Jews for HIS purpose to be fulfilled. The uncomfortable, logical extension of that is that was not Hitler but God who hardened Hitler. This became a stumbling block for many Jews but for one who understands THE WORD there is no other way to look at it.

In other words, we are fucked. Damned if we do. Damned if we don’t.

In 1964 I was told by my high school principal, “You have the wrong attitude. If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks.”

How was I to know unless I left? I left.

I arrived that night from Sault Ste, Marie, Ontario on the streets of Toronto with no place to stay. The friend I had counted on proved not to be a friend (How often does that happen?). No matter. I know now that it was Fate.

I had just enough money to buy a beer. I was three years underage. I did not let that stop me.

No sooner had the waiter dropped a beer in front of me than the police walked into the bar.

I panicked.

“Drink your beer and talk with me,” said an older man.

Fate.

A few months later he said, “I am psychic.”

I laughed.

He said, “When you turn 34 everyone you know will turn against you. You are going to celebrate your 35th birthday in a psychiatric hospital after you lose someone very close to you. Don’t worry. When you come out you will become the richest man on earth.”

I was then 18. I said, “No one knows what tomorrow will bring.”

In 1969 I lived with my uncle in Ottawa.

One day browsing in a used book store I bought a book on the occult. The girl who took my money said, “If you are interested in that there is a group meeting tonight you should check out.”

THE I CHING teaches the inferior man tries to lead and becomes lost. The superior man allows himself to be led and finds a direction.

I went. I took a seat at the back of the room. Over a hundred people came in filling it full. A woman got up at the front. She introduced herself as, “Dr. Winifred Barton.” She said she had a spirit guide from Ancient Atlantis who had channelled books through her. She pointed to a shelf load of books.
As she spoke I looked around the room at the people there with me. One man by the exit door feeling my eye on him did like people do in the transformer beams of the TV show STAR TREK. I kept my eye on that spot. I saw him two more times.

During the intermission I went up to the speaker. I introduced myself. I told her what I had seen.

She said, “Wait here.”

She left the room then returned with a photograph. She asked, “Is this the man?”

I replied, “Yes.”

She said, “That is the caretaker. He died yesterday. Where you saw him was his favorite place to sit during our meetings. Would you care to speak after the break?”

How often does that happen.

They invited me to become a member. For a year I learned about ESP, Out Of Body Experiences (I have had five of them), Auras and more. I learned to let those we call the Dead speak to me. Not like we see in movies or in phony seances. If you have read Frank Herbert’s DUNE series you maybe can begin to understand what I am saying for our ancestors live in us.

In 1980 when I turned 34 everyone I knew did start to turn against me.

In 1981 after the suicide of my younger brother Michael my family thinking I was going to kill myself (I had no intention of it) against my will placed me in McMaster Psychiatric Hospital.

On June 12, 1981 my sister Kathy brought in a cake to celebrate my 35th birthday.

As I was cutting it the head psychiatrist said, “Do you know what is wrong with you?”

I replied, “Nothing. I am on time and on schedule. I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”

I was then. I am now. So are you. So are we all.

Even this person who is going his best to do his worst to me is on time. We are both serving God’s will for his purpose. This is what gives me the strength to endure the worst he can throw at me.

We lift weights to become strong. To become spiritually strong we must lift spiritual weights.

We are not the masters of our ships. Each of us is sailing to a destination long ago decided.

Before Adam was I AM.

“We have the seed of God in us. Hazel seeds grow hazel trees. Pear seeds grow pear trees. God seeds grow Gods.”—Meister Eckhart.
Each us is energy slowed down for that is what matter is. It is energy slowed down. Like ice we are inert. Heat us up we become fluid like water. Heat us up more we become vapor like steam. In whatever state we are we are still what we are just transformed.

We do not die because energy can not die.

We have been.We are, We will be.

One day I let a dog that had been run over by a car bite my hand.

As it did I said to it softly, “It is okay.”

At once it let go of my hand.

On the third finger of my right hand there was a small dent in my flesh. Not a wound. A dent. That is how much self control a small dog run over by the front and rear wheels of a car had. That is way more than most people.

In that moment for the first time I understood Christ. I understood the Crucifixion.

To show that we are stronger than the world we allow the world to destroy us.

Then, after the world has done its worst we rise like the Phoenix renewed from the ashes of our destruction. I have no fear of what tomorrow will bring because I AM TOMORROW.

This those bronze age men who wrote THE BIBLE, THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH, THE I CHING, THE WAY OF THE TAO knew.

The tools they used may not have been as good as the ones we now used. The minds they used were much keener.—Reg Hartt

P.S. UNTIL ONE IS COMMITTED

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

W. H. Murray, THE SCOTTISH HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION.

“A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”

Because I walked out of high school I made that vital commitment. As a result of doing so these things happened:

1. I met Billy Veltzel, the psychic who told me what tomorrow will bring. Through him I got a job at a bank.

2. At the bank I met, became friends with and had as a mentor John Herbert who wrote the only play by a Canadian writer the whole world has saluted.

3. One of the fellows I worked with took me down to a shop on Queen Street West that sold old movie magazines, comic books, movie posters where I met the man who ran it. His name was George Hendersen. When he found I had 8mm prints of classic silent films he invited me to show them in a room at his store.

4. From there on I met many famous people who became teachers, many not famous people who became famous and many people who never achieved fame but who were great teachers.

5. I got a much richer life than I dreamed possible.

What Murray writes is true.

As David Mamet has written, “Invent nothing. Deny nothing. Stand up. Speak up. Stay out of school.”

Here is Ellis Marsallis saying the same:

It takes balls to live the life these men call us to. Ellis-Marsallis-1

I do not know about you but the one thing I will not be is a coward.