Barenaked Ladies’ keyboardist suing in what may be the biggest art forgery case in Canadian history

National Post | News

According to a lingering — but never proven — accusation in the Canadian art world, there is a well-organized band of forgers in Thunder Bay, Ont., who have spent more than a decade churning out a lucrative supply of fakes in the style of Norval Morrisseau, arguably Canada’s most famous Aboriginal artist.

If true, it could well signal one of the largest cases of art fraud in Canadian history.

And now, that theory is at the centre of a lawsuit by Barenaked Ladies’ keyboardist Kevin Hearn and famed Canadian tenor John McDermott.

“Particularly for Kevin Hearn, he’s very committed to bringing out the whole truth on this thing,” said Jonathan Sommer, a lawyer acting for the pair. “It’s important to him that the truth about Norval, whatever it is, is revealed.”

Both musicians are suing Joseph Bertram McLeod, owner of Toronto’s Maslak McLeod Gallery, alleging that he sold them Morrisseau…

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