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How Rock Star Kevin Hearn Found Himself at the Centre of a Canadian Art Forgery Scandal

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If you have been to the McMichael Gallery or the AGO, or even just walked into an art store, or put in a ballot for one of those fine art prints you walk by on the way out of a Canadian Tire, you have likely seen the colourful and spiritual work of artist Norval Morrisseau… this next story will change the way you look at his paintings forever.

There’s a new documentary that has been shaking the foundations of the Canadian art scene since its debut at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival last April.

There are No Fakes was directed by Jamie Kastner and uncovers never-before-heard details about one of the largest art forgery debacles in Canadian History.

The doc follows Juno winner and Grammy Nominee Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies, as he learns that one of the paintings in his collection is likely fraudulent; a large piece that was supposed to have been painted by beloved Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau, the Picasso of the North. Hearn takes the gallery that sold him the painting to court. And what happens next is unbelievable.

Kevin Hearn joined Mark Wigmore in studio.

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