Monday, March 30, 2015


A chance meeting with a former art college friend in London’s Heathrow airport resulted in this Scotsman, Alastair Dickson visiting Canada, specifically the Toronto Islands where his friend had grown up. He loved the relaxed island life and decided to stay for a little while. 

That was in 1981. . .  when he acquired the very apt nickname “The Artful Lodger”

He met and won his true love by exhibiting his advanced carpentry skills, irresistible to a recent Ward’s Island home owner. His fancy footwork on the dance floor was also an asset and sealed the deal!

Alastair is a sculptor and has a studio at the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, also on the Toronto islands. Tim Burton, take notice! He exhibits regularly and his work can be seen at

Fun Fact: He speaks very good German and has put it to good use at more than one Oktoberfest.


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