Doug was born in the first year of Atomic Time in southern Ontario and grew up there and in the harbour town of Goderich.
After a high school assembly performance he realized that girls were more interested in his music than in his athletic ability so no more football. He performed for a summer in Grand Bend, another Lake Huron resort town, and began to write songs.Toronto, Kingston, Hamilton and London became his formative turf, performing at Smales Pace and Knight 11 coffeehouses and, with the help of manager Walter Grasser, stepping up to Toronto's Riverboat and the early festivals across Canada.
Randy Bachman was an early supporter, buying up his publishing (and graciously returning those rights in later years) and Valdy recorded two of Doug's songs on A&M records, giving his career a certain early legitimacy.
Doug started to release albums of original material in 1974 and was among the first Canadian folk artists to self-release their albums outside of the regular music labels.
He toured in the Maritimes and New England with Stan Rogers in the early days and continued across the country with Garnet Rogers after Stan's passing. Doug toured along the California coast with San Francisco singer Jeffra and they recorded a well respected CD "Angels of the Mission Trail".
Turning to arts administration, Doug worked at Winnipeg Folk Festival, Roy Thomson Hall and the du Maurier Jazz Festival before continuing on as Artistic Director with Festival of Friends and Eaglewood.
In 2004 Doug moved to Wakefield, Quebec where he found a relaxed and productive artistic milieu. He founded and continues to run Wakefield Sound & Light, a succesfull business recording, filming and producing various CDs and videos.
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