Tom Thomson

Nature Carved Me. Trade Built Me. Where Am I?

Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living

Below the towering trees of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. is a bounty of fascinating tales that describe the region’s journey to becoming a hub of culture, outdoor adventure and commerce.

An Iron Horse Charges Through Me. Where Am I?

Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living

An unforgettable seven-hour road trip north of Toronto, or a quick one hour flight, will bring you to Sault Ste. Marie, affectionately called “The Soo.” It’s a stunning region that has the perfect balance of vibrant city life and tranquil nature.

Seven Men Painted My Story. Where Am I?

Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living

The Group of Seven depicted the Canadian landscape for what it was: rugged, wind-swept and resolute against the relentlessness of the elements. Their work created a Canadian art scene that diverged from American and European artists, while also representing the adventurous spirit of explorers and frontiersmen who ventured through the territory when it was called British North America.

Why Don't Canadians Know Any Canadian Painters?

Grant Gordon | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Grant Gordon

A Mainstreet Research poll found that 54% of adult Canadians cannot name a single Canadian visual artist, living or dead. In contrast, the poll also found that 97% of adult Canadians can name at least three Canadian hockey players. Are we really so divorced from art a majority of us can't name Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Jean-Paul Riopelle or Norval Morrisseau?

A New Take on the Group of Seven

Andrea Carson Barker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Andrea Carson Barker

I went up to the opening of a new exhibition at Toronto's McMichael Gallery today. The exhibition was called You are here: Kim Dorland and the Return ...

Tom Thomson Haunts Us Still

Kevin Irie | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living
Kevin Irie

I was partly inspired to write Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report by my own ambivalent feelings towards the iconic painter, not for his brilliant art, but for his status as a representative of what it means to be "Canadian." In multicultural Toronto, or multilingual Canada, to whom does he speak, or speak for, now?

The Canadian Icons Still Getting Fan Mail Long After Death

Stephen Weir | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada
Stephen Weir

There are signs that the Group of Seven is finally hip with the Canadian people, even those who don't go to art galleries. At the end of last week's taping I took the TV crew to see the Group of Seven cemetery. We got there and I found that someone had taken the time to write fan letters to the long-dead artists and placed them in front of their rough-rock headstones.

Rich Find At Vancouver Garage Sale

CBC | Posted 06.12.2012 | Canada

A bargain hunter cruising a Vancouver garage sale has hit the jackpot after spending $100 on artworks that turned out to be by two iconic Canadian pai...

Visit to Canoe Lake: Tom Thomson's Grave

Andrea Carson Barker | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
Andrea Carson Barker

Tom Thomson had worked as a guide and fire ranger in Algonquin Park, so the fact that his death was declared an accidental drowning on what was a apparently a clear and normal day seems unusual. Even at the time, people couldn't believe it and rumours swirled about suicide and murder.