The greatest role of an artist is to inspire and influence the human condition with the intent of making this a better world for all of us to live in..
Yesterday I had a most amazing experience of performing for a new friend who I immediately fell in love with .
One of Canada’s greatest living writers, Miriam Toews.
Mariam’s book ALL MY PUNY SORROWS has been an incredible influence on me and as a result of her beautiful story I managed to fumble my way to finally completing the song BEAUTIFUL SCARS….
Here is our 1st meeting on CBC Radio’s q .
Thanks to our dear loving friend Dave Bidini for bringing us all together and coming up with magical ideas like TORN FROM THE PAGES…
Lee Harvey Osmond, the guise of Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Wilson, inhabits the night’s darker corners. Singing from the depths of interminable sorrow with a cavernous, gravelly baritone capable of overwhelmingly subtle emotion, Wilson crafts a sense of neo-Waitsian noir with his third release, Beautiful Scars. Brushed snares, organ stabs, tremolo-heavy guitars, jazz-tinged horns, and a sense of permanent midnight dominate these ten songs of love and loss.
By employing a range of styles steeped in calculated cool, Wilson’s approach to heartache is one wrapped in an ever-present mist that clings tightly to the base of flickering streetlights. To listen to Beautiful Scars is to get lost in black and white, shadows chasing the night as it wrestles with the light. Cigarette smoke lingers beside abandoned whiskey glasses illuminated by failing neon, the moon a cloud-enveloped sliver clinging to the night sky.
"I have never met a storyteller with the warmth, humour and heart of Tom Wilson," says Martha Kanya-Forstner, Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday Canada. "He reveals his story with such generosity and kindness that I've already come to love and embrace the characters it. In working with Tom, I feel like the lucky girl who won the lottery, and I can't wait to share his stories with the reading public."
The book, written with the assistance of author/musician Dave Bidini, will hit bookstores in Fall 2017.
In the memoir, Wilson will offer a profoundly moving and humorous look at family and identity after a chance encounter with a stranger caused him to question everything he had always known about his past.
Passes will go on sale Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. via store.sixshooterrecords.com. (Previous Rodeo-goers will get first crack on Friday, March 27 at 8 a.m.) Single-day tickets will be available April 30. More info on pricing is available here. Capacity is capped at 3,000 patrons per day.
For more information check out the Interstellar Rodeo website
I was recently approached by the 2015 Hamilton JUNO Host Committee and CARAS/The JUNO Awards to create a mural that would leave a legacy from this year's awards in Hamilton. While I was dreaming up ideas, thinking about the unique flavour and musical essence of the city, I started thinking about the MYSTIC HIGHWAY.
We've all gone down the MYSTIC HIGHWAY and come back with hymns in our heads and poetry tattooed on our tongues.
The MYSTIC HIGHWAY is highway 6. It runs from Hamilton through Port Dover, to Turkey Point and across the top of Lake Erie. There's an energy that comes off the fields down there. There are voices coming off the lake that sing to you.
You can feel it as you drive south out of Hamilton. It's where Robbie Robertson spent summers on the Six Nations. It's where Ronnie Hawkins fired his drunken bass player Rebel Payne and hired a young Turkey Point kid named Rick Danko.
It's where migrant workers from the islands meet Six Nations and Mohawks and sage and tobacco fields and transient spirits come together and create the Northern gumbo…READ MORE
Check out the coverage of Tom Wilson's mural commissioned by The JUNO AWARDS and CARAS. The original piece – which now lives in Tourism Hamilton (The Lister Block) was blown up to a spectactular 40 x 40 feet and mounted to teh side of the CBC buildong in downtown Hamilton. Check it out here >>> CBC coverage