Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Tom Wilson Tehohàhakeand is a Canadian music legend, a famed storyteller, and a multidisciplinary artist working in music, songwriting, literature, contemporary art and most recently, theatre. In 2023 Tom was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his multifaceted contributions to the arts, as an iconic musician and for his advocacy of Indigenous communities in Canada.
Wilson's memoir, Beautiful Scars, has become a national bestseller. In his memoir, Wilson reveals the impact of discovering his indigenous heritage.
Tom has been drawing, painting and creating visual art since the mid-1990s. Wilson has recently released Mohawk Warriors, Hunters & Chiefs | Kanien’kehá:ka Ronterí:ios, Rontó:rats & Rotiiá:nerv dedicated to his visual art practice and the first book of this kind presented in both Mohawk and English. It showcases over 35 full-colour images of Wilson’s work. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, and guitars decorated with iconography inspired by beadwork. The book includes an interview with Ryan McMahon on Tom’s artistic process, along with essays by Tom and curator David Liss, providing a comprehensive exploration of Tom Wilson Tehoháhake’s art and Mohawk identity.
Musically, Wilson is best known for his work with Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Lee Harvey Osmond, the latter receiving a 2020 Juno Award for the album "Mohawk" and became the founder of the popular rock band Junkhouse.
It was also during this period that Wilson started dedicating more of his time and energy to his second passion, painting. “I needed an outlet besides writing music, and there is a great meditative bond I found between me and the canvas."
A curated selection of Tom's artwork is available for in-person viewing at SOCIAL SPACE Hamilton,8 Cottage Avenue, Hamilton event on May 3 (opening evening), May 4-5 (10 am to 4 pm each day or by appointment) and available for advance online viewing and purchase on April 25, 2024.