National Art Gallery\’s Curator of Canadian Art to Speak at WIFF Screening of Tom Thomson Film

[Courtesy of Wakefield International Film Festival]


(Wakefield, QC) – WIFF organizers are thrilled to host Charles Hill, curator of Canadian Art at the National Art Gallery for the Sunday, March 25th showing of West Wind: the Vision of Tom Thomson, a film by Canadian filmmakers Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont. Mr Hill will speak following the screening on Thomson, his life and his position in the stratosphere of Canadian art.

The film traces Thomson\’s life from his unlikely background as an Ontario farm boy with little art training to his remarkable achievement as our \”greatest colourist\” and the \”Canadian van Gogh.\” His vibrant interpretations of the northern forest and lakes have become iconic of the Canadian landscape. But just as he was reaching ascendency in his art, Thomson paddled across his favourite lake and disappeared – his body was found floating eight days later.

His life, art and death haunt us still, draw thousands to his cairn at Canoe Lake each summer – and propel his little sketches into the highest echelons of the Canadian Art market. Hozer and Raymont\’s film unravels the mysteries.

Single tickets for West Wind: the Vision of Tom Thomson are $10 and are available online at or at the door. All films begin at 5:30pm at the Great Hall, Wakefield LaPêche Community Centre, 38 Valley Road, Wakefield, QC, a scenic 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa.

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For more information please contact Melanie Willis 613.699.3745 or 613.761.0930