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Growing up in a blue-collar Hamilton neighbourhood filled with factory workers and nuclear families, Tom Wilson knew he was different. His dad George was a blind war veteran—stoic and reserved—and his mother Bunny a very private and protective housewife. Tom learned to express himself through music, successfully getting a record deal and achieving fame and its trappings with his 90s band Junkhouse and later Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Through all his achievements, his parents kept a secret from their son, one he would not uncover until they both died. After years of hard living, revelations about his family led him on a path to connect with his true identity. Based on his memoir, Beautiful Scars shares Tom's remarkable gifts as an artist and storyteller as he learns about his Mohawk heritage and embarks on a healing journey that reflects on his past and present self. Alexander Rogalski


  • Director(s)

    • Shane Belcourt
  • Producer(s)

    • Corey Russell
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • David Brady
    • Kate Harrison Karman
    • Dan Cimoroni
    • Allen Moy
    • Patrick Cameron
  • Co-Producer(s)

    • Zachary Frank
  • Line Producer

    • Francine Dibacco
  • Writer(s)

    • Shane Belcourt
  • Editor(s)

    • Marc Ricciardelli
    • Taylor G McConnachie
    • Katie Flach
  • Cinematography

    • Jon Elliott
  • Composer

    • Tom Wilson
  • Sound

    • Brendan Michie

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Artscapes sponsored by

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With support from

City of Toronto

Canada Media Fund
Made in Canada Q&A presented with the support of Canada Media Fund.

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