Tom Wilson is a Canadian music legend, famed storyteller and visual artist. Wilson’s memoir, Beautiful Scars published by Penguin/Random House has become a national bestseller. The memoir has been adapted into a TVO Original documentary (directed by Shane Belcourt) and is slated to have its Hot Docs World premiere on Monday, May 2, 2022. Exposing incredible truths about Wilson’s biological family and Indigenous heritage, the documentary delves into the singer-songwriter’s lifetime quest to find himself and ultimately uncover his true identity as a Mohawk man.
Tom Wilson's extensive career and tireless efforts as a musician has bestowed upon him numerous nominations and awards from the Hamilton Music Awards to the Polaris Prize to the Juno Awards, including certified gold and platinum records. His songwriting has seen his works recorded by and with artists such as; Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples, The Rankin Family, as well as his own bands Lee Harvey Osmond, Junkhouse, and Canadian treasure, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Lee Harvey Osmond was awarded a 2020 Juno Award for the album “Mohawk”.
After the success of his show at the Art Gallery of Burlington Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters and Chiefs, Tom’s paintings are now on display in various galleries across Canada.
In 2020, Tom established the Bunny Wilson Indigenous Scholarship fund at McMaster University, supporting year-one indigenous students from Ontario secondary schools completing an undergraduate program in any faculty.
Song: Now The Struggle Has A Name
Lyric: Now, the apology done Applause can begin Now, the apologies done Applause begins If it bleeds it leads If it cries it flies If it feeds a need If it dies, it dies Now the struggle has a name It doesn't fade, it hasn't changed I still feel the same Now the struggle has a name And Honey Watson I struggle on Oh, Honey Watson We were born with sin Some truth, some reconciliation And gone with the wind If it feeds the need If it dies, it dies Now the struggle has a name We are the same, it hasn't changed I still feel the same Now the struggle has a name Honey Watson I struggle on Gone, like an attraction Like the sun in a mirror Gone, like it was destined To simply disappear Gone, like Honey Watson Applause can begin The song is almost done Applause begins Now the struggle has a name It doesn't fade, it hasn't changed I still feel the same Now the struggle has a name Now the struggle has a name We are the same, it hasn't changed I still feel the same Now the struggle has a name And Honey Watson I struggle on