Tom Thomson: Letter from Lambton Mills

A piece written and performed by Sara Moyle*

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Picture of Tom Thomson

In the years after 1905, a young artist named Tom Thomson moved to Toronto, where he found work at the graphic design company Grip Limited on Adelaide Street. He was soon inspired by the artistic vision of senior staffer J.E.H. Macdonald to get out and paint the rivers and ravines that flanked the city's east and west ends. Acknowledging the impact of Tom Thomson's legacy not only on the history of Canadian art, but also on the development of a particular Canadian identity rooted in northern landscapes and foreboding wilderness, this piece transports audience members back to 1912 when Thomson, with sketchpad, pencil, and pipe in hand, sat by the banks of the Humber River and first began to explore this vision.

About the artist

Picture of Sarah Moyle

A descendant of some of Lambton Mills' earliest residents, Sara Moyle has been working as a professional theatre artist for nearly 20 years. Sara was the founder and former-Artistic Producer of the Humber River Shakespeare Co., from its inception in 2008 to 2015.

* Sara Moyle appears courtesy of Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA)

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