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Playing with Tom Thomson

July 16

Playing with Tom Thomson

Did you know that iconic Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson was also a skilled musician who sang and played the violin and mandolin? Later in his life he even signed up for guitar lessons! Drawing inspiration from Thomson’s musical inclinations, the McMichael has created a series of fun summer activities that will playfully weave together a passion for music with the visual arts!

Art Activities and Workshops

Drop-in Family Art Workshop: Strum, String, Paper, Play

Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Education Space
All Ages

Join this drop-in family workshop for fun with paper and string, inspired by the musical interests of Tom Thomson. Try not to get tangled up as the twin threads of art and music combine in this workshop led by artist and educator Olivia Wallace.

July 16, 2023

Art activities and workshops from 11 am to 4 pm

Performance by Jack & Cosima Grunsky
at 12:30 and 2:30 pm

Special Family Sunday Kids Menu and Grab and Go options available at Cabin.

FREE ADMISSION on Family Sundays

Please note that parking fees ($7) are still in effect

 Storytelling Circle: Tom Thomson’s Rhythms

Time: 11:15 am, 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm
Location: Starting in the Grand Hall
All Ages

Learn about the similarities between the principles of music and art theory, while hearing stories and anecdotes about Tom Thomson’s life and career.

Spotlight Tour: Outdoors at the McMichael

Time: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
All Ages

On this outdoor tour, enjoy a walk through the grounds and learn about the McMichael’s outdoor artwork installations and the diverse plants and animals of the Humber River Valley. Visit the historic Tom Thomson Shack and and Artists’ Cemetery, then participate in a discussion of the Gallery’s engagement with outdoor art and evolving relationship with the natural landscape.


Jack & Cosima Grunsky

Time: 12:30 and 2:30 pm
Location: Gallery 8
All Ages

Like artists with a paintbox full of materials – pastel, watercolour, oil – many skilled musicians can move seamlessly from one instrument to another. Join the three-time JUNO Award-winner Jack Grunsky and his daughter Cosima ‘Cozy Music’ Grunsky for a fun-filled interactive experience featuring a variety of instruments. Drawing on a repertoire of finely crafted original songs, this inspiring show will encourage each of us to celebrate diversity while nurturing what makes us unique. The Grunskys will perform a series of songs inspired by the works of Tom Thomson.


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