Tom Wilson

Playwright / Co-Creator

TOM WILSON TEHOHA’HAKE (Two Roads) is the  best selling author of Beautiful Scars as well as a five-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. In 2023 he was named to the Order Of Canada for his work in the arts and for his dedication to bettering the lives of Indigenous youth and their communities across the country through his activism and his Indigenous Bursary at Mcmaster University in Hamilton Ont. His  art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently his paintings hang among esteemed Indigenous works from Norval Morrisseau and Christi Belcourt and his Residential School Exhibit has touched the hearts of patrons from  The Stratford Festival , Queens University and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Cultural centre.

He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Matt Andersen, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family. His band Junkhouse scored eleven top-ten hits in the 90’s, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has performed on stages from The Grand Ol Opry to Massey Hall and was widely publicized for their presence on George Bush’s iPod. 

Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States and Europe. 

The author lives in Hamilton, Ontario and is currently working on his second book BLOOD MEMORY for Penguin Random House books. 

“I have unchained all the prisoners from my basement and freed the ghosts from my attic.I was the guy who ended up holding the keys to their freedom.It was me who let them out.It’s a job that no one else could do and one that comes with great consequence because these ghosts and prisoners are standing around me now all day, all night long.I told my truth the way I heard it and the way I remembered it and that’s all I have. Everything else is bullshit.” Tom Wilson

The Tom Wilson Indigenous Bursary is established to help honour, love, respect and shine a light back on the culture I have been introduced to later in life, and to honour the charitable nature that Bunny Wilson who raised me embodied throughout her life.” This award is dedicated to empowering the next generation of indigenous people that will lead us into the future.” DONATE HERE