Tourists coming to Canada eventually are directed to the McMichael Gallery to get the sense of Canada through the eyes of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Tourists could be forgiven to think that Canada’s most iconic painters were all about Algonquin Park and further north, however they are mistaken.
The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson called Toronto home and even closer it was their custom built studio on Rosedale Valley Road that incubated their work.
Here it is, National Historic site and all. While tourists should (must) go to Kleinburg or the AGO to see how Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven defined the Canadian landscape painting, they should also walk from the Brickworks past the Viaduct and up Rosedale Valley Road to see the world they lived day to day in.
and here is another angle to it, Kevin Irie is a downtown poet that wrote a book of poems about Tom Thomson noted by the city.