The Woods Are Burning at the McMichael


Celebrating the life, art and passion of Tom Thomson

Follow Tom Thomson’s journey from his childhood singing in the church choir, wandering the woods and fishing in the bay, to his years in Toronto where he befriends the artists who would later form the Group of Seven, and north to Algonquin Park, where he discovers his true calling as an artist.

The ensemble features readings by novelist/poet Anne Michaels and music by David Sereda (piano and vocals), Keira McArthur (cello and vocals), Sandra Swannell (violin and vocals), Terry Young (mandolin and vocals) and Tyler Wagler (bass and vocals).

Please note that this performance takes place outdoors in front of the Tom Thomson Shack. Please dress accordingly.

Free with admission. Registration required.


The McMichael is home to iconic Canadian art including works by the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Indigenous, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists. While you’re here, explore 100 acres of woodland and hiking trails in the Humber River Valley, wander the Sculpture Garden, dine in the café, and shop Canadian-made gifts in the Gallery Shop.

Visit for details and information about other exciting exhibitions, programs and classes at the McMichael.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, L0J 1C0
Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm
905.893.1121 or toll-free 1.888.213.1121
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