The Listening Stage Presents: Assassinating Thomson

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Presented by Common Boots Theatre in association with BALANCE for Blind Adults, we’re very excited for the first presentation in our series of “The Listening Stage.” 
Bruce Horak lives with 9% of his vision and has, over the last five years, painted a series of over 500 unique portraits which attempt to capture the way that he sees, aptly named The Way I See It.   
As he tells the story of The Way I See It, the tale of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s unsolved murder is interwoven throughout, including the truth and lies behind the mysterious death of one of Canada’s greatest artists and the subsequent rise of The Group of Seven. The mystery takes you from the tiny community of Canoe Lake to the hallowed halls of our nation’s capital, and eventually on to the World stage. Art, politics, greed, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in a one-man tour-de-force as Horak exploits icons of Canadian History, including Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, and William Lyon Mackenzie King. As he reveals his controversial perspective on Canadian Art History, he shares the unique way he sees the world through an original portrait of each new audience.

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