What is DWAC?
The Durham West Arts Centre is a 'hub' organization working to establish links with artists, arts groups and arts lovers. We host exhibitions, activities and events at the Centre as attractors. We want to meet and talk to the groups and individuals who are willing to help build the infrastructure for a permanent arts centre in Ajax-Pickering.

Partners & Sponsors
Partner: Town of Ajax Partner: Pine Ridge Arts Council
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Music in the Thomson Homes: A lecture demonstrated with music.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

Noted musicologist/historian/performer Ian Bell delights in the music rooted in the fields and townscapes of Ontario. His repertoire includes old songs and ballads, Celtic/Canadian dance tunes and many original compositions. Ian performs on guitar, button accordion, harmonica, mandolin and occasionally bagpipes. Mr. Bell will illuminate twenty some years of Tom Thomson's growth into adulthood as he and his family make music - first in Claremont and then in Leith and Owen Sound. This look at Tom Thomson through the lens of the music of his time, provides a new perspective. Tom often spoke of the colour harmonies of his pieces. You will discover the harmonies of his youth. During Ian Bell's school programmes he often shared his love of traditional music with topics such as: "Breathe life into Canadian history", "Celebrating our past through songs, dance, music and humour" and "Old-time Ontario Step Dancing" - topics which are bound to come up during his music lecture.

Reserve a seat for this unique arts experience at 905-250-9891.

Durham West Arts Centre members $10; non-members $15.

Download a pdf reserve a seat form


More on Tom Thomson, his family and roots in Durham at DWAC:

An Astounding Exhibition Comes to Durham; Art Exhibition;(features three original Tom Thomson paintings plus works by Fraser, George, Henry Thomson, Helen Fisk Young, Margaret Tweedale and an 1832 sampler by Elizabeth Brodie, Tom Thomson's grandmother); Book Talks; Bus Tour; Music in the Thomson Homes; Thomson Family; The Thomsons of Durham: Tom Thomson's Family Heritage the book; What the Thomsons Read; Download pdf book order form for The Thomsons of Durham: Tom Thomson's Family Heritage.

Photos of Ian Bell taken at Pickering Museum Village by Mary Cook