A film by Peter Raymont and Michèle Hozer |Canada | English | 95′ / 60′ / 47′

Tom Thomson is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Described as our “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh”, Thomson’s expressive and vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of Canada.

On July 8, 1917, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced 8 days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that haunts us still, that draws thousands to his cairn in Algonquin Park each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian art market? West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist.

Filmed in Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, Toronto, Seattle and Leith, featuring rare archival footage, newly discovered audio recordings of those who knew Thomson, and paintings from private collections by Canada’s most celebrated artist.

Directors: Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont | Producers: Peter Raymont & Nancy Lang
Researchers: Nancy Lang | Rebecca Middleton & Monica Penner
Editor: Michèle Hozer | Supervising Producer: Kelly Jenkins

Produced by White Pine Pictures in association with Bravo!, a division of CTV limited Inc., Knowledge Network Corporation, TVOntario, Saskatchewan Communications Network and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Funds.

“As gorgeous as the iconic artist’s paintings…West Wind is a great story of a great artist”

Ottawa Citizen

“Fresh, with journalistic coups”

Winnipeg Free Press

“New revelations about Thomson’s life, art and death.”

Globe and Mail

“Very enjoyable, visually stunning and thoughtful. As in their recent collaboration, “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould”, Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer investigate a genius and the nature of his genius.”


September 22nd Film North, Huntsville, ON (Film North Link)
September 24th Cinefest, Sudbury International Film Festival, ON (Cinefest link)
October 1st and 2nd, Vancouver International Film Festival, BC (VIFF link)
October 15th, Dulwich Picture Gallery, UK
November 9th, Isabel Bader Theatre, screening for cast, crew and supporters
November 11th, McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinberg, ON
November 13th, Windsor International Film Festival, ON

Feb. 10th, London Film Festival Domestic Arrivals
Feb. 12 to 16, Cinecenta Theatre, Victoria, BC
Feb. 25, Reel Alternatives, Huntsville, ON
Mar. 3 and 4, Salt Spring Film Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC
Mar. 3, Belleville Public Library & John M. Parrott Art Gallery, ON
Mar. 6, Earl Haig School, Toronto, ON
Mar. 11, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Mar. 17 to 22, 31 and Apr. 1, Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
Mar. 18, 24, and 25, FIFA – Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Montreal, QC
Mar. 23 to Mar. 29, Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinemateque, MB
Mar. 25, Wakefield International Film Festival, Wakefield, QC
Apr. 1 and 2, Apr. 11 and 12, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC
Apr. 1, The Vogue Cinema, Sackville, NS
Apr. 13, The Rooms, St. John’s, NFLD
Apr. 20 to May 17, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON
Apr. 21 and 22, Minneapolis Film Festival, St. Paul, MN, USA
Apr. 25, Fundy Film Society Screening, Wolfville, NS
Apr. 26, Parklane Empire Theatre, Halifax, NS
Apr. 27, Bayer’s Lake Empire Theatre, Halifax, NS
Apr. 28 and 29, May 3, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20, The Screening Room, Kingston, ON
May 5, Those Other Movies – Film Circuit, Haliburton, ON
May 6, Gayety Theatre, Collingwood, ON
May 6, Paramont Theatre, Kelowna, BC
May 6, Paramont Theatre, Kamloops, BC
May 8 and 9, Princess Cinemas, Waterloo, ON
May 10, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
May 11 to 19, The Plaza Theatre, Calgary, AB
May 12, Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON
May 12 and 13, Princess Theatre, Edmonton, AB
May 13, Rialto Theatre, Courtenay, BC
May 13, Avalon Cinemas, Nanaimo, BC
May 13, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
May 15, The Capital Theatre, Port Hope, ON
May 19 and 20, The Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
May 19 to 25, Princess Twin Theatre, Waterloo, ON
May 27, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
Jun. 1 to 3, The Gorge Cinema, Elora, ON
Jul. 16, Parish Hall, St. Christopher’s Church, MacGregor Bay, ON
Jul. 20, Lakefield Literary Festival, Lakefield College School, ON
Jul. 27, Stony Lake Film Festival, Juniper Island, ON
Aug. 6, Ojibway Club, Point au Baril, Georgian Bay, ON
Aug. 8, Iron City, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, ON
Aug. 12, Chester Playhouse, Chester, NS
Aug. 15, Charles W. Stockey Centre for Performing Arts, Parry Sound, ON
Aug. 22, Galaxy Cinema, Midland, ON
Sept. 20, Haskell Opera House, Stanstead, QC
Oct. 1, Galaxy Cinema, Orangeville, ON
Oct. 11, Algoma Fall Festival, Algoma, ON
Mar. 1-3 2013, Cinema du Parc, Montreal, PQ
Mar. 2, Hudson Film Society, Hudson, ON
Mar. 7, Rosedale United Church, Toronto, ON
Mar. 24, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
May 25, Dunning Hall Auditorium, Kingston, ON
July 21st  Tomahawk Club, Georgian Bay, ON
July 27th, The MacCallum Cottage, West Wind Island, Georgian Bay, ON
July 26th, Rainbow Center, Sudbury, ON
July 31st, Algonquin Visitor’s Center, Algonquin Park, ON
September 14th, Valley Docfest, Documentary Film Festival, Pembroke, ON

March 1-3, Cinema du Parc, Montreal, PQ
March 2, Hudson Film Society, Hudson, ON
March 7, Rosedale United Church, Toronto, ON
March 24, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
April 22, Eric Martin Theatre, Victoria, BC
May 25, Dunning Hall Auditorium, Kingston, ON
July 21st Tomahawk Club, Georgian Bay, ON
July 27th, The Jackman Cottage, West Wind Island, Georgian Bay, ON
July 26th, Rainbow Center, Sudbury, ON
July 31st, Algonquin Visitor’s Center, Algonquin Park, ON
September 14th, Valley Docfest, Documentary Film Festival, Pembroke, ON
November 17, Marigold Cultural Centre. Truro, NS

Jan. 15, Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON

Kumu Art Museum, Estonia, Tallinn
ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa, ON
Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Huntsville, ON
Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, ON


Globe and Mail – “A new film remembers Tom Thomson’s life, not his death”
Cottage Country Now – “Thomson’s art is front and centre in new biopic”
Algonquin Art Centre – “A New Vision of Tom Thomson at Film North”
Reuters – “Wilderness stars in UK show of revered Canadian art”
The National (video) – “Exhibit of Canadian Art Opens”
The Globe and Mail – “Painting Canadian art world-class”
The Globe and Mail – “London exhibit of Canadian art closes on a high note”
The Globe and Mail – “Like asking the Louvre for the Mona Lisa”
The London Free Press – Homegrown Gems
CBC, Metro Morning Radio – Vision of Tom Thomson
CBC Radio Ontario Morning – West Wind
Ottawa Festivals – National Art Gallery’s Curator of Canadian Art to Speak at WIFF Screening of Tom Thomson Film
Winnipeg Free Press – Thomson documentary feels fresh with journalistic coups
Winnipeg Free Press – ‘The film I wanted to make all my life’
The McGill Tribune – The true mystery behind a Canadian icon

The Uptown, Winnipeg – The mindscape of an icon
The Georgia Straight – West Wind is an insightful study of a painter
The Vancouver Sun – Review: West Wind a somewhat stilted look of Tom Thomson
The Toronto Star – True Tom Thomson revealed in West Wind
The Grid TO – West Wind Review
BlogTO – This Week in Film
Toronto.Com – West Wind Review
Maclean’s – Vanishing acts: Hudson Bay and Tom Thomson
Toronto Sun – ‘West Wind’ paints compelling picture
National Post – Review: West Wind paints a portrait of Tom Thomson
Tandem Magazine – Renowned Canadian artist to be honoured on the big screen
XavierPop – Documentary Takes Us On An Exquisite Journey Through The Life of Thomson
Ontario Travel – Algonquin and Georgian Bay areas featured at TIFF Bell Lightbox 
Kingston Whig Standard – Painting a new picture 
Cinema Eye – West Wind Review
CBC News – Tweeting Tom Thomson
The Reviews Page – Documentary – West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson – World Television Premiere Bravo! Oct. 7th 10 P.M.
MACLEANS.ca: Two Days in Algonquin Park – Behind the Scene of the Tom Thomson Documentary
Globe and Mail: Let Us Give Thanks for Tom Thomson and His Art
TVGuide: West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson debuts on Bravo


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