A screening of ‘Beautiful Scars’, with Shane Belcourt and Tom Wilson, to support Indigenous students

Sep 20, 2022
In a still from Beautiful Scars, Tom Wilson gestures as he sits in an old chair, holding a book.
Beautiful Scars is based on the memoir of the same name by musician Tom Wilson. It follows his journey reconnecting with his Mohawk heritage, which had been hidden from him by his adoptive family.

On September 30, join Innis College in the University of Toronto for a Free Friday Film screening of the acclaimed documentary Beautiful Scars in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and in support of scholarships for Indigenous students.

Director Shane Belcourt and film subject Tom Wilson will be joined by award winning producer Jon Montes, who will moderate the Q&A that follows.

In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and this special presentation, Innis College is encouraging guests to make a donation to the Innis Admission Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples or the Tom Wilson Indigenous Bursary in Honour of Bunny Wilson.

Watch Beautiful Scars Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 pm — register at innis.utoronto.ca

Growing up in a blue-collar Hamilton neighbourhood filled with factory workers and nuclear families, Tom Wilson knew he was different. His dad George was a blind war veteran—stoic and reserved—and his mother, Bunny, a very private and protective housewife. Tom learned to express himself through music, successfully getting a record deal and achieving fame and its trappings with his 90s band Junkhouse and later Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Through all his achievements, his parents kept a secret from their son, one he would not uncover until they both died. After years of hard living, revelations about his family led him on a path to connect with his true identity. Based on his memoir, Beautiful Scars shares Tom’s remarkable gifts as an artist and storyteller as he learns about his Mohawk heritage and embarks on a healing journey that reflects on his past and present self.