Rocker Tom Wilson discovers his true identity in TVO Original Beautiful Scars

(TVO.me) — A Top 20 audience pick at Hot Docs 2022, viewers can explore the family history of a hard-living rebel starting now on TVO Today

Tom Wilson is known for his bands Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Premiering on Monday, October 31 at 9 pm ET on TVO—with streaming available now via TVO Today, the TVO Today mobile app and smart TV services—TVO Original Beautiful Scars follows Wilson on a journey of self-discovery that reveals a secret his parents took to their grave: He was adopted as a child and his birth family is Mohawk.


“Making this movie was a transformative and revitalizing experience for my mother and I,” says musician and visual artist, Tom Wilson. “It freed whatever old ghosts that were hanging around our attics and stirred up the sludge at the bottom of our lakes. My mother and I were victims of a heartless colonial system but in the end we won.”


Beautiful Scars will captivate viewers with the way it peels back the layers of a complicated, charismatic songwriter,” says John Ferri, VP of Programming and Content at TVO. “Tom Wilson’s quest for his personal truth and place in the world is both heartrending and humorous, which is a credit to his talents as a storyteller.”


Written and directed by Shane Belcourt and produced by Corey Russell (Cream Productions), TVO Original Beautiful Scars brings us close to Wilson as he seeks out the truth and grapples with new knowledge about himself. Viewers everywhere will be touched by his need to learn about his birth family and his place among the Mohawk community.


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