An artistic musical offering
Whether he’s hopping a private jet to Scotland to perform alongside Oasis or preparing for an intimate show at Brantford’s Army Navy Air Force Club makes no difference to Tom Wilson.
“I’m an artist, I just want to continue making art and the music that I write and the books that I put out and the visual art that I create has no borders,” Wilson said. “Last year, I had an art opening in New York City and one in Sarnia, Ontario.
“It makes no difference to me where it is. Art, music, literature, film is made for the masses. There are no flags attached to it.”
In a career spanning more than three decades, Wilson has performed around the world as frontman for 1990s alternative-rock band Junkhouse, as a member of the rock-alternative-country trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and as lead singer for folk-rock band Lee Harvey Osmond.
Last week, Wilson and Lee Harvey Osmond played a sold-out show at The Great Hall in Toronto. On Friday, April 5, the band will perform at the Army Navy Air Force Club with special guest Tim Gibbons.
“We just sold out the Great Hall but I’m looking as forward to (the Brantford show),” Wilson said. “There is something very interesting about going into the smaller parts, the smaller towns. You actually have people’s attention a little more.
“In a big city like Toronto, we sold out that show, it was an unbelievable show, but the hustle and bustle of the city sometimes clouds people’s minds.”
In fact, places like Brantford, Port Dover, Six Nations, Cayuga and his hometown of Hamilton are some of Wilson’s favourite places to play.
“They’re connected to Highway 6, which I call the ‘mystic highway,’” Wilson said. “Highway 6 is where Robbie Robertson spent his summers on Six Nations and Summer Gardens used to house all the greatest rock and roll acts.
“People aren’t even aware of the richness and the offerings the area is given, so anytime I can step into Brantford or Port Dover, I’m kind of excited.”
The Brantford audience will get a preview of what’s to come for Lee Harvey Osmond, as the band doesn’t go on tour to promote its latest album, The Folk Sinner, until the fall.
“There will be nudity and I have midgets. No, I have chimpanzees on minibikes, fire-breathing chimpanzees on minibikes,” Wilson joked. “I love Brantford, I love (concert promoter) Brett Davidson and doing a show at the Army Navy Air Force Club is always awesome.”
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets to see Lee Harvey Osmond cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Army Navy Air Force Club, Crystal’s Hair Care, Cobby’s Market Street Diner, Jammit Music, Rock Universe, BYO Breweries, Kreative Khaos and Inspirational Hearts.