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Supporters of the TTAG gathered in Toronto Tuesday evening to celebrate the birthday of Tom Thomson, and the gallery's new partnership with the Roots retail chain.

roots-gallery-regThe Tom Thomson Art Gallery (the TOM) and Roots Canada announce their collaborative partnership which sees a new Roots clothing line inspired by the life of Tom Thomson and works from the TOM's permanent collection. Tom Thomson is the quintessential Canadian and is a national icon. A rugged individualist, he was interested in developing an authentic vision to depict his experience in the Northlands of Canada and in capturing a new way of seeing and experiencing the Canadian landscape. His work is "the visual equivalent of the Canadian national anthem" (David Silcox, President of Sotheby's Canada).

Some items in the new Roots line include reproductions of Thomson's paintings - Canoe Lake and Melting Ice - but the range is about more than just his work; it tells a story of his life, his spirit – of a true Canadian outdoorsman as well as an iconic painter. The collection of men's and women's apparel, leather items and accessories will be available in most Roots stores, online and at Owen Sound's Tom Thomson Art Gallery Gift Shop.

mudtown-regularBy Josh Richardson

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Hunter S. Thompson

We're cancelling the 2014 Mudtown Music & Arts Festival. There's no easy way to put it. So, there it is. There weren't enough tickets sold - certainly not enough to justify the long hours our team put in, nor the financial risk. It hurts to do it, but we think it's the right decision.

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