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TOM WIL­SON, 58, is one of Canada’s most re­spected singer-song­writ­ers. A mul­ti­ple Juno Award-win­ner, Wil­son has en­joyed suc­cess with his bands Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, while his most re­cent project, Lee Har­vey Os­mond, has been crit­i­cally ac­claimed. The Hamil­ton na­tive, who has two chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren, has also writ­ten and recorded songs with such artists as Sarah McLach­lan, City and Colour, Ja­son Is­bell, Lucinda Wil­liams and Mavis Sta­ples, to name but a few. In his new book Beau­ti­ful Scars: Steel­town Se­crets, Mo­hawk Sky­walk­ers and the Road Home, Wil­son of­fers read­ers a funny and poignant mem­oir about fam­ily, iden­tity and com­ing to terms with un­ex­pected truths. When asked about why he chose to write the book, Wil­son an­swered with tongue in cheek: “It was cheaper than ther­apy.”

What ad­vice do you wish you had given your 25-year-old self?

Shut the f**k up, man ... You’ve got two ears and one mouth.

What ad­vice would you give your 80-year-old self?

Shut the f**k up, man ... You’ve got two ears and one mouth.

What do you know for sure?

That Love is all that mat­ters. That we all have the power in us to make this a bet­ter planet. That if we wake up ev­ery day and step out into the world show­ing every­one around us love and pa­tience, un­der­stand­ing and re­spect, we’ll make a dif­fer- ence. We will make change. We will make this a bet­ter place. What have you learned? Stop try­ing so hard.

What will you never learn?

How to give up.

Best piece of ad­vice?

“Aim High,” Bob Lanois

Did it work?

Yes. 100 per cent.

What in­spires you?

My fam­ily

The mo­ment that changed ev­ery­thing?

There are two. 1. Flush­ing an ounce of co­caine and all the booze down the toi­let. (I am presently 18 years clean and sober.) 2. Find­ing out at the age of 56 that I’m a Mo­hawk Man.

Hap­pi­ness is … It!

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