Famed musician and author talks about life in the arts at River Run Centre
Musician and author Ian Thomas rose to fame with his 1973 hit Painted Ladies and has enjoyed an illustrious career, winning a Juno award, four SOCAN awards and the prestigious UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award. The internationally acclaimed songwriter will discuss his life and career as part of River Run Centre’s Miijidaa Life Stories speaker series on Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m.
During this Co-operators Hall presentation, Thomas discusses his more than four-decade career, from winning the 1974 Juno Award as Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year to penning songs performed by artists including Santana, America, Chicago, Bette Midler and Anne Murray. A Life in Song is also the title of Thomas’ most-recent recording, which revisits some of his most popular songs through dramatic orchestral re-interpretations.
“Ian is a prolific songwriter with a significant body of work and is truly a national treasure,” the Toronto Star said of Thomas.
Thomas also records and tours with Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church in the band Lunch At Allen’s. In addition to his work as a musician, Thomas is the author of the novels Bequest (2006) and The Lost Chord (2008).
In Conversation with Ian Thomas is part of the Miijidaa Life Stories series, which features artists discussing their craft in a question-and-answer format. The evening also includes a live performance and post-show meet and greet.
The Miijidaa Life Stories series is organized by Cameron Smillie, who brings a wealth of experience in the performing arts world. He is co-founder of Live at the Hippo Pool Events Inc., which presents productions in theatres across southwestern Ontario.
Tickets to see In Conversation with Ian Thomas cost $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and students. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. $5 eyeGO tickets are available to high school students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at River Run Centre box office, 35 Woolwich St. in Guelph, by calling 519-763-3000, or online at riverrun.ca/in-conversation-with-ian-thomas.
In Conversation with Ian Thomas is presented by River Run Centre as part of the Miijidaa Life Stories Series. River Run Centre is funded in part by the Government of Canada and gratefully acknowledges our 2018-2019 season sponsor, The Co-operators.