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The Group of Seven Guitar Project at the McMichael Gallery, Toronto, ONTARIO May to October 2017


In Canada’s 150th year –  the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will become a place to wander, celebrate and delight in acoustic space. Just north of Toronto Canada. In a beautiful 200 acre wilderness setting this gallery is one of Canada' treasures.

J.E.H. MacDonald once noted that Lawren Harris was compelled to sing a tune when he sat nearby the natural rhythms of water to paint en plein air.

Here's your chance to see 8 beautiful guitars designed and built by the six original apprentices of Jean Larrivee honouring the Group of Seven Painters.

“Music lovers will fall in love with the visual arts, and art lovers will fall in love with the artistry attached to the music industry,” said exhibition curator Sarah Stanners. “This unprecedented project at the McMichael is so much more than a typical museum exhibition,” she added.

Sergei de Jonge - J.E.H. MacDonald

Tony Duggan-Smith - Arthur Lismer

George Gray - Frank Johnston

Jean Larriveee - A.Y. Jackson

Linda Manzer - Lawren Harris

David Wren - Frank Carmichael

Also together we collectively designed and built the Tom Thomson guitar who died mysteriously in 1917 before the Group of Seven Painters officially formed but was friend to them all. We felt he should be included with the Group to honour his legacy one of Canada's most beloved painters. This guitar will be offered for sale after the show closes.

A full length documentary film of the project by Riddle Films is available for purchase. Performances on the guitars in the collection are by Bruce Cockburn, Suzie Vinnick, Jesse Cook, Don Ross, Toney Springer, Kevin Breit, Mike Francis and Emma Rush. To purchase this DVD contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.