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Guelph

PERFORMANCE AND BOOK LAUNCH WITH TAMARA WILLIAMSON

Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art (R.I.C.A.) is honoured to present an up close and intimate performance by English/Canadian indie musician and author Tamara Williamson.

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PERFORMANCE AND BOOK LAUNCH WITH TAMARA WILLIAMSON
PERFORMANCE AND BOOK LAUNCH WITH TAMARA WILLIAMSON

Time & Location

May 13, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Guelph, 5 Gordon St unit 107, Guelph, ON N1H 4G8, Canada

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About the event

The show not only celebrates decades of her music but the launch of her most recent publication Mirror Horse (Douglas and McIntyre).   Doors: 8pm Performance: 9pm  Tickets: $45  Tickets (with book): $60   

We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance. R.I.C.A. holds approximately 30 seated individuals and shows sell out quickly. 

Seating is first come, first serve.   

Please contact Renann Isaacs at  R.I.C.A. directly: 519-731-1306.  R.I.C.A. accepts e-transfers.

TAMARA WILLIAMSON

Born and raised in London England, she has led an amazing life in the art world. Signed to a major label in the 90's, she went on to tour in Europe and North America as a solo artist and with her band Mrs. Torrance. She has shared the stage with Oasis, The Beautiful South, Talk Talk, Rheostatics and Feist has called her an inspiration.

Tamara has written, starred and produced an award -winning musical called "The Break-Up Diet " This musical received rave reviews at the Toronto and Edmonton Fringe and has played at The Paradise Theatre in Toronto.

In 2020 during lockdown Tamara produced and released a new song every month for twelve months. Her song "Still Here" was featured on CBC's "q" and played on college radio stations across Canada.

​She is working on producing  music for other artists and has just finished writing a new book which was picked up by Douglas and McIntyre. Mirror Horse is due to hit stores in APRIL 2023.

Tamara is currently living in Uxbridge, Ontario with her son Angus.

​MIRROR HORSE

English/Canadian indie musician Tamara Williamson offers an unbridled account of a life in the world of horses.

From her first clever little bay pony, Stroller, to brilliant ribbon-winning Fletcher, Tamara Williamson recalls the many significant horses in her life, grappling with what it means to be horse-obsessed and what drives this desire to connect with horses. As Williamson discovers, during the tumultuous years of relationships with people and horses, these complicated equine creatures reflect back to us our best and worst selves.

Woven throughout the stories of individual horses in Williamson’s life is her own story of a creative, chaotic, challenging and adventurous life. Raised by an eccentric family, with a distant mother who disappeared into alcoholism and a charismatic father who left one sunny morning with a younger woman, Williamson struggles with dyslexia and a sense of increasing detachment. Horses, and the exacting sport of dressage, provide her with opportunities to connect, sometimes imperfectly. Her drive for accomplishment in equestrian sports, whether as a trainer or a rider, is regularly at odds with the fear that lingers from a traumatic childhood riding accident.

While reckoning with the financial and psychological expense of training and competition, and with the multitude of industries that benefit from horses, Williamson never loses sight of the enormous burden of responsibility she feels toward horses and the respect she has for their individual characters, memories and instincts. On the surface, The Mirror Horse is a book about horses—but beyond the bridles and braided manes, Williamson crafts a complex story about courage, family, and the unexpected places where we find a reflection of our souls: As a rider you can confuse yourself with being the teacher, but horses are constantly showing us something important. They are holding up a mirror.

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