The idea of travelling through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Canada was exciting for the cast and crew of Painted Land. The bursts of unimaginable colour in the changing leaves, the stark and stoic mountain ranges of the North Shore of Lake Superior, the intimacy of the magical Agawa Canyon. All remarkably stunning while one is standing still on a ridgetop or rushing through the landscape on a moving train, boxcar doors flung open on the ride into the bush.
A different story when the crew is hauling gear 600 feet above a lake, sweating bullets, no power, no cell service...no Johnny or Jilly on the spot. It was a challenging shoot.
Twenty cast and crew in remote locations, many who hadn't paddled a canoe since summer camp. It's tough terrain and a big responsibility trying to keep pace with Gary and Joanie McGuffin and Michael Burtch (our guides) who have devoted many years to interpreting, researching and documenting this landscape by walking in the footsteps of the Group of Seven discovering their painting sites. Big footsteps to follow.
The three filming trips spread over 3 seasons and 21 days were successful, and our cast and crew survived the bushwacking, portaging and blackflies superbly. It was also a rather spiritual experience in the broadest sense as each of us, in our own moments, felt the presence of history with Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and the other painters tapping on our shoulders. We found ourselves giving thanks for our blisters and backaches. The opportunity to travel back to a time when these great artists changed the course of art in Canada had ultimately affected our own creative lives.
Phyllis Ellis has been working in film and television for 25 years as a creator, director, writer and performer. She has created award-winning projects for both film and television and is known best for her diversity and critically acclaimed work in documentary series and film as well as non-fiction comedy series and dramatic feature films. She is a 4 time Gemini Award winner and was honoured with the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for best Social/Political Documentary for her film About Her, narrated by Kim Cattral in 2013 and premiered two feature dramatic films at the Sundance film festival in 2000. Ellis is currently in development with White Pine Pictures on her new project The Bunny Hop, a feature documentary film based on Ann Dowsett Johnston’s internationally acclaimed book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol as well as in production on the independent documentary films The Other Side of Paradise and Stolen. Most recently Ellis directed the documentary short I AM ANNA, for HLP + Partners.
She was honoured with a Gemini award for her performance in the CBC/CMT comedy series, The Wilkinson’s II and Best Ensemble Cast for the Movie Central/CMT comedy series she co-created, Three Chords From the Truth. Ellis is an Olympic athlete, competing for Canada in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Filmmaker, journalist, writer, activist, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 films and TV series during his 42 year career.
Raymont’s films have received 52 international awards including 13 Gemini Awards (49 nominations), Gold and Silver Hugos, The Sesterce d’Argent among others. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire received the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary.
Raymont is the Executive Producer and co-creator of the award-winning TV series The Border produced for the CBC, sold to over 25 broadcasters and versioned into 11 languages. He is also the Executive Producer for the CBC drama series, Cracked, a Toronto based police procedural. Cracked’s two seasons are also broadcast in France, Germany and USA.
Raymont’s films are often provocative investigations of "hidden worlds" in politics, the media, and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice.
Other films directed by Raymont include A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2007) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009), which were each shortlisted for an Academy Award and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Promise to the Dead won 9 international awards, including the DGC Award for Best Documentary and the 2008 Donald Brittain Gemini Award for Best Social Political Documentary.
Raymont directed Genius Within with long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, which has been released theatrically in Canada, USA, Germany and Australia.
West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson was completed in Fall 2011, has been released theatrically across Canada in over 40 cities, and was nominated for four 2014 Canadian Screen Awards and received one for Best Music in a Documentary.
Lang led the research and is co-producer of West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson. She also produced West Wind’s companion interactive website, www.tomthomsonart.ca. Lang published At The Ojibway: 100 Summers on Georgian Bay, written by David Macfarlane, and was co-founder of The Toronto History Project, an initiative to advance a deeper appreciation of the history of Toronto. Lang is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art. She painted and exhibited for 15 years.
JJoanie and Gary are Canadian wilderness ambassadors, explorers, photojournalists and conservationists. They have published eight award-winning, best selling books and have shared their experiences through national radio, television, newspaper and magazine features and photographic exhibitions. They are founders of the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, an international non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the Lake Superior watershed; a landscape that includes the Algoma and North Shore region where the Group painted, and where this film was made. The Ontario government officially appointed Gary and Joanie as Champions of the Coast under the Great Lakes Heritage Coast Program. They are the recipients of the Premier’s Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for lifetime achievement in exploration, wilderness preservation and environmental education for their province and their country. The McGuffins live with their daughter, Sila on a 120-hectare nature preserve in the Algoma Highlands overlooking Lake Superior.
If you would like to learn more about the McGuffins, please visit their website www.themcguffins.ca.
Michael is the retired Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma and is currently Adjunct Professor of Art History at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie. A graduate of Queen’s University he taught at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough and Sault College. Burtch is a sculptor with an extensive exhibition history, and as a sound artist, he was a recipient of the Allied Arts Award from the Ontario Association of Architects for his waterfront sound sculpture in Sault Ste Marie. As an art historian, Burtch has published numerous articles and catalogues on artists including J. Barry, David Bierk, Ken Danby and John Howlin. His book “Hymn to the Sun” about the early work of Jack Bush, accompanied a national tour of the artist’s work.
The pilot controlling the video drone over Coldwell Bay to capture footage for the discovery of the painting location and the subject of the painting scene.
Crew and drone pilot setting up to shoot footage of the Slate Islands.
With a cast and crew of over 20 people, some had to stay in tents because there wasn’t enough housing in one location for everyone.
In order to capture the discovery of J.E.H. MacDonald’s view of the Agawa River, the videographer wore a Stedicam as he walked into the clearing and filmed over the actor’s shoulder.
The crew getting set up and doing some tests for video and audio.
Loading up the helicopter and getting ready to fly over Mongoose Lake and the Batchewana River.
The helicopter is ready for take off!
The drone always has to be in the pilot’s line of sight.
We’re just waiting for the train to arrive...don’t mind us.
The Group of Seven actors relaxing in the 1918 reproduction ACR boxcar parked on the Agawa Canyon railway siding.
Gary, Joanie and Michael are halfway up Bridal Veil Falls seeking the Frank Johnston’s viewpoint for one of his waterfall paintings.
Filming from the boxcar of a moving train produces some spectacular footage. Recognize anything?
|Thursday, October 15, 2015||9:00pm||TVO|
|Saturday, October 17, 2015||9:00pm||TVO|
|Sunday, October 18, 2015||11:00pm||TVO|
Jarrett Sherman - Digital Director/Producer
Daniel Dales - Creative Producer
Michael Chartrand - Digital Producer
Felix Espinoza - Graphic Designer
Samantha Lobo - Content Manager
Thomas Walden - Finance
Eric Birnberg - Legal
Gary McGuffin - Photography
Chuck Taylor - Drone Pilot
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Algoma
Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Sotheby's Fine Art Auctions
Free Music Archive
Free Nature Sounds Player
The FreeSound Project
Solemn Land Productions
Executive Producer TVO
Independent Production Officer TVO
Music Composed By
Director of Photography
Dan Nysted • Nano Debassige Jesse Cheechoo • Gary McGuffin
Gabie Nadeau • Chuck Taylor
Phil Glave (helicopter)
Additional Video and Still Photography
Dan Nystedt • Nano Debassige • Jesse Cheechoo • Gary McGuffin
Neil Cavalier • Philip Wilson • Cathy Gulkin
Michael Burtch • Nancy Lang
Joanie and Gary McGuffin
Rebecca Middleton • Emma Hambly
Colm Feore as Lawren Harris
Eric Peterson as A.Y. Jackson
R.H. Thomson as J.E.H. MacDonald
Paul Gross as Arthur Lismer and A.J. Casson
Northern Production Manager
Assistant Production Coordinator
Kevin Ellis • Kristopher Finnigan
Wardrobe / Stylist
Wardrobe and Props Assistant
Valerie Robson • Sila McGuffin
Hair / Makeup
Kerry Smith • Taylor Gavin
Steve Blair • Dustin Harris • Jeremy Kessler
Additional Sound Recording
Kevin Lucas • Frank Belleau
Mongoose Lake and Batchewana River
Kathy and Mike Beck • Frank Belleau • Sandra Benning
Suzanne and Mike Phillips • Barb and Mike Powell
Wade and Kim Tanner • Gordon Smedley
Jackfish Bay and Slate Islands
Rod Bryson • Dennis and Patti Fisher
George and Taija Moore • Jack Moore • Paul Turpin
Neys Provincial Park
Linda Trapp, Superintendent
Rick Bennett • Matt Baker
Ray Hyde • Bob Moore • Norberg Constable
Sault Ste. Marie
Donna Hilsinger • Louisa Van Lith
Digital Media Producer
Jarret Sherman • Daniel Dales for Digital Howard
For White Pine Pictures
Steve Ord • Jason Meloche • Stephen Paniccia
Davida Gragor • Ronn Scott • Alicia Giammaria
Victoria Dickenson, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Melanie Muncaster and Denis Rochon, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund
Ian McMillian, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie
Dr. Gayle Broad, NORDIK Institute
Terry O’Brian, CN Railway
Kelly Booth, Michael Morrow, Algoma Central Railway
Jasmina Jovanovic, Art Gallery of Algoma
Phil Glave, Eagle Feather Aviation
Tom Babic • Tim Bass • Bill Beck • Laura Brandon • Janet Cauffiel
The Dan Gibson Family • Mario Disano • Sandra Dyck • Dave Garson
Max Gavin • Dr. Alan Gordon • Dr. Linda Savory Gordon • Margaret Hall
Trevor Harding • Charlie Hill • Frank Houston • George Houston
Catherine Hugill • Jason Jaremko • Scott James • Ross King • George Matejic
Susan MacDonald • Ken MacDougall • Harold McQuarrie • Linda Morita
Roger P. Mulligan • Michael Nelson • Mark Morgenstern • Patricia McGonigal
Ron Nasgaard • Jack Purvis • Sheila Purvis • Andrea Raymond • Stewart Sheppard
Beverly and Fred Schaeffer • Tom Smart • Islay Smedley • David Thomson
Keith Wilson • Dale Wilson • Cassandra Zeppier
PAINTINGS AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS
Archives of Ontario • Art Gallery of Ontario • Art Gallery of Algoma
Art Gallery of Hamilton • Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre • Bridgeman Images
CBC TV Archive Sales • Canadian War Museum
City of Toronto Archives • Estate of the late Dr. Naomi Jackson Groves
Faculty Club, University of Toronto • GetStock • Getty Images • Heffel Fine Art
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery • Library and Archives Canada
MacDonald Stewart Art Centre • Masters Gallery Limited
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection • National Gallery of Canada
National Film Board of Canada • The NORDIK Institute at Algoma University • Sault Ste. Marie Public Library
Sault Ste. Marie Museum • StormStock • Thomson Collection
Toronto Arts & Letters Club • McCord Museum • Toronto Star Newspaper Ltd. University of Toronto Archives • Vancouver Art Gallery
Waddington’s • Winnipeg Art Gallery
PRODUCED WITH THE GENEROUS ASSISTANCE OF
Rod Green, Masters Gallery Ltd.
For more information and a list of artwork featured in this film White Pine Pictures
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In Search of the Group of Seven
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© 2015 PAINTED LAND PRODUCTIONS INC.
Thank you to all the galleries who graciously allowed us to use their paintings in the creation of this project!
FRANK JOHNSTON (1888 - 1949) Drowned Land, Algoma 1918 gouache with watercolour underdrawing on paper 45.9 x 54.8 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.1 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) The Lake, Grey Day 1920 oil on paperboard 21.4 x 26.5 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.2 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Algoma Forest 1919 oil on board 21.4 x 26.4 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.7 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Rainy Weather, Algoma 1919 oil on paperboard 21.4 x 26.5 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.34
J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Leaves in the Brook c. 1918 oil on board 21.3 x 26.6 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.35 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Lake in the Valley c. 1919 oil on paperboard 21.4 x 26.7 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.44 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Beaver Dam and Birches c. 1919 oil on paperboard 21.5 x 26.4 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.49 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Beaver Dam 1920 oil on board 27 x 34.9 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.80
LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) The Ice House c. 1923 oil on paperboard 30.1 x 38 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.85 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Lake Superior Shoreline 1928 oil on board 32.3 x 40.9 cm Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Dowsett McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.4.2 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Lake Superior Island c. 1923 oil on canvas 74.2 x 89 cm Gift of Mrs. F.B. Housser McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.5.3 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Northern Lake, Autumn c. 1921 oil on plywood 30.6 x 38.1 cm Gift of Mrs. Edwin Meredith McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.9
LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Algoma Canyon c. 1923 oil on paperboard 30.1 x 37.8 cm Gift of Mrs. Lawren Harris McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.16.3 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Algoma c. 1919 oil on wood panel 26.7 x 34.3 cm Gift of Mr. C.A.G. Matthews McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.25.12 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Northern Lake c. 1923 oil on canvas 82.5 x 102.8 cm Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.7.5 A.J. CASSON (1898 - 1992) Pike Lake c. 1929 watercolour over graphite on paper 45.6 x 55.9 cm Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.7.6
A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) October, Lake Superior 1923 oil on wood panel 21.3 x 26.6 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.8.21 FRANK JOHNSTON (1888 - 1949) Moose Pond 1918 oil on paperboard 26.5 x 33.8 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1972.18.14 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Sunset, Algoma c. 1922 oil on plywood 23.3 x 30.5 cm Gift of Mr. L. Sessenwein McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1972.3.RV LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Lake Superior Country 1922 oil on wood panel 26.6 x 35.3 cm Purchase 1972 McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1972.7
LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Sunlit Hill 1919 oil on wood panel 26.1 x 34.6 cm Gift of Miss A. Saltmarsh McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1973.5 A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Slate Islands, Lake Superior 1925 graphite on paper 21.4 x 27.9 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1974.10.7 A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Waterfall, Algoma 1921 oil on wood panel 21.7 x 26.8 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1976.25.1 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Mr. Leader 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.12
ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Civilization 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.16 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) O! Wood Man 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.19
ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Traffic graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.6 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.3 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Untitled (Tree Stump for North Shore, Lake Superior) graphite on paper 25.2 x 20.3 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1986.12.2
FRANKLIN CARMICHAEL (1890 - 1945) Lake Superior 1926 watercolour on paper 28.5 x 34.2 cm Gift of Mrs. R.G. Mastin McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1987.2.3 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Dr. J. McCallum, Algoma conté on paper 16 x 22.2 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1987.38.5
J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Agawa River, Algoma 1919 oil on paperboard 21.6 x 26.6 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.14 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) The Pool c. 1918 oil on wood panel 26.8 x 35.3 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.26 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Moose Lake, Algoma 1920 oil on paperboard 21.5 x 26.6 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.4 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Autumn, Algoma 1920 oil on paperboard 21.4 x 26.6 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.5
J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Algoma Hills 1920 oil on paperboard 21.4 x 26.4 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.15.6 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Forest, Algoma 1922 oil on canvas 71 x 90.8 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.104 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Lake Superior 1927 oil on wood panel 32.3 x 40.1 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.117 A.J. CASSON (1898 - 1992) Fog Lifting c. 1929 watercolour on paper 44 x 51 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.128
J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Woodland Brook, Algoma 1918 oil on paperboard 21.6 x 26.7 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.31 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Sunflower Study, Tangled Garden Sketch c. 1915 oil on paperboard 25.4 x 20.2 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.38 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Montreal River c. 1920 oil on paperboard 27 x 34.7 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.77 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) North Shore, Lake Superior c. 1921 oil on paperboard 30.1 x 38 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.16.84
A.J. CASSON (1898 - 1992) Sombre Land, Lake Superior c. 1928 oil on paperboard 23.7 x 28.3 cm Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Dowsett McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.4.3 A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) First Snow, Algoma 1919 / 1920 oil on canvas 107.1 x 127.7 cm In Memory of Gertrude Wells Hilborn McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1966.7 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Forest Wilderness 1921 oil on canvas 122 x 152 cm Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.7.1 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Pic Island c. 1924 oil on canvas 123.3 x 153.9 cm Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.7.4
A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Autumn Algoma c. 1919 oil on split wood panel 21.3 x 27 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.8.13 A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Algoma Canyon 1919 oil on wood panel 21.5 x 27 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.8.19 A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Beaver Lake, Algoma 1919 oil on wood panel 21.5 x 26.9 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.8.20 A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Riverbank and Green Trees 1919 oil on wood panel 21.5 x 26.7 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.8.22
A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Lake Superior Country 1924 oil on canvas 117 x 148 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1968.8.26 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Algoma Sketch c. 1918 oil on wood panel 26.4 x 35.4 cm Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1969.15.2 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) October on the North Shore 1927 oil on board 32.4 x 40.9 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1970.14.9 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Beaver Pond Near Hubert, Algoma Central Railway 1919 oil on wood panel 21.4 x 26.6 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1972.18.4
A.J. CASSON (1898 - 1992) Casson-Carmichael Camp 1928 graphite on paper 20.9 x 27.3 cm Gift of the Artist McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1972.2.2 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Pic Island 1923 oil on wood panel 30.1 x 37.9 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1973.14.1 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Agawa c. 1921 oil on paperboard 21.5 x 26.4 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1977.37.9 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Harbour Defense, Winter 1919 lithograph on paper 45.5 x 60.9 cm Gift of Mrs. M. Lismer Bridges McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1979.28.2
A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Beaver Pond In Autumn c. 1919 oil on wood panel 21.2 x 26.4 cm Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1980.21.1 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Sentinels c. 1926 oil on paperboard 30.5 x 38.1 cm Gift of the Family in Memory of Helen O'Reilly McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1980.9 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Lawren Harris Sketching c. 1928 conté on paper 21.4 x 27.7 cm McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1981.190.42 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Pajamas Are Going Up! graphite on paper 21.5 x 17.1 cm Gift of Mrs. Marjorie Lismer Bridges McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1981.190.75
A.Y. JACKSON (1882 - 1974) Pic Island, Lake Superior 1925 oil on wood panel 21.6 x 26.7 cm Gift of Mrs. Norah de Pencier McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1981.22 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Sketchbook graphite on paper 22.8 x 15.2 cm Gift of Mrs. Marjorie Lismer Bridges McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1981.221 LAWREN S. HARRIS (1885 - 1970) Pic Island, Lake Superior Sketch XIV c. 1921 oil on paperboard 30.3 x 38 cm Purchase 1969 McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1981.34 J.E.H. MACDONALD (1873 - 1932) Thomson's Rapids, Magnetawan River 1910 oil on paperboard 15.2 x 23.4 cm McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1981.38
ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Sunrise on the Hill 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.11
ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Jack & Jill 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.13 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) A.Y. Jac 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.18 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Excelsior 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.20
ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) If the Rain had not stopped 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.25
ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Ah! 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.26 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) After Fishing 1927 graphite; charcoal on paper 27.8 x 37.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.33 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Beasts of Burden 1927 graphite on paper 18.4 x 23.5 cm Gift of Mrs. James H. Knox McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1984.27.9
A.J. CASSON (1898 - 1992) October, North Shore 1929 oil on canvas 76.4 x 91.8 cm Purchase 1985 McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1985.15
FRANK JOHNSTON (1888 - 1949) Approaching Storm, Algoma 1919 gouache on board 30.7 x 30.7 cm Gift of the Paul Rodrik Estate McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1987.6.3 ARTHUR LISMER (1885 - 1969) Reflections Algoma 1919 oil on wood panel 22.8 x 30.4 cm Gift of Colin and Elinor Mawson McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1995.20.2
Lawren Harris Lake Superior Sketch XLVII, c. 1923 Oil on panel, 30x 37.5 cm Collection A.K. Prakash
J.E.H. MacDonald October Shower Gleam 1922 Oil on canvas 105.4 × 120.7 cm Hart House Permanent Collection, University of Toronto
Lawren Harris Algoma Rocks 1920, Spruce and Water, Sketch CVII 26.7 x 35.6 cm
JEH MacDonald, Beaver Dam, 1919, Collection of the Faculty Club University of Toronto
JEH MacDonald, the Wild River, 1919, Collection of the Faculty Club University of Toronto
Frank H. Johnston (Canadian, 1888-1949) Batchewana Falls, 1918 Tempera on illustration board 98.8 x 74.4 cm Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, L-93 Photographer credit: Ernest Mayer, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Lawren S. Harris (Canadian, 1885-1970) North Shore, Lake Superior, c. 1922 Oil on hardboard 30.3 x 38.2 cm Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift from the Estate of Arnold O.Brigden, G-73-270 Photographer credit: Ernest Mayer, Winnipeg Art Gallery
A.J. Casson, Coldwell Bay Lake Superior, 1928, Ottawa Art Gallery
A.J. Casson, Approaching Storm, 1929-30, National Gallery of Canada
Lawren Harris Morning Light, Lake Superior, Circa 1927 Oil on canvas Gift of Frieda Helen Fraser, in memory of her friend Dr. Edith Bickerton Williams, OVC´41, 1988 University of Guelph Collection at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
J.E.H. MacDonald Autumn Colour, 1920 Oil on cardboard, 21.4 x 26.4 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC
Franklin Carmichael Port Coldwell (I), 1928 Oil on wood-pulp board, 25.5 x 30.2 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Gift of Mary Mastin, Toronto, 1996 Photo © NGC
A.J. Casson Approaching Storm, Lake Superior, c. 1929-1930 Watercolour over graphite on wove paper, 46.9 x 57 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC
Arthur Lismer October on the North Shore, Lake Superior, 1927 Oil on canvas, 122.4 x 163.3 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC
Arthur Lismer Algoma, 1920 Oil on wood, 22.8 x 30.7 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Bequest of Dr. J.M. MacCallum, Toronto, 1944 Photo © NGC
J.E.H. MacDonald The Solemn Land, 1921 Oil on canvas, 122.5 x 153.5 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC
Lawren S. Harris Silent Land, c. 1920 Oil on wood, 27 x 35.3 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Bequest of Dr. J.M. MacCallum, Toronto, 1944 Photo © NGC
Lawren S. Harris On the Agawa River, Algoma, c. 1919 Oil on wood, 26.5 x 35.5 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Gift of Leanora D. McCarney, Hull, Quebec, 1996 Photo © NGC
J.E.H. MacDonald Autumn Bush, Algoma, c. 1919-1920 Oil on wood-pulp board, 21.3 x 26.6 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC
Frank Carmichael, Coldwell, Lake Superior, 1926, watercolour on paper
Lawren Harris, The Ice House Coldwell Lake Superior c.1923
Painted Land Digital is the digital companion to Painted Land: In Search Of The Group Of Seven, a feature length documentary on the Group Of Seven, produced for TVOntario, CBC and CTS. Using navigable first person HD aerial video flythroughs of the rugged and beautiful Canadian wilderness, you can ‘travel’ through the region and discover 24 Group of Seven paintings ‘hung’ virtually along the route, stepping off the journey whenever you like, exploring these works of art in detail, in the very context in which they were created. Click here to read more about Painted Land.
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You are able to create your own custom journey, exploring the works of art that interest you. You can choose whether to take a video journey or a photographic journey.
Video journeys allow you to fly through the region, approaching each painting location in Hi Definition video, eventually landing in the very spot where a Group of Seven artist painted the work of art found at that location.
Photo journeys allow you to jump from location to location, where you’ll find breathtaking panoramic photography, captured by renowned photographer Gary McGuffin. Within each panorama, you’ll be able to find a Group of Seven painting embedded within the broader landscape and then pull that work of art from its environmental context and explore further.
Painted Land: In Search Of The Group Of Seven seamlessly weaves the history and experiences of these artists - Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, AY Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and AJ Casson - with the adventures of three modern day sleuths, historian Michael Burtch, and the writer and photographer team of Gary and Joanie McGuffin, who are determined to track down the locations of these famous paintings.
Archival film, letters, journals and photographs of the artists - some of which have never been seen in public - will take the audience back in time to meet these remarkable people. Stunning cinematography will take viewers up mountains, down canyons, through rivers and over portages with our trio, as they try to achieve their own personal quest. Will they succeed and ‘walk in the footsteps’ of these famous artists?
Past meets present with the creation of a film that is evocative in approach, energized by breathtaking cinematography and sound design, offering a new and articulate voice to the men of the Group of Seven, who take the lead and inform our story throughout the film.
My Painted Land is a virtual art gallery, exhibiting a curation of the very best in Canadian landscape photography and painting. Works have been submitted by artists and photographers from coast to coast to coast.
You are encouraged to upload your original image to our collection and tell us why it’s meaningful to you. You can also vote to raise your favourite paintings and photographs to be viewed by our panel of Judges. Images selected by our Judges will be curated into small albums and shared on social media.
We invite you to share your favourite paintings and photographs found here through your social media channels, and encourage others to proudly share the majesty of our land.
Judges: Victoria, AJ MacDonald (Fran’s), Dave Marshak
The Group of Seven were a collective of artists who explored and painted their way across the rugged Canadian North from 1920 into the early 1930s. Their distinctive representation of the Canadian wilderness has forever changed the art landscape. Most of the original group met while working at Toronto design firm, Grip Ltd., and often went on painting and sketching excursions together.
The original group consisted of 7 core members; Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, and Frederick Varley. Later, A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate and LeMoine FitzGerald also joined the group, bringing the grand total up to 10 members. Well-known contemporaries of the Group, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr accompanied them on many of their excursions.
The film was shot in the Algoma region of Ontario, Canada, near the town of Sault Ste. Marie. Specific areas visited include Agawa Canyon, Batchewana, Coldwell, The North Shore of Lake Superior and the Slate Islands.
To learn about the filmmakers and subjects of the film, please see the ‘About the Film’ section of the site.
Many of the paintings you’ve seen on this site live in your local museums and in art galleries across Ontario. Some belong to private owners who have graciously given us permission to use them as part of this project. Participating galleries include the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Algoma, the National Gallery of Canada, The Mcdonald Stewart Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Masters Gallery Limited, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Winnipeg Art, Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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