John Welsman has received the 2014 CSA award for Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series for his score for West Wind: the Vision Of Tom Thomson. The film was co-directed by Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont for White Pine Pictures, and the score features the fine musicianship of Winona Zelenka on cello, Anne Lindsay on violin, and Ronan Browne on pennywhistle. Says Welsman:
'The story of Thomson's life unfolds so elegantly in this film, and it features so many striking images of his beautiful paintings of the Canadian landscape. I felt very strongly that the music had to rise to the occasion. The film allowed for a score that could really sing and have its own role and character in the film. It was a joy to write, and so I'm doubly pleased that my peers thought it worthy of this award.'