Anthony Rankin Wilson


March 2008 saw the release of Anthony Rankin Wilson’s first album, Already Broken, produced by Oliver Johnson, (“...sonic masterpiece...the production partners the complexity of your words and music...”), whose track, Motherless Child, was featured in Ian Connacher’s award-winning documentary, Addicted To Plastic.

And Fall 2013 welcomes the release of his second collection of original songs, Love Takes No Prisoners.

A Canadian folk brew of dark and light. Flavored by acoustic, electric, and lap steel guitars, strings, upright bass, sax, drums, keys, mandolin and more, the album has a musical and lyrical depth realized through Anthony’s six decades of discovering what it is to be alive. Recorded and produced by Toronto multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, Brian MacMillan, the album cooks with the soulfully seasoned artistry of Brian, Ed Crabtree, Oliver Johnson, Ambre McLean, Charles James, Sarah Shugarman, Felix Deak, Ben Rollo, John Maclean, Michael Johnston, Jerry Brodey, Sasha Singer-Wilson, and Layah Jane.

The 9 original songs pay humble homage to such influences as Mark Knopfler, Leonard Cohen, acoustic Springsteen, Brian Wilson, and Ian Tyson.

Born in 1950 on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Anthony began writing songs at 15 on a Sears Silvertone guitar, and began falling in aural love with the sound of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Ian and Sylvia.

Moving from Alberta to Ontario for graduate school in 1972 led to a life in Toronto where he’s practiced clinical social work and psychotherapy since 1974, twice married, and fathered two daughters who are now music, dance, and theatre artists...and sing on both Already Broken and Love Takes No Prisoners. Anthony also practices couple psychotherapy with his wife that seeks to understand and foster reverant relationship.

By the early 90’s, Anthony’s awareness of the environmental crisis had emerged enough to cause him to eventually wonder what his psychoanalytic-relational psychotherapy practice could contribute to “The Great Work”. This is cultural historian Thomas Berry’s prescient phrase regarding what is arguably the primary task of our time: becoming aware of our ultimate dependence upon the ecosystems within which we are embedded for our biological, psychological, and spiritual health/ survival...while realigning our identities and value systems with the intelligence of the earth. Turn Away, a track on Love Takes No Prisoners, is a passionate song of lament for our rapidly vanishing sisters and brothers of the more-than-human world.

Intimate relationship as spiritual practice, meditation and yoga, canoe camping, friendship, gardening, inter-species learning from two schnoodles, and cycling the streets of Toronto year round keep him mostly alert, humble and hopeful.