The Basement Revue
New Constellations is the first of its kind: a half-music, half-literary, national tour travelling to cities, towns, and Indigenous communities, and featuring a core roster of Indigenous artists alongside a rotating cast of some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, writers, and poets coming together for an intimate evening of song and storytelling. The project includes a 13-stop tour, a mentorship program and community-based arts and music workshop series for Indigenous youth, digital curriculum, and a tour documentary film.
For more than 10 years, The Basement Revue has been a half-music, half-literary variety show with a rock-’n’-roll sensibility and a unique Canadian voice, hosted and curated by Broken Social Scene singer/songwriter Jason Collett, and poet Damian Rogers. From its inception on a wintry night in 2007 at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern, The Basement Revue has explored what happens when artists of different disciplines share the stage together. This has made for exciting
collaborations, such as Feist backing up Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood reading while The Sadies play behind her, and Naomi Klein sharing a poignant story about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, accompanied by the music of Cris Derksen. Combining a compelling mix of musicians, storytellers, and poets with the improvisational spirit of a kitchen party, The Basement Revue has blossomed into one of Canada’s most dynamic live event series.