The Basement Revue

We've partnered with Revolutions Per Minute, a global Indigenous music platform and record label that promotes and celebrates the Indigenous Next Wave to present:

New Constellations, a nation(s)wide tour of music and arts, featuring special guest appearances by an interstellar lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

NOV-DEC 2017


About New Constellations

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.


About The Basement Revue

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.


Past Basement Revues have boasted an impressive roster

Featuring Anne Waldman, Daniel Lanois, Naomi Klein, Gord Downie, Rufus Wainwright, Marina Abromovic, Buck 65, Shad, Bahamas, Broken Social Scene, Andy Kim, Snowblink, AroarA, Linda Spalding, Ken Babstock, Sheila Heti, Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Dennis Lee, Hal Wilner, CA Conrad, Torquil Campbell (Stars), John K. Sampson (Weakerthans), K-OS and more.

News & Updates



For 10 years The Dakota Tavern has been the home of The Basement Revue's annual December series.