Founded by songwriter Jason Collett on a snowy night in December at the Dakota Tavern, the Basement Revue has been a showcase and incubator for Canadian music and literature for more than 10 years and has featured performances by many of Canada’s leading musicians and writers including A Tribe Called Red, Gord Downie, Naomi Klein, Broken Social Scene, Tanya Tagaq, Leanne Simpson and many more.
Co-curated and co-hosted by the writer Damian Rogers, the program and participants are kept secret until the performance begins.
Presented in partnership with the Basement Revue
Jason Collett is a celebrated Toronto musician who released his 6th record in the spring of 2016. As well as being a long time member of Broken Social Scene, he's been curating The Basement Revue series for over 10 years. This fall and winter The Basement Revue will be rolling out a nation(s) wide tour, called New Constellations, celebrating Next Wave Indigenous artists.
Damian Rogers is a poet who has worked as an arts journalist, editor, and literary programmer in Toronto since 2003. Her first poetry collection, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the ReLit Award, and her second collection, Dear Leader, was nominated for the Ontario Trillium Poetry Prize and the ReLit Award. She has worked as the poetry editor of House of Anansi Press and The Walrus and was the founding director of Poetry In Voice, a recitation contest for Canadian high school students. She is currently working on a memoir due from Knopf Canada in 2019.