JASON COLLETT’S BASEMENT REVUE RETURNS FOR NEW SERIES THIS DECEMBER

THE BASEMENT REVUE, FEATURING SURPRISE PERFORMANCES EACH NIGHT FROM SOME OF CANADA’S MOST BELOVED AND ACCLAIMED ARTISTS

DECEMBER 4, 13, 20, AND 27 AT TORONTO’S LONGBOAT HALL

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“Part variety show, part vaudeville theatre, part improv act and part poetry slam, the Basement Revue is a cross-disciplinary carnival where anything can happen,
and often does.” – The Globe & Mail

“For doubters who think such a stunt would never work, I have to report that I have been to literally hundreds of poetry readings in my life, and I have never witnessed a more attentive and responsive audience.” — Eye Weekly

“An unlikely gathering of some of the city’s most prodigious indie musical and literary talents.” –  National Post

“This induced cross-pollination is, on one level, an attempt to expand the audience’s palette beyond music and into disparate art forms, but it also helps to bridge the gap between disciplines.” — Soundproof Magazine

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For 12 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. 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 or Margaret Atwood stepping up to the mic in front of one of Toronto’s most celebrated bands and saying, with her characteristic deadpan wit, “hit it Sadies.” 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.

More than a great night out, The Basement Revue is both a showcase and an incubator for Canadian culture. The Basement Revue presents the best emerging and established literary and musical talent of the country on stage in curated multi-disciplinary evenings. These shows are renowned for the deep connection they achieve between the artists and the audience. What’s more significant however, are the many ongoing collaborations between artists that are born on The Basement Revue stage and go on to flourish long after. This kind of cross-pollinating is a one-of-a-kind format. The Globe and Mail said of its eighth season, “Part variety show, part vaudeville theatre, part improv act and part poetry slam, the Basement Revue is a cross-disciplinary carnival where anything can happen, and often does. The list of past participants reads like a who’s who of CanRock and CanLit, from Stars and Broken Social Scene to Sheila Heti and Vincent Lam.”  

WATCH AND SHARE NAOMI KLEIN AT THE BASEMENT REVUE

In 2017, The Basement Revue partnered with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) and New Constellations was born – a nation(s)wide tour celebrating Next Wave Indigenous music and writing. Bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists alike and featuring contributions from Polaris Music Prize winners Jeremy Dutcher, A Tribe Called Red, and Lido Pimienta, as well as July Talk, Feist, Sam Roberts, Stars, Weaves, Billy Ray Belcourt, Naomi Klein, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

As is tradition for the Basement Revue, each night’s performers remain a surprise to the audience until they step on stage. Even the performers themselves are kept in the dark, adding an extra element of surprise to the evening. Past Basement Revues have boasted an impressive roster featuring Anne Waldman, Daniel Lanois, Gord Downie, Rufus Wainwright, Marina Abramović, Bahamas, Broken Social Scene, Sheila Heti, Dennis Lee, Hal Wilner, CA Conrad, Miriam Toews, John K. SamsonK-OS, and more.

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JASON COLLETT'S BASEMENT REVUE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OVER FIVE SHOWS THIS DECEMBER

THE BASEMENT REVUE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY THIS DECEMBER

FOUR INTIMATE SHOWS AT THE DAKOTA EVERY THURSDAY IN DECEMBER BEGINNING DECEMBER 1

ONE STAR-STUDDED NIGHT AT THE GREAT HALL ON DECEMBER 22

 

The Basement Revue is a cross-pollinating half-music and half-literary variety show with a rock-’n’-roll sensibility and a unique Canadian voice that has blossomed into one of Canada’s most interesting live event series.

One frosty winter night in 2007, The Basement Revue was born at Toronto’s intimate Dakota Tavern. A critical and popular sensation, The Basement Revue features the best of literary and musical talent, often sharing the stage for the first time. The constant stream of musicians, storytellers, and poets provides for a certain type of unpredictable excitement. In past incarnations, audiences have encountered the mesmerizing Feist backing up a reading from Michael Ondaatje and even Margaret Atwood stepping up to the mic in front of one of Canada’s most celebrated bands and saying, with her characteristic deadpan wit, “Hit it, Sadies.” 

The Basement Revue is the creation of well-known Canadian musician, songwriter and producer Jason Collett with poet and editor Damian Rogers joining as co-host and literary curator in 2009. More than a great night out, The Basement Revue is both a showcase and an incubator for Canadian culture. Its unique multi-platform model is designed to introduce emerging artists to a deeply engaged audience and to provide a supportive environment for established artists to experiment, take risks, and develop new work. As artists themselves, Collett and Rogers aim to serve their community by facilitating collaborations across disciplines and by fostering creative relationships among an expanding circle of musicians, poets and storytellers. They are committed to holding space for Indigenous voices and consider it a guiding principle to prioritize conversations and connections among Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

This concert series has grown significantly in the last four years. Of particular poignancy was The Basement Revue’s December 2014 Opera House show, honouring a theme of reconciliation for the first time. The country still raw from the stories of Tina Fontaine and Rinelle Harper, the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada resonated in a profound way with the artists who were brought together. Co-curated with Joseph Boyden and A Tribe Called Red, the event, dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, featured collaborations between Boyden, A Tribe Called Red, and Lido Pimienta; Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke; Leanne Simpson and Tara Williamson; Gord Downie, Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin; Naomi Klein and Cris Derkson; Lee Maracle, Columpa Bob, and Jennifer Castle. These performances are now featured on the National Association of Friendship Centre’s online home — NewJourneys.ca.

The Basement Revue has presented original collaborative performances by some of our country’s most celebrated musicians and writers. The Basement Revue has also shown a consistent commitment to introducing audiences to artists they have never heard before. Over the years, Collett and Rogers have curated an impressive range of established and emerging artists, which also include Broken Social Scene, Daniel Lanois, Rufus Wainwright, Bahamas, Hydra, Snowblink, Andy Kim, Torquil Campbell (Stars), Jimmy Shaw (Metric), Buck 65, K-OS, Tanika Charles, John K. Samson, Hayden, Vag Halen, Whitehorse, Arkells, Sarah Harmer, Bry Webb, Tabatha Southey, Linda Spalding, Karen Solie, Alvvays, Misha Glouberman, Leon Rooke, Kathryn Borel, David McGimpsey, Tanya Tagaq, Hannah Georgas, Reuben Bullock, Charlotte Day Wilson, TUNS, Amelia Curran, Charlotte Cornfield, Bernice, Drew Hayden Taylor, Anne Waldman, Sheila Heti, Pasha Malla, Aisha Sasha John, Jean-Marc Ah Sen, Tracey Lindberg, Ken Babstock, Dennis Lee, Lynn Crosbie, and Hal Wilner.

The Basement Revue has discovered a unique and successful way of showcasing contemporary poetry in front of an audience that the art form does not usually reach. The Revue elevates the literary element of this show by giving it a complete rock-’n’-roll sensibility. A loyal audience has been cultivated (tickets always sell out shortly after each series is announced) that continue to come to the shows, without any knowledge of who will perform, because of the high calibre of curation. As an early review from Eye Weekly put it, “For doubters who think such a stunt would never work, I have to report that I have been to literally hundreds of poetry readings in my life, and I have never witnessed a more attentive and responsive audience.”

Hosted every Thursday in December at The Dakota on December 1, 8, 15 and 29, The Basement Revue will return again to The Great Hall on December 22 for an extra special edition. Tickets are $30 for each night and can be purchased online only by visiting BASEMENTREVUE.COM. Doors open at 8:30pm. 

In the meantime, The Basement Revue Podcast is now live and available for download. Subscribe now, and listen to the first three episodes right away. Recorded during the 2015 season at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto, the podcast now gives listeners that were unable to attend a front row seat to these intimate performances. 

MORE PRAISE FOR JASON COLLETT’S BASEMENT REVUE

‘“Thanks for taking a chance on us,” Collett said simply, the captivating night he had arranged now over. His hosting had been immaculate.’  —The Globe and Mail  

“Jason Collett’s shown us again that his perseverance, determination and above all, his vision, for this series, is stronger than ever.” —Blog TO

“An unlikely gathering of some of the city’s most prodigious indie musical and literary talents.” —National Post

“This induced cross-pollination is, on one level, an attempt to expand the audience’s palette beyond music and into disparate art forms, but it also helps to bridge the gap between disciplines.” —Soundproof Magazine

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JASON COLLETT ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR WITH BACKING BAND ZEUS, SHARES 'LOVE YOU BABE' VIDEO

JASON COLLETT ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES
SHARES NEW VIDEO BY HAYDEN FOR “LOVE YOU BABE”

 

TORONTO PERFORMER ENLISTS ZEUS AS BACKING BAND FOR ALBUM RELEASE SHOW ON MARCH 9 AT THE MOD CLUB + NATIONAL TOUR DATES COMMENCING APRIL 19 WITH OPENER KALLE MATTSON


BAHAMAS’ AFIE JURVANEN PRODUCES ICONIC SONGWRITER’S 6TH ALBUM, SONG AND DANCE MAN, OUT TODAY VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

By paying joyous musical homage to the '70s greats while also singing about what we ought to reclaim from that bygone era, Jason Collett has given Song and Dance Man a quality that's both timely and timeless” Exclaim!

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 ORDER SONG AND DANCE MAN VIA ITUNES HEREORDER CD AND LIMITED EDITION VINYL WITH GOLD FOIL PACKAGING

 PHOTO CREDIT: ISIS ESSERY

Following a landmark ninth annual Basement Revue residency at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern throughout December, Jason Collett is ready to take his new album Song And Dance Man on the road. Gathering up the members of Canada’s premiere modern classic rock group  Zeus as his backup band, Jason Collett will play a very special hometown show on March 9 at The Mod Club before hitting the highway with opener Kalle Mattson starting April 19 in Regina and making stops along the way in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Kingston, Wakefield, Waterloo and more.  All tour dates can be found HERE and are also listed below.

To celebrate the upcoming tour and today’s release date of his long awaited sixth album, the Toronto songwriter has shared the video for “Love You Babe” courtesy of Paste Magazine. Edited by Arts & Crafts label mate Hayden Desser, the golden era animated clip takes a (mostly) light hearted look at romance while capturing the true topography of love.  

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Produced by Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, Song And Dance Man’s thirteen songs bear the wit and melody of classic Jason Collett: contemplative reflections on getting older, backed with an affinity for freewheeling disco music. The album’s conspiring themes of love & loneliness, sun & shadows, are buoyed by its soaring sound. Each song rises into an easy, spacious groove, lead by Jason’s languid melodies and Afie’s sun-drunk bass.

The result is a dynamic addition to a strong body of work. Recorded in spring 2015 with long-time collaborators drummer/engineer Don Kerr (at his Rooster Studio), Christine Bougie on guitar & lap steel, Zeus’ Neil Quin on backing vocals, and Afie holding it down on the bass, Song And Dance Man may be Jason Collett’s finest effort yet. The storied songwriter is back in the spotlight, more comfortable than ever in the guise of entertainer.

SONG AND DANCE MAN TRACKLIST

1. Provincial Blues

2. Song And Dance Man

3. Forever Young Is Getting Old

4. Long Day's Shadow

5. Little Sparrow

6. If She Don't Love Me Now

7. Singing American

8. Love You Babe

9. Black Oak Savanna

10. Where Does Your Love Go?

11. Nobody's Fool

12. It Don't Matter Anymore

13. Staring At The Sun