It’s hard to truly describe what Jason Collett’s Basement Revue has become. Now in its seventh incarnation, the constant stream of friends, musicians, storytellers, and poets provides for a certain type of unpredictable excitement. One might encounter Metric’s James Shaw performing a version of Pink Floyd’s “Nobody’s Home” on the piano, or the mesmerizing Feist, Ariel Engle, and Daniella Gesundheit backing up a reading from Michael Ondaatje.

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. Curated by Collett, last year boasted an impressive roster that featured Feist, Michael Ondaatje, Karen Solie, Buck 65, Bahamas, Snowblink, Hayden, Chris Murphy (Sloan), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Andy Kim, Snowblink, AroarA, and Linda Spalding. Previous guests have included Ken Babstock, Sheila Heti, Kevin Connolly, Damian Rogers, Julie Doiron, Torquil Campbell (Stars), Doug Paisley, John K. Sampson (Weakerthans), K-OS, and Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland (Whitehorse).

Hosted at The Dakota on December 5, 12, and 26, the Basement Revue will conclude at Adelaide Hall on December 19.

Tickets are $25 for each night and can be purchased from Rotate This and Soundscapes, or online at GalleryAC. Doors open at 8:30pm.


‘“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

“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 [The Grid] 

“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

Posted On: October 09, 2013