On December 18, 2014 at the Opera House in Toronto’s East End, Joseph Boyden, A Tribe Called Red, Jennifer Castle, Lee Maracle, Naomi Klein, Leanne Simpson, Tara Williamson, Shary Boyle, Emily Vey Duke, Cris Derkson, and special guests will come together to celebrate community. Proceeds will be donated to the Toronto organization No More Silence.

“In the Basement Revue’s seven-year history, we have always kept the line-up of these shows a secret, but we’ve decided to break tradition this year given the circumstances and what the objective of this show has become — an opportunity for the Canadian arts community to come together in solidarity and support.

Due to a fire at Adelaide Hall, we were faced with the prospect of having to do a reduced capacity show at a smaller venue, because no comparable-sized venues were available at this late date. You might say that this unfortunate fire lit a proverbial fire under our ass to make the leap to a larger venue and embrace the momentum we felt building around the shared excitement of the artists already involved. The theme resonates with us all in a profound way. So we’ve decided to make our intentions public and invite the public to be allies in this fundraiser.

Back in September, we reached out to Joseph Boyden and A Tribe Called Red to co-curate this show with us. The generous and enthusiastic spirit in which they responded was inspiring, and our conversations quickly snowballed, resulting in this incredibly talented roster. In light of the tumultuous fall we’ve had, with issues of violence against women coming to a historical head, this is a poignant moment for us all to reflect. The pieces that will be performed at this show are an artistic articulation of the many threads that run through this theme.

This show is a celebration of resilience, resistance, and survival. We hope you’ll join us.”

—Jason Collett & Damian Rogers

All previously purchased tickets for December 18 will be honoured at The Opera House and the 3 upcoming sold-out Basement Revue dates at The Dakota Tavern on December 9, 23 and 30 remain as originally announced. Tickets for Jason Collett’s Basement Revue on December 18 at The Opera House are $25 and can be purchased from Rotate This and Soundscapes, or online at Gallery AC HERE.


Posted On: December 09, 2014