New Constellations is a nation(s)wide tour of music and arts, featuring special guest appearances by an interstellar lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.
The tour is curated and produced by The Basement Revue, a live series with a proven track record of bringing together some of the country’s best music and literary talents on the same stage, and Revolutions Per Minute, a global Indigenous music platform and record label that promotes and celebrates the Indigenous Next Wave.
New Constellations is the first of its kind: a music and 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.
About Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)
Revolutions Per Minute is a global new music platform, record label, artist collective, and live music presenter celebrating Indigenous music culture. RPM’s mission is to build a visionary community of Indigenous artists and to introduce Indigenous music to new audiences across Turtle Island and around the world. Their main site, RPM.fm, has featured the work of more than 600 Indigenous artists and shared their music across RPM’s social networks of more than 275,000 followers. RPM Live is their successful Indigenous live music series held annually in Toronto, Montreal, and New York. RPM Records is the first of its kind: a label for contemporary, cross-genre Indigenous music, run by Indigenous people. Selected by The FADER as one of “5 New Canadian Record Labels The Entire World Should Know”, RPM Records artists include Jeremy Dutcher, Ziibiwan, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Exquisite Ghost, and Mob Bounce.
“Besides being a rotating roster of festival-style performances, New Constellations is an intimate opportunity to listen to voices of resurgence — of what is clearly an Indigenous Next Wave,” said Jason Collett, musician from Broken Social Scene, and founder of The Basement Revue. “The momentum is palpable, and it’s inspiring to be a part of such a special celebration.”
“New Constellations is an incredible platform to support collaboration between artists across a range of literary and musical genres,” said Damian Rogers, poet and co-curator of The Basement Revue. “We’ve always had great writers perform alongside musicians with The Basement Revue, but bringing this lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together is something really special.”
“The power of New Constellations is in the new relationships and creative connections that are being made”, said Jarrett Martineau, Cree/Dene media maker and co-founder of RPM. “Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists rarely perform or create together, so this is an amazing opportunity to see what happens when they do. With where we are in this country’s history, that collaboration is more important than ever.”
New Constellations includes a tour documentary produced by Antica Productions, producers of Gord Downie’s Secret Path project, and directed by Mohawk filmmaker and documentarian Tracey Deer, co-creator of “Mohawk Girls”.
New Constellations is presented with support from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.
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New Constellations events are intended to be safe & inclusive spaces.
We are deeply committed to providing an inclusive, supportive, and safe space that is free of sexism / racism / ableism / homophobia / transphobia / aggressive / violent behaviour of any kind that puts our intended participants and audiences at risk.
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Our Safe & Inclusive Space Policy was developed using the Coalition for Safer Spaces resource.