The Basement Revue

Damian Rogers

Photo of Damian Rogers, courtesy of The Basement Revue


The Basement Revue

March 10, 2017, 7pm
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

The All Together Now: Performance Across Disciplines program launches on March 10 with a special edition of Jason Collett’s legendary The Basement Revue, a showcase and incubator for Canadian music and literature that has spanned more than 10 years and 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 by the writer Damian Rogers, the program and participants are kept secret until the performance begins.


This wildly popular half-literary, half-music series sells out every season without the performers’ names ever being announced! Loyal audiences have learned to expect a veritable who’s who of contemporary Canadian fiction, music and poetry gathered in a cross-pollinating variety show, and the mystery of not knowing who might be called to the stage next provides a certain unpredictable excitement.

In the spring of 2015, The Basement Revue went on the road for the first time, producing and curating a sold-out show for the NAC's Ontario Scene Festival. And now, a forthcoming podcast series will make it possible for the most magical moments to reach an even larger audience.

Jason Collett is a Toronto-based Canadian singer-songwriter. He has released four solo albums, and is a member of Broken Social Scene. His latest album, Song And Dance Man, was released in February, 2016.

Damian Rogers is a poet, writer and editor living in Toronto. She was the founding creative director of Poetry In Voice, a recitation contest for Canadian high-school students. She has recently worked as the poetry editor at House of Anansi Press, the poetry editor at The Walrus magazine, and the co-host and literary curator of The Basement Revue.


This winter, the AGO presents a program of three performances that span art, music, comedy, literature and theatre, live in Walker Court. The program explores ways collaboration, creation and performance are formative to experiences of community. Free with admission and presented on select Friday evenings, the series continues the AGO’s commitment to bringing live culture into the museum space, offering opportunities for audiences to immerse themselves in diverse expressions, stories and provocations that cross artistic disciplines.

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