The Basement Revue breaks tradition to reveal a star-studded fundraiser to raise support for missing and murdered aboriginal women.
On December 18, 2014 at the Opera House in Torontos 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.
In the Basement Revues seven-year history, we have always kept the line-up of these shows a secret, but weve 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 weve 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 weve 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
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