New Constellations to celebrate the Indigenous Next Wave at the Opera House: Just announced shows

The nation(s)wide tour closes in Toronto with Feist, Lido Pimienta, Weaves, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and much more


The Basement Revue and Revolutions Per Minute are teaming up for the New Constellations tour, a 13-city nation(s)wide celebration of the Indigenous Next Wave. 

The tour finishes on December 20 at the Opera House and features a stacked lineup of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians, artists and poets. 

Out of the huge list of people taking part, Toronto has some major names already confirmed: Feist, Polaris-winner Lido Pimienta, Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg poet, author and songwriter Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Toronto indie rock band Weaves, plus Elisapie, Safia Nolin, Jeremy Dutcher and co-organizer Jason Collett (of Broken Social Scene). 

If Collett and Damian Rogers’s Basement Revue is any indicator, there are sure to be some special guests and one-off team-ups. There’s a major focus on collaborations, both fostering and bridging communities.

“Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists rarely perform or create together, so this is an amazing opportunity to see what happens when they do,” says RPM’s Jarrett Martineau. “With where we are in this country’s history, that collaboration is more important than ever.”

That’s happening offstage as well as on, with a mentorship program designed to help upcoming Indigenous artists. Youth from across the country can submit music to be mentored by artists like Iskwé, DJ NDN (of A Tribe Called Red) and Pimienta. 

December 20 at the Opera House (735 Queen East). Doors 7:30 pm. $25. newconstellations.ca.

More Just Announced Toronto Shows

Sina Salimi, d’bi. & The 333 Revival doors 8 pm. $15. picatic.com. November 9. 

Funkbox NYC/Solid Garage, Therapy Party: Tony Touch, DJ Yogi, Jojoflores, Sabine Blaizin, Kaotic Blaze Revival 10 pm. $15-$20. funkboxsolidgaragetherapy.eventbrite.com. November 11. 

Omhouse, Fits, Yucky Duster, Wine Lips Sneaky Dee’s 7 pm. $8. November 13. 

RPM Live: 008: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dio Ganhdih, See Monsters, T-Rhyme Smiling Buddha doors 7:30 pm. $10-$12. eventbrite.ca. November 14.

Long Winter: Nyssa, Mother Tareka, Ben Stevenson, Chia Seed, Tyriqueordie, Persons Tranzac doors 7 pm, all ages. Pwyc. picatic.comtorontolongwinter.com. November 17.

That Night In Toronto: The Practically Hip Opera House doors 8 pm. All proceeds go to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. $20-$30. drinkinc.ca. November 18. 

Feast In THe East 65: Off World, Egyptrixx, New Chance, Brigitte Bardon’t Matt Durant Studio 9 pm. $10-$12. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comcaskmusic.ca, circusbooksandmusic.com. November 18. 

Moonwood, Stargoon, Eiyn Sof The Dupe Shop Split tape release. 1 pm, all ages. Pwyc. November 19. 

Rico Nasty Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $12. ticketweb.ca. December 2.

Bitchin Bajas, ZONES, SlowPitchSound Smiling Buddha doors 9 pm. $9.50-$12. ticketfly.com. December 12.

New Constellations: Feist, Weaves, Lido Pimienta, Elisapie, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Safia Nolin, Jason Collett, Jeremy Dutcher Opera House 8:30 pm. $25. newconstellations.ca. December 20. 

Moosh & Twist Revival doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $17-$40. ticketfly.com. December 27.

Bahamas Massey Hall 8 pm. $39.50. On sale November 3. masseyhall.comroythomsonhall.com. January 18. 

San Fermin Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $20. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. January 27.

BRENT FAIYAZ, DIANA GORDON, AMBER OLIVER Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $22.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 1. 

SHREDDERS Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $20-$25. ticketfly.com. February 1. 

The Dangerous Summer Hard Luck Bar doors 6:30 pm. $19. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. February 7.

Brockhampton Rebel Love Your Parents tour. Doors 8 pm, all ages. $30-40. ticketmaster.ca. February 8. 

Kid Rock Air Canada Centre doors 6 pm, all ages. $39.50-$135. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 16. 

ZZ Ward Mod Club doors 7 pm. $27. ticketmaster.ca. February 21.

Peter Perrett (of The Only Ones) Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $25. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. February 28. 

Tune-Yards Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $23-$26. ticketmaster.ca. March 6. 

Nada Surf Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $26.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 11. 

Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled Air Canada Centre doors 6 pm, all ages. $40-$170. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. March 19. 

Clan Of Xymox, Decoded Feedback Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $22. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. March 20.

Rod Stewart Air Canada Centre doors 6:30 pm. $49.50-$250. On sale November 3. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. March 22. 

Brasstracks Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $20. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. March 22.

The Wedding Present, Terry De Castro Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $22.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 24. 

Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound Revue, Robert Finley, Shannon & The Clams Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $40-$50. On sale November 3. ticketmaster.ca. March 29.

Franz Ferdinand Rebel 7 pm. $38-$43. ticketmaster.ca. April 8.

John Cooper Clarke Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $22. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketweb.ca. April 12.

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather, Caitlin Rose Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $25-$39.50. ticketmaster.ca. April 24. 

Kygo Air Canada Centre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $35-$99.50. On sale November 3. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 2. 

Maroon 5 Air Canada Centre $TBA. On sale November 4. ticketmaster.ca. September 27, 2018.           

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