Today, beloved Toronto collective Broken Social Scene announced a series of North American shows for this fall. The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album You Forgot It In People, a record that took indie rock well beyond its boisterous ’90s roots to a more sonically expansive and emotionally expressive vision. .
Full tour dates are listed below; these shows will see the band play the album, along with some fan favorites, and – in typical Broken Social Scene style – likely some new material as well. Tickets are available Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. local time.
To further celebrate the landmark album’s anniversary, the band has also teamed up with Z2 Comics and writer Lonnie Nadler to channel each track on the disc into a sequential art set – Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It. in People, The Graphic Novel. Alongside the confluence that led a community of Toronto musicians to create a meandering sonic epiphany, this project brings together a writer and 13 artists to create a series of intertwining vignettes inspired by You Forgot It In People.
The graphic novel bundle will also include two musical extras: the first is a 10-inch vinyl of the classic You Forgot It In People song “Lover’s Spit” – featuring both the album version and the stripped down version of the B-side featuring Feiston’s vocals; the second is a cassette mixtape of unpublished instrumental compositions.
Once a two-person basement recording project, Broken Social Scene came to life on stage as a shadowy improvisational entity with a slate of revolving doors, with each gig a completely unique experience depending on the room, the weather, what they had for dinner that night, and who was coming to play.
While the band’s 2001 debut album Feel Good Lost presented BSS as an anonymous ambient project that reflected its humble, artisanal origins, their electrifying live performances from this era brought together an extended family of artists with post-rock roots (Justin Peroff; Do Charles Spearin of Make Say Think), latin jazz (Andrew Whiteman), art-folk (Feist), synth-pop (Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, also of Stars), dance-punk (Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw ) and country rock (Jason Collett). From this collection of incredible talent, You Forgot It In People – and Broken Social Scene as we know it now – was born.
Most recently, BSS released Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities, a career-spanning collection of B-sides, rarities, and takes from 20 years of 7-inches, compilations, soundtracks, and hard-to-find. versions.
9/23 – Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom
9/24 – Seattle, Washington / Paramount
9/26 – Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom
9/27 – Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom
9/29 – Sonoma, CA / Gundlach Bundschu (Barn)
9/30 – Oakland, CA / Fox Theater
10/2 – Dana Point, CA / Ohana Festival
10/4 – Sante Fe, NM / Meow Wolf
10/5 – Denver, Colorado / Summit Music Hall
10/7 – Iowa City, IA / Englert Theater
10/8 – St. Paul, MN / Palace Theater
9/10 – Chicago, IL / Thalia Hall
10/10 – Chicago, IL / Thalia Hall
10/12 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Union Transfer
10/13 – Washington, DC / Lincoln Theater
10/14 – Washington, DC / 9:30 a.m. Club
10/15 – New York, New York / Webster Hall
10/16 – New York, New York / Webster Hall