On the 10th anniversary of
Tegan and Sara present…
About the project & cause
This past winter, as the 10th anniversary of The Con quickly approached, Sara and I started to brainstorm meaningful ways to celebrate what was easily one of our most important records. Important not just because of the music or the elaborate way we approached recording it 10 years ago with Chris Walla. Important because it was the biggest leap we had made in attempting to write a cohesive group of songs that told a painful and anxious story about our different relationships to loss, death, love, compulsion, fear, letting go and moving on. Indisputably our most raw and intimate record, we wanted to ensure we created a new package that did justice to the layers of attachment that both we and our fans have had to The Con.
Almost immediately we established that a tour playing all 14 songs in a more intimate and stripped-down arrangement would be special and memorable for our diehard fans. But we also wanted a companion piece that would live on past the anniversary, hence The Con X: Covers album was born.
From day one we wanted the proceeds to go to our newly-launched Tegan and Sara Foundation, which raises money for self-identified women and girls in the LGBTQ community. With that intention set, we asked 14 artists who were either outspoken allies of the LGTBQ community or LGBTQ themselves to each cover a song from The Con. We encouraged each artist to approach the song they were covering in any fashion they saw fit. Their inspiration could come from the original record or The Con Demos, our first home recordings that were released after The Con came out. All the artists agreed to donate their time and energy to the project and their labels all agreed to waive their fees as well.
At the core of our planning was the hope that this new project would tell another chapter in the story that was The Con. Music allows us to project our own stories, losses, and anxieties onto the melodies and words of someone else. It’s a universal language that bonds people together from different worlds, countries, and experiences. Somehow all these new covers manage to come together to add a new chapter to The Con. We are beyond grateful for the contributions of each artist, and we hope fans of The Con will be moved by their interpretations.
The Con X: Covers vinyl, CD, and digital/ streaming album is available now.
xo Tegan and Sara
The Con X Tour
10th Anniversary Acoustic Tour
In October and November 2017, Tegan and Sara performed the full, original album in new & intimate arrangements across cities in North America!
$1 from every ticket sold and a portion of merchandise proceeds benefitted the
TEGAN AND SARA FOUNDATION
Fighting for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.
The mission is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social and gender justice. In partnership and solidarity with other organizations fighting for LGBTQ and women’s rights, the Foundation uses Tegan and Sara’s platform to raise awareness and funds to address the inequalities currently preventing LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential. LGBTQ girls & women have been historically underfunded, underrepresented and under-researched. A few of the key statistics that inspire the Foundation’s commitment to this community….
of LGBTQ women live in poverty.
LGB women of color are 3 times more likely to live in poverty than their white peers.
Transgender women are 4 times more likely to have an income of under $10,000.
of LGBTQ individuals report discrimination from their doctor. LGBTQ women are more likely to postpone medical care, and less likely to get preventative medical screenings due to lack of culturally competent care.
of TV characters are lesbians. In 2016, 25 queer female characters were killed on-screen – continuing a decades-long trend.