“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

RISE Edutainment

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us!

Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

  • 1081 Progress Avenue
  • Burrows Hall Community Centre
  • Scarburough, ON

Successful Monday Nights


Artists On Stage


Risen Souls Attended








The Rise of An Idea

What started off as an idea in Randell Adjei’s mind, quickly blossomed into a movement greater than he could have expected.

“I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. I am just a vessel helping to push the movement forward.”

RISE began as a small, intimate group of 20 youth sharing their poetry and stories with each other. With each passing week, more and more people had heard about what was going on in the small resource centre located in Scarborough Town Centre. Soon enough, numbers grew exponentially to 50, 90, 125; growing large enough that RISE had to relocate to our current home of Burrows Hall Community Centre. Each week since then, youth have been coming to RISE to share love, be inspired and be amongst a community of other youth looking to make a change.


Danzig Bullets

On July 16, 2012, gunfire erupted at a BBQ held on Danzig Street; 23 people were wounded, and the lives of Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay were taken in what has been dubbed as the worst mass-shooting in Toronto’s history. 10 Minutes away, RISE had just finished its third poetry show of the month.

Had RISE not have been happening that evening, some of the youth that had attended, would have been at the BBQ and in-direct risk of harm. Lives were lost, and communities were shaken due to a senseless act of crime that has affected the entirety of Scarborough and Toronto. This was enough confirmation for Randell to continue to RISE and provide a platform for positive and safe self-expression. We are youth providing youth with opportunities to express their creative voice, develop artistic and creative leadership skills, and build capacity for professional artistic practice, while encouraging them to work from a place of love, social consciousness and political engagement.


Where We Are Now

In just under a year, RISE Poetry Mondays have become Toronto’s largest weekly, open mic event, providing a platform for youth to positively express themselves through the performing arts. The program runs 45 weeks of the year and gathers over 100 participants, over half of which identify as artists in performing, recording and or visual arts. This is our core program and the backbone of the RISE Edutainment movement.



Help create flyers, posters and more to help bring awareness to the event.

Bringers of Funk

You bring the funk, we bring the party.

Event Staff

Greet and direct people as they arrive, run concession sales, and help out with whatever tasks need to be done on the evening of the event.

Social Media Warrior

Leave no friends behind! Make sure your friends and followers know where you're going to be on Monday nights.


“A picture is worth 1 000 words.” Let's show everyone how awesome RISE is!


Eager to start helping? Send us an e-mail letting us know, and we'll be in touch!


Looking to volunteer? Have a question? Send us an email using the page below, and we'll get back to you soon.

(P.S. Interested in merchandising or vending at our events? Let us know!)

1081 Progress Avenue