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Nasim Asgari delivers one of her powerful pieces that address the hate we encounter in our daily lives.


Renee Henry is one of the most powerful voices to ever hit the RISE stage
She will consistently remind you of your powerful presence in this world.


“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Ghandi


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  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.

Monday April 16, 2012:

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.

RISE Edutainment programming draws youth from across the city, bringing together young creative minds from south Etobicoke to North York to south Scarborough and across Toronto. Our activities are, however, deeply rooted in our Scarborough home. For us, Scarborough is a richly diverse and creative area, filled with community minded youth looking to explore art and social issues, that seek safe and supportive environments to express and develop their creative voice. R.I.S.E activities seek to provide this much needed space.

In 2012, to meet this need, RISE established a weekly open mic event called RISE Poetry Mondays at the Scarborough Youth Resource Centre. R.I.S.E later moved to Burrows Hall to accommodate growth. 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.

RISE activities also engage young people from our community in artistic and professional skill building. We facilitate regular artist development workshops at the Malvern S.P.O.T., in north -east Scarborough, building the skills necessary to develop each individual’s artistry.



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Creative Director


Community Organizer


RISE Monday's Host


Director of Videography


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Artist Manager


Community Organizer


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. $3 at the door | DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

1081 Progress Avenue, Burrows Hall Community Centre from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.


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One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, and organizations like our self in need.

To learn more about the many benefits of volunteering and find tips on getting started as a RISE volunteer. Please send us email in our Contact page below.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou