RISE Edutainment will curate a one hour musical and poetic performance intended to inspire, engage and empower the audiences. These messages will delve into introspection, self-love and self -identity. Participants in this program for the Biennial include: Tamir Holder, Dynesti Williams, Randell Adjel, and Jayda Marley.
These performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.
Image: Crowd at RISE Edutainment event. Courtesy Randell Adjei.
Dynesti Williams inspires people to reconnect to their higher selves through bold and unapologetic live performances, lyrics, videos, workshops, and sonic experiences. She is known as a fierce entertainer with a contagious energy that can raise the vibration of any space she performs in. Nicknamed The Dyna for delivering energy like food for the soul, Dynesti Williams invites you to feast on the balance of unity and chaos through the flavor she describes as motivational Hip-Hop/Soul with a “dash” of Rudegyal. She is currently partnering with DatGas Music Entertainment in N.Y.C. on the soon-coming release of her debut album entitled “The Dyna”.
Jayda Marley is a Queer Femme Afro-Indigenous poet from Tkaronto, who uses her words to bend stereotypes & teach youth how to use their voices for good in their communities. At age 18, she has performed on many different stages and has trav-elled all over Turtle Island with her poetry. She has also been published in multiple anthologies including the West Enders Magazine & “In This Together.” She uses her poetry to walk people through her life and constantly find ways to decolonize her life and how she learns.
Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to empower through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award. Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful Anthology re-leased in 2018. He is a cohort 2 Studio Y MaRS DD Fellow and 1 of 4 coaches involved in the Toronto Public Library (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project. Randell was the Black Canadian Awards – Best Spoken Word award winner in 2015. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazines Local Hero in May 2017.
Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a youth-led movement that has been providing opportunities and spaces for youth to develop artistical-ly/professionally, personally, socially, and spiritually. We create safe and inclusive spaces that foster self-expression and healing through the performance arts and storytelling. Participants in this program for the Biennial include: Tamir Holder, Dynesti Williams, Randell Adjel and Jayda Marley.
Scarborough-based creative Tamir Holder is an artist on the never-ending journey of self-discovery. Driven by his desire to declutter the mind and live from the heart, Tamir is an artist constantly challenging himself to look within and confront vulner-abilities. His current love affair with music is challenging him to use lyricism, flows, stage-performance, dance and soundscapes to explore his wandering mind to better learn how to heal the relationship between all scattered parts of himself. Tamir is currently working on his debut EP.