For the past three years, R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) has been creating major waves in Toronto’s grassroots arts community. From spoken word to performance arts, the collective has mobilized young people and created a powerful platform of expression for them. Celebrating the third successful year of edutainment, 416RISE was a smash success. Photographer Janelle Scott-Johnson was on hand to capture this telling photo essay of the night.

R.I.S.E. Founding Director, Randell Adjei (left) with members of Fives On Top clothing line.

R.I.S.E. Founding Director, Randell Adjei (left) with members of 5ives On Top clothing line.

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