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RISE Thursday

  • 777 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5S 1Z5 Canada (map)

From our weekly open mic showcases in Scarborough to our monthly showcases in the Annex. Please join us in our new cornerstone to Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE). Similar to our RISE Poetry Mondays, RISE Thursdays is an open mic event that will take place on the first Thursday of every month in partnership with A Different Booklist. Our mission is to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts.

We are honoured to have Joshua 'Scribe' Watkis as our April 2019 feature.


A lifetime immersed in the performing arts has made Joshua “Scribe” Watkis entirely devoted to the gift of storytelling. Through Spoken Word Poetry and Hip-Hop, he has taken thousands into his world to experience it as he does. The Toronto born poet has performed on stages across Canada, appeared on CBC and has opened for the legendary Hip-Hop band ‘The Roots’ with ‘The Uncharted’ collective. As a competitor he has attended the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2014, 2015 and 2017, never having missed a finals stage.

Scribe, owner and facilitator of Word is Bond, is an Arts Educator and event organizer as well, on the Board of Directors for BAM! Youth Slam and a curator for the Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam. His goal is not only to bring his audiences through his story, but to gift them with the courage to do what he calls the “bravest act on Earth”. To share their own stories, in their words, out loud.