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[ARCHIVE] RISE: a performance night for Black women and femme folks

  • Casa del Popolo 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montréal, QC, H2T 1R6 Canada (map)

Shanice Nicole, Cherrilyn Birchwood and Lux Magna present...

RISE: A very special poetry, spoken word, and performance night

Showcasing the immense talent and power Black women and femme-of-centre folks have, RISE is a collaboration between poetry powerhouse Shanice Nicole (@ThatsWhatShaSaid), event organizer extraordinaire Cherrilyn Birchwood (Cerise Sur Le Gâteau Productions), and brand new festival Lux Magna.

A community-backed event, we seek to have Black women and femme-of-centre non-binary folks RISE to the occasion, bask in the spotlight and share their revolutionary ideas, words, and energies. The night will also be a (belated 25th) birthday celebration for Shanice Nicole and most importantly, a fundraiser for Third Eye Collective.

💜 Performers 💜

🖤 Shanice Nicole
Shanice Nicole is an (out)spoken word artist and educator whose feminist poetry and work are tools of expression, healing and resistance. Her poetry and work explores race, mental health, sexuality, oppression, and freedom, all of which represent the many layers of her Black womanhood.

🖤 Shades Lawrence
Shades Lawrence is a Montreal born and based poet, hip hop artist and producer of mixed British, Jamaican, Irish and Scottish descent.

Coming out of a tradition of spoken word, she blends poetry with social justice themes to smooth beats.

She is currently working on an EP to be released in 2018.

🖤 Karine Constant-Déjean
Karine Constant-Déjean is a queer Black fat femme woman. She has sang operas karaoke-style as a girl, has written novels as a teenager and performed in play as a young adult. Now, she writes and performs her pieces and support others to tell our own stories. This domestic queen would remind you that she's a feminist, an introvert and an optimist.
Karine Constant-Déjean est une femme Noire, queer, grosse et fem. Petite fille, elle a chanté de l'opéra en style karaoké alors qu'adolescente, elle a écrit des romans et est montée sur les planches de plusieurs pièces de théâtre. Maintenant, elle écrit et performe ses poèmes et soutient d'autres à prendre la parole. Cette reine du foyer aimerait vous rappeler qu'elle est une féministe, une introvertie et une optimiste.

🖤 Unyque N. Ether
Unyque N. Ether is an artist (writer, poet, illustrator) of African descent, born and raised in Montréal, Qc. 

🖤 Jodie-Ann
Jodie-Ann is a queer Jamaican-Canadian babe, born and raised in Montreal. She is very much interested in ancestry and lineage as sources of strength and healing. She is inspired by the art that reflects resilience and growth. She is currently the outreach coordinator at Montreal Pride where she co-organized an all-QTPOC performance show called Excellence. She is committed to giving space to fellow QTPOCs in the arts and performance scenes in the ways she can. She enjoys taking selfies, reading, writing and dancing. She also loves cats and has two at home.

💜 Venue 💜
Casa del Popolo
4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal H2T1R5
Metro Laurier or Mont-Royal
If you have any access needs you want to let organizers know of in advance, please send any of us a message on Facebook!

Casa Del Popolo is located on ground level. There are ramps on both the venue and bar front entrances for wheelchair accessibility. Washrooms are gender neutral and one is wheelchair accessible.

💜 Event Details 💜

🖤 Doors at 9 pm
🖤 Show at 9:30 pm sharp
🖤 Shanice's Birthday Celebration at 11:30 pm

🖤 This event is Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC)
🖤 Suggested donation: 5-15$ [Advance Tickets]
🖤 People who hold systemic power over the target audience (e.g. race, class, gender) are encouraged to donate more.

🖤 All money collected will go to the performers and the Third Eye Collective, a grassroots organization supporting primarily Black women who are survivors of sexual assault and gendered violence.

Everyone (respectful) is welcome to attend. If you believe that Black women and femme folks deserve to be on stage, with a mic in their hands and in front of an audience ready to listen, then this is the space for you. No one turned away for lack of funds.

💜 Land Acknowledgment 💜

This event takes place on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory in Tio'tia:ke here on Turtle Island. Please learn more about the land you are on here: and commit to supporting Indigenous resistance in your communities. 

We as organizers stand in solidarity with local and global Indigenous communities fighting for their right to power, land, resources and safety.

We recognize the ongoing impacts of colonialism that attempt to strip BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) of our body autonomy, our voices, our culture, and our lives. Wherever we go, wherever we are - we resist. We reclaim. We RISE.

💜 Thank Yous 💜

🖤 Elijah Renard: - Graphic Design
🖤 Jean Murray - Funding Research
🖤 Everyone who has donated to the online campaign! Please continue to support:

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