A spoken word, dance, and music performance series presented in partnership with R.I.S.E. Edutainment and Jane Street Speaks. Organized by Allyson Adley, Collections/Education Assistant, and curated by Randell Adjei and Nathan Baya.


AGYU is excited to launch a new Instagram takeover, featuring two influential performance scenes of spoken word poets, singers, rappers, and dancers. Working in partnership with cultural visionaries—Scarborough-based R.I.S.E. Edutainment Director, Randell Adjei and Jane Street Speaks Founder, Nathan Baya— AGYU presents Remote Control, an online social media forum for performance that builds virtual communities and creative solidarity in a difficult and unprecedented period of social distancing and cultural isolation.


April 14, 7 – 8 pm featuring Dynesti; Tracey Kayy; Azalyne Klukowski
curated and hosted by Randell Adjei

April 21, 7 – 8 pm: featuring Empara; Don Richie; Kibra, Lexxicon, Moose, Snipa, Txnic
curated and hosted by Nathan Baya

April 28, 7 – 8 pm: featuring Dejuan; Grier Munro; Rudy Ray; Zakisha; Shahaddah Jack
curated and hosted by Randell Adjei

May 5, 7 – 8 pm: featuring Terina Faye; Glowz; Kenny; Nova Lush; Terence Penny; Scribe; Spin
curated and hosted by Nathan Baya

May 19, 7 – 8 pm: featuring Maya Gabriel; Sasha L Henry; Ellevan; Aicha; Stretch; Moel
curated and hosted by Randell Adjei

May 26, 7 – 8 pm: featuring LolaBunz; Roshelle; Anika Marie; Keosha Love; Meika; Kaylyn Kewageshig; Lorne Pawis
curated and hosted by Nathan Baya

June 2, 7 – 8 pm: TBD
curated and hosted by Randell Adjei

June 9, 7 – 8 pm: featuring Amoya Reé; Faduma Mohamed; Kareem B.
curated and hosted by Nathan Baya

This Instagram takeover is a cultural bridge, virtually joining the often divided East and West ends of the GTA. Remote Control is a platform to continue the important work that Adjei and Baya do in promoting the diverse talents in their respective communities by hosting jam-packed and celebrated live performance events.  With Adjei and Baya taking the lead, AGYU reimagines the performance format, bringing our audience into virtual contact with a roster of incredible local artists. Remote Control is conceived as an opportunity for artists to perform during a moment of mass social and economic upheaval,  introducing artists to new audiences and supporters, and creating meaningful online cultural programming—all in an effort to connect and enliven communities through art.

[Photo credit: Anthony Gebrehiwot, @xvxyphoto]

A big shout out to Randell Adjei (left) and Nathan Baya (right) for organizing this incredible performance series, as well as to all the artists who perform over the next four weeks. The Covid-19 pandemic has posed numerous challenges for people around the world and the AGYU wants to thank these artists for sharing their talents and for contributing to a virtual event that demonstrates how culture is invaluable during difficult times.


AGYU thanks R.I.S.E. Edutainment and Jane Street Speaks for supporting this program.


See Also

Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions

Instagram Live

Sundays, May 17 – Jul 19

Cultural Policies meet Pandemic Follies

Cultural Policies meet Pandemic Follies

Panel Discussion

20 May 2020

Artists and the CERB

Artists and the CERB

Open letter

8 Apr 2020

Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday closed
Sunday noon – 5 pm

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Toronto ON M3J 1P3


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