Tuesday February 8, 2011, Doors at 6:30 pm
The Underground, Student Centre, York University
“I’m not afraid to big up my community,
because the media fails to notice our unity,
or because I’ve been made a victim to scrutiny
or because I’m underrated
this isn’t new to me.”
Too cold to chill outside? Jane and Finch will be bringing the heat to York University with RISE AND SHINE. Organized by Lola Lawson as part of her internship at the Art Gallery of York University, RISE AND SHINE is a community-based talent showcase featuring stellar performances by emerging artists from the Jane and Finch community. Presented in conjunction with the Art Gallery of York University’s winter program, this hype event will include performances by some of the community’s best, up and coming MC’s, singers, and spoken word artists. Shining the spotlight on underexposed artists, this event will connect emerging talents with new audiences and provide exposure and recognition that is long overdue. Hosted by Femi Lawson the event features music by DJ OHSO and performances by: David Delisca, Domanique Grant, Rian Hamilton, Heavy Steve, Nancy Kamalanathan, Lola Lawson, Nomanzland, R.O.S., Rushie Raw, Star Dat Prince, and TK.
Not satisfied with a one-off event, Lawson established the first Jane and Finch club at York University in order to ensure that the talents and strengths of the community remain in the spotlight. This club will also contribute to York University’s ongoing efforts to bridge the gap and overcome the divide that has historically separated the university from the surrounding community.
RISE AND SHINE: A Community-Based Talent Showcase was made possible thanks to generous support from the York United Black Student Alliance, the Creative Arts Student Association, and Jane and Finch at York.