2023 Festival:
October 16–22

21. Rise Up!

21. Rise Up!

In-person tickets for this event are sold out. You can still book tickets for the free livestream, or click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Andrea Warner’s Rise Up and Sing is an inspiring introduction to activism and social justice for young teens, showing the important role music plays in changing the world. Featuring musicians such as Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, and iconic artists from past generations, Andrea’s book shows how music contributed to the fight for social justice—and continues to do so. She’s joined by musicians Missy D, Kimmortal, and Chris Reed/Continental Breakfast, each of whom will perform and speak to how they use music in their own activism. The book even includes a playlist with recommended songs about areas of activism. This is an event, and book, that is as uplifting as it is rocking. Grades 8–12.

Event Participants:

Missy D

MISSY D is a bilingual Hip Hop, Rap & Soul Artist who has been rapping since she was 11 years old in French and English coming from the 3 corners of the motherland (Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe). Missy D’s French EP entitled Case Départ was released in April 2022.


KIMMORTAL aka Kim (they/them) is a multi hyphenate artist and musician. Their ancestry is from Pangasinan and Negros Occidental, Philippines. Combining their passion for hip hop, visual art, theatre, spoken word, ancestral wisdom, and liberation, Kimmortal is known for their multi-dimensional approach to music.

Chris Reed/Continental Breakfast

CHRIS REED/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST is an indigenous non-binary Drag performance artist and cultural event producer. They are Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree and are a settler on the stolen lands of the Txʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They co-founded the Vancouver production company, Queer Based Media.