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Rise Up | Spring 2017
Fri, 5 May 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Rise Up will be hosting another entertaining and informative event for Sexual Assault Awareness month to bring together local activists with a shared goal of continuing the conversation surrounding the issues of sexual and gender-based violence in Canada.
Ally Crockford (Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre), Melissa Heirmel (Director of Ottawa Victim Services), Jeremy Dias (Founder and Director of Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity), Dr. Irvin Waller (Author and Professor of crime prevention and victim rights), Councillor Catherine McKenney (Ottawa Councillor of Somerset Ward), and survivor and activist Ellie Clarke.
TICKETS ARE $20 EACH AND WILL INCLUDE CANAPES *cash bar on premises*
All proceeds from the evening will go toward Voice Found: a survivor-led national non-profit organization that educates individuals and organizations on how to identify, prevent and respond to child sex abuse and sex trafficking.
ERIN SAOIRSE ADAIR;
Erin Saoirse (seer’-shuh) Adair is a feminist folksinger and songwriter based in Ottawa on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. She has already become a prominent and popular voice in the national folk scene and has received widespread praise for her accessible and deeply relevant songs.
Her work deals with social justice, workers’ rights, addiction, mental health, sexual assault and more. She sings frankly, and at times with humour, about her own experiences.
Erin released an EP entitled “Gaslight” on the topic of sexual assault and mental abuse, in May of 2016.
" ... A gifted and deceptively dangerous artist. Watch out, fascists! She's comin for ya!" - Torquil Campbell, Stars
Larissa Tarasoff is an Ottawa-based poet with a little sprig of prairie between her displaced toes. From Saskatoon to the Capital City, she's featured at events and venues all across the board, from the Rosebuds Burlesque Club, to Poets and Pancakes, to the Concert for Consent, to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.
Her first national team was with Saskatoon in 2015 when they took first place at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her poetry has been self-published, and has also appeared in Silence and the upcoming Tonight it's Poetry anthology. When she isn’t having feelings in front of audiences, she’s learning the art of bone photography; to see what you keep inside that holds you upright. She’s hoping all the radiation will give her superpowers.