Remote Control: an AGYU Live Instagram Performance Series

Presented in partnership with R.I.S.E. Edutainment and Jane Street Speaks

April 14 to May 5, 2020 @a_g_y_u

Starting Tuesday April 14, at 7 pm, join the AGYU live on Instagram @a_g_y_u for Remote Control—a spoken word, dance, and music performance series curated by Randell Adjei and Nathan Baya. The series continues each Tuesday evening for the next four weeks.


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 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
curated and hosted by Randell Adjei

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

This Instagram takeover is a cultural bridge, virtually joining the often divided East and West ends of Toronto’s 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.


Image: left: Randell Adjei. right: Nathan Baya. Photo credits: Anthony Gebrehiwot (@xvxyphoto) and Bilyen

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and by its membership.

In acknowledging that York University occupies colonized Indigenous territories, and out of respect for the rights of Indigenous people, we accept our collective responsibility to recognize our colonial histories as well as their present-day manifestations and to honour, protect, and sustain this land.

A big shout out to Randell Adjei and Nathan Baya 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.

AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces & experiences and is barrier free.


Remote Control is organized by Allyson Adley, Collections/Education Assistant. For more information or to request images or interviews with the artists, please contact:

The AGYU is currently closed to the public to stop the spread of Covid-19. Please take care and precautions during this life changing pandemic.

Remote Control can be viewed live on the AGYU’s Instagram feed. Please follow us @a_g_y_u

For general inquiries please email or call 1.416.736.5169