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More than a single open-mic night

"to provide passionate youth with a platform, and a community to share and speak about social and global issues"

Phenomenal youth talent with impactful messages

Don't believe us? See for yourself!


Stay Woke was an initiative created by Maliha and Bianca when they were in grade 11. Stemming from a joint passion for social justice and advocacy, this annual youth open-mic event works to inform, connect and amplify the voices of over 100 youth across the GTA.

The second event in 2019 was a large success and the organization hopes to continue to grow and expand in order to offer other opportunities in the future. 

  • Over 100 youth in attendance in 2019

  • 25 youth speakers (spoken word artists, rappers, presenters etc.)

  • Entirely youth run event

Stay Woke is entirely youth-run and youth focussed, which allows our events to be specifically designed to cater towards the exact needs of youth in the community, such as building networking skills and using your voice for social change in practical ways.

Empowered, educated and involved youth have the power to create real change. Find your passion, and stand for something. 



"I've a distinct memory of the dread I felt right after signing up for Stay Woke last year - I'd no close what I wanted to talk about....I opened up about how my relationships with people had deteriorated because of it... Stay Woke was a good reminder there is always good in the world, and there is always good people who will listen..."

Speaking Topics

All topics relating to social and global issues are welcome including, but not limited to:

  • Mental health

  • Racism & discrimination

  • Feminism 

  • Empowerment

  • Personal experiences

  • Environment

Presentation Mediums​

All mediums are welcome including, but not limited to:

  • Speeches

  • Powerpoint presentations

  • Spoken word

  • Poetry

  • Art

  • Dramatic presentation

  • Videos

  • Singing/rapping

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