Venus Fest announces 2019 program

Toronto’s Venus Fest has announced the lineup for their third installment which is taking place from September 20-22, 2019. The three-day event will host music performances, art installations and free workshops including a number of all ages events.

Numerous studies have proved that businesses thrive in unprecedented ways when there are women in leadership positions. However, in the arts sector and particularly in music, women continue to be nearly absent. Change has started to appear onstage with many festivals and promoters looking to book more women and non-binary artists, but further transformation is necessary in the music industry as a whole, so that representation is built into the fabric of the organization itself

“Venus Fest is held by a team that understands the need for this festival, from a personal standpoint. We are making decisions that account for, and correct, our history and experience. Our industry will remain fractured until every music organization is working with underrepresented people who have the wisdom that comes from that deeply personal place,” Aerin Fogel, Venus Fest Founder.

This year’s event features a series of incredible performers that you aren’t going to want to miss. Check out full programming below.

Friday September 20, 19+
The Vaselines
The Weather Station
Dorothea Paas
Live visuals by Chanteclair
Installation by Camille Jodoin-Eng

Saturday September 21, 19+
Tei Shi
Han Han
Too Attached
Live visuals by blackpowerbarbie
Installation by Camille Jodoin-Eng

Sunday September 22, All Ages
Charlotte Cardin
Nice Hands
Amaka Queenette
Live visuals by Vanessa Rieger
Installation by Camille Jodoin-Eng


Saturday September 21, 19+
DIY Demos (Masterclass)
Co-presented with Women In Music Canada
A technical workshop instructing artists on the basics of building their own demos at home. Geared towards developing women and non-binary artists.
No previous experience necessary.
Pre-registration required. Subject to capacity.

Wellness for Artists (panel) w/ WIMC
A discussion on mental and emotional health for artists, accessibility, self care, and wellness.

Sunday September 22, 18 and under
Songwriting For Youth (workshop)
Co-presented with Women In Music Canada
A songwriting workshop for girls, non-binary, and transgender youth 18 and under.
No previous experience necessary.
With Girls Rock Camp facilitators.
Pre-registration required.
Parents and caregivers welcome to accompany young children, does not require extra registration. Subject to capacity.

Project Management (panel) w / WIMC
A solution based discussion on distribution, digital marketing, and managing a new release for artists.

Single nights $25 +HST and service fees
Wristbands $55 +
Early bird single nights $19 +
Early bird wristbands $45 +
Kick-off party $10 + or free with wristband
Workshops – free- subject to capacity

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