Venus Fest Announces 5th Anniversary Featuring Haviah Mighty, Charlotte Cornfield, SPELLING and more

Venus Fest is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the festival. This year’s event will take place at Toronto Gallery the plum, a new collective space focused on representation in visual art, from October 16-30.

The hybrid event video installation features collaborations between artists and musicians, once again, celebrating the many identities within music. The number five is especially significant, often associated with the theme of bridges, moving from a previous state of being into something new. This year’s event will once again adhere to the performance restrictions faced by the music industry. Venus Fest takes inspiration from this  and seeks to inspire new, creative ways of experiencing art and togetherness in the midst of chaos, as well as bridging the gaps in representation within music and moving towards a new paradigm in artistic celebration. . Limited capacity and scheduled visits will ensure attendees have options to view content both in person and online.

The videos will premiere online October 22nd and 23rd, via the Happin platform where virtual audiences can engage in a live chat and buy merch directly from the artists. For in-person viewing, the videos will be featured on a loop in the space via projector, alongside an immersive full-gallery art installation from Emily Pelstring. Local audiences can drop by the gallery on weekends (within capacity limits), between 2-6pm or by appointment only to see the exhibit during the week.
Tickets for both the virtual and gallery spaces will be available with tiered pricing ($0-25), in the interest of accessibility during a challenging time. Please note that the plumb art gallery has stairs at the entrance.

October 22 via Happin 
Haviah Mighty with video by Roya DelSol
Ah-Mer-Ah-Su with video by Cristal Buemi
Nimkish with video by Alisson Escobar
Kyla Charter with video by Stephanie Kuse

October 23 via Happin
SPELLLING with video by Amy Lockheart
Charlotte Cornfield with video by Julia Hendrickson
Eve Parker Finley with video by Jesi Jordan
Secondsight with video by Trudy Erin Elmore

Venus Fest is a Toronto not-for-profit music festival and concert series. The festival is a new kind of space within music that addresses historical industry challenges from the past while looking to the future. We represent fresh and clear voices that are pushing for change and looking ahead within our communities. We are creating the future today, and our organizing team, artists, funders, and partners stand in support of this work. Come be part of it at all at our festival, or find us at one of our monthly series through a unique range of Toronto spaces, celebrating local and touring musicians. Founded in 2017, we wish to acknowledge Venus Fest is located on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

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