Tired of spending your summer elbowing your way through mobs of shutter-shaded festival bros? Look no further than the boldly feminist Venus Fest, which makes its return to Toronto this fall for three days of music performances, art installations, free workshops and all ages events at the always-regal Opera House.
Born from “the intent to foster community, inclusivity and unification, based on feminist values”, the annual celebration runs from September 20-22, with a bill boasting the likes of Scottish twee pop legends the Vaselines, the hype-magnet blend of R&B and synth pop sounds from Argentina-born/Montreal-based singer Tei Shi, along with a good old dose of Canadian indie folk from The Weather Station.
While that’s just a sampling of the diverse array of artists Venus Fest has on hand for their three-night showcase at the Opera House, each night’s bill of performers will also be accompanied by live visuals and art installations from Camille Jodin-Eng, with visuals by blackpowerbarbie, Vanessa Rieger, and Chanteclair.
Venus Fest isn’t just about a fantastically curated lineup (though there’s plenty of that) – it’s about helping to reshape and usher in big ambitions for the future of thoughtful representation in music and the arts: “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,” explains festival founder Aerin Fogel in a press release.
If you want to be part of this new wave of arts curation in this country, early bird wristbands for the three-night festival can currently be purchased for $45, with single-night passes available for $19.