What to see at Venus Fest 2019
We don’t know about you, but there’s no place we’d rather wrap up our Hot Girl Summer with a bang than Venus Fest 2019. This is Venus Fest’s third year hooking Toronto up with a full weekend of incredible female and non-binary talent and we are looking forward to the new realness they’re serving up this year.
Venus Fest is well known for creating a wonderful, open, supportive and above all, whimsical atmosphere. Here’s what you definitely need to check out to make this equinox the best one yet. All shows take place at the Opera House on Queen East.
SUN.22, All Ages
We caught up with the founder of Venus Fest, Aerin Fogel, to chat about what’s at the heart of the festival and why it’s simply a must-attend event that all Torontonians can be inspired by:
Yohomo: In what ways does Venus Fest support and/or give back to the Toronto community?
AF: People have described Venus Fest as something that gives them hope, a place where they feel safe, and I've also heard people leaving Venus Fest shows saying it was the show of the year. So I hope that we're able to continue offering something meaningful, as long as we're needed. We also work with and partner with a lot of small, local businesses and other music initiatives, and I feel like these partnerships create a strong network within the city that makes it easier for us all to thrive and build our own creative ecosystem.
How has the festival evolved since its first year and what are you most excited about for this year's festival?
On a practical level, Venus Fest is bigger this year than it was in its first year. Bigger is not always better, but we've experienced some natural growth in our early years. On another level, myself and the other team members are learning every day about how to create an organization that is different and pushing for change, yet still exists within an industry that is largely broken and unsustainable. This year I'm really excited to have a planet-themed art installation from Camille Jodoin-Eng, and to see some of my favourite artists play like The Vaselines, and hear the new albums from Riit and TRP.P performed live.
What's different about Venus Fest compared to other festivals and why should music and arts lovers save the date?
Venus Fest celebrates women and non-binary people, both onstage and in our organizing team, which in 2019 is still pretty unusual in the music industry. If you're wondering how to show support, how to be an ally, how to be part of something, coming out and joining our celebration is a great way. In reality, at the end of the day, I hope that our curation speaks for itself - these are some of Canada's strongest leading voices right now, and a couple international ones as well. Regardless of gender, background, sexuality, or history, this is a pretty strong lineup and if you save the date you might become one of those people leaving the show saying it was the show of the year. You probably don't want to miss that.
Intrigued AF? You should be! Meet us at the festivities and support these incredible homegrown talents from September 20 - 22, 2019 at Opera House.
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
The whole thing kicks off with a pre-party on Friday, September 13th at 254 Landsdowne Ave!
Lead image of Tei Shi by Cara Stricker.