Vagabon, Austra, Hannah Georgas Headline Venus Fest 2022

The festival returns in person this fall with Mother Tongues, Kaia Kater, Russell Louder and more

BY Sydney BrasilPublished Jul 26, 2022

Toronto's foremost celebration of diverse genders in music has announced an in-person return for its sixth iteration. Featuring talent from Indigenous, Canadian and international artists, Venus Fest has announced Hannah Georgas, Vagabon and Austra as its 2022 headliners.

Running October 14 to 16, this year's festival will take place at 468 Queen Street West at the It's Ok art space. Alongside the headliners, Mother Tongues, Kaia Kater, Russell Louder and more will also perform on the Venus stage. Night one of the festival will be an all-ages event, meaning everyone regardless of age can get a taste of Venus Fest's vast lineup and offerings.

In addition to the festival's musical showcase, Venus Fest will feature an immersive art installation by Anishinaabe interdisciplinary artist Natalie King. Her colourful paintings will be used to animate the festival space, and to explore the nuanced identities among Anishinaabe queer femmes. 

​For Venus Fest, having an inclusive space is key as organizers continue on their mission to eliminate gender disparity in Canada's music scene. In keeping with its message of inclusivity, the fest will also feature ASL music interpretation led by Gaitrie Persaud, founder and artistic director of Phoenix the Fire — a community meeting space for deaf IBPOC artists. The fest will also have a restorative zone for those who experience overstimulation, and an interactive community space featuring audience activities.

Tickets for Venus Fest are on sale now here. Weekend wristbands can be snagged for $36 in advance or $42 at the door. Single-day tickets are on sale for $18 in advance and $22 at doors. 

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