Venus Fest Gets Allison Russell, Shannon and the Clams, Sister Ray for 2023 Edition

CJ Wiley, Deidre, Louie Sanchez and more will also perform

BY Allie GregoryPublished Aug 9, 2023

Venus Fest — Toronto's foremost music organization celebrating genre- and gender-diverse artists — has returned with plans for its seventh edition, taking place at OK* Studios from September 21 to 23.

The event will be headlined by recent Exclaim! cover star Allison Russell, as well as Oakland's legendary Shannon and the Clams and Grammy-nominated Georgia Anne Muldrow.

The lineup will be fleshed out by Canadian talents, including Toronto's own Big Gay Night mastermind CJ Wiley2023 festival season must-see Sister Ray, and Louie Sanchez (who touts the title of the country's possibly only queer Filipinx country artist). Doom-soul artist Ladan also joins the party, in addition to Scarlett Rose and Deidre.

ASL music interpretation will be provided by Phoenix the Fire, a "theatre community hub for IBPOC deaf artists." Venus Fest will additionally host the Festival Restorative Zone for anyone who needs a sensory break or "moment's pause."

The event will, of course, also feature work from visual artists, including creative director Yung Guava, textile artist Mifi Mifi and Anishinaabe-Ojibway visual artist Cedar-Eve.

Single-day tickets are available for $20 in advance now — they'll cost you $25 at the door — while advance three-day wristbands are available for $40, or $45 at the door. Get yours here.

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