Toronto's Venus Fest Unveils 2019 Lineup with the Vaselines, Charlotte Cardin, Tei Shi

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jul 4, 2019

Once again, Venus Fest is set to take over Toronto, and the lineup for the third annual event has just been announced.

Venus Fest 2019 will take place at Toronto's the Opera House from September 20 to 22, with the three-day event boasting not only music performances but art installations, free workshops and a number of all-ages events.

On the musical front, this year's lineup is led by Scottish indie-pop heroes the Vaselines, followed by Charlotte Cardin, the Weather Station, Tei Shi, Fiver and more.

For the unfamiliar, organizers explain Venus Fest with the following:

Numerous studies have proved that businesses thrive in unprecedented ways when there are women in leadership positions. However, in the arts sector and particularly in music, women continue to be nearly absent. Change has started to appear onstage with many festivals and promoters looking to book more women and non-binary artists, but further transformation is necessary in the music industry as a whole, so that representation is built into the fabric of the organization itself. 

The Vaselines

In a statement, Venus Fest founder Aerin Fogel adds, "Venus Fest is held by a team that understands the need for this festival, from a personal standpoint. 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."

Charlotte Cardin

Single night tickets cost $25 plus tax and service fees, while wristbands will run you $55. The workshops, meanwhile, are free and subject to capacity. You can learn more about ticketing and the event at the Venus Fest website.

See the full programming for Venus Fest 2019 below.


Friday September 20, 19+

The Vaselines
The Weather Station
Dorothea Paas
Live visuals by Chanteclair
Installation by Camille Jodoin-Eng

Saturday September 21, 19+

Tei Shi
Han Han
Too Attached
Live visuals by blackpowerbarbie
Installation by Camille Jodoin-Eng

Sunday September 22, All Ages

Charlotte Cardin
Nice Hands
Amaka Queenette
Live visuals by Vanessa Rieger
Installation by Camille Jodoin-Eng


Saturday September 21, 19+

DIY Demos (Masterclass)
Co-presented with Women In Music Canada
A technical workshop instructing artists on the basics of building their own demos at home.
Geared towards developing women and non-binary artists.
No previous experience necessary.
Pre-registration required. Subject to capacity.

Wellness for Artists (panel) w/ WIMC
A discussion on mental and emotional health for artists, accessibility, self care, and wellness. Free

Sunday September 22, 18 and under

Songwriting For Youth (workshop)
Co-presented with Women In Music Canada
A songwriting workshop for girls, non-binary, and transgender youth 18 and under.
No previous experience necessary.
With Girls Rock Camp facilitators.
Pre-registration required.
Parents and caregivers welcome to accompany young children, does not require extra registration. Subject to capacity.

Project Management (panel) w / WIMC
A solution based discussion on distribution, digital marketing, and managing a new release for artists.

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