Upcoming Venus Fest Programs

Venus Fest 2023

September 21 / 22 / 23
It’s Ok* Studios 468 Queen St W

Allison Russell
Sister Ray

Georgia Anne Muldrow
Scarlett Rose

Shannon and The Clams
CJ Wiley
Louie Sanchez

All festival nights will feature a dynamic venue art installations by Yung Guava, Mifi Mifi + Cedar Eve, ASL Music Interpretation by Phoenix the Fire, and a Restorative Zone with curated activities for those who need a small sensory break or pause from the excitement. Graphic design by Natasha Whyte-Gray.

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Ableton Workshop with Maylee Todd

Friday, September 22, 2023
11AM to 1PM
It’s OK* (Upper Level)

Capacity: 20 Participants
Free with Festival Wristband / PWYC Suggested $20 Without Wristband

In the first hour, we will be building a track in clip view, learning about midi and building a drum loop, bass line, chords, and top line. In the second hour, we will work on further arrangement with vocal samples and add visuals for live performance.

Please bring a laptop with Ableton already installed on it.
** We apologize that due to the nature of the venue, this workshop is not wheelchair accessible

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Maylee Todd

Maylee Todd is a multimedia/Inter- artist; incorporating a wide range of artistic disciplines; Performance Art, Songwriting, Music Production, Dance, AR/VR Performance, and curation.

Maylee has created a series of Multi-Media Theatre experiences paired with her full-length self-produced records; Summerworks Presents "Maylee Todd's Musical Planetarium (2013), Summerworks Presents "Inamorata" (2016), "Virtual Womb" (2015- 2019), which toured internationally at Tokyo Billboard Live, Fringe Manila, was featured on CBC's Exhibitionists and toured domestically. "Psychonaut Experiments" (2018-2020) was a theatre experience in tandem with her community and mentorship program featuring performers in the alternative art scene, "MALOO" (2022)  which is a multimedia show that incorporates live motion capture and story with her album MALOO that tells the story of an avatar traveling through the multiverse dealing with mental health and identity challenges. This project has got Maylee a lot of attention, Maylee won 'Best Creative Campaign' for the AIM Awards in the UK, was the very first avatar to perform live on NPR's Tiny Desk Home Concert Series, and played a live avatar performance at the Lincoln Centre in New York, where it has landed her as a curator for a "Woman in Tech Series" in 2024. Currently, she is recording another record using brain waves converted into sound to play her synths live, this will be released with LA label Stones Throw.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

OCTOBER 15, 2023

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In collaboration with Burn Down the Capital and Music Gallery, we present a celebration concert of Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s new album alongside local artist Teiya Kasahara.

In the tumult of this world, there are constants. People need each other. Every motion brushes against others, moving. None of us are siloed and none of us are still. The music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland drinks deeply from these truths. For decades, the Philadelphia-born, Canada-based singer, songwriter, and composer has drawn myriad musical practices toward a single, luminous conviction: that music can shake us loose from what closes us off from each other. His multifaceted body of work surrenders to the beauty, pain, and great capacity for healing that courses through life; in its unguarded sincerity, it invites you to share in its courage. Glenn-Copeland's new album, The Ones Ahead -- his first collection of new music in nearly two decades -- deepens these explorations, casting searching light into how all of us must dissolve the harms of this world and carry each other forward into the next.

Opening the evening is queer/trans non-binary opera singer and theatre creator Teiya Kasahara. Heralded as “a force of nature” (Toronto Star), a “commanding presence” (Theatre Reviewer),  and “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail) Teiya comes from a background of nearly 20 years of singing both traditional and contemporary operatic roles across North America and Europe.


East End United (aka Eastminster United)'s main hall and first floor is wheelchair accessible.