Upcoming Venus Fest Programs

Venus Fest Mentorship Program

June 15–July 28, 2024

Apply by May 24 @ 11:59pm EST

Taking place this year from June 15-July 28, 2024, the Venus Fest Mentorship Progrm is a 6-week, Toronto-based program for early-career musicians and music professionals who have faced barriers in the music industry.


Ahya Simone - Artist
Kimmortal - Artist
Kristyn Gelfand - Managing and Acting Artistic Director, Uma Nota Culture
Rebecca Gekht - Booking Agent, Heavy Trip
Lyndra Griffith - Entertainment Lawyer, Edwards Law


Venus Fest team w/ Beau Cassidy – Setting Up Your Sound – Wednesday, June 26
Lyndra Griffith – Music Law 101 – Sunday, July 7
Olivia Shortt –Graphic Scores & the Visual World of Creative Music-Making – Wednesday, July 24

See all details and apply here

I want to leave this earth behind 

Co-Presented with The Canadian Music Centre
June 12-17


I want to leave this Earth behind is a multisensory project by Stefana Fratila and Diana Lynn VanderMeulen which centers on outer space exploration, speculative-fictive realities, and Crip futurity. Considering landscape through the lens of new technologies, I want to leave this Earth behind explores the flora, fauna, sounds and textures of a science-fictive and technicolour Earth. Insects and birds are highlighted as sound emitters, while environmental characteristics like thunder, rain, and ocean waves are spatialized to create an immersive sensory experience.

About the Artists: 

Working in collaboration since 2022, Diana and Stefana work together to engage audiences in an immersive exercise imagining interplanetary and sci-fantastical atmospheres– conditions which are inherently unlivable, unbreathable, converting all human body-minds into disabled-bodied-ness. Their multifaceted collaboration challenges the limits of their individual practices as they merge three overarching works: Sononaut (VSTs) & "I want to leave this Earth behind" (2LP) by Fratila, and "A Boundless and Radiant Aura" (Extended Reality) by VanderMeulen. Notably, through an artist creation residency with Society for Arts and Technology, Montreal, the duo developed a 40 minute immersive audio-visual experience entitled I want to leave this Earth behind, specifically formatted to the Satosphère’s multichannel sound system and 360-degree projectors. Premiering at Satosphère 3 MUTEK x SAT in August 2023, this full-dome experience debuted internationally at MICRO MUTEK.AE in Dubai, UAE, in May 2024.

Bikini Kill 

September 03, 2024

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Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90's via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.

The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EP's, two LP's and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released, while their first two records came out as a full-length CD/Tape and their singles were posthumously collected on CD.

Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build a feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media-making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.