Venus Fest, Toronto’s feminist music festival and concert series, will look a little different this year. Like so many other events, Venus Fest is going virtual for 2020 with a series of live performances, panels, mentorship sessions, interviews, and more.

Hosted by Canadian broadcaster and filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee, Virtual Venus Fest: “The Future of Music” will feature musical performances synched to custom visual videos that will be available to stream on YouTube and Facebook on October 1 and 2. The lineup includes performances by Lido Pimienta, Hand Habits, Ansley Simpson, U.S. Girls, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Wild Black, and Ceréna Sierra along with visuals from Lido Pimienta, Vanessa Rieger, Caroline Monnet, Monica Berger, Natalie King, Jamiyla Lowe, and Mohammad Rezaei. 

The panel portion of the festival will cover the role of media and marketing in an artist’s visibility and career, inclusive representation, the future of live music, and other topics. Emerging and developing artists will also have the opportunity to sign up for mentorship sessions with industry professionals.

Venus Fest runs from September 28 to October 2. All content will be free.