If you’re a music lover, you’re going to want to pay attention to Venus Fest’s latest cool art-music experiment, which launches Feb 27, after dusk.
Curated by Victoria Cheong and Bianca Shonee Arroyo-Kreimes (Shonee), the Venus Fest Video Project is a collaborative initiative that merges unreleased recordings from musicians with custom video animations. Each night, between February 27 and March 3, a new video will be released on the Venus Fest YouTube channel—get ready to be wowed by an eclectic group of local artists.
“The Video Project bridges early-pandemic needs for virtual creations with our current needs, offering a series of otherworldly videos and songs that can be accessibly viewed from wherever people are,” explain Cheong and Shonee.
This project consists of 5 commissioned music videos pairing Canadian musicians with video/visual artists (with a focus on supporting Queer, Trans, non-binary, women, and/or BIPOC artists). Participating musicians include mingjia, c_RL, Bile Sister, Deidre, and Pursuit Grooves. Animation artists include Marcella Moliner, Shirin Fahimi, Santiago Tamayo Soler, and Ayam Yaldo. You’ll have to tune in to see who’s paired with who, and the magic they create.
Since 2017, Toronto’s Feminist Music Fest has been steadfast in its mission to confront gender-based inequities in the music industry, while also providing an inclusive and welcoming space to support and amplify artists. The Venus Fest Video Project helps further this mission in a new and exciting way.
No matter whether you’re an emerging filmmaker, visual artist, musician, or just someone who likes to check out thoughtful collaborations and new work, this project is sure to ignite a creative fire within.
The videos will be released one by one the week of February 27 – March 3, with a new video shared on the Venus Fest YouTube each evening at 8PM EST. Your week just got infinitely better.