Musician Aerin Fogel decided to create Venus Fest after recognizing an inherent need for a safe space where women and non-binary musical artists as well as music fans could thrive in.
Now in its second year, the Toronto music festival and concert series will be held September 20-22 with headliners Moor Mother, Zola Jesus, Bully and Partner.
We sat down with Aerin to talk about navigating through the many pitfalls of launching and sustaining a music festival, breaking the long history of sexual assault and microaggressions at music festivals, and how Courtney Love and the music of Hole inspired her to pick up the guitar.
Featuring: Zola Jesus, Bully, Maylee Todd, DIANA, STACEY, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, The Vines, Ashanti, Mariah Carey, Hole, Partner, Moor Mother, OSHUN, A l l i e, TiKA, Vallens and Ora Cogan. e.