The eight edition of Slut Island Festival is here for Fall 2024 (after a long hiatus following the COVID edition in 2020). In times of unending grief and peril, we owe it to the movement to resist despair. Art and music divorced from the commercial sphere will always be a vehicle for messaging that begs to be heard, and which has the power to invigorate us. We will congregate with expanded lenses, confirmed suspicions and new perspectives, undoubtedly (re)shaped and shattered by ongoing tyranny abroad and at home. 

May this edition be honest and, if nothing more, an opportunity for camaraderie, education and exchange. Calling all truth seekers who refuse to look away or normalize that which disgusts us! To queer, trans and working class musings against imperialism in all of its forms. We hope to see you there.

Slut Island Festival is a community initiative that seeks to create space for marginalized artists within the local and national cultural scene, resist processes of tokenization and commodification and contribute to the development and maintenance of anti-oppressive community networks. With this mandate at the forefront of our curatorial process, we will present the eighth edition of the festival in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory Montreal, QC).

Each year, the festival is curated by the two co-founders and a group of hired jury members who share the desire to claim agency in constructing a festival program informed by their experiences of marginalization, misrepresentation within or alienation from both institutional and D.I.Y. music/art scenes as a result of their sexual, racial, class, and/or gender identities. 

With the continued support of our dedicated audience and the Canada Council for the arts, we are able to continue to run Slut Island Festival and to validate and disseminate the work of worthy and talented artists who face systemic barriers through dignified programming, proper compensation, acknowledgement and celebration.