Long Winter is an all-ages inter-arts festival that takes place throughout the winter months of November-March. Over the course of three winter seasons, the Long Winter series has emerged as a unique event in the city of Toronto. Taking place in Toronto’s historic Great Hall on Queen St W, multiple spaces on multiple floors are transformed for a single night of notable artistic collaboration. Featuring the works and installations of over 250 artists/collectives in a range of mediums, our programming aims to provide a platform for the experimental work of local artists, to challenge the expectations and foster creative interactions between audiences and spaces. As an inter-arts festival, the Long Winter program includes work that cross mediums from performance art, theatre and dance, large-scale sculptural installations, projections (single and dual screen videos, still images), visual installations (print, painting, photography collage) and interactive work such as the presentation of original video games by different local programmers. In addition to the work presented at each event, our series is made up of several supplementary creative initiatives: The Long Winter Newspaper, 7’’ Vinyl series and program posters are additional artistic initiatives that expand the scope of the project and reach the greater community.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Long Winter is committed to presenting an experience of diverse, cutting-edge music and art that is open, welcoming, and exciting, with as few barriers to access as possible. Events feature a range of genres on mixed stages. With the goal of cultivating an eclectic cross-section of Toronto's music lovers, Long Winter events are all-ages and include a "pay what you can" admission fee. Since its inception, the event has grown and has become a staple focus on Toronto's music calendar, as well as a rite of passage for many bands. Long Winter shows feature some of the most exciting musicians from across Toronto and Southern Ontario, hailing from a variety of music genres, including indie/alternative, punk, hip-hop, roots and electronic. Each event features performances from around 18 musical groups and DJs. Some of the acts that have performed at Long Winter events include The Hidden Cameras, Cancer Bats, Doldrums, Rae Spoon, The Wooden Sky, Slim Twig, Sandro Perri, Cold Specks, Vag Halen, Bizzarh, The Besnard Lakes, Fucked Up, Buck 65, Alvvays, Moon King, DIANA, Mozart’s Sister, Snowblink, PS I Love You, CCMC, The Queer Songbook Orchestra, and many more.
As an interarts festival, the Long Winter program includes work that spans mediums from performance art, theatre and dance, largescale sculptural installations, projections (single and dual screen videos, still images), visual installations (print, painting, photography collage) and interactive work such as the presentation of original video games by different local programmers. The series has included several supplementary creative initiatives: The Long Winter Newspaper, 7’’ Vinyl series, and program posters have all expanded the scope of the project and reached the greater community.