Long Winter Announces 8th Season and Kick-Off

Kelly Fraser

It’s about to be a long winter, but if you live in the Toronto area the inter-arts series of the same name is back for its eighth year to help ease the pain of shorter days and lower temperatures.

Held annually between November and March, Long Winter brings together over 200 local artists/collectives and welcomes nearly 5,000 participants each season. The featured works include 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 presentations including original video games by local programmers.

This season will kick off on November 22 at Tranzac and will feature musical performances by DJ/ Producer Raf Reza, ‘soft, pink, punk’ act Pretty Matty, ZOE, R&B artist R.Flex and more. In addition, the night will host the Memory Palace Project by Toronto-based installation artist Victoria Wang, an interactive Nintendo tarot reading by Trevor Dunseith, live drawing by sonny bean, a dance piece by Dequan Clarke, and a drag performance by Deus Sex Machina. As always, tickets are PWYC with a suggestion donation of $12 and are available in advance.

In addition to the Toronto season launch, for the first time, Long Winter will present a free showcase at M for Montreal in partnership with the City of Toronto to collaborate with Montreal arts and event participants featuring performances by Sydanie, Tremayne, Charlie Noiir and Maky Lavender.