Founded in 2013, and incorporated in 2015, Long Winter is a seasonal all-ages, pay-what-you-can music and arts festival that presents a provocative series of local music with the lowest possible barriers to access. Featuring over 200 local artists/collectives and welcoming 5,000+ participants over a series of monthly winter events, Long Winter animates multiple rooms on multiple floors, transforming spaces into immersive, collaborative environments. The series was began as an initiative of the Toronto punk band Fucked Up, who headlined the full first season of events, resulting in immediately sold-out events, with line-ups that wrapped around the block. Programming includes 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. An eclectic variety of live acts are programmed in multiple rooms on multiple floors, performing back-to-back straight through the evening, to facilitate maximum collaboration and collision between genres, scenes, artists, and audiences. Initially housed at the Great Hall on Queen Street West, Long Winter has a proven track record programming consistently sold-out shows at venues ranging from the Gladstone Hotel, to the Hearn Generating Station (as part of Luminato), to the Galleria Mall.
Organization Website Link:
Long Winter International Festival
This funding is for the marketing of the “Long Winter 2019-2020 Expanded Season with International Co-Production”, a series of six music-focused, multi-arts events taking place in various multi-floor, multi-room venues in Toronto from November 2019 to March 30, 2020. The project will feature over 250 artists primarily from Toronto. The highlight of the 2019-2020 season will be a two-night, two-venue Festival Weekend co-programmed with Collectif MU/La Station, an alternative music presenter from Paris who will be bringing a roster of Parisian artists to Toronto (Long Winter will be taking a roster of Toronto artists to Paris in September). As a partner (and initiator) of the cultural exchange project, the French Consulate in Toronto will be promoting the project through their own marketing and publicity vehicles, with a focus on franco communities in Ontario and Quebec. 2019-2022 dates, venues, and programming highlights include: (1) November 16, 2019 - The Tranzac: Joseph Shabason (ambient experimental indie musician long-listed for the Polaris Prize), Boosie Fade (one of Toronto’s most popular, long running community run hip hop parties with a roster of hip hop artists), and Bridget Moser (performance art); (2) December 6, 2019 - Polish Combatants Hall: US Girls (widely acclaimed experimental electronic/rock with a massive underground following), Stephen Jackman Torkoff (poetry / performance), Daniel Rotsztain (visual / interactive), Life of a Craphead (performance art), Maytal Kowalski (visual art); (3) January 10, 2019 - Gladstone Hotel (a fully accessible event co-programmed with jes sachse and Tea Base): The Weather Station (alt / folk, nominated for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize), Hiba Abdallah (multidisciplinary art), DOOMSQUAD (psychedelic disco electronic), Hand Eye Society (video games), and Pearle Harbour (drag / theatre); (4) February 21, 2020 - Workman Arts: Owen Pallett, backed by Queer Songbook Orchestra (indie / experimental / ambient - one of Canada’s most well known and internationally respected musicians), Vivek Shraya (performance / music / writing), E. Saggila (electronic / techno), Jane Gotch (video / performance), Videomancy (video / media / graphics), and Peter Kuplowsky (film); (5) March 20, 2020 (Festival Weekend Day 1) - The Tranzac: Bonjay (dancehall) and Kiki Lounge Ball (Toronto’s hugely popular, internationally renowned vogueing party); (6) March 21, 2020 (Festival Weekend Day 2) - Workman Arts and