Long Winter is an all-ages inter-arts festival that takes place throughout the winter months. Now entering its fifth season, the Long Winter series has emerged as a unique event in the city of Toronto. Taking place in iconic buildings around Toronto, from the Great Hall to the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Galleria Mall, these spaces 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 crosses 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 has included 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.
"Think of the anarchic, circus-like atmosphere of first-wave Lollapalooza, but stuffed inside a notoriously haunted four-level Victorian banquet hall." - Rolling Stone
"In a city where the cost of living has increased dramatically over the past decade and nighttime entertainment options for teens are scarce, Long Winter is a proudly all-ages, pay-what-you-can event." - Pitchfork
"For giving the young (and the young at heart) cultural adventures to experience in those months when many would otherwise stay home and connect only with a screen, we laud Long Winter’s organizers and acts as heroes." - Torontoist