Long Winter is Toronto's essential all-ages, pay-what-you-can inter-arts series that takes place throughout the winter months. Featuring over 200 local artists/collectives and welcoming 5,000+ participants per season, Long Winter animates multiple rooms on multiple floors, transforming spaces into immersive, collaborative environments. Events are dense and eclectic, showcasing a broad cross-section of Toronto's cultural and sub-cultural artistic activity. Featured work 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. 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 (Luminato), to the Galleria Mall. We are passionate about integrating diverse artistic communities and culture; gathering some of the most exciting, cutting-edge local talent under one roof.
"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