Hua Li 化力*
Ben McCarthy & Cale Weir
Aisha Sasha John*
Nathan Robert Enkel
PLUS A LIVE PODCAST TAPING OF BURNOUT WITH ANUPA MISTRY
*Curated by Venus Fest
**Curated by Pleasure Dome
Long Winter is an anti-oppressive, harassment-free zone. Any conduct that is known, or ought to be known, to cause offence or humiliation, and may include persistent unwanted attention and deliberate infringement of personal space, hate speech, violence, predatory and otherwise oppressive behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated. Organizers will be wearing glowsticks and roaming the event throughout the night, and naloxone kits will be on site. Feel free to contact organizers, bar staff, or security if you feel something’s off. Entry to the event is at the discretion of the staff to ensure these conditions are met and a positive vibe is maintained.
ABOUT LONG WINTER:
Long Winter is Toronto’s essential all-ages, pay-what-you-can inter-arts series that takes place throughout our coldest season. Featuring over 200 local artists/collectives and welcoming nearly 5,000 participants from November-March, 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 the best in Toronto-area DIY and underground scenes. 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 programmed teeming 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.
ABOUT WORKMAN ARTS:
Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists with lived experience through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community.
ABOUT VENUS FEST:
Founded with the intent to foster community, inclusivity and unification, based on feminist values, Venus Fest aims to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees. The festival is committed to creating a shift in terms of the long standing industry trends that have dominated event programming and organizational structures by ensuring greater awareness around who has access and representation in the arts. It is this responsibility that dictates the festival’s mission to ensure a fun atmosphere that is respectful and tolerant, without enabling destructive behaviours or attitudes. The festival arrived in response to a well-expressed need in the music industry to create a new kind of space for artists to thrive in and for community members to attend with a sense of safety.
ABOUT PLEASURE DOME:
Pleasure Dome is an artist-run presentation organization and publisher dedicated to experimental moving images since 1989. Pleasure Dome presents artists who expand, fracture and scrutinize the traditional cinematic spectacle, including those who use moving image technologies that are digital, interactive, or performative.
Long Winter 8.4 is made possible through the generous support of:
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Toronto Arts Council
Long and McQuade
St. Anne’s Church