6 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at Toronto’s Long Winter Fair

If you’re familiar with Long Winter – the monthly arts and music series created by members of Toronto’s very own hardcore punk prodigies Fucked Up – you’ll know it’s always a night worth facing the cold for.

There aren’t a lot of events that can get us to willingly hang out in the streets in the middle of a very cold February – but that’s exactly what Long Winter is now asking us to do.

And we’re up for the challenge.

Here are 6 reasons you should consider it too. 

Miranda July: Early Video Works Retrospective
The fascinating filmmaker just released her first novel, The First Bad Man, making it the perfect time to look back at her beginnings in cinema. The screening will present a very rare opportunity to watch her early works including Atlanta, The Amateurist, Nest of Tens, and Getting Stronger Every Day.

Long Night with Vish Khanna
This Long Winter talk show staple will see Vish Khanna interviewing Jesse Brown – the reporter who broke open the Jian Ghomeshi scandal – along with 33 ½ Michael Jackson’s Dangerous writer Susan Fast, stand-up comic David Heti, and musician Lisa Conway.

Street Food, Drinks, and Art
Take to the street festival on Dovercourt south of Queen for a market experience. Indulge in mulled wine, hot toddies, apple cider, donuts, and apple crisps meant to keep you warm while you explore the variety of local, handmade crafts and art installations. It’ll feel a lot like Nuit Blanche before it went super corporate.

Choir! Choir! Choir!
We’ve all come to adore this always changing group of choir singers that bring some of our favourite pop songs to the world of church vocals. If you’re looking to feel inspired, it’s always a good idea to check out a Choir! Choir! Choir! performance.

Bruce Peninsula
If you’re in the mood for something a little more atmospheric, Bruce Peninsula will be headlining the main stage at the Great Hall.

The 99 Sudbury Lineup
If you’re willing to skip out on The Great Hall, you’ll have another slightly moodier option for your Friday the 13th at 99 Sudbury, which includes performances from LIDS – a new collaboration from Alex Edkins of METZ and Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck and Dusted, Dead Tired – a new project featuring George Pettit from Alexisonfire, and a closing set from Nautiluss/Hermans.


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