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Long Winter, Year 8, Volume 4

Feb. 21, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
All ages.
Workman Arts,
651 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON

Accessibility: Workman Arts is unfortunately not an accessible venue

Part of Uncategorized, Winter 2020

Pleasure Dome is thrilled to be curatorial partners for Long Winter’s fourth installment at Workman Arts featuring video artists Sara Bonaventura and Jeffrey Langille.

As If the Colour Was Looking At You, Sara Bonaventura (Singapore), 2017 (10:02min, Digital). The video presents a body that has been triplicated and entangled in a network of exterior conditionings. The perceptual value of the same choreographic action changes as the colour changes. Especially this disturbed and glitchy colour which consists in a spectrum of possibilities in which the body is immersed. This colour is involved in a choreography that draws an interaction that starts from simple and minimal geometric gestures and eventually rise to a small climax, in which the movements are been fluidified and it is also affected by a porous, wrinkled and always in movement reality, in an endless flood of small folds.

Everything Under the Sun, no. 2, Jeffrey Langille (Dawson, YT), 2018 (13:23min, Digital, 16mm, Super8). A camera looks directly at the sun, its sustained gaze probing the immensity of solar time. Microphones stay close to the earth, wandering, listening to water, insects, birds, and machines.

Isla Craig
Hua Li *
Backxwash *
Scorpio Rising
Lavender Bruises*
Tongue Patrol

*Curated by Venus Fest

Ben McCarthy / Cale Weir
Aisha Sasha John *
Sara Bonaventure **
Jeffrey Langille **
Melad Jajou
Prince Johnny
Nathan Robert Enkel
V Vallières
James Flux
Khalid Esmail
Katie Kotler *

*Curated by Venus Fest
**Curated by Pleasure Dome

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.

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.

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.

We regret that Workman Arts is not a barrier-free location. There are several steps from the street to the front door and interior steps leading to the Main Hall, upstairs, and downstairs. There is ample seating available, and washrooms between Skey Room and the Chapel (main floor) and outside Roseneath (upstairs) are gender-neutral. Workman Arts is a fragrance-free space (please don’t wear perfumes or scented products).

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As If the Colour Was Looking At You, Sara Bonaventura (Singapore), 2017.
As If the Colour Was Looking At You, Sara Bonaventura (Singapore), 2017.
Everything Under the Sun, no. 2, Jeffrey Langille (Dawson, YT), 2018.
As If the Colour Was Looking At You, Sara Bonaventura (Singapore), 2017.
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