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Last winter, two monthly events took Toronto by storm, drawing sold out crowds and incredible artists. One was AGO First Thursdays, a monthly celebration of music, art, and culture that opened up the doors to Toronto's most prestigious art museum to throngs of new audiences. The other was Long Winter, a monthly event at The Great Hall that featured the city's most cutting-edge independent and underground musicians, artists, performers, and DJs.

For one night only, on January 2, the two events merge for AGO First Thursdays: Long Winter Takeover.

The Long Winter crew will be turning the First Thursdays experience upside down, transforming Walker Court into an artist bazaar with its very own currency, where you can participate in creative exchanges with more than 20 artists selling artworks and multiples.

Plus, don’t miss "21st-Century Art: Why Feminism Still (Really) Matters", a conversation with artists Shary Boyle, Vanessa Dunn (of VAG HALEN) and Petra Collins, presented by After School and Hazlitt.

The fifth floor of the AGO’s contemporary tower will turn into a music and installation space, featuring performances by Snowblink and Doom Squad while Dangling Participle, presented by Cell Memory, Kate Young and Dan Thornhill will create an interactive video portrait installation with a live soundtrack. DJ Stelmanis (Katie Stelmanis of Austra) will spin in Galleria Italia. Isla Craig and Henri Fabergé will offer pop-up performances around the galleries. And Paul Kneale, Megan Rooney, Anni Spadafora and Tough Guy Mountain will present immersive installations for you to experience.


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