by Tiana Feng
Ketamines @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
On Friday, the Great Hall, BLK BOX and Samuel J Moore held a night of entertainment with music art and more! You can see some music & art footage in my vlog of the night. Photos below.

Wake Island @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
When I walked in, Montreal’s Wake Island were already playing their energy fuelled indie-rock. The band frequently works with Besnard Lake’s Jace Lasek, so totally worth checking out.
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Esther Grey @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
First up in the “Conversation Room” was Esther Grey. I had not seen them for over a year but since then, they’ve added a saxophonist. It was a lot more atmospheric noise-rock and less folky than I remembered. Front-woman Steph Yates spewed more confidence as they impressed the crowd in the tiny room.
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BIDINDIBAND @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
Back on the mainstage of the Great Hall was Bidiniband led by Dave Bidini (formerly of Rheostatics) playing some rock tunes inspired by 80s guitar-licks.
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ABYSS @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
Then in the other room, I avoided death-by-microphone-smack-in-face by metal band ABYSS. Not my thing, but heavy music is fun to photograph!
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Lido Pimienta @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
Lido Pimienta was part of the night’s free split (with Doomsquad) thanks to Scion Sessions. Their Afro-Columbian beats ignited the dance floor. Pimienta’s son was present running on and off the stage to occasionally dance with his mother.
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Cellphone @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
Toronto synth-punk band Cellphone delivered their tunes to a moshing audience.
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King Cobb Steelie @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
Next, bluesy-rock veterans King Cobb Steelie took on the mainstage.
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DOOMSQUAD @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
But I didn’t stay long for Steelie’s set because I wanted to see Doomsquad whose electronic dance party took over the Samuel J. Moore restaurant floor.


Ketamines @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
I actually attended Long Winter specifically to see Ketamines because I missed their show a few weeks ago at Izakaya (and you know I always see the openers). So anyways, Paul K Lawton (The Slagging Off guy) is not the asshole he might come across as online. He’s actually really nice, welcoming the audience to closer before their set started. Ketamines is also entertainingly tongue-and-cheek. The crowd happily sang along to a cover of Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World”. The atmosphere in the room was like a band performing to their best friends and it was kind of awesome.
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