Dennis Day

Dennis Day was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland in 1960. He studied classical music and psychology before graduating in media-based art from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.

He has produced numerous video works known for their strong use of editing, rich colours and humour. He has won a number of prizes including the CALQ award in Quebec (2002), the Bulloch Award for Best Canadian Film at the Inside/Out Festival in Toronto (1997), and the VideoFest Award in Berlin, Germany (1995). He has participated in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Canada. Television broadcasts include: PBS (USA), TV Ontario, CBC, Vision TV (Canada), NHK (Japan) and Canal Plus (France).

Exhibitions - Photography
Video Productions - Chronology (with awards and premieres)
  • Life #2 ,(5 min.)
    A meditation on the space between zero and one
    Special Mention, aluCine Toronto Latin Film Festival
  • Opting Out, Neurotics Anonymous, (13 min.)
    Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • This Narrative Is Killing Me, (16 min.)
    Prix à la Création Artistique du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois, 2002
  • Heaven Or Montreal (The Unfinished Video) (5 min.)
    Bulloch Award, Best Film, Inside/Out Gay & Lesbian Festival, Toronto, 1997
    (Co-conceived with Ian Middleton)
  • An Illustrated History of Western Music (13min.)
    Viacom Canada Award (Best Director), Images Festival, Toronto, 1998
  • Auto Biography (15 min.)
    VideoFest Award, Mediopolis Berlin, Germany, 1995
    Broadcast on Vision TV (CAN), TV 5 (International), Canal Plus (France)
  • Got Away In The Dying Moments (4 min.)
    Co-produced and Directed with Ian Middleton
  • Heads Or Tails (8min.)
    Exhibited at EXPO 92, Canadian Pavillion, Seville, Spain, 1992
  • Le Voleur (The Thief) (4 min.)
    Commission for CBLT/CBC RADIO CANADA, Video Club, 1989/90
    Co-produced and directed with Susan Rynard/ Christine Martin
  • Ecultate Jubilate (10 min.)
    Broadcast on New Television, New York (WNET), Washington (WETA), Boston (WGBH), Los Angeles (KCET), April 1989
  • Oh Nothing (12min.)
    Young Director's Award, Geneva International Video Festival, 1988
    Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York)
    Broadcast on New Television, New York (WNET), Washington (WETA), Boston (WGBH), Los Angeles (KCET),1988
  • Life #2, Art Toronto Video Lounge, Drake Hotel
  • Life#2 (5 min.)
    9th aluCine Toronto Latin Film Festival, NFB, Toronto
    Experimenta Columbia (Jorge Lozano), Bogota, Columbia
    Art Gallery of Hamilton, International Film and Video Festival
    Micro Cine Film & Video Festival, Cine Cycle, Toronto
    7th Biennial Lesbian & Gay Media Arts Festival. Regina
    18th Inside Out Lesbian & Gay Film/Video Festival, Toronto
  • Paul Petro Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
  • IMAGE et NATION Gay & Lesbian Festival, Montréal
Neurotics Anonymous
  • IMAGE et NATION Gay & Lesbian Festival, Montréal
  • Inside/Out Gay & Lesbian Festival (Premiere), Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
This Narrative Is Killing Me
  • Brisk Collages & Bricolages, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax
  • Herron Gallery, Indiana University Indianapolis
  • Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Interurbain; (curated by Véronique Sapin), Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg
  • South of 60 Arts Centre, Barry’s Bay, Ontario
  • Spacing Places, Placing Spaces; Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax
  • L’international du cinéma de l’estrie, Sherbrooke, Québec
  • 19. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm & Videofest; Kassel, Germany
  • Mostra Internazionale di video d'arte e cinema oltre; Milano, Italy
  • Out on Screen; Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival, Vancouver
  • 15es Instants Video de Manosque; Manosque, France
  • 5e Manifestation Vidéo et Art Électronique; CHAMP LIBRE, Montréal
  • Inside/Out Gay & Lesbian Festival; Toronto
  • Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois; Montréal
  • Screening and (y)art sale; BUZZ, Montréal, July
  • Image et Nation Gay & Lesbian Festival; Montréal, Oct
  • Minor Star; TRANS-TECH Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Oct.
  • Beyond First Run; Highlights from Charles Street Video, Toronto
Heaven Or Montreal (The Unfinished Video)
  • Communism of Form, (curated by Earl Milller), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Blowing Bubbles Festival; Palermo, and touring Italy
  • Cinema Arte, 2ie Video vs. Virus, Italy
  • Fragile Electrons; NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, Ottawa, April-June
  • Kanadians, (Nina Czegledy), Estonia
  • Riccione Teatro Televisione Video; Riccione, Italy
  • Dance Me Inside Out; INSIDE/OUT FESTIVAL, Toronto
  • British Canadian Video Exchange; (b.h. Yael), LEA, London
  • L'Immagine Leggera; (John Zeppetelli), CLTC Broadcasting, Palermo, Italy
  • Image Out Festival; (B. Thompson), Rochester, New York
  • Making Scenes; Ottawa Lesbian & Gay Festival, Ottawa
  • FilmForm; Sweden
  • Centre d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie; France
  • Body Electric; LONDON ELECTRONIC ARTS, London, England
  • London Lesbian & Gay Festival; BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, London, England
  • Digital Video Wall Exhibition; Rockefeller Center, (Barbara London), Museum of Modern Art, New York, May-June
  • Filmladen Kassel, Germany
  • Cuban Int. Film & Video Festival; OPERA, Havana, Cuba
  • Society for Cinema Studies Conference; Ottawa
  • Very Homo Show; (Richard Vaughn), GALLERY CONNEXION, Fredericton, N.B.
  • Sensitive Voices; (Daniel Dion, Marie-Michelle Cron), Mexico City
  • Dance on Camera; MOVING PICTURES Festival , Toronto
  • Montréal Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival; IMAGE et NATION, Montréal
  • Out on Screen; Vancouver Gay & Lesbian Festival, VIDEO IN, Vancouver
  • Archive Acquisitions 1997; TRINITY SQUARE VIDEO, Toronto
  • Festival International du Cinéma et des Nouveaux Médias de Montréal
  • Trinity Archive Screening; Images Festival, NORTHERN VISIONS, Toronto
  • Transmediale Festival of New Media; Berlin
  • I7th Annual Lesbian & Gay Festival; INSIDE/OUT COLLECTIVE, Toronto
  • Electronic Arts Festival; WESTERN FRONT, Vancouver
  • The New Festival; New York Lesbian & Gay Festival, New York
An Illustrated History Of Western Music
  • Communism of Form, (curated by Earl Milller), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Kunstgeschictlishes Institute, J.W. Goethe Universitaet; Frankfurt, Germany
  • Luzerner Ausstellungsraum; Switzerland
  • Canadian Currents; (Nina Czegledy), The Goethe Institute, Toronto
  • 13th Festival Internazionale di cinema gaylesbico; Milano, Italy
  • IDEAL; (Florian Wust), Luzern, Switzerlnd
  • Calgary Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival; Calgary
  • Images Festival; NORTHERN VISIONS, Toronto
  • Making Scenes; Ottawa Lesbian & Gay Festival, Ottawa
  • London Lesbian & Gay Festival; BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, London
  • Paysage Réinventé; CHAMP LIBRE, Percé, (Québec), August
  • 14th Dokumentarfilm & Videofestival; Kassel, Germany
  • 7th Annual Lesbian & Gay Festival; INSIDE/OUT COLLECTIVE, Toronto
  • transmedia; Festival of New Media, Berlin
  • Image et Nation; Montréal Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival, Montréal
  • World Wide Video Festival; Amsterdam, Holland
  • Atlantic Film Festival; Halifax
  • Image/Out; Rochester Lesbian & Gay Video Festival, Rochester, New York
  • 3e Manifestation; CHAMP LIBRE, Montréal
  • 10émes Rencontres Vidéo Art Plastique; CENTRE d'ART CONTEMPORAIN de BASSE-NORMANDIE, Hérouville Saint-Clair, France
Auto Biography
  • Welcome to Gayside, Zinc Roe Design, Toronto
  • Real Man; Group Exhibit, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Jack was evry inch a sailor; (Gabrielle Kemp), EASTERN EDGE GALLERY, St. John's, Nfld.
  • Paysage Réinventé – Percé; CHAMP LIBRE, (Québec), August
  • Personal Stories; (April Hickox), GALLERY 44, Toronto
  • OUTtakes; Wellington Queer Film Festival, REEL QUEER, New Zealand
  • LESBICHES UND SCHWULES BURO FILM E.V.; Kommunales Kino (Esslingen), Lesbich-Schwule Filmtag (Hamburg), Kino 46 (Bremen), Lichtwerk (Bielefeld)
  • Art & Animation; MEDIOPOLIS BERLIN, Goethe-Institutes (in) Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (Phillipines)
  • Le Nouveau Festival; (Cinema, Vidéo, Nouvelles Technologies), Montréal
  • SURPRISES; Gay Night, Canal + (Broadcast) FRANCE & International Cable Queer Sightings; Film & Video Festival, Edmonton
  • Rochester Lesbian & Gay Festival; Rochester, New York
  • Fukui International Video Festival; Fukui, Japan
  • International Images Festival; Peterborough, Ontario
  • Mediopolis; Berlin Film & Video Festival, Berlin
  • Lesbian & Gay Festival; THE AMERICAN CENTRE, Paris, France
  • Making Scenes Festival; Ottawa, Ontario
  • Local Heroes; NATIONAL SCREEN INSTITUTE, Edmonton, Alberta
  • IFVA Showcase; NIFCO, St. Johnís NFLD.
  • Kaleidoscope; PIXART, TV 5, (French Cable Broadcast in Canada, South America and Europe)
  • London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, England
  • Passages Into Manhood; FREUNDE der DEUTSCHEN KINEMATHEK e. V., Berlin
  • Circonvolutions; (Daniel Dion/Marie-Michele Cron), Carillo Gil Museum, Mexico City
  • WINNIPEG FILM GROUP; Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • L'image et la couleur des mots; LA BANDE VIDEO, Québec City, Québec
  • Videofest 95, Filmladen Kassel, Kassel, Germany
  • O, Arts …électroniques; CHAMP LIBRE, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal
  • POWER PLANT; (Nina Czegledy), Carambolage ll, Centre National díArt Contemporain de Grenoble, FRANCE
  • Festival Question de Genre lll; France
  • Internationales Schwullesbisches Filmfestival; Berlin, Germany
  • Festival of the Expression of Sexualities; MIX BRASIL, Museu da Imagem e do Som, Sao Paulo, (touring to) Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Salvador, Curitiba (Brasil)
  • Reel Affirmations 4; DC's 4th Annual Celebration of Gay & Lesbian Films, ONE IN TEN, Washington, D.C. USA. Bonn Videonale 6; BONNER KUNSTVEREIN, Bonn, Germany
  • GALLERY 21; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Image et Nation; Montréal Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, Montréal
  • New York Experimental Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Mix 94, New York
  • Auto Biography (et autres fiction); GALERIE OBORO, Montréal
  • 14th Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival; CHICAGO FILMMAKERS, Chicago
  • Selections from the World Wide Video Festival (Den Haag); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
  • Peggyís Festival; Halifax, CENTRE FOR ART TAPES, Nova Scotia
  • Video Art from Canada; CHAMP LIBRE, May
  • Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, California
  • Center for Research in Computing & the Arts, UCSD, La Jolla, California
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Festival; GLMC, Los Angeles, California
  • Images 94; NORTHERN VISIONS, Toronto
  • Worldwide Video Festival; Den Haag, Holland
  • New Festival; Gay & Lesbian Festival, New York
  • San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival; FRAMELINE, San Francisco
  • Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival; INSIDE OUT COLLECTIVE, Toronto
  • Auto Biography (and other fiction); YYZ GALLERY, Toronto (Premiere)

  • Re-Orientation: Imported Fruit; ALTERNATOR GALLERY, Kelowna, B.C.
Got Away In The Dying Moments
  • Points of Reference: Voices in the Age of Aids; (Christine Russo), ROSE ART MUSEUM, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., USA
  • Festival Question de Genre 6; Lille, France
  • Out on Screen; Vancouver Lesbian & Gay Festival, Vancouver
  • Of Colour Festival; Calgary, Alberta
  • The Fruit Machine; (Tom Waugh), CINEMATHEQUE ONTARIO
  • Mayworks Festival; Vancouver
  • GALERIE OBSCURE; Montréal New Festival; Gay & Lesbian Film & Video, New York
  • Chicago Lesbian & Gay Festival; CHICAGO FILMMAKERS, Chicago
  • 5th International Video Week; ST. GERVAIS, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Re-Orientations: Imported Fruits; ALTERNATOR GALLERY, Kelowna, B.C.
  • Archive Acquisitions; TRINITY SQUARE VIDEO, Toronto
  • Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival; INSIDE/OUT COLLECTIVE, Euclid Theater, Toronto
  • Images 93; NORTHERN VISIONS, Euclid Theatre, Toronto
  • Peggy's Festival; THE CENTRE FOR ART TAPES, Halifax
  • ED VIDEO; Guelph, Ontario
  • Premiere Manifestation International Vidéo; CHAMP LIBRE, Montréal
  • Grand Prix International Video Danse; Paris, France
  • Image/Nation; Gay & Lesbian Video Festival, Montréal
  • St. Gervais, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Art Bank, Canada Council
  • Art Metropole, Toronto
  • Trinity Square Video Archives (86/87/91/92/97)
  • Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • Ontario College of Art, Toronto
  • Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto
  • University of Lethbridge, Alberta
  • 235 Media, Cologne, Germany
  • Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
  • Concordia University, Montréal
  • Queen’s University (Film Dept.)
  • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Université de Québec à Montréal
  • Prix à la Création Artistique du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois, 2002
  • B Grant (Professional Development), Canada Council, 1990, 1997, 2001
  • Japan/Canada Award, Canada Council, 1990
  • Young Director's Award, 2ie Semaine de Video Internationale, Geneva, Switzerland, 1987
  • Videofest Award, Berlin Film & Video Festival, Berlin, 1995
  • Bulloch Award, Best Film, Inside/Out Festival, Toronto, 1997
  • Viacom Canada Award (Best Director) Images Festival, Toronto, 1998
  • Museum of Modern Art, New Canadian Narrative, (purchase & screening), New York, 1988
  • Artists With Their Works Program, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1991
  • Inter/Access, Artist in Residence, Toronto, 1991
  • EM Media, Artist in Residence, Calgary, 1992
  • Centre for Art Tapes, Artist in Residence, Halifax, 1993
  • Production and Development grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council (1985-present)
Teaching, Lectures & Workshops
  • York University, Instructor, “Editing: Structure and Concepts”
  • Concordia University; Coordinator of Video Services, Montréal
  • Video Out; Artist Presentation, Vancouver
  • University of Victoria; Guest Lecturer, Victoria, B.C.
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; Lecture & Presentation, Toronto
  • York University; Lecture & Presentation, Toronto
  • Images Festival; Distributing Your Work (panel), Toronto
  • Video VeritÈ; Artist Presentation, Saskatoon
  • Toronto Bd. of Education; Art at The Boyne, Artist/Instructor
  • Le Videograph; Video and Special Effects (panel), MontrÈal
  • Central Technical Art Dept.; Video Instructor, Toronto
  • Concordia University; Computer Instructor, Design Art Dept.
  • Ed Video Media Arts Centre; Artist Presentation, Guelph, Nov.
  • Video Pool; Video and Computers, Winnipeg, June
  • Ontario College of Art; Art & Technology, Toronto, Nov.
  • Concordia University; Artist Presentation, Montreal
  • Ontario Science Centre; Demonstrator, The Artist As A Young Machine, Toronto