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, in 1984. He has produced a number of internationally-screened videos, marked by their strong use of editing, rich colors and humor.

He has won a number of prizes including the “Prix à la Création Artistique du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec” (Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois, 2001), the “Bulloch Award” for best short film, at the Inside/Out Gay & Lesbian Festival in Toronto (1997), the “Videofest Award” (Berlin, 1995) and the “Young Director’s Award” (Geneva, Switzerland, 1988).

His work has been included in a number of museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa. Television broadcasts include PBS (USA), TV Ontario, CBC, Vision TV, (Canada), NHK (Japan) and Canal+ (France).

Dennis divides his time between Montréal and Toronto.

Artist Code: 204


It Never Really Happened

2013, 04:20 minutes, colour, English

Life #2

2008, 05:05 minutes, colour, English

Neurotics Anonymous

2005, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

This Narrative is Killing Me

2001, 16:20 minutes, colour

An Illustrated History of Western Music

1997, 13:00 minutes, colour

Heaven or Montreal

1997, 05:30 minutes, colour, english

Auto Biography

1994, 15:00 minutes, colour, Eng w French subtitles

Got Away In The Dying Moments

1992, 04:30 minutes, colour, English

Heads Or Tails

1990, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Voleur (Le)

1989, 04:30 minutes, Colour, French

Exultate Jubilate

1988, 10:10 minutes, colour, English

The Greatest Thing

1987, 01:00 minutes, colour, English

Oh Nothing

1987, 11:20 minutes, colour, English

A Place to Call My Own

1985, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

Word of Mouth

1984, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Canadian Currents
Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.
Inside Out/Outside In?
by Andrew James Paterson. Fuse, Spring 1998, v. 21, no. 2.
Images teems with alternative visions
by Ingrid Randoja. NOW, Apr. 23, 1998, v. 17, no. 34.
When Worlds Collide: Queer film fest frames a playful, disturbing...
by Kyla Wazana. Xtra!, May 22, 1997, no. 328.
The avant-garde extracts its pound of flesh
by Ray Conlogue. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 27, 1997.
La rentrée vidéo
by Marie-Michèle Cron. VOIR (Montréal edition), Aug. 28, 1997.
Some Toronto Video: My work is not designed for a large audience...
by Su Rynard. Composition, Dec. 1996, v. 1, no. 3.
Clips: Dennis Day, Auto Biography & Other Fiction: My work is not...
by Andrew Power. Reverse Shot, Spring 1995, v. 2, no. 4.
Clips: Dennis Day: Auto Biography & Other Fiction
by Andrew Power. Reverse Shot, 1995, v. 2, no. 4.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
Growing up Gay: Video artist sees reality through fantasy
by David MacLean. Xtra!, Feb. 18, 1994.
The Fruit Machine
by Thomas Waugh. Cinematheque Film Programme Guide, Fall 1994. Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1994.
Out on Screen
by Pat Feindel. Reverse Shot, Fall 1994.
Dennis Day: Auto Biography
by Earl Miller. Fuse, May 1994, v. 17, no. 4.
Images '94 highlights art video that matters: Shot-from-the-hip...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Apr. 20, 1994.
Art's Birthday Video Screening: Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Ontario
by Unknown. Parallelogramme, 1993, v. 18, no. 4.
Day makes it happen on electronic canvas: Video artist at the...
by Elissa Barnard. Halifax Chronicle Herald, July 1993.
Ennui en note
by Mario Côté. 24 Images, Winter 1991, no. 59.
Spectacular Peek at Videoland
by Christopher Humme. The Toronto Star, Jan. 11, 1988.
Something about Day
by Wendy Edwards. nexpress, Winter 1988.
Video Tales
by Geoffrey Shea. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1987, no. 144.
New Video: A 698515 Inc. Presentation
by Dot Tuer. Vanguard, Nov. 1987, v. 16, no. 5.
Video artists air slick new works
by Christopher Hume. The Toronto Star, Sept. 21, 1986.