Thursday Lates: Queer City Cinema, Performatorium of Queer Performance



Dayna McLeod

I am a middle-ageing queer video and performance artist. I am a Settler Canadian who has lived in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal/Montreal for the past 20+ years.

My work uses humour, and capitalizes on exploiting the body’s social and material conditions using cabaret, duration, remix, video, and installation practices. My interests of artistic and theoretical research are in media representations of sexuality, queer identity, and how bodies marked female are perceived as public property. I am also interested in how these modes of representation intersect with middle-ageing, since this is where I’m at in my life course.

I have 25 single channel videos in distribution, which have screened worldwide hundreds of times accumulatively, and I have staged over 3-dozen independent performance art works and cabarets, locally, nationally, and internationally. My work has been presented at the Summerworks Theatre Festival in Toronto, the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, the Abrons Art Center in NYC, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montréal, the Impakt Festival in Utrecht Netherlands, the Mardi Gras Festival in Darlinghurst Australia, MIX Brasil Festival Of Sexual Diversity in São Paulo Brazil, the Modern Art Museum in Warsaw Poland, the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts in Ljubljana Slovenija, and Le Centre d’art contemporain in Paris. I have received research and development, production, and travel funding from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. I have won numerous awards, including Le Prix Powerhouse from La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse in 2014 that celebrates mid-career women artists who have significantly contributed to the cultural life of Montréal, as well as various Audience Choice Awards at film and video festivals like the Prix du Public in the Experimental category at Cineffable, Festival International du film Lesbian et Feminist de Paris in 2019. In 2015, I was commissioned to curate a touring video program for Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV), an artist-run, video distribution centre in Montréal to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

I earned a PhD from the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University. My interdisciplinary Humanities dissertation combines studies in performance art, feminism, queer theory, age, and research-creation, and centres my art practice.


Charity Marsh

Charity Marsh is a researcher, artist, and educator who has published on Hip Hop, women in popular music, gender and technology, interactive media and performance, and community arts-based programming. She is co-editor of We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel and Director of the award-winning documentary I’m Gonna Play Loud: Girls Rock Regina and the Ripple Effect.

Marsh has produced and facilitated multiple workshops on creative audio and digital technologies; she has curated the Flatland Scratch Seminar and Workshop Series; developed supports for remote communities with hip hop programming; engaged in numerous collaborative hip hop and interactive media projects with many community partners.

Marsh is Director of the Humanities Research Institute, Director of the IMP Labs, and Professor in Creative Technologies and Interdisciplinary Programs in the Faculty of Media, Art, & Performance at the University of Regina.


Girls Rock Regina

Girls Rock Regina (GRR) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of female, trans, two-spirit, and non-binary youth and adults through collaborative music creation and performance.

At GRR, you’ll learn an instrument, form a band, write and record an original song, and perform at a live music venue. In addition to technical training, you’ll take part in a number of music and non-music workshops centered on creativity and confidence-building, such as songwriting, image & identity, self defense, zine-making and more. No musical experience required!

We value diversity and strive to be as inclusive as possible. Camps usually have a very low tuition, sliding scale and/or provide financial aid, and value female mentorship and leadership.

Sunset Embassy (formerly Abrupt Dystopia)

Urban prairie rock jams. 80s/ 90s sounds, today’s feelings. Music to dodge potholes to. Formed as Abrupt Dystopia at Girls Rock Regina GRRown-Up Camp in 2018, Sunset Embassy is comprised of Jori Cachene, Collette Parks, Shayna Stock, Sophie Littlechief-Cartieri, and Charity Marsh.