Today, the Prism Prize has announced the top 20 nominees for the best Canadian music video of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals. These 20 videos were selected based on originality, style, creativity, innovation and effective execution. One of these videos will be awarded the $15,000 Grand Prize at a screening and awards presentation on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Prism Prize Top Ten will be announced on March 27, 2018.
THE 2018 PRISM PRIZE TOP 20 (in alphabetical order):
A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear – Indian City (Director: Combo Bravo)
Alice Glass – Without Love (Director: Floria Sigismondi)
Alvvays – Dream Tonight (Director: Matt Johnson)
Belle Game – Spirit (Director: Kheaven Lewandowski)
BEYRIES – Son (Director: Philippe Grenier)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Work (Director: Fantavious Fritz)
Clairmont The Second – The Ave in You (Director: Clairmont The Second)
Cri – Rush (Director: Didier Charette)
Daniel Caesar – Freudian, a Visual (Director: Keaven Yazdani and Sean Brown)
Feist – Century (Director: Scott Cudmore)
Flying Hórses – Tölt (Director: Alexandre Richard)
Grimes feat. Janelle Monae – Venus Fly (Director: Grimes)
Harrison – Right Hook (Director: Eva Michon)
Homeshake – Every Single Thing (Director: Wen hao Chang)
Husser – Can’t Blame Em (Director: Emilie Lavoie)
Jessie Reyez – Gatekeeper (Director: Peter Huang)
Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table (Director: Christopher Mills)
PUP – Old Wounds (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)
The Weeknd – Secrets (Director: Pedro Martin-Carelo)
Young Rival – Elevator (Director: John Smith)
Prism Prize founder, Louis Colabro shared,
“We are very proud to point the spotlight on this eclectic group of artists. They are some of the most talented Canadians working in music and visual art today”
Organizers also announced Slaight Music would return as Lead Sponsor for the 2018 awards, continuing a partnership that began when the Prize launched in 2012.
“Slaight Music has allowed the Prism Prize to grow into a top international music prize, and in turn, has provided more opportunities to the Canadian music community at home and abroad,” said Calabro.
Along with the $15,000 to the best Canadian music video of the year, Prism Prize will continue to present several special awards. In the coming weeks, the Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music) – for artistic achievements and exceptional worldwide contribution to music video art – will be announced.
Last year, Toronto collective KID. STUDIO, who have worked with artists such as Big Sean and The Weeknd, were announced as the recipient of the Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. With this award, Prism Prize is proud to continue the flourishing partnership with Bell Media, who return as sponsor of the Lipsett Award as well as presenting the Top 10 screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on May 13th, 2018.
Finally, the Hi-Fidelity Award (sponsored by FACTOR) – an award given to a recording artist who has used video art to represent their work in a consistently creative and innovative way – will also be revealed leading up to the May 13 event.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.