The Prism Awards, which annually recognize the excellence of talent in Canadian music videos, have unveiled the winners of the Grand Prize and Audience Award for their 8th edition of the awards. A jury of more than 120 professionals from the creative arts awarded the 2020 Grand Prize to director Peter Huang for the video clip “Far Away” by Jessie Reyez. The Grand Prize is accompanied by a scholarship of $20,000 which is an amazing increase of $15,000 thanks to the contribution of Stingray. The Audience Award went to directors Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown for the video for “CYANIDE REMIX” by Daniel Caesar ft. Koffee.
“Music videos allow you to add depth and meaning to a song and to cast a ruthless look at the world at large” says Louis Calabro, vice-president of programming and awards at the Canadian Academy and founder of the Prism Awards. “We couldn’t be more honored to crown Peter Huang’s Far Away as the winner of the 2020 Prism Grand Prize. This punchy video is sadly a reality for many people.”
Due to the cancellation of the screening and the awards ceremony caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual event celebrated the 20 best music videos of the year. The winners of the special awards were announced by rapper Haviah Mighty and the blurbs were written by reporter and Editor Del Cowie.
Previously announced were the Special Prize winners, and revolutionary Canadians who have had a profound impact on the music video industry were also honored during the virtual presentation; composer and performer Daniela Andrade received the Hi-Fidelity Award, created to recognize artists who use music videos in innovative ways; creative film production company Tranquilo received the Lipsett Award, created to celebrate a unique approach to the art of music videos; and pop video maker Bardia Zeinali received the Special Achievement Award, created to recognize outstanding contribution to music video art on the world stage.
Celebrated artistic director and choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson received the Willie Dunn Award, presented for the first time in honor of a Canadian pioneer who demonstrated excellence in the music video community. As the recipient of this award, LaurieAnn was invited to select an emerging filmmaker who would benefit from $5,000, courtesy of the Canadian Academy. She chose Noor Khan, an emerging director, and producer based in Scarborough.
All of the Prism Award recipients, including the Grand Prize, People’s Choice Award, and all Special Prize winners, received equipment rental services valued at $2,500, provided by partners of William F. White International Inc. Top 20 finalists receive $500 courtesy of our partners Patron, Slaight Music, RBCxMusic, and the MVP Project partner.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.