PRISM PRIZE ANNOUNCES CLAIRMONT THE SECOND AS RECIPIENT OF THE 2019 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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The Prism Prize is proud to announce Clairmont The Second as the recipient of the 2019 Hi-Fidelity Award (supported by FACTOR). The Prism Prize Hi-Fidelity Award is awarded to a recording artist who has used video art to represent their work in a consistently creative and innovative way.

Clairmont The Second is a multi-disciplinary artist who thrives as both a musician and video creator, consistently releasing thoughtful visuals to accompany his songs. Using a mixed bag of shooting styles, colours and  aspect ratios, Clairmont The Second (often alongside cinematographer Beee) delivers wide-shot Weston Rd. exteriors over quick-footed beats and a trademark flow, establishing a signature audio/visual style all his own.

"We have been watching what Clairmont was doing for a few years now, and he raises his game substantially with every new video he releases," said Academy Vice-President of Programming and Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro. “He is the perfect example of a self-made artist, and his vision as both a musician and video artist is well worth celebrating.”

A reel of Clairmont The Second’s work can be viewed below.

On Monday, May 13, 2019 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Clairmont The Second will be presented with the Prism Prize statue, a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics. His video for “Gheeze” was named one of the Prism Prize Top Ten videos of the year earlier this month and is in the running for the Grand Prize. At the May 13 event, in addition to presenting the Hi-Fidelity Award, Prism Prize will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year.

PRISM PRIZE ANNOUNCES LACEY DUKE WINNER OF THE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR 2019

The Prism Prize is proud to announce LACEY DUKE as the recipient of the 2019 Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music). The Prism Prize Special Achievement Award is presented to a Canadian music video icon for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.  


In addition to directing, editing and conceiving her own music video and branded content for Janelle Monáe, The Internet, SZA, and others, Lacey Duke has also written and directed commercial spots for brands like Netflix, Pantene, CoverGirl and Samsung. Her unique aesthetic, knack for fostering organic performances and affinity for counter-culture has allowed her to capture narrative and beauty with an edgy and fresh sensibility. Lacey’s Prism reel can be viewed here, and her full music video work can be seen here.


"Lacey is a visionary artist who continues to push the boundaries of music video art. Her inventive camera technique, lush colour palette, and dreamy-documentary style have provided lasting visuals for some of the most exciting musicians working today," said Academy Vice-President of Programming and Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

On Monday, May 13, 2019 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Duke will be presented with the Prism Prize statue, a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.


At the May 13 event, in addition to presenting the Special Achievement Award, Prism Prize will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year.


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2019 Prism Prize Top 20 Announced

TOP 20 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2019 PRISM PRIZE

The Prism Prize today announces the Top 20 best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals. After viewing hundreds of music videos, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top 20 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 Monday, May 13, 2019 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Prism Prize Top Ten will be announced on April 2, 2019.


THE 2019 PRISM PRIZE TOP 20 (in alphabetical order):

Arkells - People's Champ (Director: Matt Barnes)

Bahamas - No Depression (Director: Ali J. Eisner)

Belle Game - Low (Director: Kevan Funk)

Blue Hawaii - Do You Need Me (Director: Kevan Funk)

Cadence Weapon - High Rise (Director: Lester Millado)

Chad VanGaalen - Host Body (Director: Chad VanGaalen)

Charlotte Cardin - The Kids (Director: Kristof Brandl)

Clairmont The Second - Gheeze (Director: Clairmont The Second)

Classified - Powerless (Director: Andrew Hines)

Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R. - Best Part, a Visual (Directors: Keavan Yazdani & Sean Brown)

Deadmau5 - Monophobia (Directors: Nick DenBoer & Kenny Hotz)

Drake - Nice For What (Director: Karena Evans)

Harrison ft. Ralph - Your Girl (Directors: Ft. Langley)

Jean-Michel Blais - Dans ma main (Directors: Mauriès Matos)

Jessie Reyez - Body Count (Director: Peter Huang)

Rich Aucoin - The Middle (Director: Meags Fitzgerald)

Said The Whale - UnAmerican (Director: Johnny Jansen)

So Loki - Athletes World (Director: Lucas Hrubizna)

SonReal - Have A Nice Day (Director: Peter Huang)

The Weather Station - Impossible (Director: Colin Medley)


“Each year I am blown away by the quality of work on the Prism Prize lists, and this year is no exception. These artists are some of the most exciting working in media right now, at home, and around the world. They are the next wave of Canadian talent,” said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.


Organizers also announced Slaight Music as Patron Sponsor for the 2019 awards, continuing a partnership that began when the Prize launched in 2012.  Part of the 2019 partnership provides runner-up artists on the Top Ten list with a cash prize of $500 per project, courtesy of Slaight Music. “We are grateful to Slaight Music for their early, ongoing  and generous support, which is creating tangible opportunities for Canadian musicians,” 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, with announcements to come leading up to the May 13 event.

The Audience Award voting is open to members of the public and begins today, running until April 19, 2019. All 20 Prism Prize shortlisted videos are eligible. Votes can now be registered on the voting site here: https://www.prismprize.com/2019audience

Last year, Toronto based Karena Evans, who worked on multiple Drake billboard hits, including the viral video God’s Plan, and Sza’s Garden (Say It Like That) that starred Donald Glover, was announced as the recipient of the Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art.

The Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music) - for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art - will also be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

Prism Prize is proud to host a comprehensive resource for music fans to watch the best Canadian music videos all in one place. Videos and news from Canada’s music video community are available throughout the year at www.prismprize.com.


FANTAVIOUS FRITZ, Director of “Work” by Charlotte Day Wilson, Wins 2018 Prism Prize

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Toronto, ON – May 13, 2018 - Fantavious Fritz was announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Prism Prize for Charlotte Day Wilson’s music video for “Work.” Both director and artist were on hand to accept the Prism Prize trophy and $15,000 award at the Prism Prize Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario.

The 2018 Prism Prize Audience Award was presented to director team Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown for Daniel Caesar’s “Freudian, A Visual” video, based on thousands of online votes on prismprize.com.

Cherie Sinclair of The Field was also in attendance to accept the previously announced Prism Prize Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music), honouring a Canadian music video artist for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.

Also honoured at the event was Karena Evans, the recipient of the Lipsett Award (presented by Bell Media), established to recognize an innovative and unique approach to music video art and Grimes was presented with the Hi-Fidelity Award (presented by FACTOR), for exhibiting a strong visual identity through music video.

All Prism Prize Award recipients, including the Grand Prize, Audience Award, Special Achievement Award, Hi-Fidelity Award and the Lipsett Award, received $2500 grants from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and all Top Ten nominees received an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.

Plans for the 7th annual Prism Prize will be announced later this year. Prism Prize is proud to host a comprehensive resource for music fans to watch the best Canadian music videos all in one place. Videos and news from Canada’s music video community are available throughout the year at www.prismprize.com.

 

2018 Prism Prize Hi-Fidelity Award Presented to Grimes

The Prism Prize is proud to announce the Hi-Fidelity Award recipient for 2018 is Grimes. 

The Hi-Fidelity Award (sponsored by FACTOR) is presented to a recording artist (band or musician) who has used video art to represent their work in a consistently creative and innovative way. The award will be officially presented on May 13 at the Prism Prize screening and awards presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

Grimes, who's real name is Claire Elise Boucher, has consistently created striking music videos acting as both subject, and director.  These videos feature a world of vivid colours, elaborate sets and choreographed dance sequences. The video for "Oblivion" made in 2012 with director Emily Kai Bock was named one of TIFF's Essential 150 Canadian moving image works and is widely considered one of the greatest Canadian music video of all time. 

"It is because of artists like Grimes, that we have seen a revival in music video art over the past 5 years." Said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro, "The work is imaginative, bold and sometimes uncomfortable - all traits of excellent artwork."

Grimes is also in the running for the grand prize, with the video for "Venus Fly" featuring Janelle Monàe. The grand prize will be announced on May 13, with the winning artist(s) taking home $15,000 cash. 

 

PRISM PRIZE ANNOUNCES CHERIE SINCLAIR WINNER OF THE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR 2018

The Prism Prize is proud to announce CHERIE SINCLAIR as the recipient of the 2018 Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music). The Prism Prize Special Achievement Award is presented to a Canadian music video icon for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.  

Sinclair is the Founder and Executive Producer of THE FIELD, a full service production company that represents an eclectic roster of award winning directors who specialize in music videos, online content and commercials. Credits include music videos for Austra, Emily Haines, Big Sean, Tiesto, and Carly Rae Jepsen. 

Since opening it’s doors in 2007 The Field has garnered much acclaim for it’s work, racking up over 75 MMVA nominations along with numerous Juno and CCMA nods.

"Cherie has been a force in our industry for a long time, and is recognized as a leader in developing new director talent. We are excited to celebrate and share this excellent work with the world." said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

On Sunday May 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Sinclair will be presented with the Prism Prize statue, a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics. At the May 13 event, in addition to presenting the Special Achievement Award, Prism Prize will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year.

Introducing the New 2018 Prism Prize Statue

Prism Prize has unveiled a brand new statue design for 2018. The original artwork was created by Toronto artist Kal Mansur who is known for his dynamic and large scale glass acrylic sculptures. 

Mansur's work is characterized by acrylic pieces of varying colours and thicknesses contained within a diffused acrylic case. 

The Prism Prize team was first introduced to Mansur by Kid. Studio's Vince Tran. After the 2017 Prism Prize show, the two teams began discussing a new design. 

"Kal's designs are stunning works of art made right here in Toronto. When I first saw the prototype, I knew we had the nicest statue in the game" said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.  "No two statues will be exactly the same, and we are really excited about that."

The 2018 statue, as well as Mansur's other work, is unique in its use of diffusion and concealment as compositional elements. The sculptures emanate light, which becomes apparent when one focuses on the edges that cast shifting, hued shadows. 

Each statue will have its own unique cut, and will reflect a prismatic light. A dominant feature of the new statue will be the tuning-fork image, cut into the glass, and set with colourful dyes. 

The new statue will be presented to winners in all categories on Sunday, May 13 at the Prism Prize screening and awards presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

2018 Prism Prize Top 10 Announced

The Prism Prize has announced the Top 10 best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals. After viewing hundreds of music videos, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top 10 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 2018 PRISM PRIZE TOP TEN (in alphabetical order):

Alice Glass - Without Love (Director: Floria Sigismondi)

Alvvays - Dreams Tonite (Director: Matt Johnson)

Charlotte Day Wilson - Work (Director: Fantavious Fritz)

Cri feat. Ouri - Rush (Director: Didier Charette)

Daniel Caesar - Freudian, a Visual (Directors: Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown)

Feist - Century (Director: Scott Cudmore)

Grimes feat. Janelle Monáe - Venus Fly (Director: Grimes)

Jessie Reyez - Gatekeeper (Director: Peter Huang)

Leonard Cohen - Leaving the Table (Director: Christopher Mills)

PUP - Old Wounds (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

“Each year we celebrate the most interesting artists and filmmakers working in Canada today, and this year is no different.  The eclectic group of artists on the Top Ten list represent the next wave of Canadian music and filmmaking talent,” said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

Along with the $15,000 to the best Canadian music video of the year, Prism Prize will continue to present several special awards. The Audience Award is voted by members of the public, and all 20 Prism Prize shortlisted videos are eligible. Votes can now be registered on the voting site here: https://www.prismprize.com/2018audience

The Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music) - for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art - will be announced on April 10.

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 in the lead up to the May 13th event.

Earlier this year, Toronto based director Karena Evans, who has worked with artists such as Belly, PLAZA and Drake, was announced as the recipient of the Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. With this award, Prism Prize continues the flourishing partnership with Bell Media, who returns as sponsor of the Lipsett Award as well as presenting the Top 10 screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on May 13th, 2018.

The winner of each award will be presented with a newly designed Prism Prize statue, and a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals.  All Top 10 nominees will receive an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.

Prism Prize is proud to host a comprehensive resource for music fans to watch the best Canadian music videos all in one place. Videos and news from Canada’s music video community are available throughout the year at www.prismprize.com.