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.

 

Karena Evans Named Winner of 2018 Lipsett Award

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Karena Evans Named Winner of 2018 Lipsett Award

February 23, 2018

Prism Prize has announced arena Evans as the recipient of the 2018 Lipsett Award (sponsored by Bell Media).  

Evans is a director, actor and writer from Toronto, and protégé of veteran music video director and filmmaker Director X.  Over the past year, Evans has skyrocketed into the public-eye, having added her cinematic stamp to videos for artists including ROC Nation and XO's Belly, OVO's PLAZA, and Toronto's anders, and most recently directed the video for Drake's "God's Plan."  Evans has also worked with CBC Arts’ on the 10-part series “Heartbreak to Art,” Nike’s Air Max commercial campaign and a heartfelt “Black Lives Matter” social commentary piece. Her highly stylized work is approached with a keen eye for composition, and shifts in format. 


The Lipsett Award is presented to a Canadian music video artist for their innovative and unique approach to music video art. Arthur Lipsett was a Canadian filmmaker best known for his sound collage films made for the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s. Lipsett’s unique approach to editing sound and image earned much attention, as well as an Oscar Nomination in 1962 for the film Very Nice, Very Nice. 

Past winners of this award nclude KID. STUDIO, ristof Brandl, Jared Raab and Scott Cudmore & Michael Leblanc.

Watch the 2018 Lipsett Award video here: 

2018 Prism Prize Top 20 Announced

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TOP 20 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 PRISM PRIZE

Top 20 Trailer: https://vimeo.com/253175178/ad184e60c9

Toronto, ON – February 1st, 2018 - 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 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 - Dreams Tonite (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 feat. Ouri - Rush (Director: Didier Charette)

Daniel Caesar - Freudian, a Visual (Director: Keavan 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: Émile 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)

“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” said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

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 world-wide 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.

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.

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We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of

Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du

Canada, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

 

ABOUT THE PRISM PRIZE

Now running in their sixth year, the Prism Prize has earned top honours being the largest cash prize in the world for music videos. Established in 2012, it is an annual award recognizing outstanding artistry in Canadian music videos, and is produced by the not-for-profit Association for Music and Innovative Arts. The vision of the Prism Prize is to promote and support homegrown Canadian creative projects, and bolster the Canadian music landscape. Previous winners have included Martin C. Pariseau for Kaytranada’s Lite Spots (2017), Philip Sportel for Kalle Mattson’s Avalanche (2016), Chad VanGaalen for Timber Timbre’s Beat The Drum Slowly (2015), Emily Kai Bock for Arcade Fire’s Afterlife (2014), and Noah Pink for Rich Aucoin’s Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E (2013).

 

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Vintage TV Canada announces Prism Prize partnership

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Vintage TV Canada is pleased to announce a new partnership with Prism Prize. The new partnership will see a one-hour Vintage TV Canada segment entitled Prism Presents which will feature curated playlists of the best music video content in the world. The programme will also feature the music videos of Prism Prize competitors and winners.
It will be curated by the Prism Prize team, and their network of creators.


“We are very excited to partner with Vintage TV, so that together we can offer one of the few destinations on television where audiences can watch great music videos, and a national platform on which creators can gain exposure for their art.” said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.


The CEO of Vintage TV, David Pick added, “We're truly honoured to join with the Prism Prize in celebrating the art of the music video. The Prism Prize has deservedly attracted public and industry support from the likes of the Government of Canada, the SOCAN Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and Tiff. Vintage TV Canada is determined to promote and share the Prize’s wonderful and extraordinary content with every Canadian
viewer in every Canadian home!”


The Prism Prize is a national, juried award established to recognize creativity and innovation in Canadian music video. The jury comprises more than 120 Canadian music and film industry professionals, selected to nominate a shortlist of the 10 best videos of the year.


Each year, one video is crowned as the winner and receives a $15,000 cash prize. The Prism Prize is awarded based on artistic merit with jurors asked to consider originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution when making their selection. Further details about the partnership will be announced in due course.


For more information on Vintage TV Canada please visit VintageTV.ca.


For more information on Prism Prize please visit http://www.prismprize.com.

Press Contact: Eric Alper, Eric@thatericalper.com
Vintage TV Canada Contact: Nathalia Browning, GM Nathalia.Browning@vintage.tv

Editors’ notes:

About Vintage TV Canada
Vintage TV Canada is available on Shaw Cable 178 (140 in Winnipeg), Shaw Direct 519, Shaw Direct Advanced 219 and all of Roger’s packages on channel 700.