GRAND PRIZE AND AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2019 PRISM PRIZE

Kevan Funk was announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Prism Prize for Belle Game’s music video for “Low.” Kevan was 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 2019 Prism Prize Audience Award was presented to director Johnny Jansen for Said The Whale’s “UnAmerican” video, based on thousands of online votes on prismprize.com.

Also honoured at the event was Soleil Denault, the recipient of the Lipsett Award that is established to recognize an innovative and unique approach to music video art and Clairmont The Second was presented with the Hi-Fidelity Award (supported by FACTOR), for exhibiting a strong visual identity through music video.

Lacey Duke was previously announced as the  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.

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. All Prism Prize Top 10 runners-up receive $500 cash each, courtesy of Slaight Music.

Plans for the 8th 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.

MVP Project awards nine grants to emerging Canadian artists

TORONTO, May 9, 2019 — RBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (The Canadian Academy) announced today the nine grant recipients for Round 2 of the MVP Project — an initiative that aims to promote and assist emerging Canadian recording artists, producers and filmmakers in creating music video content. The nine recipients were selected from 380 submissions by a jury of industry professionals.

“The talent pool of emerging recording artists and filmmakers in Canada is incredible, and the MVP Project was created to support and promote these artists as they pursue their passion,” said Matt McGlynn, Vice-President of Brand Marketing, RBC. “We are immensely proud to support this second round of MVP Project recipients so they can turn their visions into reality.”

"Music videos are just as important as the music itself, and without a visual representation of an auditory work how can we come to understand it on multiple levels?” said MVP Round 1 recipient and recording artist Jeremy Dutcher. “The kind of support being offered through MVP is essential for musicians to thrive, and we look forward to bringing the video for my song Mehcinut to life with this funding."

The top four most popular submission categories were Pop (19.8%), Indie Rock

(18.3%), Hip-Hop (10.7%) and Electronic / Dance Music (7.7%). The Round 2 recipient list includes rising talent from the Canadian music video scene and represents a wide range of musical genres and filmmaking styles, including stop-motion animation, dance, and short-form narrative.

Recipients include:

  •  Recording artist, Amaal, Director, Kat Webber and Producer, Matt Power (Toronto)

  • Recording artist, Harrison, Director, Jon Riera and Producer, Connor Illsley (Toronto)

  • Recording artist, Tanika Charles, Director, Nayani Thiyagarajah (aka V. T. Nayani) and Producer, Simone Ince (Toronto)

  • Recording artists, Hansom Eli, Director, Yann Lo Bono and Producer, Alexy Guérer (Montreal)

  • Recording artist, Shay Lia, Director, CARAZ, and Producer, France-Aimy Tremblay (Montreal)

  • Recording artist, Maky Lavender, Director, Alexandre Pelletier and Producer, Anthony Martino Maurice (Montreal)

  • Recording artists, Said The Whale, Director, Johnny Jansen and Producer, Josh Huculiak (Vancouver)

  • Recording artist, Dylan Menzie and Director/Producer, Aidan Searle (Charlottetown)

  • Recording artist, Desiire and Director/Producer, Ayo Tsalithaba (Scarborough)

“There were so many great treatments submitted in Round 2”, said Louis Calabro, Prism Prize Founder and Vice President, Programming, The Academy. “We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for these artists to work collaboratively in the creative sandbox that is music video production.”

"I am grateful to the MVP Project for providing critical financial support which gives artists from different disciplines the opportunity to collaborate and create original content,” said Director V. T. Nayani, who will helm Tanika Charles’ Look At Us Now. “This funding gives us the chance to match our vision with a budget that honours and elevates it, and create the work we’ve long dreamt of creating.”

The jury for the MVP Project rotates each round. Round 2 was decided by six regional juries made up of 30 music and film industry professionals.

"Being a juror for this round of MVP submissions was equal parts inspiring and motivating,” said juror Talya Macedo. “We're truly living in the era of multi-talented creators and unshakeable disruptors. The music video still matters and I'm so excited to see the visions of all nine recipients come to life."

The MVP project is part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps Canadian artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance artists’ careers. Since 2015, over 11,000 artists have been supported through these programs.

PRISM PRIZE ANNOUNCES SOLEIL DENAULT AS RECIPIENT OF THE 2019 LIPSETT AWARD

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The Prism Prize is proud to announce Soleil Denault as the recipient of the 2019 Lipsett Award.

The Prism Prize Lipsett Award is presented to a Canadian music video artist for their innovative and unique approach to music video art.

Based in Montreal, Soleil Denault boasts a body of work that spans the music, fashion and advertising industries. Her meticulous work ethic and keen eye for bold colour sequences has resulted in stunning music video work, most often and notably in collaboration with rising electronic duo Milk & Bone.

Soleil’s unique vision has produced work that feels very modern, thanks in part to her striking and stylistic art direction. She has built a reputation for creating dream-like atmospheres in her work - haunting, yet ethereal - and never shies away from touching on femininity and sensuality.

“Soleil has created some of the most beautiful and exciting work we’ve seen recently. She brings such an extraordinary vision to the videos, and produces unforgettable visuals,” said Academy Vice-President of Programming and Prism Prize Founder, Louis Calabro. “We’re proud to celebrate Soleil’s body of work and look forward to what comes next.”

An announcement trailer including some of Soleil Denault’s work can be viewed below.

On Monday, May 13, 2019 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Soleil Denault 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 Lipsett Award, Prism Prize will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year.

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.