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.

PRISM PRIZE AND SLAIGHT MUSIC LAUNCH CANADIAN CLASSICS

The Canadian Classics section of the Prism Prize website was launched on Canada's 150th birthday this past Saturday, produced with the support of Slaight Music and defined as a collection of the most essential Canadian music videos of all time. 

The curated list includes seminal videos such as Mitsou's "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy," the Shuffle Demons' "Spadina Bus," the first Arcade Fire videos by pioneering filmmaker Vincent Morisset, and Rush's "The Enemy Within" that was the first video played on MuchMusic when it launched in 1984.

Although the list generally ranges from the early '80s up until approximately 2012, when Prism Prize began collecting the best of the year in separate curated lists, the collection also includes Bobby Gimby's "Ca-na-da," a music video made for Canada's centennial birthday in 1967. 

Prism Prize founder Louis Calabro explains that "the list is meant to serve as the go-to place when it comes to viewing content from the history of Canadian music video production.  We should also note that although the team endeavoured to create the most comprehensive list, Prism Prize engages and encourages the public to send additional suggestions for future inclusion. "

See the selected videos here

Director Martin C. Pariseau wins 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada's Lite Spots music video

Photo: Joanna Glezakos/Aesthetic Magazine)

 

Toronto, ON – May 14, 2017 - Martin C. Pariseau was announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada’s Lite Spots music video. Pariseau 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 Prism Prize Audience Award was presented to director Winston Hacking for Andy Shauf’s The Magician video, based on thousands of online votes collected in collaboration with Noisey Canada.

Don Allan of Revolver Films 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 Kid. Studio, the recipient of the Lipsett Award (presented by MuchFACT), established to recognize an innovative and unique approach to music video art and July Talk 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, and Hendrick’s Gin.


Plans for the sixth 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.

 

REVOLVER FILMS WINS 2017 PRISM PRIZE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Prism Prize is proud to announce REVOLVER FILMS as the recipient of the 2017 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.  

Revolver Films’ Founder Don Allan 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 Awards Presentation on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

As one of Canada’s oldest production companies, the Toronto based Revolver Films was founded in 1983, and has built a reputation for world-class advertising and award winning music-based films. Over the years the production company has been instrumental in shifting the approach and design for how music videos are produced, shifting focus from advertisement to creative and innovative work. The 2007 Revolver Films production of Feist’s iconic 1,2,3,4 was recently named by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of the most essential works in Canada’s visual history.

A winner of more than 30 MuchMusic Video Awards, including nine for best director, and over 45 Juno nominations, Revolver Films has collaborated with music industry heavyweights such as David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, The White Stripes, Lenny Kravitz, Leonard Cohen, Christina Aguilera, Janelle Monáe, Drake and many more.

“For years Revolver has been operating in the heart of Toronto, quietly killing it. They are the oldest production company in Canada, and consistently create interesting work. I can’t think of a company with a better track record in producing creative content” said Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Prism Prize, in addition to presenting the Special Achievement Award, will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year, two of which were produced by Revolver Films, Scott Cudmore’s “Amerika” by Wintersleep and Harrison’s “It’s Okay, I Promise.”  

 

 

 

 

PRISM PRIZE presents... TORONTO PLAYS ITSELF - May 4 - feat. HARRISON, ABOVE TOP SECRET, LA TIMPA & PRINCE INNOCENCE DJs

TORONTO PLAYS ITSELF

A Music City Showcase from #The6

Featuring performances by

Harrison
Above Top Secret
LA Timpa
+ Prince Innocence DJs

May 4 at Baby G (1608 Dundas Street West)

$6 advance
$10 at door

Tickets available here: 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-plays-itself-feat-harrison-above-top-secret-la-timpa-and-prince-innocence-djs-tickets-33396154798?aff=efbevent

INAUGURAL HI-FIDELITY AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

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PRISM PRIZE ANNOUNCES JULY TALK - WINNER OF THE NEW HI-FIDELITY AWARD FOR 2017 - PRESENTED BY FACTOR

Watch the July Talk trailer: https://vimeo.com/212816023

Toronto, ON – April 18, 2017 - The Prism Prize is proud to announce the inaugural Hi-Fidelity Award (presented by FACTOR) which goes to JULY TALK. The Prism Prize Hi-Fidelity Award is given to a recording artist (band or musician) who has used video art to represent their work in a consistently creative and innovative way. JULY TALK 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 Awards Presentation on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

JULY TALK is a Toronto band that include members, Leah Fay, Peter Dreimanis, Josh Warburton, Ian Docherty and Danny Miles, signed to Sleepless Records / Island Records.

Announced previously this month, the inaugural award is sponsored by FACTOR.

“July Talk has put together a highly innovative and creative team.  In providing financial support to their projects, FACTOR is proud to have played a small part in their success.” said FACTOR President, Duncan McKie.

Using bold, striking imagery to represent their sound visually, the band shoots all material in gorgeous  black and white, and have demonstrated a dedication to the importance of their aesthetic. “This type of artistry is exactly what we set out to honour when discussing the spirit of the award. The Prism Prize is proud to have JULY TALK as their first winner of the Hi-Fidelity Award.” Said Prism Prize Founder, Louis Calabro.

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Prism Prize, in addition to the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year, will be giving several special awards, including the Lipsett Award (sponsored by MuchFACT) 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, the Audience Award (presented by Noisey Canada) and the Hi-Fidelity Award (sponsored by FACTOR).

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.

www.prismprize.com • @prismprize • www.facebook.com/prismprize

Prism Prize acknowledges the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

 

2017 PRISM PRIZE TOP TEN ANNOUNCED

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TOP TEN NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 PRISM PRIZE

FACTOR sponsors the new Hi-Fidelity Award

Top Ten Trailer: https://vimeo.com/207664956

Toronto, ON – April 4, 2017 - The Prism Prize today announces the Top Ten 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 and Top Ten based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution. The jury will vote once more to determine the Prism Prize winner, who will receive the $15,000 Grand Prize at the Awards Presentation on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

THE 2017 PRISM PRIZE TOP TEN (in alphabetical order):

A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear - Stadium Pow Wow (Director: Kevan Funk)

Andy Shauf - The Magician (Director: Winston Hacking)

BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Kaytranada - Lavender (Director: Fantavious Fritz)

Grimes - Kill V. Maim (Directors: Claire and Mac Boucher)

Harrison feat. Clairmont The Second - It’s Okay, I Promise (Director: Scott Cudmore)

July Talk - Picturing Love (Director: Jared Raab)

Kaytranada - Lite Spots (Director: Martin C. Pariseau)

PUP - DVP (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

PUP - Sleep in the Heat (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

Wintersleep - Amerika (Director: Scott Cudmore)

This year, the Prism Prize is pleased to announce that in addition to the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year, several special awards will also be presented. Last month, 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 (sponsored by MuchFACT) for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. In the coming weeks, the Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music) for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art, as well as the brand new Hi-Fidelity Award (sponsored by FACTOR) will be announced.

The Hi-Fidelity Award will be given to a recording artist (band or musician) who has used video art to represent their work in a consistently creative and innovative way.  

In addition to the Top Ten, all Prism Prize Top 20 videos are eligible for this year’s Audience Award, presented by Noisey Canada. The Top 20 videos are live at prismprize.com/audience2017, where fans can watch and vote on who will take home this year’s Audience Award. All Prism Prize Award recipients, including special award winners will receive $2000 grants from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and all Top Ten 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.

www.prismprize.com • @prismprize • www.facebook.com/prismprize

Prism Prize acknowledges the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

 

Kid. Studio Named Winner of 2017 Lipsett Award

 

KID. STUDIO

 

March 18, 2017

Prism Prize has announced KID. STUDIO as the recipient of the 2017 Lipsett Award (sponsored by MuchFACT).  Kid Studio is a creative house based in Toronto providing direction, design and film work. They describe themselves as "Inspired by our youth, influenced by our city" and have worked with such artists as Roy Woods, Saya and The Weeknd.  

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 include Kristof Brandl, Jared Raab and Scott Cudmore & Michael Leblanc

Watch the 2017 trailer below:

2017 Prism Prize Top 20 Announced

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Prism Prize Names Top 20 Canadian Music Videos of the Year

Slaight Music Returns as Lead Sponsor in 2017

Top 20 Trailer: https://vimeo.com/prismprize/2017prismprizetop20

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2017 – The Prism Prize has announced the Top 20 Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 music, film and media arts professionals.

The Prism Prize Top 20 is based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution, and the winning video will be awarded $15,000.00 cash at the Prism Prize Award Presentation and Screening on May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

THE 2017 PRISM PRIZE TOP 20 (in alphabetical order)

A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear - Stadium Pow Wow (Director: Kevan Funk)

Aidan Knight - What Light (Never Goes Dim) (Director: FT Langley)

Andy Shauf - The Magician (Director: Winston Hacking)

BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Kaytranada - Lavender (Director: Fantavious Fritz)

Braids - Companion (Director: Kevan Funk)

Dilly Dally - Snakehead (Director: Scott Cudmore)

Grimes - Kill V. Maim (Directors: Claire and Mac Boucher)

Harrison feat. Clairmont The Second - It’s Okay, I Promise (Director: Scott Cudmore)

Holy Fuck - Tom Tom (Director: Michael Leblanc)

Jazz Cartier - Red Alert / 100 Roses (Director: Jon Riera)

July Talk - Picturing Love (Director: Jared Raab)

Kaytranada - Lite Spots (Director: Martin C. Pariseau)

Lisa LeBlanc - Gold Diggin’ Hoedown (Director: Didier Charette)

PUP - DVP (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

PUP - Sleep in the Heat (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

Ronley Teper’s Lipliners - Lucky and Finnegan (Director: Davide Di Saro)

Somewhere Else feat. Majid Jordan - Move Together (Director: Helmi)

SonReal - Can I Get A Witness (Director: Peter Huang)

Tanya Tagaq - Retribution (Director: Brian Johnson)

Wintersleep - Amerika (DIrector: Scott Cudmore)

 

The Prism Prize is also happy to announce the return of Slaight Music as Lead Sponsor of the Prism Prize.

"The Prism Prize shines the light on talented artists both behind the camera and the microphone in addition to celebrating some of Canada’s most relevant musicians and directors,” says Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music, “for that, we are proud to support the Prism Prize again this year.”

Slaight Music will present the Special Achievement Award, as well as a post-screening celebration following the 2017 Prism Prize Awards Presentation.

“Slaight Music promotes and fosters incredible new Canadian talent, providing them with an essential platform to be seen and heard. We are proud to associate Prism Prize with their great work, and look forward to another year celebrating these musicians together,” said Louis Calabro.

The Prism Prize Top Ten will be announced on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, along with the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year; organizers will present the Audience Award (presented by Noisey Canada); the Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music) for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art; and the Lipsett Award (presented by MuchFACT) for innovative and unique approaches to music video art.

For more information, and a comprehensive list of the best Canadian music videos, check out www.prismprize.com.

ABOUT THE PRISM PRIZE

The Prism Prize is now 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 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).

www.prismprize.com@prismprize • www.facebook.com/prismprize

Prism Prize acknowledges the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

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