2017 Prism Prize Top 20 Announced


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.


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).

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