2018 Prism Prize Top 20 Announced

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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.


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.



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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