By: Staff –
The Prism Prize has announced 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 has announced 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 for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. In the coming weeks, the Special Achievement Award for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art, as well as the brand new Hi-Fidelity Award 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. 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.