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2022 Prism Prize Eligible Video: Haley Blais - Someone Called While You Were Out

The 2021 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was recently awarded to Theo Kapodistrias, for his clip for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that are eligible for the 2022 prize, including this one from a Vancouver pop artist.

2022 Prism Prize Eligible Video: Haley Blais - Someone Called While You Were Out

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The 2021 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was recently awarded to Theo Kapodistrias, for his clip for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that are eligible for the 2022 prize, including this one from a Vancouver pop artist.


Haley Blais: Someone Called While You Were Out 

Haley Blais is Vancouver’s own pop princess. She shares her insight through her bedroom pop anthems that focus on the joys and unoriginality of life, allowing listeners to use her songs as an escape from uninspiring life, and to manifest a world where you can be proud of yourself. 

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Her song Someone Called While You Were Out is accompanied by a video directed by Brian Johnson that transforms us back to the ’90s with its retro clothing, set decor, and even a telephone with a cord! Haley plays herself in the video, following her mysterious red phone cord as it leads through town, sending her on an adventure until she sees that two FBI agents are listening to her calls. 

Haley explained the intention behind the song and video with Someone Called While You Were Out is about quitting your 9 to 5 job and going full girlboss vacation mode this way: "I had this vision or I guess fantasy, where I was passed out day drunk in my imaginary hammock at my imaginary beach house, missing call after call (as the drink in my hand slowly slipped from my sleepy grasp) because I was on island time. Wearing something breezy and effortless. Full linen two-piece”.

The video follows Haley’s intentions behind the song and adds a little bit of flair with its styling choices. 
 

Directed by Brian Johnson

Producer: Maddy Chang 

Associate Producers: Matthew Taylor Blais & Daniel Klassen 

Associate Director: Dide Su Bilgin 

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Director of Photography: Andrij Lyskov 

1st AC: Robin Rigault 

Steadicam Operator: Jan Schaedle-Ubeda 

Gaffer: Justin Uitto 

Key Grip: Ron Okinawa 

LX/Swing: Adrianna Hankins 

Production Designer: Samantha Lam 

Art Assistant: Tiffany Lau 

Production Assistant: Simon Farrell 

Editor: Anna Shannon

Colourist: Sam Giling 

Cast:

Haley Blais as Herself 

Maddy Kelly as Haley’s Friend 

Danika Thibault as Conspiracy Lady 

Jake Pascoe as Runner 

Nathan Hare as FBI Agent #1

Mitchell Graw as FBI Agent #2 

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Allison Russell accepting the Billboard Canada Women in Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year award
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Allison Russell accepting the Billboard Canada Women in Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year award

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Allison Russell Named Billboard Canada Women In Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year

The Nashville-based musician from Montreal has been having a huge year, including her first Grammy and her first Hot 100 appearance. Accepting the award on June 19 at the iHeartRadio Canada studio, she talked about her LGBTQ+ advocacy work and the importance of playing with underrepresented musicians.

It was a special Juneteenth for Allison Russell.

Not only did she serve as the special Toronto opener for Sarah McLachlan on the Canadian icon’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 30th anniversary tour, but she earned another big honour: Billboard Canada Women In Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

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