Find Out This Year's Top 10 Prism Prize Nominees

The annual has announced the Top 10 best Canadian music videos of the year and on May 13 at Tiff Bell Lightbox one lucky contender wins the top prize that includes a $15K cash award.

Find Out This Year's Top 10 Prism Prize Nominees

By FYI Staff

The Prism Prize has announced the Top 10 best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals.

One of these videos will be awarded the $15,000 Grand Prize at a screening and awards presentation on Sunday, May 13 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto

THE 2018 PRISM PRIZE TOP TEN (in alphabetical order):

Alice Glass - Without Love (Director: Floria Sigismondi)

Alvvays - Dreams Tonite (Director: Matt Johnson)

Charlotte Day Wilson - Work (Director: Fantavious Fritz)

Cri feat. Ouri - Rush (Director: Didier Charette)


Daniel Caesar - Freudian, a Visual (Directors: Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown)

Feist - Century (Director: Scott Cudmore)

Grimes feat. Janelle Monáe - Venus Fly (Director: Grimes)

Jessie Reyez - Gatekeeper (Director: Peter Huang)

Leonard Cohen - Leaving the Table (Director: Christopher Mills)

PUP - Old Wounds (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)

In a press release, Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro explains that “each year we celebrate the most interesting artists and filmmakers working in Canada today, and this year is no different.  The eclectic group of artists on the Top Ten list represent the next wave of Canadian music and filmmaking talent." 

Along with the $15K to the best Canadian music video of the year, Prism Prize will present several other awards.

The Audience Award is voted by members of the public, and all 20 Prism Prize shortlisted videos are eligible. Votes can now be registered on the voting site here:

The Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music) - for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art - will be announced on April 10.

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 announced in the lead up to the May 13 event.


Earlier this year, Toronto based director Karena Evans, who has worked with artists such as Belly, PLAZA and Drake, was announced as the recipient of the Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. With this award, Prism Prize continues the flourishing partnership with Bell Media, who returns as sponsor of the Lipsett Award as well as presenting the Top 10 screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on May 13.

The winner in each category is to be awarded a newly designed Prism Prize statue and a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals. 

Prism Prize videos and news can be viewed year-round at



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