Prism Prize Announces Top 20 Shortlist

The Prize honours the best Canadian music videos of the year, with $15K going to the winner at the May 13 presentation in Toronto. Slaight Music returns as Lead Sponsor.

Prism Prize Announces Top 20 Shortlist

By FYI Staff

The Prism Prize announced Thursday 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. 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 presentation on May 13 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

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 - Dream Tonight (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 - Rush (Director: Didier Charette)

Daniel Caesar - Freudian, a Visual (Director: Keaven 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: Emilie 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)

Slaight Music returns 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 Prism Prize Founder Louis  Calabro.


Other awards to be presented on May 13 are the Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music), The Lipsett Award, and The Hi-Fidelity Award. 

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