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Prism Prize Eligible Video: Haley Blais - Be Your Own Muse

The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the prize, including this one from a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter.

Prism Prize Eligible Video: Haley Blais - Be Your Own Muse

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The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the prize, including this one from a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter.


Haley Blais - Be Your Own Muse

Haley Blais is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter known for her bedroom pop-like sound, actually recorded in her bedroom. Her fans are dedicated to the artist and have been awaiting new music since the release of her LP Let Yourself Go in 2018.

The single Be Your Own Muse off her 2020 album Below the Salt ”features the same melodic pop sound that her fans have grown to love. The video for the single, directed and produced by Vancouver-based writer/filmmaker Jake Pascoe, sees a handful of different subjects singing along to Blais’s lyrics. 

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The visuals open up on a bar and a young woman is walking in whilst simultaneously singing along to Be Your Own Muse. We are then taken to see the faces of a variety of different people of different genders, ages, and nationalities singing along as well. We close out with a pan to the stage where Blais and her bandmates can be seen playing the song to the ever-loving crowd.

The message of the song is clear -  you have to be the muse you are looking for. There is no one out there that will give you what you can give yourself. 

 

Director and Producer: Jake Pascoe

Cinematographer: Sam Barringer

Production Designer: Rebecca Scherman

1st Assistant Director: Dide Su Bilgin

Steadicam Operator: Leo Harim

1st AC: Blake Davey

Editor: Anna Shannon

Colour Grading: Kristina Mileska

Makeup: Diana Kalyn

 

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The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024

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The Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, Allison Russell Make the 2024 Polaris Music Prize Long List

The 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which awards $50,000 to the best Canadian record of the year features up-and-comers like punk group NOBRO and producer Bambii, plus rapper TOBi, and legends like Quebec group Karkwa and previous Heritage Prize winner Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Some of the country's biggest breakthrough artists are in contention for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

The 40-album long list was revealed today (June 11) at Sonic Boom record store in downtown Toronto. It features some of the buzziest names in Canadian music, from The Beaches — who were recently awarded Billboard Canada Women in Music's inaugural Group of the Year award — to Grammy-winner Allison Russell, to Canadian Hot 100 charting acts like Charlotte Cardin and Talk, to underground mainstays like Cindy Lee, who had an organic breakthrough this year with Diamond Jubilee.

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