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Prism Prize Video: Shad - The Stone Throwers (Gone in a Blink)

The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded recently to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile prominent Canadian videos, including this one from an acclaimed hip-hop artist shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize.

Prism Prize Video: Shad - The Stone Throwers (Gone in a Blink)

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The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded recently to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile prominent Canadian videos, including this one from an acclaimed hip-hop artist shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize.


Shad - The Stone Throwers (Gone In a Blink)

The video opens with a montage sequence, showing people, unclothed, standing in front of a blank white screen. The grainy, video-camera quality imagery shows close-ups of their naked body, and the sequence is laced with cuts which show the city of Toronto - gritty and real, strangely desolate, devoid of the usual hustle and bustle it is often associated with.

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The people in the video are seen tackling themes including economics, criminal justice, and beyond. The concept of the video is to show how the powerless are often forced to resort to violence to survive, for which they are later vilified. While the powerful do more harm to the people and planet with weapons of money and influence. This obvious discrepancy in the societal power balance is a significant focus of Shad’s lyrics.

There were two things that Shad hoped to capture in the visual for the song: vulnerability and rage. The nakedness of the casts represents their vulnerability, and their screams represent the rage that grows inside of them.

Credits: 

Director:  Matthew Progress 

DOP: Giles Monette 

Editor: Cam Lasovitch 

Actors: Oluseye, Shae-Lynn Masik, Max Mohenu

 

 

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

Awards

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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