2018 Prism Prize's Top Ten Canadian Music Videos Announced

[![2017 Prism Prize winner Martin C. Pariseau [Photo Credit: Joanna Glezakos/Aesthetic Magazine] ](/content/images/2018/03/Martin-C.-Pariseau-300x290.jpg)](/content/images/2018/03/Martin-C.-Pariseau.jpg)2017 Prism Prize winner Martin C. Pariseau [Photo Credit: Joanna Glezakos/Aesthetic Magazine]
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. After viewing hundreds of music videos, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top 10 based on originality, style, creativity, innovation and effective execution. One of these videos will be awarded the $15,000 Grand Prize at a screening and awards presentation on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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)

“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,” says Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

Along with the $15,000 to the best Canadian music video of the year, Prism Prize will continue to present several special 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 revealed in the lead up to the May 13th 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 13th, 2018.

The winner of each award will be presented with a newly designed Prism Prize statue, and a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals.  All Top 10 nominees will receive an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.

To watch the Top 10 videos, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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