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Prism Prize's Top-10 Canadian Music Videos Revealed

The Prism Prize has announced its top 10 music videos in the running for this year's prize. Each year, the award honours the best Canadian music video of the year.

The top-10 shortlist, which was was whittled down from the top-20 list revealed in February, was decided by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film, and arts professionals. The videos are judged on originality, style, creativity, innovation, and effective execution.

The winner of the Prism Prize winner will receive $15,000 during a screening and ceremony on May 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

Last year's Prism Prize went to Charlotte Day Wilson for "Work" and she used the money to create a film grant for female and non-binary directors.

Top 10 Prism Prize Finalists 2019:

Belle Game – "Low" (Director: Kevan Funk)
Blue Hawaii – "Do You Need Me" (Director: Kevan Funk)
Cadence Weapon – "High Rise" (Director: Lester Millado)
Charlotte Cardin – "The Kids" (Director: Kristof Brandl)
Clairmont The Second – "Gheeze" (Director: Clairmont The Second)
Classified – "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R. – "Best Part, a Visual" (Directors: Keavan Yazdani & Sean Brown)
Harrison ft. Ralph – "Your Girl" (Directors: Ft. Langley)
Jessie Reyez – "Body Count" (Director: Peter Huang)
Said The Whale – "UnAmerican" (Director: Johnny Jansen)

2019 Prism Prize Top Ten from Prism Prize on Vimeo.

Also, the Prism Prize has named Lacey Duke as the recipient of the 2019 Special Achievement Award. It is presented to a Canadian music video icon for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.

In addition to directing, editing, and conceiving her own music video and branded content for Janelle Monáe, The Internet, SZA, and others, Duke has also written and directed commercial spots for brands like Netflix, Pantene, CoverGirl, and Samsung. Her unique aesthetic, knack for fostering organic performances and affinity for counter-culture has allowed her to capture narrative and beauty with an edgy and fresh sensibility. Lacey’s Prism reel can be viewed here, and her full music video work can be seen here.

"Lacey is a visionary artist who continues to push the boundaries of music video art. Her inventive camera technique, lush colour palette, and dreamy-documentary style have provided lasting visuals for some of the most exciting musicians working today," said Academy Vice-President of Programming and Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.

On May 13, 2019 at the Prism Prize gala in Toronto, Duke will be presented with the Prism Prize statue, a $2,500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.

For more information, go to www.prismprize.com.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.