The Prism Prize announces its 2016 shortlist for best Canadian music video

March 28, 2016

Since 2013, the Prism Prize has recognized the best in Canadian music videos. Past years have seen the grand prize—now a $10k cheque—go to national treasures Arcade Fire, Rich Aucoin, and Timber Timbre. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 shortlist competition is just as tough as ever, featuring videos that not only the cream of the crop in Canada, but rank (highly) with the best in the world.

The grand prize isn’t the only award to be handed out at the May 15 gala at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. There’s also the Audience Award, Special Achievement Award (for artistic achievements and exceptional worldwide contribution to music video art), and the Arthur Lipsett award—named after the filmmaker best known for his sound collage films—which will go to a video artist based on their innovative and unique approach to the medium. From the original top 20 longlist nominees, people will be able to vote for their favourite for the Audience Award. Voting is currently open on the Prism Prize website.

The 2016 shortlist is, as each previous year’s shortlist, tough to pick a clear winner from. Grimes’s “Flesh Without Blood” video, directed by herself, is a striking, colourful trip through one of the best songs on one of 2015’s best albums. Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video turned into a globally inescapable meme. A Tribe Called Red’s “Suplex” (feat. Northern Voice) married the group’s infectious rhythms with video games and a young indigenous boy’s dream of being a wrestler. Check out the list below for links to every video.

2016 Prism Prize shortlist:

A Tribe Called Red ft. Northern Voice – Suplex (directed by Jon Riera)

Braids – Miniskirt (directed by Kevan Funk)

Death From Above 1979 – Virgins (directed by Eva Michon)

Drake – Hotline Bling (Director: Director X)

The Elwins – So Down Low (Director: Alan Poon)

Fast Romantics – Julia (Director: Matthew Angus)

Grimes – Flesh Without Blood (Director: Grimes)

Harrison – How Can It Be (Director: Maxime Lamontagne)

Kalle Mattson – Avalanche (Director: Philip Sportel)

Monogrenade – Le Fantôme (Director: Kristof Brandl)


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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