The annual Prism Prize has announced its top 20 contenders for best Canadian music video of the year.
The award, which was launched in 2013, is voted on by a jury of more than 120 Canadian media professionals, from journalists to directors. After sorting through hundreds of entries, jurors voted for what they thought were the most original, creative and innovative videos of the past year.
A top 10 list will be revealed on March 27, and on May 13, the winner will be announced at a live screening and awards presentation in Toronto. The winner will receive a $15,000 grand prize.
This year's top 20 includes artists who have been nominated in previous years such as A Tribe Called Red, Feist, Grimes, Harrison and the Belle Game. (The Belle Game won the Audience Award in 2014 for its "River" video.) There are also a number of first-time nominees including Flying Hórses, Charlotte Day Wilson, Beyries and Husser.
Check out the full list below.
- A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear, "Indian City" (director: Combo Bravo)
- Alice Glass, "Without Love" (director: Floria Sigismondi)
- Alvvays, "Dream Tonight" (director: Matt Johnson)
- The Belle Game, "Spirit" (director: Kheaven Lewandowski)
- Beyries, "Son" (director: Philippe Grenier)
- Charlotte Day Wilson, "Work" (director: Fantavious Fritz)
- Clairmont the Second, "The Ave in You" (director: Clairmont The Second)
- Cri, "Rush" (director: Didier Charette)
- Daniel Caesar, "Freudian, a Visual" (director: Keaven Yazdani and Sean Brown)
- Feist, "Century" (director: Scott Cudmore)
- Flying Hórses, "Tölt" (director: Alexandre Richard)
- Grimes feat. Janelle Monae, "Venus Fly" (director: Grimes)
- Harrison, "Right Hook" (director: Eva Michon)
- Homeshake, "Every Single Thing" (director: Wen hao Chang)
- Husser, "Can’t Blame Em" (director: Emilie Lavoie)
- Jessie Reyez, "Gatekeeper" (director: Peter Huang)
- Leonard Cohen, "Leaving the Table" (director: Christopher Mills)
- Pup, "Old Wounds" (director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)
- The Weeknd, "Secrets" (director: Pedro Martin-Carelo)
- Young Rival, "Elevator" (director: John Smith)
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