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Prism Prize Announces Top 10 Canadian Music Videos

March 22nd, 2016
2014 winner Emily Kai Bock .

2014 winner Emily Kai Bock.

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 released in 2015, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top 20 and Top 10 based on originality, creativity, style, innovation, and effective execution. The jury will vote once more to determine thePrism Prize winner, who will receive the $10,000 Grand Prize at the awards presentation on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

The 2016 Prism Prize Top 10 are (in alphabetical order):

A Tribe Called Red – Suplex (Director: Jon Riera)

Braids – Miniskirt (Director: Kevan Funk)

Death From Above 1979 – Virgins (Director: 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)

On Sunday, May 15, 2016 the Prism Prize Screening and Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox will include a screening of the Top 10 videos, and award presentations including: the $10,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year; theAudience Award; the Special Achievement Award (presented by FYI Music News) for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art; and the Arthur Lipsett Award (presented by MuchFACT) for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. Tickets to the Prism Prize Screening and Awards Presentation are on sale now at prismprize.com/tix.

In addition to the Top 10, all Prism Prize Top 20 videos are eligible for this year’s Audience Award, presented by Noisey Canada.The Top 20 videos are live at prismprize.com/audience2016, where fans can watch and vote on who will take home this year’s Audience Award.

All Prism Prize Award recipients, including the Grand Prize, Audience Award, Special Achievement Award, and the Arthur Lipsett Award, will receive $2000 grants from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and all Top 10 nominees will receive an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.

Past Prism Prize winners for Best Canadian Music Video of the Year include Noah Pink for Rich Aucoin’s Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E(2013), Emily Kai Bock for Arcade Fire’s Afterlife (2014), and Chad VanGaalen for Timber Timbre’s Beat The Drum Slowly (2015).

Videos and news from Canada’s music video community are available throughout the year at www.prismprize.com.

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