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The shortlist for the 2024 Prism Prize is out. One of these will be named best Canadian music video of the year.

As 200+ music boffins debate over the Long and then the Short List for the 2024 Polaris Prize, it’s time to turn our attention to the Prism Prize, the annual award given to the best Canadian music video of the year. Here are this year’s nominees.

  • Blame Brett – Artist: The Beaches | Director: Ievy Stamatov
  • Borrow Trouble – Artist: Feist | Directors: Mary Rozzi, Colby Richardson, Heather Goodchild & Leslie Feist
  • Demons – Artist: Allison Russell | Director: Ethan Tobman
  • feral canadian scaredy cat – Artist: young friend | Director: Sterling Larose & Zachary Vague
  • I’m Good – Artist: Snotty Nose Rez Kids | Director: Sterling Larose
  • I Wanna Be Your Right Hand – Artist: Nemahsis | Directors: Norman Wong & Amy Gardner
  • My Mind At Ease – Artist: Dominique Fils-Aimé | Director: Adrian Villagomez
  • Name of God – Artist & Director: Mustafa
  • Of Woods And Seas – Artist: Alaskan Tapes | Director: Andrew De Zen
  • Revenge of the Orchestra (feat. Magugu) – Artist: Apashe | Director: Adrian Villagomez

The winner will be chosen by a jury of over 120 music, film, and media people across the country. The honour comes with a $20,000 grand prize, the biggest ever in the history of the event.

There’s also the fan-voted Audience Award, which comes with its own $2500 prize. If you want to vote, go here. Plus there are the following awards. I quote:

• The Hi-Fidelity Award (supported by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) established to recognize recording artists who utilize music video in innovative ways;
• The Lipsett Award, established to celebrate a unique approach to music video art;
• The Special Achievement Award (supported by The Slaight Family Foundation) established to recognize an exceptional contribution to music video art on the world stage;
• The Willie Dunn Award (supported by Telefilm Canada) presented to a Canadian trailblazer who has demonstrated excellence within the music, music video and/or film production communities.

Winners will be announced on June 25.

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