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Drake and Shad make the Prism Prize Top 10 short list [News]

Toronto, ON – The good people over at the Prism Prize have just released their Top 10 short list for the Best Canadian Music Videos of 2013. And two of our favourite Canadian MCs made that list: Drake and Shad.

Shad made the list with his geriatric party-hardy video for “Fam Jam” (directed by Che Kothari), and Drizzy hit the list with his hard-hitting video for all of us plebs who “Started From The Bottom” (the video was directed by X).

Drake and Shad make the Prism Prize Top 10 short list [News] -

The Top 10 list was determined by a jury of more than 100 media professionals including music journalists, filmmakers, artists, and programmers. Videos were judged based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution. The jury will vote once more to determine the Prism Prize winner, who will receive a $5,000 Grand Prize at the awards reception on March 23, 2014.

In addition to the Grand Prize announcement, the awards reception will include presentations of the Audience Choice Award, the Prism Prize Special Achievement Award for artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage, and the Arthur Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. If you want to put in your vote for the Audience Choice Award, head over to to vote for your favourite artist.

About The Prism Prize

Founded in 2012, The Prism Prize is a national, juried award recognizing the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. A jury of over 100 Canadian music and film industry professionals – including members of the print and web media, broadcasting, film, radio, and video art communities – nominate the 10 best videos of the year to comprise the Prism Prize shortlist.

In its inaugural year, the Prism Prize was awarded to director Noah Pink for Rich Aucoin’s Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E, while director Vincent Morisset took home the Audience Award for Arcade Fire’s Sprawl II.

Twitter: @PrismPrize | @shadkmusic | @Drake

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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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