Video of the moment
Every week we select a music video by a Canadian group or artist who have recently been reviewed by our editorial team. If you'd like to suggest a video for consideration, you can send us a message using this form.
On Sunday March 23, the winner of The Prism Prize for best music video by a Canadian artist will be announced at a gala in Toronto. All ten finalists are very impressive, with one favourite for the two prizes (an Audience Choice award and the Grand Prism Prize) clearly being Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" clip, directed by noted British film-maker Anton Corbijn (Arcade Fire and Rich Aucoin were winners of last year's inaugural Prisms). Our vote would have gone to director Lee Skinner's clip for "Kathy Lee (Hyperdub 2013)", by fast-rising young star Jessy Lanza. This is a mesmerising video that perfectly captures the pacing and mood of the song, the lead single from Lanza's acclaimed 2013 debut album Pull My Hair Back. It is filmed in Lanza's hometown of Hamilton, centering on a dancing pedestrian ("Jed the dancing guy", the credits say) moving through a gritty cityscape, intercut with shots of the singer dancing out in the country. The song itself is a stark, minimal and moody piece of electronica, reflecting the influence of collaborator Jeremy Greenspan, of Junior Boys fame. Lanza just earned raves at SXSW from the likes of The L.A. Times and The Guardian, and this brilliant video (one that has grabbed 225k YouTube eyeballs) and song show why.