With the announcement of this year’s Prism Prize (honouring the best music vids in the country) nominees I’ve been thinking a lot about Canadian music videos. Here are some of my all time fave Canadian indie videos. Some are low budget, some are pretty slick but they all have amazing imagery in one way or another.
Caribou – Odessa: This falls on the higher budget side of things but the rich, overlaid textures match perfectly with the psychedelic, gloomy dance party vibe of the song.
The Heavy Blinkers – The Night and I Are Still So Young: The thing I like about this video is that the innocent tone of the video sits perfectly with the uber-earnest song and band. Simple, classic imagery with a gorgeous pop song to match.
Sloan – The Good In Everyone: This is undeniably one of the best Canadian indie videos of all time. The Easy Rider theme and ridiculous moustaches make this Canada’s answer to the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage.
Shout Out Out Out ft. Cadence Weapon – Coming Home: A fiery disaster of a video featuring two Edmonton musical powerhouses. I’m a sucker for slow motion, add flames to that and you’ve got a winner!
Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee: This video is one of the nominees for the Prism Prize and is the clear winner in my books. Filmed in downtown Hamilton, this video uses local fixture “Jed the Dancing Man” with remarkable results. I should also mention that this album is amazing front to back.