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Here are all 20 videos on the Prism Prize long-list

Grimes and Drake, naturally, and also pleasant surprises from Harrison, Braids and more. They're worth your watch, trust me.

- Feb 9, 2016

The long-list is out for the Prism Prize, the annual juried award to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada, and more specifically their directors. Over 120 jurors from the music and film industry, as well as web and print journalists, were given a set of criteria - originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution - and used it to select the 20 best Canadian music videos of 2015.

Usually the Prism Prize skips straight to the top 10 shortlist, but, according to Prism Prize director/founder Louis Calabro, the pool was too strong this year to contain it. "This was the best year for Canadian music videos ever, and a Top Ten list just couldn't capture all the talent," he says in a press release. So, along with an inflated prize of $10,000, we can watch more great videos. And all of them are below!

It's an interesting mix of had-to-be-theres (Grimes and "Hotline Bling"), pleasant surprises (Braids and Harrison), and repeat nominees (PUP with their go-to team of Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack, and director Chad VanGaalen, who won it all last year for Timber Timbre's "Beat The Drum Slowly").

The Prism Prize Top Ten will be announced on Tuesday, March 22. On Sunday, May 15, 2016 the Prism Prize Screening and Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox will include a screening of the Top Ten videos, and award presentations. If Peaches makes it, they might have to make it X-rated.

A Tribe Called Red, "Suplex" (Director: Jon Riera)

A Tribe Called Red Ft. Northern Voice - Suplex (Official video)

Absolutely Free, "Vision's" (Directors: Scott Cudmore and Michael LeBlanc)

Absolutely Free - Vision's [Official Video]

Aidan Knight, "All Clear" (Director: Ft. Langley)

Aidan Knight - All Clear (Official Video)

Alessia Cara, "Here" (Director: Aaron A)

Alessia Cara - Here

Braids, "Miniskirt" (Director: Kevan Funk)

Braids - "Miniskirt" (Official Music Video)

Daniel Romano, "I'm Gonna Teach You" (Director: Chad VanGaalen)

Daniel Romano - I'm Gonna Teach You [Official Music Video]

Death From Above 1979, "Virgins" (Director: Eva Michon)

Death from Above 1979 - Virgins [Official Video]

Drake, "Hotline Bling" (Director: Director X)

Drake - Hotline Bling

The Elwins, "So Down Low" (Director: Alan Poon)

The Elwins - So Down Low [Official Video]

Fast Romantics, "Julia" (Director: Matthew Angus)

Fast Romantics - JULIA (Official Video)

Grimes, "Flesh Without Blood" (Director: Grimes)

Grimes - Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

Harrison, 'How Can It Be" (Director: Maxime Lamontagne)

Kalle Mattson, "Avalanche" (Director: Philip Sportel)

Kalle Mattson - "Avalanche" (Official Video)

Monogrenade, "Le Fantôme" (Director: Kristof Brandl)

Monogrenade: Le fantôme

Peaches, "Rub" (Directors: Peaches, A.L. Steiner and Lex Vaughn)

PUP, "Dark Days" (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack)

PUP - DARK DAYS (Official Video)

Shy Kids, "Rockets" (Director: Walter Woodman)

shy kids - ® o c k e t s (Official Video)

SonReal, "For the Town" (Director: Peter Huang)

SonReal - For The Town (Official)

Spek Won, "Black Body" (Director: Mark Valino)

Spek Won - Black Body ft. Shi Wisdom

Yukon Blonde, "Saturday Night" (Directors: Mac Boucher and Gaya Abdalian)

Yukon Blonde - Saturday Night (Official Audio)

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