Who Won The 2021 Prism Prize?

Haviah Mighty Thirteen wins the 2021 Prism Prize for best Canadian music video.

An animated video inspired by the Thirteenth Amendment won Theo Kapodistrias a $20,000 award.

A music video for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen won the Prism Prize this year for director Theo Kapidistrias.

The award recognizes excellence in music videos from across Canada and comes with a prize of $20,000.


In addition to Kapidistrias, nine artists were shortlisted to create videos for musicians such as TOBi, Mustafa and Sean Leon.

Besides Kapidistrias, Evans Elliot and Lance Sampson won the audience award for their work on Acquakultre‘s Pay it Forward video.

The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony narrated by Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon – the second such presentation since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since its release in 2019, Thirteen has been turning heads. It was part of Mighty’s debut album 13th Floor, which earned her the Polaris Music Prize that year, making her the first hip-hop artist to win the award in its 14-year history.

Mighty told CBC Music ahead of the video’s release last year that the song references explicitly the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery except as a punishment for crime, with a universal message. 

I think it’s clear from listening to the song how it directly relates to all Black people worldwide, she said.

CBC reported that Kapidistrias directed and animated the video.

During the ceremony Monday, Crack Cloud won the Hi-Fidelity Award, which honours “recording artists who use music videos in innovative ways.” Gennelle Cruz won the Lipsett Award, which honours an innovative creator, and Jordan Oram received the special achievement award.

And finally, noted scholar, author, and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson won the Willie Dunn Award. It was created in memory of the Montreal-born singer-songwriter, film director and politician and recognizes “trailblazers in the music community, video community or film community.”

The Prism Prize is a national juried award recognizing the artistry of the modern music video in Canada.

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