Prism Prize Eligible Video: Tariq - Light of the Moon

The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from a veteran Juno-nominated singer/songwriter.

Tariq - Light of the Moon

Tariq is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter from rural Quebec with an impressive music career that spans over two decades. Born from parents of Pakistani and Fijian descent, he was raised on a fulsome diet of Bollywood soundtracks. He began playing music in high school when he picked up a guitar which resulted in him making songs that sound more like Cat Stevens and Neil Young than Mohammed Rafi.

His song Light of the Moon is a wistful rock ballad with a video whose imagery follows the same path. The video, directed by Kasey Lum, recounts a couple's journey and love up until a turning point of an accident. Filled with emotion, the pain of the characters can be felt through the screen. 

It was filmed pre-quarantine in December 2019, and Tariq says it was weird having a video released in the midst of what’s going on. “In these wild times we're living, it feels weird to say: Hey, everyone, forget about the virus, check out my new music video! For a while there, I figured I'd just sit on this thing, wait for brighter days. I thought: I'll share it at some point, just not right now. Then, as the days ticked on, the message around the pandemic evolved — no longer a two-week interruption, we'd be in this for the long haul. I consulted with friends. What would you do with a new music video in a time of crisis? The consensus: Put it out. And don't feel bad about it.”

We sure are glad he decided to release it.  

Director / Editor: Kasey Lum

DP: Jan Klompje

Producers: Shelby Manton, Angelica Stirpe

1st AC: Chris Merrell

2nd AC: Solen Yagihara

Steady Cam: Leo Harim

Grip/Swing: Antonia Ramirez

Grip/Swing: Matthew Koropatwa

Grip/Swing: Ruvarashe Marikano

Makeup/hair: Nadia Hoecklin

PA: Chloe Richardson

PA: Adam Kirschner

Colourist: Sam Gilling

Processing: MELS

Scanning: Film House

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