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Prism Prize Eligible Video: Minotaurs - Staggered

The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one featuring a large ensemble whose sound mixes Afrobeat and indie rock.

Minotaurs - Staggered

Minotaurs is the creation of musician Nathan Lawr. Originally a drummer for indie rock favourites Royal City, he left the band in 2002 to pursue a solo career. Since the beginning of his musical career, Lawr has positioned himself as one of the most sought after drummers having performed with many different musicians in his 23-year career.

His current project, Minotaurs, is an eight-piece band whose music blends funk rhythms of Fela-Kuti-style Afrobeat while using the lyrics and songcraft of indie rock. Their song Staggered comes from their recent LP Higher Power which was released in March 2020. 

The video for the track begins in an unusual way, with five people staring at the walls of an elevator; dressed in matching all orange ensembles that give off the illusion of an institution uniform. Throughout the video the five dance and move in unison with one another in a style that is quite engaging, which enlists the viewer to wonder what they are going through at that moment in time. 

Director: Dustin Seabrook

Producer: Nathan Lawr

Dancers:

Ben Harvey

Emma Gray Lamont

Nathan Lawr

Andy Magoffin

Sophie Sharp

Choreography:

Ben Harvey

Emma Gray Lamont

Sophie Sharp

Directory of Photography: Dustin Seabrook

Editor: Dustin Seabrook

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