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 that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from a Juno-winning roots singer/songwriter.
Donovan Woods - Grew Apart
Donovan Woods is a Canadian folk and country singer/songwriter born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. With a multitude of albums and songs, Woods continues to create music with the sounds of folk and roots. He has had success with other artists covering his songs, and in 2019 he won a Juno Award in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year category for his release Both Ways.
Speaking, or rather singing, from the heart is what Woods knows best. The same holds true for his song and video for Grew Apart, which according to Rolling Stone, is a “simmering break-up tune”.
Shot in Toronto, the clip shows the protagonist flashing between memories of his past relationship and conversations with friends on their thoughts of the best methods to move on. Clearly still hanging on to the past, the man can be seen rewatching old videos while simultaneously, telling his friends “it’s for the best” in an attempt to hide his true feelings about the situation.
This video showcases the realities of a breakup and the different ways in which a person copes with those realities.
Executive Producer: Cherie Sinclair, The Field Inc.
Producer: Michael Mandarano
Director: Ryley Burghall
Director of Photography: Mat Barkley
Production Designer: Jennifer Lumsden
Art Assistant: Rachel Marszalek
1st AC: Alexander Clark
2nd ACs: Robin Clason, Elise Ardizzi
Key Grip: Nick Julian
Swings: Khanya Alexis, Simon Sealy
Hair and Makeup by: Jooyeon Kim
Audio: Joshua Homoki
Edited by: Joey Whitelaw, Rooster Post Production
Colouring by: Clinton Homuth, Artjail Toronto
Production Coordinator: Tash Williams
Production Assistants: Nikhil Asnani, Jeffrey Chiu, Peter Conroy, Ashutosh Sharma