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Prism Prize Eligible Video: Donovan Woods- Grew Apart

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

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