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 noted recording artist and radio host that features a Vancouver soul singer.
Odario Ft. Dawn Pemberton – Low Light
Born in Guyana, raised in Winnipeg, and now residing in Toronto, Odario (Williams) certainly doesn't lack talent or creative expression. He considers his community a hot seat for creativity and self-expression which has enabled him to go after his dreams without the limitations of fear or uncertainty on his path.
Leading as his first single for his first EP Good Morning, Hunter, Low Light was written in hopes to unveil optimism and to set aside differences with a light that serves us all. It features Vancouver gospel singer Dawn Pemberton, and Odario admires her powerful vocal delivery.
“As I wrote this song I imagined us, as a community, clicking delete on what we perceive as our differences and encourage one another to embrace our similarities as humans. With that comes emotion, something we all embrace together. The gospel of anger…a hunt for an answer. This song is a new space for you to reflect, release and get down low”.
Directed himself, the video plays onto the name of the song by displaying different frames of the artist and his dancers in low, to medium establishing shots before seeing the upper portion of their bodies.
The video’s frames, which were rapidly stitched together for a continuous flow, show dancers that are expressing themselves freely and limitlessly with immense unity. Ending the scene, Odario is left to dream on the praise bench, while the scene closes off with a low camera angle. The video overall has an uplifting impact, which too makes you bop your head and want to dance.
Artist – Odario Williams
Video Director: Odario
Cinematography: Lucas Joseph
Editing: Max Taeuschel