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 Vancouver-based singer/songwriter.
Haley Blais - Be Your Own Muse
Haley Blais is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter known for her bedroom pop-like sound, actually recorded in her bedroom. Her fans are dedicated to the artist and have been awaiting new music since the release of her LP Let Yourself Go in 2018.
The single Be Your Own Muse off her 2020 album Below the Salt ”features the same melodic pop sound that her fans have grown to love. The video for the single, directed and produced by Vancouver-based writer/filmmaker Jake Pascoe, sees a handful of different subjects singing along to Blais’s lyrics.
The visuals open up on a bar and a young woman is walking in whilst simultaneously singing along to Be Your Own Muse. We are then taken to see the faces of a variety of different people of different genders, ages, and nationalities singing along as well. We close out with a pan to the stage where Blais and her bandmates can be seen playing the song to the ever-loving crowd.
The message of the song is clear - you have to be the muse you are looking for. There is no one out there that will give you what you can give yourself.
Director and Producer: Jake Pascoe
Cinematographer: Sam Barringer
Production Designer: Rebecca Scherman
1st Assistant Director: Dide Su Bilgin
Steadicam Operator: Leo Harim
1st AC: Blake Davey
Editor: Anna Shannon
Colour Grading: Kristina Mileska
Makeup: Diana Kalyn