Photo: Blythe Kingcroft
Photo: Blythe Kingcroft

Prism Prize Eligible Video: Jordan Klassen - Golden Ladder

The 2021 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was recently awarded to Theo Kapodistrias, for his clip for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the prize, including this one from an acclaimed BC singer/songwriter.

Jordan Klassen - Golden Ladder


Jordan Klassen requires little to no introduction. The singer/songwriter from Abbotsford, British Columbia, has become a name in the Canadian music scene over the last few years. His music is always guaranteed to evoke emotions (good, bad, or ugly) and his latest album and video follow suit. 

His video for his song Golden Ladder was directed by Klassen’s frequent collaborator, Farhad Ghaderi. The visuals follow the same emotional feeling as the lyrics depict. Opening up on a mother and daughter sailing on a boat, the video grabs your attention almost immediately. Throughout the video there is an intimate exploration of the intergenerational healing and the bittersweet cycles of life as we see three generations of women living together throughout the years; made all the more special when you find out the three women are an actual family and not actors portraying one.

“I wanted to paint a portrait of what this healing might look like to some, by showing fragments of the present and past of a mother and her daughter, and what happens when the role of the caretaker is reversed with time. Some of these moments are inspired by my own family’s journey with healing, trauma and immigration, but the film itself is the result of a collaboration with every performer on screen” said Gjadero about the idea behind the video.

While some of us may be longing for family comfort in these times, this video is a great reminder of the love that is shared between mother and daughter. 

Directed by Farhad Ghaderi

Production Company: BOLDLY

Executive Producers: Neel Gupta, Shelby Manton, Kristoff Duxbury, Sebastien Galina, Geoff Manton

Producers: Shelby Manton, Joaquin Cardoner

Editor: Alexander Farah

Starring and in collaboration with Sarinthy Smith, Sarine Smith, Abigail Smith, Merissa Smith, Camille Posadas, Carolyn Yu, Aria Washington

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