The 2021 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Theo Kapodistrias, for his clip for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that are eligible for the 2022 prize, including this one from a Jamaican-Canadian R&B artist.
Leila Dey - Detour
Leila Dey is a talented R&B singer and songwriter who was born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto. She’s said that she gets inspiration from artists such as H.E.R, Lauryn Hill, and Jazmine Sullivan. Growing up, she honed her skills through participating in various city programs in downtown Toronto.
Dey’s latest EP, Detour, released in October 2021, marks the beginning of a new chapter. Dey and her team have created a music video for Detour which acts as a short film of sorts. This video depicts scenes taken from important moments of songs in her EP - and is described as a visual roadmap. We see Dey acting as the main character of her songs in this music video as she navigates relationships and is faced with important decisions to make.
Each section of the video is clearly marked to what song they reflect with a title - as well as the colouring of each section changing based on the mood and meaning of the song it is associated with. Overall, this music video is unique and truly takes the audience on a journey through her EP Detour.
Executive Producer: Leila Dey
Director: Meeka Mclean
Cinematographer: Sean Carson
AC: John Raciunas
Production Manager: Corina Isaacs
Camera & Lighting PA: Chris Borecky, David Xavier, Julian Ciach, Mikaiel Russ -
Stylist: Zola Jeffers
Styling Assistant: Deedre Turner
Production Assistant: Kim Valentine, Moira Brown, Kat Zoumboulakis
Hair: Leisa Bartlett
Make-Up: Jordonna Logan
Blessed Set Design: Leila Dey X Godswil
SFTC Choreographer: Diane Louis
Editor / Colourist: Meeka McLean
VFX: Mikaiel Russ
VFX / Motion Graphics: Julian Ciach
Sound Design & Mix: Anthony Abbatangelo