In 2020, you’re more likely to discover the next hot song thanks to a TikTok dance trend than a music video, but it doesn’t mean the latter has faded into irrelevance. A great music video not only brings a song to life, but can breathe additional life into it as well. Take a look at Childish Gambino’s single “This Is America,” for instance. Had the song just released as an audio single, it would have definitely garnered attention for its commentary on Black life and American culture, but not the type of virality the video—which garnered 12 million views in 24 hours—afforded it.
We all know Canada is a hotbed for music, but Canadian directors have been killing it in the music video game for years as well, creating some of the most iconic on-screen musical moments. Here are the 10 best Canadian music video directors right now.