BEST STRING PLAYER
OWEN PALLETT Whenever you hear a tight, delicate string arrangement improving songs by one of the country’s best indie pop groups, chances are it’s been composed and performed by Owen Pallett. Until recently, he was just that dashing fellow fiddling alongside the Hidden Cameras, the Arcade Fire, Jim Guthrie and Gentleman Reg (to name a few), but with his Final Fantasy project, Pallett’s transformed his violin virtuosity into one of T.O.’s most exciting musical acts. With just a handful of looping pedals and his own sweet voice as accompaniment, Pallett makes Final Fantasy into hypnotic mini-symphonies of urgent, exquisite violin melodies that never veer into excessive schmaltz.
MICAH MEISNER Forming a long-term artistic relationship with k-os after the success of their Superstar Pt. 0 video to direct four videos ( Crabbuckit, Man I Used To Be, B-Boy Stance and Love Song) was the best decision Micah Meisner, one of Revolver Films’ star directors, could have made. Working in conjunction with k-os under the mysterious moniker The Love Movement, Meisner and co. represented proudly, flooding k-os’s videos with parts of the city (Trinity Bellwoods Park, Revival, the Waverley Hotel, Spadina, Yonge Street), star cameos ( Nelly Furtado, Emily Haines) and surreal concepts (crab people, spaceships, glowing boxes, street b-boy battles). Somehow he still had time this year to film a K’naan video in Somalia and a Metric video in a house of bloody zombies.