If you’re familiar with Vincent Moon’s “Take-Away Shows” for French website La Blogothèque; which features stripped-down performances from mostly indie rock and pop artists and bands (including Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, Lykke Li, The National, The Shins, and dozens more) in unexpected settings (think elevators, parks, subways, in the streets, etc.), than you already have an idea of how Mitch Fillion’s Southern Souls live shows series works. Instead of shooting bands in front of the Eiffel Tower though (as Moon did for Phoenix‘s performance), the Hamilton, Ontario-based director focuses mostly on often acoustic performances by Canadian bands, often filming them performing in a band members’ houses or Toronto landmarks such as the CN Tower or infamous bar Sneaky Dee’s.
The result is more intimate and personal than an ordinary music video, or seeing a band at a concert could ever be – you feel like you are there with the artist playing just to you. Fillion has filmed numerous Canadian musicians that you may have heard of, including Hot Hot Heat, Owen Pallett, and Winter Gloves , but half the fun of Southern Souls is discovering new bands that you never otherwise would’ve heard about. Check it out here and let me know your favourite performances in the comments!