About Us


Starting in the summer of 2009, Southern Souls began by capturing unique performances by musicians that call southern Ontario home. Seeing musicians play in the places that they live and breathe, places they themselves have chosen—in the street, in a store, in a kitchen or bedroom—is almost a homecoming for the music itself, returning it to the places in which it started.

Much like the music it’s captured, Southern Souls has branched out beyond southern Ontario, recording the performances of all sorts of souls.

“Fillion has quickly established SouthernSouls.ca as the most impressive online archive of performances by emerging Canadian musicians. With his own thoughtful vision as a filmmaker, Fillion captures prolific, underground artists in unique spaces, playing compelling renditions of songs in their repertoire that are often hastily re-arranged in public or unconventional spaces. And he does this a lot;” – Exclaim!

“Each song is generally done on the first take, filmed as a single shot once the music starts, and filled with an unmistakable warmth. The lighting is ambient. The sound is clean and clear. There’s an intimacy to the close-ups and the between-song banter that makes you feel like you’re spying on a private performance.”
– The Spec

“It really is an incredible feast for the ears and eyes. I can’t get over how thoughtfully these songs are captured and they sound incredible. It’s inspired, inspiring, and is constantly being updated.” — CBC Radio 3



The Team

Mitch Fillion – Camera Operator / Editing / Sound
Blake Hannahson – Camera Operator
Ian Carleton – Camera Operator
Brian Wirth – Sound



Gear

Cameras

Canon C300  x 2
Canon C300 Mark II
Sony FS7

Lenses

Canon 24-70mm 2.8
Canon 70-200mm 2.8  x 2
Canon 50mm 1.2
Sigma 18-35mm 1.8
Sigma 24mm 1.4
Sigma 35mm 1.4
Sigma 50mm 1.4
Sigma 85mm 1.4

Microphones

Lectrosonics wireless transmitter/receiver with Sanken lav
Senheisser MKH416 shotgun mic
Neumann U87 replica (Warm Audio)
Shure SM7B
Shure SM58  x 2
Shure SM57
Shure Beta 58
Audix D2
Audix D4
Sennheisser e609  x 2
Sennheisser e606 x 2
Audio Technica AT2020  x 2
AKG D112 
AKG D190 x 2
Rode NT5 x 2
Oktava ML51 (Ribbon)
Shure Beta 52A
Avlex Condensor Mic