A new music video by The Neighbourhood Watch featured people across Toronto dancing in their windows for their new song, illustrating life in lockdown.
The music video for the song “20 year dream” features a bunch of strangers first standing in their windows and then breaking into dance.
It was filmed in a socially-distanced manner to ensure safety and compliance with the current lockdown and stay-at-home order. When coming up with the concept for the music video, bassist and guitar player Ethan said that the band wanted to make it timely with the current lockdown in Toronto.
“During Covid, none of us could see each other, and we felt so disconnected,” he said. Ethan explained that the band members wanted to find a way to connect people in a real way that felt natural.
While working on their music one day, Ethan explained that the band was contacted by two Toronto filmmakers, Charlie Hill and Ryerson film student Max Mezo, who wanted to collaborate on the band’s new song.
They ended up reaching out to strangers over Facebook, asking them if they wanted to be featured in the music video, and in the end, at least 60 people responded.
“It somehow turned into this beautiful and emotional thing,” said Ethan.
The Toronto-based band explained that they wanted to create something powerful and “emotionally potent,” that was “inspired by the fact that everyone’s home and quarantined.”
As for the story behind the song itself, the band’s lead vocalist Tristan explained that it’s about “being proud of the people you used to love for doing better without you.”
“Safe in the knowledge that you were standing in the way of their growth. Knowing that because you genuinely love them — it’s great that you’re not around,” he added.
The band first came together in 2016 when they met at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. Their song “20 year dream” has reached over 25,000 streams on YouTube since its release less than a week ago.
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