VILLAS are Miel and D’Ari, a classic romance that took a left turn into a reckless abandonment of convention.

Both were long immersed in Toronto’s creative circles when they decided it was time for a very big change. They traded everything in for an isolated farmhouse far from the buzz of inner city culture.

Their new home in Prince Edward County had no front door, no plumbing, kitchen or bathrooms, and was inhabited by birds and raccoons on arrival.

They called it their villa.

They vowed that here, they would “sing loud, fight loud and fuck loud”. The villa was to be a lawless place, where every move they made was theirs and theirs alone. However, they came to realize that when there is nothing to distract you from yourself, new truths reveal themselves. 

Having spent most of their lives in various music projects, they slowly assembled a home studio and began to musically chronicle their unusual lives, their unexpected changes and choices. They wrote of the challenges of monogamy, isolation and outside expectations. Miel and D’Ari explored the gaps between the life we want to live, the life we are asked to live and the life we choose to live.

When the dust of this new life settled and this haphazard collection of musical expressions lay strung together before them, they realized that their villa had given them something unexpected: