In 2002, Winnipeg R&B/soul singer Remy Shand released his landmark debut, The Way I Feel, via prestigious Motown Records. The album earned four Grammy nominations and heralded the arrival of an exciting new talent. And then? Remy disappeared.
Fast-forward to 2013 and, acting on a "Remy Records" page that has appeared on YouTube, the members of emerging Winnipeg theatre collective Make/Shift decide to look for him so they might write a fringe play. And when they are unsuccessful? They insert themselves in the story.
Part rock doc, part comedy, part drama, The Way We Felt — superbly acted by writers Brittany Thiessen and Kristian Jordan, who penned the script along with Lia Zarrillo — distills the facts, rumours and half-truths about the enigmatic Remy into an affecting examination of album-as-snapshot, album-as-soundtrack, album-as-falling-in-love. Through vignettes that juxtapose their own (often hilarious) search for Remy with a fictional couple who are navigating a new relationship (and ultimately a breakup) to The Way I Feel, these artists cut to the heart of how nostalgia so often holds us back.
— Jen Zoratti