A vision sends JD Ormond and his musical sextet, JD and the Sunshine Band, on a swing through Western Canada, playing everywhere from an art gallery to a seniors home to a dinosaur museum.
The premise in this musical comedy might be a fantasy, but the band, formed as part of the Solvent User’s Recreation Project at Winnipeg resource centre Sunshine House, is real.
Clients at the centre made all the show’s inventive props — and some of the instruments — which are used to amusing effect as the group visits various cities on the dancefloor of new Fringe venue, Club 200.
The feel-good acoustic-based pop, rock and country songs and a narrator help propel the story, but the tour lasts a too-short 20 minutes, followed by a 15-minute set of music.
The band and its colourful members provide bright rays of musical sunshine, but the show needs to be fleshed out a bit more to take this from an EP to a full-length.
— Rob Williams
From the Fringe program:
JD and the Sunshine Band take you on a musical adventure through the strange landscapes of Winnipeg and beyond. Part informative, part deformative.
Show Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Audience: General
Warnings: Coarse Language, Smoke or Fog
190 Garry St.
***UNDER 18 NOT ADMITTED unless accompanied by legal guardian***
Wed, Jul 17, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 8:45 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 12:06 PM CDT: Adds review