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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