Sunshine House Welcomes Artist in Residence, Leigh-Anne Kehler


Sunshine House is happy to welcome Artist Leigh-Anne Kehler as the Collaborating Artist for the Winnipeg Arts Council’s WITH ART program.

Leigh-Anne will be working with participants from all drop-in programs at Sunshine House over the course of 18 months in order to develop a narrative of experience to be later shared with the public. The ensuing art piece is slated to be complete Winter 2018.

Leigh-Anne Kehler is a professional storyteller, playwright, screenwriter, actor, and arts in education specialist. Her one-woman shows have toured Nationally and Internationally and garnered rave reviews. Northern Light Theatre (Edmonton), Theatre Projects Manitoba, and Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Carol Shields Festival have commissioned her for various stage works. When she’s not touring and telling personal and traditional tales or training teachers to use spoken word and drama in the every day classroom she is writing, producing, and performing. She believes that stories are the key to understanding our differences and appreciating our similarities.

This is Sunshine House’s second time participating in the WAC program, the first being a collaboration with local filmaker, Jim Agapito. The result of this was a feature documentary which can be seen here.

To learn more about this program and others put on by the Winnipeg Arts Council, please visit

JD & The Sunshine Band CD Release Party!

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Tickets are now available for the JD & The Sunshine Band Sophomore Album Release Party!

JD and The Sunshine Band celebrate the release of their new album “Soaking Up the Rays” – Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at The West End Cultural Centre.

Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door (limited)
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketfly,
Into The Music and Music Trade

Buy Tickets Now!

JD and the Sunshine Band takes stories, slang and humour off the streets of Winnipeg, gives them a backbeat and melody and puts them back on the road with a new swagger. The results are undeniably Winnipeg, like slurpees in January. Known for their raucous live show that infuses country and folk music with Main street sensibilities and humour, the band has warmed their way into the hardest of hearts.

The band released their first CD in 2014 to widespread acclaim. With shows that have spanned from humble north end soup kitchens to the big stages (Interstellar Rodeo, Harvest Moon Festival, Rainbow Trout Music Festival), the band has carried their good vibes across the cultural spectrum.

Watch JD and the Sunshine Band HERE

Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces!


Mark your calendars!

You are invited to the 2014-15 Sunshine House Annual General Meeting!

It’s been a stellar year at the House–Come hear about what we’ve been up to!

Sunshine House has been busy building on its strengths in participant-driven drop-in programming. With new programs such as Like That, Automotivate, and Street Feet, and JD & the Sunshine Band continuing to take the music world by storm, we have lots of successes to share!

Join us:
Thursday, November 5th
Doors open and refreshments served 5:15 pm
AGM begins 5:45 pm
646 Logan Avenue (corner of Sherbook and Logan)

If possible, please email us at by October 30th and let us know if you plan to attend. All are welcome!

Hope to see you there!



We are thrilled to announce that Sunshine House has been selected as a recipient of a MusiCounts TD Community Music Program grant! This will allow JD and the Sunshine Band to purchase $5000 worth of new musical equipment! Thank you MusiCounts and TD for your incredible support!

For more information about MusiCounts and the TD Community Music Program, visit their website:

For more information about JD and the Sunshine Band, visit the band’s section on our website:

So Close!

Thanks to our amazing supporters, Like That has reached almost 75% of its funding goal! We need to fund our program at least through June, so our participants can build and enter a float in the 2015 Pride parade! Help us get there by contributing to our fundraiser, and sharing it with your friends! Click below to visit our FundRazr page, and watch a fantastic video about Like That!

Link to our Facebook post (to share with your friends, and don’t forget to like our page while you’re there!):

Direct link to the FundRazr page:

Link to our article in the FundRazr blog (yes, we got featured!):