For 16 years, best friends and Juno Award nominees Sonshine and Broccoli have been entertaining children and parents alike with their infectious enthusiasm and energetic pop-rock songs. This award-winning, children’s musical entertainment duo, have rocked out shows across the country and have had audiences singing and dancing along to their 4 hit, studio albums.
Sonshine and Broccoli have grown into one of Canada’s premier children’s entertainers with notable performances opening for Silentó (Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae) at the NBA All-Star Game, headlining the Toronto Blue Jays Jr. Jays Day, a week long performance at both the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and the Western Fair, a 26-show run at the Royal Ontario Museum, Kidsfest at Fenelon Falls, Museum London’s Storybook Garden celebration, large public shows at Mel Lastman Square and Ontario place as well as countless community concerts from Vancouver to Halifax.
Sonshine and Broccoli’s rise in the children’s entertainment world caught the eye of Jeff Andrusyk, who in 2016 signed the duo to JMA Talent, one of Canada’s premier entertainment talent agencies.
Sonshine & Broccoli’s continued popularity has not gone unnoticed by the media. With multiple performances on the Global Morning Show as well featured interviews with CP24, SiriusXM, Newstalk 1010, CityTV and Rogers TV, the duos music is being hailed as the perfect mix of catchy beats and positive messaging for children.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, Sonshine & Broccoli have partnered with levelFILM and have recently started production on an animated children’s television show based on the rockin’ adventures of Sonshine & Broccoli!
With 4 studio albums under their belt, getting a Juno nomination for Children’s Album of the Year and winning The Akademia Award for Best Children’s Song, Sonshine and Broccoli are fast becoming household names in the children’s entertainment world.
In nearby Thornhill, Brock Burford grew up playing elite-level hockey, hanging out in studios with his television-producing father, and trying his hand at acting. The diverse musical collection in the Burford home shaped Brock’s tastes to include everything from The Nylons and barbershop quartets to The Beach Boys, The Who, and The Beatles. But it was learning to play the riff from Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” that got seven-year-old Brock hooked on the guitar, and he spent years studying both classical and rock guitar. Then in his teens a role in Annie led Brock to re-discover the joy of singing, and to the revelation that his love of acting and music could be combined.
From as early as the age of five, Toronto-born Lisa Sonshine was eager to perform for family and friends. She was belting it out at her own bat mitzvah when her powerful voice caught the ear of the evening’s other entertainment – jazz legend Jackie Richardson. Richardson connected the family with renowned vocal coach Theodore Gentry and at age fourteen Lisa began her professional training. Gentry encouraged Lisa to try everything from opera to jazz, but when she was alone and singing from her soul, it was lyrics from the musical Rent that echoed out from behind teenage Lisa’s bedroom door.
And so at Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre program in Toronto, the driven vocalist with boundless positive energy and an eye to stardom met the charming and down-to-earth guitarist who loved a great lyric as much as a great lick. More than ten years and countless live shows later, the playful harmony of that friendship is still reflected in the songs and stage presence of Sonshine and Broccoli.
LIVE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
• Toronto Blue Jays Jr. Jays Day – Toronto, Ontario
• Western Fair – London, Ontario
• Burlington Musical Festival – Burlington, Ontario
• Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba – Brandon, Manitoba
• Museum London, Storybook Garden – London, Ontario
• Jr. Juno Performance, 2019 – London, Ontario
• A Celebration for the Mayor – Ottawa, Ontario
• St Joseph’s Hospital Halloween Fest – Toronto, Ontario
• Much Music BBQ Celebration – Toronto, Ontario
• The Royal Ontario Museum – Christmas Break 2017 & 2018 –Toronto, ON
• Sussex Theatre – Sussex, New Brunswick
• The Bolton Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
• The JCC Vancouver – British Columbia
• Ontario Place Summer Concert – Toronto, Ontario
• NBA All Star Game – Toronto, Ontario
• Sick Kids Hospital – Toronto, Ontario
• Toys R Us Concert – Toronto, Ontario
• Atlantic Jewish Council – Halifax Nova Scotia
• Dandelion Festival – Ottawa, Ontario
• NYE Countdown K-Rock Centre – Kingston Ontario
In 2014, Sonshine and Broccoli teamed up with Alex Karolyi of ShadowPath Theatre, to create I Want To Be - a musical of self-discovery.
The interactive pop-rock musical premiered at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival and received so much praise that it went on to be the opening show for the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. The show also aired on Rogers Television and has been adapted for school performances.
View Magazine touted I Want To Be "as an engaging spectacle that provides the youngest fringers with quality entertainment". While Mooney on Theatre observed that "it's not easy to have a production where kids are tuned in and engaged for the duration of the show, but the creative song and dance numbers kept the kids smiling, and they were having the time of their lives".