Djinn Joint (Primetime Festival 2021)

Show schedule
and tickets
Accessibility Walkthrough
(video: 9m13)
Make a wish
Watch it come alive during the show!
Memorabilia
Get VDP show merch
Program
(PDF)
Press Release
(PDF)

Created by Velvet Wells (Velvet Duke Productions)

Artistically styled with vibrant blues and reds, this profile image transforms Velvet's face into that of a djinn. Photo by Velvet Wells

dJerald the Djinn is the definition of people-pleaser — working around the clock to grant wishes to make others happy. Unfortunately, an impending deadline for a million-wish contract threatens his chance at retiring. Help is only a wish away.

Through humorous songs and storytelling, Djinn Joint explores Velvet’s inner conflict between people-pleasing and erasing the “magical Black man” trope.


Djinn Joint is a musical, all ages, audience interactive adventure in the world of genies, developed and starring Velvet Wells. There are many ways for you to participate!

Velvet Wells is a Black, autistic, queer velvet-voiced entertainer from Toronto. He wrote and performed “Personal Demon Hunter” at the Toronto Fringe Festival and Victoria Fringe Festival (2019) and “Personal Demon Hunter: Divine and Conquer” as part of Fringelivestream (2020).

Djinn Joint Audience Testimonials

Audience reviews within the Gather Town guestbook. Audience testimonials after the show:

“Am I saying Velvet is an actual magical being? Yes!”

Stephanie Rae

“The coolest and most accessible show curation I’ve ever seen.”

Peter Chiykowski

Media Engagement

Reviews

“A charming premise for a compelling show” (Parton and Pearl)

“Velvet Wells dazzles in Toronto Fringe Festival show ‘DJINN JOINT.’ A very memorable experience” (The Cord)

“The songs are improvised and short and delightful. Charming and it’s suitable for the entire family” (Mooney on Theatre)

“Wells’ voice is undeniably soothing and the created space feels very warm and accepting” (Istvan Reviews)

Interviews with Velvet Wells

Kelly & Company (AMI Audio) – Velvet introduces the Primetime Festival and Djinn Joint during the live arts check in segment (Replay of 11/02/2021, 14 minutes)

SesayArts Magazine (Arpita Ghosal) – Velvet shared their thoughts on improvising a light musical comedy with important underlying themes. (11/2021)

Featuring the Djinn Joint artwork (Velvet Wells)

NOW Magazine – The best things to do in Toronto this weekend: October 29-31
TO Times – Toronto Fringe lineup announced for New Primetime Festival

The Primetime Festival

The Primetime Festival, presented by Toronto Fringe, features five digital theatrical experiences. The goal of this festival is to provide financial support and a producing platform to Fringe artists who are ready to offer digital, interactive experiences to audiences.

Tickets start at CAD$5 and pay what you can upward from there. There is a CAD$3.50 order fee and you will need to sign up to the the Toronto Fringe Festival site to complete the ticket order request

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