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Junkyard Jonny
           Junkyard Jonny, aka Jonny Olsen is the leader of the group. He has been juggling since the age of 13, drumming since the age of 4 and clowing since the age of 0. Jonny has an honours degree from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies where he founded a group called Recycle Cycles, and received an A+ for his thesis in Eco-Entertainment for Children. Jonny has played drums and percussion with many local Ottawa bands, and has hosted a percussion radio show on the local Ottawa University radio station. Jonny speaks English and French fluently and is currently learning Spanish.

Junkyard Jonny

Juggling Joe
           Juggling Joe, aka Josef Chladny is the new awesome juggler in town. He studied at L'Ecole de Cirque de Verdun and he loves anything to do with circus. You can tell by his dazzling tricks that the circus loves him. Joe has many great hat tricks, balancing tricks and juggling tricks, but Joe's specialty invloves juggling five clubs made out of pop bottles, electrical tape and dowel.

Josef Chladny

Recycle Rylan
           Recycle Rylan, aka Rylan Schwarze is a 23yr old magician originally from Brockville, Ontario. He has been performing magic shows for the past 10 years with his company, Rynestone Magic. From theatres to corporate events to festivals to television, he mystifies people of all ages with his mind-blowing magic and mental stunts. Recycle Rylan also performs circus arts such as unicycling, juggling, and diabolo. He has been playing music since the age of 6 as well, specializing in piano, guitar, and of course, drums!

Rylan Schwarze
Klean-up Kevin
           Kevin Smith, who goes by the stage name “Kleen-up Kevin,” is one of Ottawa’s most entertaining up and coming illusionists. Having discovered his love for magic only 7 years ago, he has now performed in 16 cities across 12 countries and performs up to 200 shows per year. He performs magic for all ages, from carefully crafted slight of hand, to mind bending mentalism. He also enjoys playing the drums, riding motorcycles, bicycles, and doing wheelies. Be sure to check out his Junkyard magic show where he performs magic with everyday items lying around the house!

Kevin Smith


Compost Chris
           Chris Zimmerman aka, Compost Chris is a full time musician born in raised in Ottawa. He has performed over 800 shows in the past 10 years. On top of performing with Junkyard Symphony, Chris also performs with Canadian touring band Twin Flames, where he spends his summer touring this great country.

Chris Zimmerman

Seismic Sacha
           Sacha Nagy aka Seismic Sacha is a professional drummer and teacher from Ottawa, ON. He has been playing drums since the age of 13 and has since amassed countless hours in the studio and on stage. This has led to him playing some of the biggest music festivals across Canada and the United States and has been able to open for some of his musical heroes. He also keeps a busy schedule teaching drums and piano to the next generation of Ottawa musicians and has been able to share his passion for music with hundreds of young Ottawa musicians.

Sacha Contant-Nagy

Awesome Alex
           Awesome Alex, aka Alex Wickham has been drumming for over 13 years. He has played many different styles of music including R&B, Motown, Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Scottish Pipe drumming. Alex currently pays for Ottawa’s nine-member, distinctive larger-than-life pop band, The PepTides. Outside of drumming, Alex works as real estate agent helping buyers and sellers find the perfect homes!

Alex Wickham

Landfill Lill
           Landfill Lill, aka Mary Lillian Gellner, has been playing drums for 20 years and the smile has never left her face! She currently drums with The Retrogrades (an 80's 90's rockin' party band) and a 1920's style Big Band.

Mary Gellner

Dynamic D
           Dynamic D, aka Danae “Thrips” Tsikouras, started drumming at the age of 11 and hasn’t stopped since! She has played in a long list of musical projects in a variety of styles ranging from jazz to heavy metal. In addition to Junkyard Symphony, she currently plays with hard rock band EDJ (edge) and singer/songwriter Karen Harrison. She also teaches at and co-owns a music school, Living Music Studios.

Danae “Thrips” Tsikouras

Dangerous Derek
           Derek Debeer, aka, Dangerous Derek is a renowned drummer who has toured the world with South African star Johnny Clegg. From Zimbabwe, Derek now lives in Ottawa with his two children. Derek has an easy going likable character, but don't be fooled because his drumming style is definitely 'dangerous'.

Derek Debeer

DJ Duct Tape Dayv
DJ Duct Tape Dayv, aka David Luciak is a distinctive DJ/bassist from Montreal. Dayv's stylin' breakbeats, and groovy junk bass playing is the talk of the town. He has played in bands with colourful names such as The Red Phone,and Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, Snazacuda Quartet, and Loser Cruiser #2.

Dave Luciak

Native of Shawville, QC Ursula Schultz, aka Eco Ersula is steeped in the Ottawa Valley fiddling tradition. After starting piano and step dancing lessons at the age of 7, she switched to fiddle at 12. Well-versed in Celtic rock, Irish, Folk, French Canadian and Crossover music, Ursula puts her own spin on traditional and modern tunes as well as creating original compositions. Her style varies from deep and sorrowful laments to dancing and spirited reels. She has shared the stage with a variety of notable members of the Canadian music scene, including Keith Glass, former member of Canadian Hall Of Fame band, Prairie Oyster, and Juno Award nominee Craig Cardiff. Aside from performing, Ursula does session work and is a private music teacher.

Ursula Shultz

Gymnastic Gina
           Gymnastic Gina, aka, Gina Olsen is an amazing acrobatic drummer who has a beautiful smile and an awesome attitude. Gina has played baseball and soccer, taken trampoline lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons and acrobatic dance lessons, and she rocks all those skills in the Roving Recyclers.

Gina Olsen

Stupendous Steve
           Stupendous Steve, aka Dylan Steve Gowans began drumming at the age of 10 and hasn't stopped. Since that point he has honed his skills with numerous musical groups and school bands in almost every style of music. Although Dylan has less time to play as he attends the University of Ottawa, he still finds the time to teach drum lessons on the side.

Dylan Steve Gowans

Marvelous Mark
           Marvelous Mark, aka Mark Wilson is has been a professional drummer for over ten years, based out of Ottawa. After studying Jazz and Commercial Music at Toronto's famous Humber College percussion program, he has toured all through North America and Europe. In 2009 his original rock group "Harpoon" won $300 000 winning the Big Money Shot competition. Mark is also a drumset teacher having taught hundreds of young drummers in the Ottawa area and loves to share his passion for making music.

Mark Wilson

Terrfic Terri
           Terrific Terri, aka Terri-Lynn Mahusky, a fantastic fiddler, hails from the Ottawa Valley where children are born with fiddles in their hands. Terri-Lynn has taken part of countless fiddle competitions, played with Celtic artists such as Celtae, Neil McDaniel and has toured Europe with a police band. She is always up for playing a tune or two.

Terri-Lynn Mahusky

Dumpster Don
           Dumpster Don, aka Don Estabrook is a natural wacky character who performs dazzling acrobatic and juggling tricks. One of the best technical jugglers in Canada, Don has perfomed with the Jugglin Duos "Just Us" and "The Screaming Beavers". When Don is not performing, he teaches high-school math and psychology.

Don Estabrook

Dashing Dan
           Dumpster Dan, aka Dan Villeneuve is a creative designer, jokester and diva. Dan sees being eccentric as a good quality. One of his motivators in his creative career is to excite, inspire and make things better. He has done this through visual design, his illustrations, his opinions and by being a goofball when it is needed.

Dan Villeneuve


Recycle Ross
           Recycle Ross, aka Aytahn Ross is an acommplished montreal circus performer. Aytahn has over 15 years of professional experience and has been seen by millions of people in twelve countries around the world. With such as highlights as the Just for Laughs festival the Montreal Jazz Festival to his name, Aytahn is known for his elegant silliness, natural charm and graceful skill.

Aytahn Ross

Jammy Jeff
           Ottawa based drummer Jeff Asselin is no stranger to the Canadian Music Scene. At an early age, he developed a passion for drumming and education and studied with some world-renowned artists such as: Terry Clarke, Barry Elms, Chris McCann, Ian Froman, Chuck Burrows and most recently Ari Hoenig. After graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Performance in 2004 Jeff became afull-time educator and performer, teaching a full roster of students at his drum studio (Jeff Asselin’s Drum Academy), and is a performance instructor for Carleton University.

Jeff Asselin

Dumpster Dylan
           Dumpster Dylan, aka Dylan Roberts, is a full time drummer in the Ottawa area. He has a Music Degree from Carleton University and has studied jazz drumming in New York City. You can often see him playing for the Ottawa-based folk-rock trio The John Punch Band, but you may catch him playing in any number of bands, in any style of music on any given night.

Dylan Robets

Eric The Excellent
           Eric the Excellent, aka Eric Eggleston has been a fixture in the Ottawa music communtiy for decades. His band The Eric Eggleston Band has won Ottawa's Big Money Shot competition, has toured Canada, Sweden and parts of Europe and can often be found entertaining the crowds of local Ottawa pubs with their funky Rock music. Eric is the Owner and Operator or recording studio Johnny Hall Productions. A graduate of the “In the Studio with Bruce Swedien” masterclass in Los Angeles, Eric has also mentored with Grammy-winning mixer & producer Michael Brauer and David Kahne respectively.

Eric Eggleston

Boom Boom Bryan
           Byran Valeriani, aka, Boom Boom Bryan hails from St-Adele, Quebec but lives in Kemptville. An accomplished drummer and drum teacher, Bryan plays with local soul band Soul Obsession.

Bryan Valeriani

Speedy Spence
           Speedy Spence, aka Spencer Parent is a young drummer but amazing for his age and known for his fast awesome beats. If you give him a real drum kit he won't mind dazzling the crowd with a super speedy drum solo. He also plays for many local Ottawa bands and is not a bad juggler too.

Spencer Parent

Dumpster Dan
           Dumpster Dan, aka, Dan Loach is a veteran drummer in Canada. He has toured coast to coast, with multiple bands. His grooves make him a band-leaders first call for all kinds of musical styles. He proudly uses Sabian cymbals and Los Cabos drumsticks on his vintage Ludwig drums.

Spencer Parent

Trashcan Tony
           Trashcan Tony, aka Tony Raybould is one dashing drummer. Tony drums up a storm in perfect unison to the show's tricks and routines. Tony has played drums for many local Ottawa and Vancouver bands and has even performed with Charlie Major and Shania Twain.

Trashcan Tony

Previous Performances
Street Level Festival Shows
  • Alliston Potato Festival
  • Almonte Festival of The Arts
  • Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa
  • Belleville Sidewalk Sale
  • Brockville Riverfest
  • Brockville Ribfest
  • Brockville Buskerfest
  • Burk's Falls Fair
  • Charlottetown Festival of Fathers
  • Citygate Shopping Centre, Hong Kong
  • Cornwall Winterfest
  • Cumberbarn Festival, Renfrew
  • Detroit Festival of the Arts
  • Delaware Tall Ships Festival
  • Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
  • Dundas Busker Festival
  • Detroit Festival of the Arts
  • Festival Of The Islands, Gananoque
  • Fort Erie Friendship Festival
  • Gloucester Fair
  • Great Northern Exhibition, Collingwood
  • Havelock Rock and Rail Festival
  • Halifax Busker Festival
  • Herbfest, Almonte
  • Huntsville Festival of the Arts
  • Jean Charest Campaign, Ottawa
  • Kids Park, Kitchener Ont
  • Kingston Busker Festival
  • Lynx baseball Stadium
  • Log Farm, Ottawa
  • Manotick Haunted Harvest Festival
  • Mississauga Moonlight Madness
  • Munster Strawberry Moon Festival
  • Nelson Streetfest, B.C.
  • Nepean Days, Nepean
  • Old Home Week, Smith Falls
  • Orangeville Busker festival
  • Ottawa Busker Festival
  • Ottawa Children's Festival
  • Ottawa Senators, Corel Centre
  • PEI Bridgefest
  • Redondo Beach Junkfest, California
  • Renfrew Snowfest
  • Rideau Canal Festival
  • Sault St. Marie Busker Festival
  • Saunders Haunted Farm, Muster
  • Sheffield England International Street Festival
  • Singapore River Buskers' Festival
  • Skopje Buser Festival, Macedonia
  • Spencerville Fair
  • Split Bukser Festival, Croatia
  • Sebenik Children's Festival, Croatia
  • St. Stephen Chocolate Fest
  • Sugarbush Festival, Vanier
  • Stittsville, Villagefest
  • Sydney Busker Festival
  • Tulip Festival, Ottawa
  • Toronto StreetFest
  • Toronto WinterFest
  • Vancouver 2010 Olympics
  • Winterlude, Ottawa
  • Windsor Buskerfestival

    Main Stage Festival Shows
  • Brockville Fall Fair
  • CHEO BBQ, Ottawa
  • Canada Day Celebrations Barrhaven
  • Canada Day Celebratons Parliament Hill
  • City of Kitchener First night
  • City of Ottawa First Night
  • Deep River Summer Festival
  • Dickison Days, Manotick
  • Elora Festival of Singers
  • Edmonton Klondike Days
  • Festival and Events Conference, Ottawa
  • Festival Lindsey Academy Theatre
  • Festival Jojo, Hammond
  • Festival of The Maples, Perth
  • Great Northern Exhibition, Collingwood
  • Kincolith Crabfest
  • Lakealive Festival, Cambridge
  • London Children's Festival
  • Merikville Fair
  • Merveille Des Sables, Gatineau
  • Metcalfe Fair
  • Musical Ride, Lefaivre
  • Niagara Poultry Fest
  • Nanjing Euro-Americas Clown Festival, China
  • Nepean's 20th Birthday
  • Ottawa Children's Festival
  • Ottawa Folk Festival
  • Ottawa Home Show
  • Ottawa Jazz Festival
  • Ottawa Winterlude, Jaques Cartier Park
  • Perth Stewart Park Festival
  • Peterborough Folk Festival
  • Russell Fair
  • Renfrew Valley Fest
  • Salmon Fest, Newfoundland
  • South Moutain Fair
  • St. John Festival by the Sea
  • St. Thomas Iron Horse Festival
  • Storybook Garndens, London, ON
  • Super EX, Ottawa
  • Sudbury Summerfest
  • TD Canada Trust Merger, Sky Dome, Toronto
  • Tour for Kids, Eganville
  • Tour De Nortel, Ottawa
  • Toronto Winter Festival
  • We are all drummers/ Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa
  • WESTfest, Ottawa
  • Williamsburg Fall Harvest Festival
  • Winterlude, amphitheatre, J. Cartier Park

    Theatre, Club, Hall Shows
  • Astrolabe, Ottawa
  • Acadamy Theatre, Lindsay
  • Acadamy Theatre, Peterborough
  • Algonquin Observatory, Ottawa
  • Auditorium, London
  • Banshee, Whitby
  • Barrymores, Ottawa
  • Bert and Ernies, Toronto
  • Bovine Sex Club
  • Brockville Arts Centre
  • Cambridge Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • Centerpointe Theatre, Ottawa
  • Climax, Ottawa
  • Congress Centre, Ottawa
  • Duke of Sommerset, Ottawa
  • Equinox, Ottawa Universtiy
  • Empire Theatre, Belleville
  • Guelph Legion
  • Hanover Sportsplex
  • Horse Shoe, Toronto
  • Imperial Theatre, St. John
  • Laurentian Theatre, Ottawa
  • Lonsestar Roadhouse, Ottawa
  • NAC 4th stage, Ottawa
  • Navy Club, Cornwall
  • Palace Theatre, Singapore
  • Rivoli, Toronto
  • Sanderson Centre, Brantford
  • Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough
  • Woodroffe Theatre, Ottawa
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa
  • Zuma's Roadhouse, Ottawa

    TV, Radio Shows
  • A Channel Edmonton, Breakfast TV
  • A Channel News, Charlottetown
  • CBC Radio, Basic Black
  • CBC Radio, All in A Day
  • CBC Radio Best of Basic Black
  • CBC Newsday
  • CITY TV, Breakfast TV
  • CJOH Newsline
  • CJOH Midday
  • CJOH Regional Contact
  • CJOH Home Grown Cafe (1st place)
  • CHRO Special, Summer Jobs You wish You had
  • CHUO Radio
  • CKCU Radio
  • NEWRO News
  • NEWRO Breakfast TV
  • Rogers Fanfare
  • Rogers Daytime

    Shows for Famous People
  • Tragically Hip
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Ashley MacIssac
  • Blues Traveler
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Washboard Hank
  • Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister of Singpore
  • Stephen Harper, Prime Minsiter of Canada

    Corporate Shows
  • Alcatel
  • Boeing
  • Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • COCA
  • CMHC
  • Cognos
  • Consumer Gas
  • Earth Day Ottawa Carelton
  • Festival and Events Ontario
  • Heritage Canada
  • Hummingbird Music
  • General Dynamics
  • Interis Consulting
  • International Association of Interior Designers
  • JDS Uniphase
  • National Capital Commision
  • Nav Canada
  • Nortel
  • Phillipine Development Assistance Program
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Recycling Council Of Ontario
  • Southmedic
  • TD Canda Trust
  • Tim Hortons
  • Township of Cumberland
  • World Exchange Plaza

    Museum Shows
  • Aviation Museum
  • Cumberland Museum
  • Currency Museum
  • Museum of Nature
  • Museum of Science and Technology
  • Museum of Photography
  • National Museum of Civilization
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • War Museum

    College, University Shows
  • Careleton University
  • Ottawa University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Westeron Ontario
  • York University
  • Algonquin College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Georgian Bay School of the Arts

    Junkyard Jonny and Trashcan Tony

  • The Beginning

    Junkyard Symphony Begins!

             Rock Paper Scissors anyone? Junkyard Symphony was developed in July of 1992 when Jonny and his guitarist friends Matt Fredrick and Christian Duquette decided to take their garage band "The Death or Glory Toads" down to Sparks Street on Canada Day for a trial run. This was their first real gig playing guitar driven songs from Gordon Lightfoot, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young and believe it or not the Divinyls, an Australian rock band known for a song called "I touch myself". Needless to say the crowd was not interested in guitar driven songs or songs about touching oneself and after two hours the band had amassed the huge sum of $6.
            The band therefore decided to hit the local pub for some beverages, however somebody needed to stay behind to watch the gear, and thus a game of Rock Paper Scissors ensued. Had Jonny won, there might be no Junkyard Symphony today, but luckily Jonny lost and stayed behind to watch the equipment. While the others were in a cool bar enjoying cool drinks, Jonny sat out in the blistering Ottawa summer heat with not much to do but play his drums. Now these were not just ordinary drums. These were custom built Junkyard Jonny drums with buckets, pails, bongos, a toy bas drum, a tambourine, a frog horn and a even a bull horn. Jonny had opted to leave his real drum kit at home for the street was no place for a Pearl Export.
             What happened next was magic, for as Jonny played, a crowd gathered, and gathered, and gathered, and soon the street was full of curious onlookers watching one really awesome drum solo on a really peculiar drum set. By the time Jonny had finished and his friends returned, there was $150 in the yellow Tupperware bucket and the idea of Junkyard Symphony was born. The idea was simple... people prefer peculiar percussion!

    The History
            Junkyard Jonny, aka Jon Olsen, founder of Junkyard Symphony has been playing on pots and pans since the age of four and has never really stopped. He took private drum lessons for five years as a child then entered the concert bands and jazz bands in middle school and high school. As well as being an honors student in the French immersion program, he won the overall music award and most spirited student award at high school graduation for his creative efforts in forming The Enviro Band , a collection of 20 or so concert band members who played radical rhythms on recycle bins and pickle buckets for their Earth Day ceremonies.

    As a teen, Jonny began juggling and learned to ride a unicycle which became useful in his part time job as a clown where he developed his passion for performing. These skills became even more useful with the birth of Junkyard Symphony in 1992, when Jonny took to the streets to earn a living as a busker. He performed with his Junkyard kit for an entire summer on Sparks Street achieving great success and a wee bit of fame. When Jonny's parents returned home that summer from a bicycle trip in the Netherlands and discovered that their pots and pans were missing, they were more than a little surprised, but delighted to hear that Jonny had earned enough money to pay for his entire year at the Univeristy of Waterloo where he studied Environmental Resource Studies.

             The next summer Jonny decided to return to his favorite pots and pans pastime on Sparks Street, and although he was still having lots of fun and making lots of money he was becoming lonely as a solo performer. That's when sidekick / Lackey, Christian Duquette, a Carleton University anthropology student, entered the picture. Christian was a good friend of Jonny's who played guitar in his high school rock band "The Death or Glory Toads". Christian didn't know how to play percussion, but he was a quick learner, and he was completely wacky, so with a little bit of Jonny's guidance, Christian turned into the Amazing Lackey, and so creating the birth of Junkyard Symphony.

    JYS in early days!

             After graduating from University, having paid for their degrees with their enterprising talents of turning one man's trash into another man's treasure, the dynamic duo went on to achieve great fame on the many roads that they traveled, performing in schools and festivals, and spreading a little bit of happiness and environmental ethic everywhere they went. Christian's brother Jeff, who tagged along as a roady, eventually became the infamous Plunger Boy, who had a unique talent for catching plungers on his small planet sized belly.

            The fun went on for nine years. They performed throughout Southern and Eastern Ontario, the Maritimes, ventured into the United States, Singapore and England. They won first place in the Canadian Association of Exhibitions National Youth Talent contest in 1994. They won Best Act the Defies Description at the Kingston Busker Rendez-Vouz in 1995. In 1997 at the same festival, they won Best Musical Act. On Home Grown Cafe, Ottawa's famous talent show, they won first place overall in the variety category. They have been featured on many radio and television shows such as CBC's Basic Black, Newsday, and Jonovision, CJOH's Regional Contact, Midday News and Newsline, and Roger's Fanfare, and they have made over 50 newspaper appearances from places all over.

    The Later Years

    JYS in later days!

             But eventually The Amazing Lackey and brother Plunger Boy decided that enough was enough. Plunger Boy's belly was becoming sore and the Amazing Lackey had a fiancée and a stepdaughter to support, so Plunger Boy became an electrical engineer at Nortel, and The Amazing Lackey moved to Brockville to work at Brocktel. That left Jonny O all on his own. Unsure of where to go in life, and not wanting to give up on his dream of being a professional percussionist, Jonny continued performing on his own, calling the show Junkyard Jonny. The show went over surprisingly well in schools and community events and smaller venues that could not previously afford Junkyard Symphony.

           It wasn't long, however, before Jonny got the urge to reform Junkyard Symphony again with a new partner. Trashcan Tony, aka Tony Raybould came on board to reform Junkyard Symphony with a a newer version of the show in which the audience could drum along with the band. This new show became immediatley popular as people loved to be inlcuded in the fun, and the new Junkyard Symphony traveled to such far away places as Singapore and Hong Kong where they were a big hit, and got to stay in five star hotels. They even played for the President of Singapore, quite an honour. It seems that rhythm truly is the universal language.

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