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Promo Videos

Junkyard Symphony's Circus Arts
Junkyard Symphony's Circus Arts:
All Junkyard Symphony shows begin with a warm up of various Circus Arts, such as juggling, rhtyhm sticks, rhtyhm boxes, balancing, diabolo, magic and unicycling. This gets the audience into the groove and excitement of the show. Each leader has their own bag of tricks which adds vareity to show. So feel free to book different Junkyard Symphony teams from year to year.

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Junkyard Symphony's Double Drumming
Junkyard Symphony's Double Drumming:
After a dazzling display of circus-arts, Junkyard Symphony officially starts the show with a fantastic fury of drums. The drums are made from various items of junk such as buckets, barrels, hup baps, bowls, cow bells, pails and horns.

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Junkyard Symphony's Audience Participation.
Junkyard Symphony's Audience Participation:
The real fun begins when audience members join the show and help to fill out the syymphony as the performers are just the conductors. Volunteers get to dance disco, shake some shakers, spin a hoola-hoop, and generally just have a rocking good time. Junkyard Symphony has a knack for helping people bring out their vivacious spirit.

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Junkyard Symphony's Groovy Games
Junkyard Symphony's Groovy Games:
Not only does Junkyard Symphony have Super Shows but they now offer Groovy Games, such as Marble Mountain, Bottle Ball and Rock Tower, all made from reused materials.

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Junkyard Symphony on CTV Morning Live
Junkyard Symphony's Roving Reyclers:
As well as shows, and games Junkyard Symphony also offers roving drummers. In this video you wil see Junkyard Jonny and Boom Boom Bryan perform a percussion composition entitled "The Junkyard Jig."

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Junkyard Symphony on Regional Contact.
Junkyard Symphony's Drop in Drum School:
As well as show, games and roving drummers, Junkyard Symphony also offer as Drop-In Drum School. Students learn on drums, percussion instruments, slide on snow slides and much more!

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Junkyard Symphonys' Youtube Channel.
Junkyard Symphony Youtube Channel:
This Youtube Channel has some videos of our drumming, unicycling and jug juggling.

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Junkyard Symphonys' Terrific Trio.
Terrific Trio:
Check out Junkyard Symphony's Terrific Trio at the Ottawa Busker Festival summer 2007 with Junkyard Jonny and Speedy Spence. Be amazed as Junkyard Jonny climbs atop a 7 foot Teatering Tube Tower of Terror, juggles 3 wickedly wet water balloons, and performs a perfect 3 point shot into the Hurrendously Huge Human Hoop of Horror. When you see the bikini, you'll understand where the horror comes in.

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Junkyard Symphonys' Blue Recycle Box Music Video.
Blue Recycle Box:
Check out Junkyard Symphony's awesome music video about a blue recycle box. The video was filmed in the spring of 2008 on Jonny's Street in Kanata featuring Junkyard Jonny, Dumpster Don and Speedy Spence. The song was sung in slow motion and sped up to fit the words. This video was created by Billions Koper

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Fan Videos


Fright Nights:
Junkyard Jonny and Trashcan Tony entertain the audience in a converted bumper car stage at the PNE Vancouver for Fright Nights, Oct 2010.

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Carelton Place:
Junkyard Jonny and Trashcan Tony play in the old Carelton Place Town Hall, July 2010. Jonny does his flying mops routine with a cute young volunteer.

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Line Dance:
Carelton Place Continuation-> Jonny builds a line of volunteers who play music and dance.

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Haritage Festival:
Junkyard Jonny and Speedy Spence play on the street of the St. Mary's Heritage Festival in July of 2010. Jonny does his funny little dance.

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Croatian Vacation:
Junkyard Jonny and Trashcan Tony jam on a street corner in Sebenik, Croatia in June of 2010. JYS also performed in Split, Croatia and Skopje Macedonia. This video was created by Todd Various

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Folk Fest:
Junkyard Jonny and Dumpster Dylan perform at the Ottawa Folkfest 2009. Junkyard Jonny juggles jugs on the Balancing Bongo Baord on top of the Terrible Tower of Trash.

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Canada Day:
Junkyard Jonny and Speedy Spence perform in the Byward Market on Canada Day 2009. Junkyard Jonny demonstrates his diabolo skills and a little boys comes to help out.

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Junkyard Symphony in Fairfield, Iowa:
Have a ball as Junkyard Jonny attempts to get a little boy to lift up a box of cheer detergent and prompt the crowd to cheer. Landfill Lill drums up a storm.

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Junkyard Symphony in Fairfield, Iowa Part 2:
More of Junkyard Symphony's crazy antics-> dancing the Can Can, shaking shakers, playing with plungers and dancing disco.

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Dream a Dream Video:
Junkyard Symphony's first You Tube video was posted by Richard Poen - aka Weeblewolf. Richard said "I found Junkyard Symphony's song Dream A Dream on garageband.com and downloaded it. I thoroughly enjoy the music and then after visiting their web site had an even deeper appreciation of Junkyard Symphony."

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Junkyard Symphony CD


Junkyard Symphony's new Earth Music!

           In this double disc compliation entitled 'Earth Music', Junkyard Symphony creates awesome original and innovative music that mixes traditional instruments with junk in a various multitude of soundscapes, from percussion jams, to instrumental elevator music, to folk-funk, pop, hip-hop, dance, new age, adult contemporary, and even avant garde. Topics range from traditonal love/ heartbreak songs, to songs about the environment, smoking, and there's even a song about a didgeridu. What fun you can have when you are making music with junk! The songs on the CD can often be heard as background music before or during the shows so listen for it, and ask to buy a copy after the show. The great part is that this CD is suitable for all ages as there is a CD for adutls entitled 'Album for Adults' and a CD for Children entitled 'Music for Minors'. Everyone can appreciate the talent, rhythm and great songs that Junkyard Symphony creates, and with all the different styles, you will never get bord.

Here's how to order the CD Earth Music:
Send a cheque or money order in the amount of $15 CDN payable to:

"Junkyard Symphony"
78 Tamblyn Cres
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2L-3A4

Please email junkyardsymphony@hotmail.com to let us know your cheque is coming. We will notify you when the CD is sent. When you recieve the CD, please send us your comments. We'd love to hear your feedback.

You may also digitally download the Cd on itunes or
cdbaby.com
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Song Information
Track 1: Junk
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2001
Duration: 2 minutes 23 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, street cleaner brushes (Kalimba), PVC tube (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass).
Jean Sebastien Lacombe: Steel Drum
Marcus Maidment: Vocal Effects
Special Notes
'Junk' is the theme song to Junkyard Symphony. The style of the song follows the 1960's surf tunes which Jonny and Christian would listen to on their 8 track player in the first Junkyard Symphony Van, songs like 'Wipeout', 'Pipeline', and 'Hawaii Five-O'. The melody in the first section of the song is being played by a kalimba, made from street cleaner bushes. A kalimba is a thumb piano, also called an mbira which originates in Africa. The udu drum, which is a clay pot with a hole on the side, was used to make the bass of the song. When you slap the hole, it makes a deep "Douuum!" sound.

Track 2: Blue Recycle Box
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 3 minutes 31 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass).
Jay Ruston: Drum loops
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Jay-Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Special Notes
The Soundscape changes to hip-hop as Jonny features his rapping talents in 'Blue Recycle Box, a remix of the same song off the very first Junkyard Symphony CD "Drum or Die". Cynthia Laroque sings the background vocals. Jonny and Christian performed the first version of this song on the television show "JONOVISION".
CLICK HERE TO SEE JONOVISION VIDEO
CLICK HERE TO SEE NEW BLUE RECYCLE BOX VIDEO
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 3: Rhythm of Life
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2002
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Drums, background vocals
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, keys, kalimba
Dave Milliken: : Accoustic guitar
Jay Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Ken Kanwisher: Stand up bass
Special Notes
Some times it feels that the rhythm of life is changing, almost getting faster and busier. This is a song about slowing the rhythm down and enjoying life and all its traditions before the song ends. Jonny actually takes a stab at singing in this track with Tony helping out on the choruses.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 4: Way Down
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 4 minutes 01 second
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Bar Bell solo, boom whackers, bucket of rocks, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Jay Ruston: Drum loops
Cynthia Laroque: Vocals
Jay-Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Dan Loach: Drums
Dave Olsen: Piano
Special Notes
Way Down refers to the special part of one's personality that is hidden. Often people hide their true selves deep down, but if we look closer, and allow them to trust us, we can go on a great adventure to find out what's really there.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 5: Dream a Dream
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 4 minutes 06 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell
Jonny Olsen: Bar Bell solo, boom whackers, bucket of rocks, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Jay Ruston: Drum Loops
Cynthia Laroque: Vocals
Stephanie Ford: Background Vocals
Jay-Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Special Notes
'Dream a Dream' is actually a lullaby that was made into a dance song. The idea behind the song is that whatever your dream may be, everyone has the equal opportunity to make it become real, so give it a shot. In this case, Jonny's dream was to grow up and play on garbage for a living, and it came true, so whatever your dream is, let's hope it comes true for you.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS VIDEO
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 6: What Happened to the Fish, Mon?
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Jay Ruston: Drum Loops
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Jay-Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Special Notes
This song was originally performed by the band Otis Strange, of which Jonny was the drummer, but the song was adapted for Junkyard Symphony. In the late nineties, the East coast provinces encountered a shortage of cod stocks. While it was thought that the stocks would last forever, apparently someone was wrong. So, what happened to the fish? Methinks we ate them!
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 7: Didgeridoo
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 3 minutes 40 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen and Geoff Cass
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Jay Ruston: Drum Loops
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Jay-Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Special Notes
'Didgeridoo' is about an instrument called a Didjeridu from Australia, which is a drone made from a long hollow branch. In this song a pvc tube was used for the drone instead of the traditional wood branch so we spelled the name slightly different. This song was inspired by a roof top Garage Jam in which Jonny brought his didgeridoo. His friend Geoff Cass began to make up lyrics on the spot. Spying the strange instrument, the first lyric was "This song has got a didgeridoo..." and the rest is history."
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 8: Pleadies
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 3 minutes 12 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, bull roar, bucket of rocks, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Jay Ruston: Drum Loops
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Special Notes
'Pleadies' is about a fictional planet, seven stars from earth and brings up the notion that we are not alone. The alien language is actually titles of the songs spelled backwards and spoken slowly. A bull roar is used to make the deep whooshing sound. The bull roar was the first instrument ever created, and it is possible that other planets might have coincidentally invented the same instrument.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 9: Ride on The Bus
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 3 minutes 32 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Dan Loach: Drums.
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Jay-Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Al Guevremont: Saxophone
Special Notes
'Ride on the Bus' is a spin off the children's song 'The Wheels on the Bus'. It takes us through the ups and downs of riding on the bus. While the bus can be a long stuffy ride, it replaces approximately forty cars that clog up the streets with their noise and pollution. There are also many interesting people on the bus, so let's face it, "Ride on the Bus and make no fuss!"
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 10: Whatcha Gonna Do
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2004
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jenn Kee: Vocals
Dave Milliken: : Electric guitar.
Tony Raybould: Djembes
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, wash tub bass, pots and pans, didgeridoo, bottles, tire rim, acoustic guitar
Special Notes
'Watcha Gonna Do' is a dialogue about a musician's career, between the good little angel and the bad little devil that sit atop our shoulders. The woman's voice (angel) indicates the musician should settle down and get a real job, while the deep voice (devil) says the musician should go for the gold. This is the classic battle that every musician encounters at one point in their career. When is it time to quit? Apparently in Junkyard Jonny's case, that time is not yet. The woman's voice is Junkyard Jenn while the deep man's voice is Jonny's voice tuned down 4 semitones. The wash tub bass really gives this song it's vibe, as well as Dave's funky guitar licks.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 11: Baby if you Smoke
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 2 minutes 33 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Coughing, bucket of rocks, air pump, toy gun, clap, shaker, recycle bin, udu drum
Cynthia Laroque: Vocals
Special Notes
The beauty of this song is that there are absolutely no traditional instruments in this song. Everything is junk. The subject was inspired by a Health Canada campaign that targeted adolescents. The message is simple, if you smoke, you will choke, you will go broke, and then you will croak,... that's no joke.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 12: Back on Track
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2002
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Drums, background vocals
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, keys, kalimba
Stephanie Ford: Background Vocals
Dave Milliken: : Acoustic guitar
Jay Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Ken Kanwisher: Stand up bass
Special Notes
This song is one of Junkyard Symphony's more adult themed songs. It speaks about substance abuse and how it can take you off the track that you are meant to be on.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 13: Someone to Go Home to
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2002
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Drums, background vocals
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, keys, kalimba
Stephanie Ford: Background Vocals
Dave Milliken: : Acoustic guitar
Jay Ess Lacombe: Steel Drum
Ken Kanwisher: Stand up bass
Special Notes
This song is another one of Junkyard Symphony's adult themed songs. It speaks about relationships, how it's fun to be on the road and to be single, but in the end we realize that all we need is someone to go home to.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 14: Trees
First Released: Album: Planet Junk, 2002
Duration: 4 minutes 01 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Jay Ruston: Drum loops, Chainsaw effects
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Special Notes
This particular song talks about the problems of clearcutting trees. There is an awesome percussion jam in middle featuring Jay Ruston's grinding chainsaw solo. No trees were hurt in the making of this song. The lyrics were originally inteded to be sung, not rapped, so stay tuned for a remix of this song in later Junkyard Symphony CD's.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 15: Spring
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 3 minutes 18 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2005
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jenn Kee: Vocals
Jonny Olsen: Piano, wash tub bass, djembes, keyboard strings, keyboard xylophone, keyboard timpani, junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
'Spring' is part 4 of a collection of 4 songs. This song is the bridge between the instrumental soundscape and the folk soundscape, as Junkyard Jen enters the picture halfway through the composition. Jen sings opera but in this song she features the sweet side of her voice. In the background you can hear the sounds of spring; rain, thunder, gentle breezes and singing birds. Yes, it sounds a little cheesy, but it wouldn't be a Junkyard Symphony CD without a little fromage bleu.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 16: Angel
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 3 minutes 55 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2004
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jenn Kee: Vocals
Dave Milliken: Acoustic and Electric guitar.
Hans Levac: Bass guitar.
Tony Raybould: Djembes
Jonny Olsen: Junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
'Angel' is a song Jonny wrote for his wife Alma, whom he married in June of 2003, but this song can apply to anyone who has found their "Angel". Jenn sang this song in one take. Sometimes relationships and songs just work. This song has an extended five minute long version with a rocking guitar solo in the middle, but alas, rocking guitar solos went out with the 80's, and so did this one. Sorry Dave, there just wasn't enough room on the CD. We'll put it on the next one.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 17: Darkness
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 4 minutes 54 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2004
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jenn Kee: Vocals
Dave Milliken: Acoustic and Electric guitar.
Hans Levac: Bass guitar
Tony Raybould: Djembes
Jonny Olsen: Junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
'Darkness' is about the immense feeling of solitude one gets after a relationship break-up, and then the night arrives bringing even more emptiness. Everyone can identify with this song. The key is in the line "In the end if you've loved or you've lost, It doesn't matter, what matters is that you tried." Not to worry. Eventually the sun rises.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 18: Walk on the Water
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 3 minutes 49 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2004
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen and Jacob Two Two
Musicians
Jenn Kee: Vocals
Dave Milliken:Acoustic and Electric guitar
Hans Levac:Bass guitar
Tony Raybould: Djembes
Al Guevremont: Saxophone
Jonny Olsen: Junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
In this song the folk gets a shot of funk with the awesome talents of Algie on saxophone. The song was originally performed by the band Jacob Two Two when Jonny was their drummer in 1999, 2000. Jacob Two Two was gracious enough to let Jonny use the co-written lyrics to the song in Junkyard Symphony. The idea of walking on water suggests that everyone is capable of doing something incredible. While it seems at Tempus Sans ITC that fate has control over our lives and our ability to be incredible, there just might be a possibility that fate is in our own hands....or feet....so take a walk on the water, and make some waves!
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 19: Shine
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 4 minutes 51 seconds.
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2004
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jenn Kee: Vocals
Dave Milliken: Acoustic and Electric guitar.
Hans Levac: Bass guitar
Tony Raybould: Djembes
Al Guevremont: Saxophone
Jonny Olsen: Junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
'Shine' is about the amazing phenomenon of "love at first sight", when you see someone for the first time, and there is an immediate sense of attraction as a curious glow shines down on you like a freight train. If this happens to you, then you better step back because the Love Express is about to stop at your station, or.... run you over (Never lay down on the tracks). Either way you are in for one heck of a funky ride, so let's just hope you have a ticket for the train. Whatever you do, don't let the train pass your station without getting on. It might not pass your way again. If it's the wrong train, you can always get off at the next stop. This song was written for Jean and Lloyd Olsen, Jonny's grandparents who met in a such a way at a nurses dance, many moons ago in Saskatoon.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 20: Winter
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 3 minutes 10 seconds.
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2005
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Piano, wash tub bass, djembes, keyboard strings, keyboard xylophone, keyboard timpani, junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
'Winter' is part 3 of a collection of 4 songs. The mood of this song is dark and busy to depict the fury of snow storms and cold winter winds. At times the song mellows out, as winter does when the snow clouds disappear, the sun shines brightly on the snow, and the cold winter winds take a break.

Track 21: Summer
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 2 minutes 59 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2005
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Piano, wash tub bass, djembes, junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
Enter instrumental elevator music with junk. 'Summer' is part 1 of a collection of 4 songs. The mood of the song is playful and jovial to illustrate the feeling that the season of summer gives us. Jonny began piano lessons at the age of 6, however he wasn't keen on the strict teaching styles and boring songs, so he quit his lessons and began to play on his own, composing his own songs. While his interest in music focused primarily on the drums and the frenzy of its noise, the piano was a quiet diversion for him when his ears began to hurt.

Track 22: Fall
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds
Recorded at: Pebble Studios in 2005
Sound Engineering: Peter Gilroy
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Piano, wash tub bass, djembes, junk drum set (Bucket toms, hub cap open hi-hat, stove top reflector pans closed hi-hat, recycle barrel bass drum, salad bowl cymbals, cow bell, water jug snare with beer caps, newspaper cymbal, oil can lid gong, pop lid tambourine.)
Special Notes
'Fall' is part 2 of a collection of 4 songs. Fall is the first song that Jonny ever composed on the piano at the age of 8, developing it over the years until he could finally afford to record it at the age of 32. This particular piece is performed only on the black keys of the piano. At the end of the song the tune seems to fall down, as do the leaves of the trees.

Track 23: Funk on the Junk
First Released: Album: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rock, 2005
Duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Peter Gilroy
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell
Jonny Olsen: Pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, horn, cookie tray
Special Notes
This particular version of the 'Funk on the Junk' is performed on Junkyard Symphony's Super Set. That's the one with the pots and pans, bath-tub and even the kitchen sink. All of Junkyard Symphony's shows start out with a rocking percussion jam so it is appropriate that the CD starts out with one as well.

Track 24: Funk on the Junk Original
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 2 minutes 04 seconds
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
This is the original version of the Funk on the Junk. This song features a drum duel between Jonny and Christian

Track 25: Junkyard Jig
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 2 minutes 15 seconds.
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
This song starts with a fast triplet feel then jumps into a fast 4/4 rock beat.

Track 26: Garbage Can Groove
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 2 minutes 15 seconds.
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
The Garbage Can Groove is a shuffle rhythm. You can hear Christian shouting a rhythm "hey" to the beat.

Track 27: March of the Pots and Pans
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
The March of the Pots and Pans alternates between many different rhythms and tempos and was perhaps one of Junkyard Symphony's most intricate percussion pieces.

Track 28: Shoe Gum
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tammy Raybould: Background Vocals
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
Shoe Gum is perhaps on of Junkyard Symphony's best songs, even though it sounds really bad. This is just one song that you can't help but smile when you hear it. Jonny thought about re-recordeing it on one of the later albums and making it sound more professional, but the fact that is sounds bad is its charm.

Track 29: The Whale Song
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tammy Raybould: Background Vocals
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen:Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, ktichen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
The Whale Song was originally written for The Enviro Band which was a group formed by musicians of Bell High School in 1988.

Track 30: Blue Recycle Box Original
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 1 minute 29 seconds
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano.
Special Notes
The first Blue Recycle Box song was performed on the CBC show JONOVISION in 1998.

Track 31: Recycle Rock
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 2 minutes 43 seconds.
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen:Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano
Special Notes
This song was the most popular song of Junkyard Symphony's live shows in the early days. It's fun to hear, but way more exciting to watch. There is lots of stick juggling and funny antics going on.

Track 32: Drum or Die
First Released: Album: Drum or Die, 1997
Duration: 1 minutes 06 seconds
Recorded at: Raven Street Studios, 1997
Sound Engineering: Marc Murray
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Christian Duquette: Vocals, bath tub, buckets, water jug, oil drum, tire rim, some pan thingy, guitar
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, pots and pans, hub cap, vegetable crisper, oven tray, pizza tray, cow bells, bicycle horn, pickle bucket, catalytic converter, tire rim, kitchen sink, oil drum, piano.
Special Notes
This song is the title track to the first album. It speaks about the need to just drum.

Track 33: Ontario
Duration: 4 minutes 24 seconds
Recorded at: Distortion Studios in 2000
Sound Engineering: Jay Ruston
Mastering: Nick Blagona
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Tony Raybould: Bath tub, buckets, oil drum, hub cap, cow bell.
Jonny Olsen: Vocals, egg shaker, boomwackers, pots and pans, buckets, recycle barrel, kitchen sink, tire rim, hub cap, cow bell, cookie tray, glasses, PVC tubes (didgeridoo), udu drum (Bass)
Cynthia Laroque: Background vocals
Special Notes
'Ontario' is another song with no traditional instruments. The lyrics were originally matched with a tune, but were replaced by prose, inspired by the poem/ songs of a band called 19 James from Parry Sound.
Click here for lyrics to this song

JYS Children's Book
Junkyard Symphony's
Children's Novel

Junkyard Jonny is currently in the process of writing a children's novel entitled Junkyard Jimmy and the Tyrant of Trash. The book is about four children who go on secret a mission to the Methane Mansion, a gicantic home situated in the middle of the city of Ottawa's landfill where the Tyrant of Trash lives. The children beleive the Tyrant of Trash is building a bomb to blow up the Recycling Plant so that more garbage will be diverted to his landfill and he will make more money. Their mission is to get proof of this bomb so that the authorirites can stop the evil plot, but they run into many challenging hurdles along the way.
Stay tuned for the finished product.

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