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This package caters to fundraising campaigns for schools and community organisations that have booked a Junkyard Symphony performance within the last 12 months.
Program length: 4 hrs
Number of artists: 4
Leader: Junkyard Jonny
Home base: Ottawa
Set up/tear down time: 90 minutes
Description: Junkyard Symphony's favourite number is 4, or as they say, "fou-ive"! The number 4 corresponds to the number of words in their motto: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rock! Thus, Junkyard Symphony has come up with a 4 hour fun fundraising program called Junkyard Symphony's Great Garage Sale. The Great Garage Sale provides 4 fantastic services: 4 super 30-min duo shows, four groovy games, four tables full of garage-sale goodies to donate to the client's fundraising campaign and 4 awesome artists to run the 4 games, 4 garage sale tables and 4 shows. The client may also ask other families to contribute to the garage sale in a 50/50 format, as in, 50% of the earnings go to the client and 50% to the families. In return, once the event is over, the client can donate a percentage of the profits to Junkyard Symphony according to whatever the client thinks is appropriate. There is no wrong amount. Junkyard Symphony loves to support its community and is happy to have the bulk of the funds go to the client.
Ages: All
Space needed: 25 feet deep x 40 feet wide for show gear, 4 garage sale tables and 4 games
Materials needed: 4 tables
Max participants: No Max.
Environment: Outdoors or indoors. An indoor option will be necessary in case of unfavourable weather.

Each show will be slightly different
Junkyard Symphony's Super Show.

Junkyard Symphony's Super Show.

Made from reused materials
Ottawa Toy and Game Expo

Junkyard Symphony's Groovy Games.

Junkyard Symphony's Groovy Games.

Mostly toys but a good collection of trinkets for adults too
Junkyard Symphony's Garage Sale Goodies.

Thes talented artists know how to present great entertainment
Junkyard Symphony's Awesome Artists.



Junkyard Symphony at the Ottawa Public Library, Centrepointe Branch, July 7, 2018.

Junkyard Symphony in Montreal, Biblioteque des Jeunes.

Junkyard Symphony in Carleton Place July 13, 2011.

Junkyard Symphony at Caldwell Street Public School.

Junkyard Jonny spins the diabolo.

Junkyard Jonny tosses the diabolo.

Jonny juggles tennis balls.

Kids enjoy the tricks.

Ooops! Jonny drops a ball.

Jonny performs a cigar box routine.

Jonny jumps.

Jonny catches a ball in a cup from a pole.

The pole gets higher.

Junkyard Jonny celebrates. Marvelous Mark plays a beat.

Jonny becomes a junk monster. A boy defends himself.

Jonny juggles jugs.

Watchout for the junkmonster. Junkyard Jonny introduces the show.

Jonny juggles plungers. The cheerleader watches.

Jonny shows the cheerleader how to cue the crowd.

Jonny asks a volunteer her name.

A proud mom takes a picture. The cheerleader cues the crowd.

Jonny shows a volunteer how to move and shake like Santa.

Jonny throws a hoola hoop over a gril dresses as a Christmas tree.

The kids certainly have a lot of fun.

Marvelous Mark keeps the  beat.

Don't worry. The plungers are clean.

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We used the Junkyard Symphony performance as a springboard to inspire our students to create musical instruments out of recycled materials.
Pat Ollivier (Teacher), Christie Public School, Ottawa.

This activity gave the students an opportunity to see and experience something they would not normally see (low socio economic background + ESL).
A. Colborn (Teacher), Charles H. Hulse Public School, Ottawa.

Many volunteers were able to get involved and the whole school participated regularly in the music.
Sue McCourt (Teacher), Our lady of Fatima Catholic School, Belleville.

The Junkyard Symphony Show was an exciting and original musical presentation! We consider ourselves ever so fortunate to have had Junkyard Symphony visit the far "North".
Jane Austin (Teacher), Bobcaygeon Public School

Overall this was a great performance. Both the students and staff were actively engaged in various rhythmic activities. Junkyard Jonny and Trashcan Tony were both humorous and talented.
Heidi Robinson (Teacher), St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic School, Arnprior.

Junkyard Symphony is wonderful, engaging, interactive and well priced. They encouraged the children to use their creative talents to make a difference in the world. We need to constantly remind children of how important music is and encourage various forms of it.
Rita Kevin (Teacher), Parkwood Hills public school, Ottawa.

Junkyard Symphony showed excellent management skills. They were able to keep various ages engaged visually, musically and kinaesthetically. This activity provided ideas to further appreciate and participate in music, art, and environmental studies.
Debbie Lewis (Teacher), St. James Catholic School.

Junkyard Symphony was awesome! They involved children and parents. I received very positive and enthusiastic comments about the event.
Anne Marie Carroll (Teacher), St. Thomas Moore School, Ottawa.

I was amazed at the sound that came from reused materials. It could have been an expensive drum set and would have sounded the same. As a teacher this proved to me that even without $ we can make music.
Nancy Thompson (Teacher), Queen Elizabeth School,Perth.

Junkyard Symphony is amazing! My students loved it!
M Monsebraaten (teacher), Elmdale Public School, Ottawa.

The students were glued, and entranced by Junkyard Symphony right from the start.
Dawn Exner (teacher), Mother Teresa Catholic School, Russell.

The performance was phenomenal and I would highly recommend Junkyard Symphony for any school.
Ray Westendorp (Principal), Merrickville Public School, Merrickville.

Junkyard Symphony brought music appreciation and environmental awareness to our students and made it so much fun for us all!
Kristine Maclaren (Music Teacher), Smith's Falls High School, Smith's Falls.

The children, parents and staff really enjoyed themselves. Junkyard Symphony's entertainment helped turn a cold, wet day into an evening of laughter. Everyone will be talking about it for some time to come.
Nancy Marshall (Director), Carelton Preschool, Ottawa.

Junkyard Symphony entertained an audience of 150 students with an eclectic array of percussive instruments and acrobatic skill while teaching about basic music concepts and environmental awareness.
Kristine MacLaren (Music Director), SFDCI, Smiths Falls, ON.

Junkyard Symphony's workshops were a fabulous day of learning and fun, and all the students and staff appreciated it immensely.
Lisa Cuypers (Chairperson), St. Francis of Assisi School Council, Petawawa, ON.

The performers gave an outstanding presentation, one in which every child and teacher in the room was completely engaged. The hour-long presentation flew by all too quickly, a sign of our sheer enjoyment. It was just wonderful to see those in attendance laughing, clapping and participation in Junkyard Symphony's unique and very entertaining musical presentation and environmentally-friendly message.
Liz McGillis (Teacher), Sacred Heart Catholic School, Cornwall, ON.

Junkyard Symphony successfully kept all our audience members interested and entertained with their very high energy performance while showing everyone that recycling is not only important but can be fun as well.
Kieran Kennedy (Principal), East Front Publisc School, Cornwall, ON.

Junkyard Symphony was able to bring the students out of their shells and willing to participate. Everyone left with a smile.
Kristine MacLaren (Music Teacher), Smiths Falls District High School, Smiths Falls, ON.

The interaction with the students and dynamic personalities of the presenters will have a lasting impact on the students.
Jennifer Larch (Teacher), Heritage Public School, Navan, ON.

There were a lot of '"Wow" comments and "Awesome" quotes and "Will they come back again?"
Rebecca Holly (Teacher), Holy Name School, Pembroke, ON.

This was a brilliant performance. Hilarious ways to engage students! Super!"
S Brannan (Teacher), Holy Name School, Pembroke, ON.

By combining the arts with the message of recycling, Junkyard Symphony helped me discover how easy it is to teach curriculum itens through music and dance.
Emilee Lahey (Teacher), Pineview Public School, Pembroke, ON

By combining the arts with the message of recycling, Junkyard Symphony helped me discover how easy it is to teach curriculum items through music and dance.
Emilee Lahey (Teacher), Pineview Public School, Pembroke, ON

Junkyard Symphony was effective in their use of non verbal communication. Their ability to maintain a high level of student interest and participation gave the show an excellent momentum.
Anna Tripard (Teacher), Pembroke Public School, Pembroke, ON

Outstanding, Engaging!
Marisol E. Kwai (Teacher), Pinecrest Public School, Ottawa, ON

It was funny when Junkyard Symphony called up the little boy and told him to hold the cheer box. I have to admit, it is pretty amazing the way those guys make all those instruments out of all that garbage or junk. I like the guy that was on the rolling thing on the board juggling those water bottles that were huge.
Rylea Rea (Student), Lady Mackenzie Public School

I am pretty impressed. Like, they rock!!! :)
Dora Alemdag (Student), Trillium Public School, Ottawa

I thought Junkyard Symphony was amazing! I loved Trashcan Tony's rhythms and drum playing and I also loved Junkyard Jonny's humour. I am the kind of peson who always recycles and I do compposting. I think lots of the younger kids will start recycling more because of Junkyard Symphony. They make helping the environement fun.
Kali Catterall (Student), Throndale Elementary, Pierrefonds, QC

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