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Junkyard Symphony's Rhythm Explosion at the National Arts Centre.

Nov 14, 2021
Junkyard Symhony at the National Arts Centre
The NAC Orchestra and MASC were delighted to welcome Junkyard Jonny and Seismic Sasha from Junkyard Symphony to the NAC Azreili Studio to perform Rhythm Explosion for sold out English and French audiences. A Kinderconcert Series success! The blue and green lights really complimented Junkyard Symphony's set up, and the mask wearing volunteers were happy to join in a fun, covid safe show.

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Rhythm Explosion
National Arts Centre Kinderseries


Junkyard Symphony's Recycled Circus at the Chateau Montebello.

Nov 4, 2021
Recycled Circus at the Chateau Montebello
Compost Chris, Recycle Rylan and DJ Duct Tape Dayv pose for a photo at the Chateau Montebello. Junkyard Jonny is taking the picture. The 4 person Recycled Circus show is Junkyard Symphony at it's best as is often a favourite for corporate events. At this show Junkyard Symphony unveilled a new piece of equipment, the wheel barrow/table/drumset which worked out fabulously. It stays mostly assembled in the trailer so there is not much set involved.

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Recycled Circus
Chateau Montebello


Junkyard Symphony's Boogie Ball Building at the Byward Market.

Oct 6, 2021
Boogie Ball Building at the Byward Market
Junkyard Jonny brought Junkyard Symphony's Boogie Ball Building down to the Byward Market to audition for a busker's permit, and was successful. Boogie Ball Building is an awesome game of imagination, inspiration and artistry in which players must guess where the marble is going to land. It's a fun game for any event and definitely adds a calm ambience.

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Boogie Ball Building
Byward Market


Junkyard Symphony at Le Service de garde Les Vignerons

Oct 1, 2021
Junkyard Symphony at
Le Service de garde Les Vignerons

Juke Box Jimmy waves at the audience. The booking was a 40 minute Super Street Show for a daycare in Gatineau. The little ones had lots of fun as it was nice to finally get to see a show indoors.

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Super Street Show


Junkyard Symphony's Lunchball at the Old Aymer Streetfest.

Sept 25, 2021
Launchball at the Old Aylmer Streetfest
Junkyard Jonny added a back target to Junkyard Symphony's Launchball game and now it's even more exciting than ever. The Healthy Planet Show was also a feature of the streetfest which worked well in combination with the game. Thankfully the weather cooperated for most of the weekend, although one show was postponed due to rain. Circus Delights was also as the fest with a collection of their own facinating games. All in all it was a fun time!

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Launchball


Junkyard Symphony in Smith Falls.

Aug 24, 2021
Junkyard Symphony in Smiths Falls
Junkyard Jonny shows the audience how big his popularity is, while Juke Box Jimmy groans. It was a fun day for a community spirit event in a city park on Sussex Street. There were hot dogs, baseball and Junkyard Symphony!

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Healthy Planet


Junkyard Symphony in Perth.

Aug 21, 2021
Junkyard Symphony in Perth
Junkyard Jonny and Juke Box Jimmy set up their show in a quaint location in Stewart Park, Perth for the afternoon. The Town of Perth was bringing in performers all throughout the summer to liven up the downtown core. It was a hot sunny day but people made their way over once they heard the drumming and the fellas put on two successful shows.

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Healthy Planet


Junkyard Symphony on route to Toronto.

April 5, 2021
Junkyard Symphony on Route to Toronto
Don't you hate it when you pull into an empty parking lot and the next guy parks right beside you?

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Junkyard Symphony Travel Info


Snowslides 20201.

March 7, 2021
Snowslides 2021
Every year Junkyard Jonny builds Snowslides for the Groovy Games Getaway. This year's version consisted of 4 slides. Usually Jonny holds a party with his son Jake's school class, but due the pandemic he had to host one family at a time.

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Groovy Games Getaway


Junkyard Symphony's Virtual Venue.

Feb 26, 2021
Junkyard Symphony's Virtual Venue
Junkyard Jonny drums in his virtual studio along with his robot friend,Pinecone and his fun marble game, Chateau Roulette. Because of the pandemic, Junkyard Symphony's Virtual Vebue has become very popular. You can have the 4 person Giants of Junk show presented online as well as a Rhythm and Recyling workshop. So if an on-location show is not in the cards, try a virtual one.

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Virtual Venue


Junkyard Symphony's Rhythm Workshop in the Forest.

Dec 11, 2020
Rhythm and Recyling Workshop in the Forest
Junkyard Jonny and Juke Box Jimmy ventured into the Forest to perform a workshop for students of Collège catholique Samuel-Genest. The students certainly had lots of fun and the neighbours didn't mind. It was a great solution for a situation where the pandemic has seen most on location shows canceled. If only every school had a local forest nearby!

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Rhythm and Recyling Workshop
Collège catholique Samuel-Genest


Junkyard Symphony's Boppin Beats Buggy.

Nov 22, 2020
Junkyard Symhony's Boppin' Beats Buggy
Junkyard Symphony created a new junk contraption called the 'Boppin Beats Buggy'. The buggy is great for roving around the neighbourhood drumming up community spirit, and upon request, the performers and the buggy can make a stop for a 30 min show at the end of someone's driveway. On Nov 22 Junkyard Jonny and Compost Chris toured 4 locations in Kanata performing very successful shows. The neighbours brought out their pots and pans and buckets and happily jammed along.

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Boppin's Beats Buggy


Junkyard Symphony at Trafalgar School for Girls in Montreal.

Sept 29, 2020
JYS at Trafalgar School for Girls
Junkyard Jonny spent two weeks in the music room at Trafalgar School for Girls in Montreal teaching the girls all about rhythm. In accordation with the pandemic safety regulations everyone wore masks. Each student had their own sticks and there were rhythm games that functioned in accordance with social distancing. All in all it was a fun two weeks.

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Trafalgar School for Girls


Junkyard Symphony Giants of Junk.

Aug 19, 2020
Giants of Junk at La Nouvelle Scène
Juke Box Jimmy, Seismic Sacha and Coompost Chris do a silly dance routine as Junkyard Jonny drums in the background. Junkyard Symphony performed part of their Giants of Junk show at la Nouvelle Scène in downtown Ottawa as part of a virtual series that is being offered by MASC. Schools can have a video on demand performance followed by a live online interactive meeting with Junkyard Jonny.

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Junkyard Symphony's profile in MASC


Junkyard Symphony at the Drive-in. Junkyard Symphony at the Drive-in.

July 29, 2020
Junkyard Symphony's at the Drive In
(Left image) Junkyard Jonny and Seismic Sacha played their first Drive-in show at Wesley Clover Parks. The rain came down in buckets before the show, and the stage was slippery and 12 feet up in the air, but none the less, Jonny and Sacha put on a great show.

(Right image) Playing to cars can be a bit challenging because the only reaction they can give you is a honk of a flash of the lights, but despite their limitations, the cars seemed to really enjoy the Junkyard Symphony show. There was a lot of honking!


Junkyard Symphony Jonny does a drum solo at OWL Rafting. Junkyard Symphony's Symphony's set up at OWL Rafting .

July 17, 2020
Junkyard Symphony at OWL Rafting
(Left image) Junkyard Jonny does a fantastic solo for the excited crowds at OWL Rafting, where Junkyard Symphony is performing shows for every weekend during the summer months OWL stands for Ottawa Whitewater Leaders.

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Owl Rafting

(Right image) The show Junkyard Symphony has been performing at OWL Rafting is Launch Ball, a game in which a ball is launched into a plinko box to determine the number of spaces the player will move along a gameboard. The player will then be asked a trivia questions about OWL Rafting or the Ottawa River. If they get the question right, marbles are put down the Marble Mansion to give the player bonus points. If the player passes Go, Jonny does a fabulous trick. It's a really fun game!

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Photos of Junkyard Symphony at OWL Rafting by Chris Butler Photography



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Junkyard Symphony Roving Recylers put on a musical parade in Vanier. Junkyard Symphony's Roving Recyclers in pandemic mod .

July 13, 2020
A Percussive Pandemic Parade!
(Left image) A poster shows the parade route that Junkyard Symphony will walk to drum up spirit during the Covid-19 pandemic. Residents are encouraged to come to the bottom of the driveway and cheer on the mussical procession. The event was organized by the Centre de Services Communautaire de Vanier à Ottawa.

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CSC Vanier

(Right image) Junkyard Jonny and Seismic Sacha show off their masks and roving drums. The great part about Junkyard Symphony's Roving Recyclers is that they can play loud, so keeping a safe distance from people is not a problem.

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Roving Recyclers


Junkyard Symphony's Kanata Launch Ball League. Junkyard Symphony offering Launch Ball to Kanata dads.

July 9, 2020
Junkyard Symphony's Launch Ball League
(Left image) Recycle Roy gets ready to launch the ball. Groovy Greg (left) and Valiant Vion eagerly await their turns. Throughout the summer, Junkyard Symphony organised a free Launch Ball League for local dad's to provide emotional support and a postive fun, safe environment during difficult times. Most Thursdays the Launch Ball League gathered on Jonny's front lawn in Kanata, and had a ball! The game involves launching a ball into a plinko game, moving a cup around a playing board and answering various trivia questions.

(Right image) Dumpster Don was the winner of this week's game. The winner gets to choose the trivia category for the next week. Most of the trivia involves Canadian content such as questions about William Shatner and the Tragically Hip. Vivacious Vito (right) who is new to the neighborhood, really enjoyed the game despite comeing in last.

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Launch Ball


Junkyard Symphony's Launch Ball sign. Junkyard Symphony performs at École Sainte-Anne, Ile-du-Grand-Calumet, QC.

June 30, 2020
Junkyard Symphony's Launch Ball Sign
(Left image) Junkyard Jonny makes a new sign for a new show that Junkyard Symphony will perform at OWL Rafting in the summer. The fun part about Junkyard Symphony is not just the performing side, but the artistic building side.

June 19, 2020
Junkyard Symphony performs on Ile-du-Grand-Calumet, QC
(Right image) At École Sainte-Anne, Seismic Sacha stands beside the Tower of Junk. In the Healthy Planet show, the children must compete in a dance competition to see who gets to know down the tower with a giant big blue bouncy yoga ball. It's a lot of fun.

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The Healthy Planet Show


Junkyard Symphony's Magic Light Bulb.

April 17, 2020
Junkyard Symphony's Magic Light Bulb
Junkyard Jonny creates a magic light bulb to help his son with science class and to create material for an upcoming web show.

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Virtual Venue



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The Jonny Olsen Show at Rockland Public School.

March 3, 2020
The Jonny O Show at Rockland Public School
Junkyard Symphony produces various other shows such as the Jonny O Show, which was featured in this year's Blues in the Schools. This is a picture of Jonny's set up at Rockland Public School. The show style and rhythmic content is similar to a Junkyard Symphony show, but the set up is a traditional drum set rather than junk. The 60 min Jonny O Show is less expensive than a 60 min Junkyard Symphony show, which is in part why it was created. Junkyard Symphony's main goal is to provide quality entertainment to the community at reasonable prices, so if you cannot afford a Junkyard Symphony show, perhaps The Jonny O Show is in your budget.

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The Jonny O Show


Junkyard Symphony at Winterlude.

February 16, 2020
Junkyard Symphony at Winterlude
Junkyard Symphony set up on the canal at 5th ave for OLG and Winterlude for two shows in the afternoon. It was a warm day for winter, but Junkyard Symphony made it even warmer with their funky rhythms!


Junkyard Symphony's Funky Fiesta at Crystal Beach Lakeview Community Association Winter Carnival. Junkyard Symphony's Funky Fiesta at Crystal Beach Lakeview Community Association Winter Carnival.

Jan 27, 2020
Junkyard Symphony's Funky Fiesta at the
Crystal Beach Lakeview Community Association Winter Carnival

(Left image) Junkyard Jonny poses for a facebook promo shot. The show is about to begin at Maki House in Crystal Beach. The promo worked because the gathering room was filled to the brim.

(Right image) The set up for the Funky Fiesta show is quite extensive despite the fact that it is a solo show. It's well worth the price.

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The Funky Fiesta



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