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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


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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

Juke Box Jimmy
           Jukebox Jimmy, aka James Reid is a professional drummer born and raised just outside of Ottawa. He started his musical journey on piano at the age of 4. A few years later he fell in love with drumming and it became his main instrument. Since then he has toured 15 countries across North America and Europe including going coast-to-coast in Canada and the United States drumming for multiple different bands. James pre-dominantly plays rock but is familiar with everything from jazz and latin to metal. Outside of playing live James also works as a studio drummer for hire and streams live drum covers on his Twitch channel, drumfacejames.

James Reid

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

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

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

Eco-Ersula
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


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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

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


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