Jonny plays percussion


          In his teens Jonny became fascinated with the art of juggling and began tossing just about anything he could into the air, from socks to water jugs to plungers, to cigar boxes. He then learned to balance on all kinds of precarious contraptions, such as a unicycle, a free standing ladder or a rolo-bolo on top of a tower of buckets. Finally he learned to balance all sorts of odd objects on his nose, like hats, ladders, chairs and basketballs nets. It is this diversity that makes Jonny insanely fun to watch.
          But even before he learned to juggle, Jonny discovered the magic of rhythm at the age of four when he first banged away on his family's garbage cans. Since then he has been drumming on absolutely everything and the kitchen sink. Founder of the well-known Ottawa junk percussion group 'Junkyard Symphony', Jonny has spent the last two decades playing drums and percussion in every style of band, from Disco to Soul, Jazz, Rock, Celtic, Folk and Blues and has become known as one of the most innovative and busiest musicians in town. In his twenties he hosted a percussion radio show on CHUO called 'Drum or Die' which featured marvelous percussive music from all around the world, and he has himself traveled the world with Junkyard Symphony, showcasing his awesome ingenious and explosive percussion and juggling talents.
          And even before he learned to juggle and drum, Jonny became an artist at the age of two when he scribbled a fantastic funky mural on his kitchen walls with crayons to his mother's delight. After a wonderfully productive and creative childhood he eventually moved on to major in Environmental Studies and minor in Art at the University of Waterloo where he convinced his Environmental Studies Professor to allow him to paint his thesis instead of writing it. Since then he has been drawing and painting fantastically bright compositions that showcase decorative movement in a rhythmical fashion.
          Now Jonny brings a new exciting show to the masses called the Jonny O Show which combines his drumming, juggling and artistic talents in a funky fashion that dazzles viewers with his fantastic skills, and lifts their spirits with his crazy comedy, boundless energy and his heart warming message... rhythm is life, and life is rhythm.

Jonny O starting the show

          The theme of the Jonny O Show is "Life is Rhythm", a creative examination of how our inner primal rhythms can be channeled to better our daily activities. "Rhythm is infectious, and those that understand it are primed to succeed in life."
          Armed with a fortress of drums, percussion, juggling and artistic props, Jonny O performs an amazing 60 minute rhythmical show that will know your socks off and make your soul come alive. Participants learn the importance of rhythm in music and life, such as tempo, beat, dynamics, quarter notes, eight notes, half notes, whole notes as well as syncopated rhythms. Add in a cheer sign and a few rhythmic games and theshow becomes a veritable 'Stomp' for students.
           "Life is Rhythm" is perfect for school, corporate, theatrical and community activities. Contact Jonny for pricing and availability.


Jonny O plays an awesome drumset.
Jonny plays awesome drums.

The set up includes various juggling gear.
The set-up.

As well as lots of fun percussion.
Percussion.

And there are lots of theatrical antics, like air guitar playing.
Jonny O playing air guitar.


Jonny O also does Rhythm Workshops.
Rhythm Workshops.

Each student gets a bucket drum with sticks and a shaker.
bucket drums.

Show Details
Show Description: The theme of the Jonny O Show is "Life is Rhythm", a creative examination of how our inner primal rhythms can be channeled to better our daily activities. "Rhythm is infectious, and those that understand it are primed to succeed in life." Armed with a fortress of drums, percussion, juggling and artistic props, Jonny O performs an amazing 60 minute rhythmical show that will know your socks off and make your soul come alive. Participants learn the importance of rhythm in music and life, such as tempo, beat, dynamics, quarter notes, eight notes, half notes, whole notes as well as syncopated rhythms. Add in a cheer sign and a few rhythmic games and theshow becomes a veritable 'Stomp' for students.
Show length: 60 mins
Set up/tear down time: 45 minutes
Ages: All
Space needed: Gym or large room, 15 feet long by 5 feet deep performance space
Max participants: 400 for a school or daycamp, unlimited for a business, festival or theatre

Price:
$300 (charity/community/daycares/ after school programs)
$400 (schools)
$500 (busines/fesitvals)
Each additional show in the same location is half price.

Workshop Details
Workshop Description: In a drum circle fashion Jonny O takes all the elements of his rhythm show and teaches them in greater detail. Each participant has a pair of sticks, a shaker and a bucket drum. Students will get to partake in fun rhythm excercises, awesome rhtyhm games and come to the center of the cirlce to display their special rhtyhmical talents.
Workshop length: 60 mins
Set up/tear down time: 45 minutes
Ages: All
Space needed: gym, library or classroom (tables pushed to the side)
Max participants: 30

Special note: $25 off workshop price if you also book a show.

Price for 1 workshop:
$125 (charity/community/daycares/ after school programs)
$150 (schools)
$175 (busines/fesitvals)

Price for 2 workshops:
$200(charity/community/daycares/ after school programs)
$225(schools)
$250 (busines/fesitvals)

Price for 3 workshops:
$250 (charity/community/daycares/ after school programs)
$275(schools)
$300 (busines/fesitvals)

Contact Jonny
Contact Info

         Jonny Olsen lives in Ottawa, Canada His primary job is variety performer for an eco/entertainment company called Junkyard Symphony, but he is also available for Jonny O Shows. The Jonny O Show is booked by Junkyard Symphony. Please contact:

junkyardjonny@junkyardsymphony.com
You can call him at
(613)-298-5865
or send corredspondece to:
78 Tamblyn Cres
Ottawa, Ontario, K2L-3A4