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  • Smiely Khurana

The Music of Junk

"One man's garbage is another man's gold."

On this episode, I chat with musician, songwriter and actor Paul Snider who tells me how he has taken this quote and belief and sparked a beautiful revolution on stage.

Photo Credits: The Music of Junk

"The Music of Junk" is an original musical composed by Paul himself, featuring the performance of original music on instruments crafted from junk and recycled materials, and have played in theatres and venues around British Columbia.

Photo Credits: The Music of Junk

Learn Paul's story on how he came up with this idea and where that has taken him. Check out The Music of Junk website to learn more about the musical experience.

About Paul:

Paul Snider is an actor / musician / songwriter. After graduating with a Joint Honours Music and Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo, he wrote software for computer companies while pursuing his performance career in theatre. In 1997 he moved to Vancouver with a software start-up company and helped build it to one of the fastest growing technology companies in BC, being named one of “Business In Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40”.

As a working actor, Paul has appeared in over 40 short films and commercials over the past decade. His current short film The Castle is in post-production and will hit the film festival circuit in 2018.

Paul experimented with creating music from different sounds when he produced a rendition of ‘O Canada’ using only Canadian animal sounds during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and later produced a unique music video using only sounds he recorded on a backpacking trip through Eastern Europe.

Extending this concept, Paul created a new musical Junk! The Musical which is his original music played by his orchestra of original instruments made from recycled junk, which debuted at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, September 2014. The remounting of this show was called The Music of Junk and has performed at such theatres as The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island in Vancouver, The 1,260-seat Massey Theatre in New Westminster, BC, the Telus World of Science, the 800-seat Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, BC, and at The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge, BC. Paul is currently focused on taking the show to international audiences.

Photo Credits: The Music of Junk

Currently Paul is working on his latest project "The Orchestra of Sound" a one-man show where he brings in sounds from the world around us, as well as using instruments built from recycled materials, to perform his original music. Check out the concept here.

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