The Music of Junk

Paul Snider

Paul Snider is an actor / musician / song-writer. 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”. In 2009 he departed the software industry completely to work fulltime on his entertainment projects. He wrote a sung-through musical called The Curtain, a love story between an East Berlin woman and an American man during the fall of the Berlin Wall. He wrote, produced, directed, scored and starred in his feature film Everywhere But Here and his short film The Walk, both of which were selected for film festivals, the latter winning multiple awards and having screened in Los Angeles, Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver and New York. 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.

Paul is also the builder of the Street Beats Wall of Sound built from found objects and recycled materials, which was installed at various locations in Vancouver, BC.


Thea Award Nomination: Best Original Music, The Boys Next Door, Toronto

Thea Award: Best Ensemble Performance, The Boys Next Door, Toronto

Top 40 Under 40: Business In Vancouver, Vancouver

Best Actor: The Walk, Creative Arts Film Festival, Vancouver

Best Director: The Walk, Creative Arts Film Festival, Vancouver

Best Short Thriller Film: The Walk, Creative Arts Film Festival, Vancouver

Award of Excellence: The Walk, Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver

Royal Gala Award: Better Than Me, Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver

First Runner-Up, Short Narrative Competition: Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival, Winnipeg

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