Total Raised: $10,075
Total raised in 2017: $10,005
Pledge RJ Conspiracy so they might have a better chance at winning Battle of the Bands for Wellspring.
Formed in 2012, for the Wellspring Battle, and with a few changes over the years, The RJ Conspiracy “Version 3.0”, is looking forward to defending the Paul Stanley Cup against some awesome bands and putting on a great show! Bring it On! This year, we’ll be Rockin’ out to a set line up featuring all Canadian artists. Covering five decades of great Canadian Music. Thanks to our Main sponsor, Versabank, and to all our friends who have supported the band over the years. Congratulations to the staff and volunteers at Wellspring! Here’s to our first $1,000,000!
Rick Jankura – Lead Vocals and Percussion
Dave Whitney – Lead Guitar
Matteo Pauselli – Rhythm Guitar – Backup vocals
Joan Whitney – Bass
Joe O’Neill – Drums
Rick “the RJ in RJ” Jankura – Every once in a while they let Rick out of his cage for a little play time. No one is more surprised than Rick to learn that he is a casual rock n’ roll crooner. Big Popi has finally convinced him to accept his hairline as it is and retire his collection of showtime wigs. He is a lover of classic rock who looks forward to kicking back and performing from time to time with a group of talented musicians whose chance for Bieber-like stardom has passed them by.
Joe “Big Popi” O’Neill – Leader of “The Conspiracy”, engine of the band, father confessor and dubious role model for the kids. The only member of the band to have actually been at a Beatles concert. Having now passed the half century mark behind the kit, he has finally learned the secret – “hit’em hard – they don’t hit back”. He has also learned a lot about music from his much younger colleagues. The band has really become great therapy for on-setting old age. It’s mostly therapeutic now.
Matteo “Tater” Pauselli – Growing up in the cold wilderness of North Western Ontario, Matteo didn’t have much to do other than play guitar. Some of his influences are Eric Johnston, BB King, and Joe Satriani. His favourite spot is to sit in the groove with the drummer and bass player. The band hasn’t caught on yet, but if you look close, his amp is connected to an old Sony Walkman with a Credence tape stuck in it and his guitar cable is actually a Twizzler he snacks on to regain energy from Pete Townshend style stage acrobatics.
Joan “Jett” Whitney – In 1986 Joan “Jett” Whitney left her gig with a touring rock band to settle down and marry Dave “Spaceman” Whitney. Before joining the RJ Conspiracy she travelled with a polka/swing dance band playing numerous weekend engagements across southern Ontario and is a veteran of many Oktoberfests. Joan also plays bass in “Lobster Boy”, a joint project with her aspiring husband, “Spaceman”.
Dave “Spaceman” Whitney – Dave “Spaceman” Whitney decided to become more serious about playing the guitar at the ripe age of 49 and made his first appearance on stage on his 50th birthday. Since then, he has been playing guitar at various events with his band, Lobster Boy, as well as the RJ Conspiracy. Dave is a graduate of the Music Industry Arts Program at Fanshawe College.