Any great event is the sum of all of its parts: the gorgeous venue, the delicious food, the fabulous decor, and of course, the live music! Not only can the perfect tunes set the tone for your event, they can make all the difference between a dry ordeal or sizzling and dynamic soirée! Lucky for us, Toronto is brimming with tons of amazing live bands that are ready to take that event of yours up the next level.
Whether your celebration calls for the classic sounds of yesteryear, or the infectious bops of today’s Top 40, these live bands will work with you to curate the perfect soundtrack guaranteed to have your guests grooving late into the night (and, for those aspiring crooners out there, they can even work in your cameo appearance much to the delight of your guests!). To help kick start your search, we’ve rounded up the most highly reviewed live bands on EventSource.
Electric Blonde is a dynamic group of Toronto based musicians with a wealth of experience when it comes to moving a crowd. Playing all kinds of music from top 40 to classic rock to funk and motown, the goal of this band is to keep the audience dancing and singing along all night long. With the ability to perform in any configuration from an acoustic duo, all the way up to a 10 piece band, complete with horns and a DJ, Electric Blonde will even provide their our own sound and lighting – talk about the complete package! Tailoring each set to every event based on who’s dancing, your guests are sure to leave with sore feet and a smile on their face!
Brent Miller LIVE
Led by Brent Miller on vocals/piano with his wife Sarah on stand-up bass, our friends at Brent Miller LIVE can boldly perform any song from any genre, and turn them into beautiful ceremony songs, jazzy and upbeat cocktail music, romantic and meaningful first dances or fun and inspired party songs! Want to hear Nelly performed as a heart-warming slow ballad? This band has you covered! Featuring a variety of musical line-ups including drums, violins, guitar, saxophone, and female vocalists in a variety of shapes and sizes, these guys definitely fit every event uniquely.
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The DNA Project
As the saying goes, love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life – and this holds true for the team at The DNA Project! They take immense pride in providing their audience with the highest quality of music. Their versatile catalog includes R&B, Reggae, Top40’s, Disco, Funk, Gospel, Classic Rock, Old School, Smooth Jazz, Classical and more! Instead of just adding live music to your event, the band will work closely with the client to create the perfect musical solution for each individual event based on personal preferences. Can’t go wrong with that!
Providing live music for any portion of any event, the tight-knit collective that is Stereoflavour Entertainment will perform at any capacity ranging from soloists up to 12-piece dance bands! From funky fresh Motown classics to classic rock, R&B and Top 40, they play it all…they’re even a little bit country! Stereoflavour prides themselves on their versatility and vibe – they love what they do, and it shows! Whatever type of live entertainment you might be looking for, they’ll bring the flavour (pun intended) your event needs!
The classic sounds of Motown, Pop, Top 40, Soul & R&B are the inspiration behind Soular‘s sound! With over 10 years of experience, these guys will perform all your favourite songs with a passion and energy that moves people to hit the dance floor! Added bonus: their instrumental and genre arsenal is enormous! So yea, you can rest assured that your event will be bopping!
Led by musical director Dan Willer, Willer Music is a group of talented musicians and DJ’s. Performing in various combinations, the team has hundreds of weddings, corporate events, back yard bbq’s, festivals, and other private and public events under their belt. When you reach out to Dan for your upcoming event, he will tailor his choice of musicians to suit your specific event. Whether that’s a solo guitarist or pianist, a classical duo, a jazz quartet, an exciting 6-piece R&B band, or anything in between, they’ll give you the right kind of music for your function!
Toronto Jazz Collective
The Toronto Jazz Collective is an award winning music collective that is made up of a large group of friends who studied music performance at Humber College and U of T together over the years. They truly love performing live and enjoy putting their own twist on your favourite songs across all genres such as Moondance, Shake it Off, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Uptown Funk, Smells like Teen Spirit, Wonderwall… to name a few! Whatever the event requires, these guys have the perfect small or large group of musicians for it!
St. Kitts Music
St. Kitts Music produced their Magic of Motown show in 1990! Their inspirational show is engaging, vibrant and fun, and features Motown hits by The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Jackson Five and more. The Magic of Motown Show transports you back in time with powerful, harmonic voices delivering pure sensational sounds of classic Motown! You simply ‘have to’ dance! If Motown is up your alley, you’ll definitely want to call these guys for your next event!
The Digs are a group of musicians and friends who have been playing and performing together for over a decade. From their time studying music together at Humber College to their 5 year residency at The Drake Hotel and beyond, they have developed a deep connection to each other and to the music they play. This allows them to bring a kind of infectious joy and energy to the stage that reaches out, grabs audience attention and gives them a night they won’t forget.
The Intentions are one band. They perform for only one couple on any given night, playing Motown’s biggest hits and Soul classics almost exclusively. Their energy hits hard, delivering a throwback dance party with songs that are cherished by everyone and make the dance floor irresistible. Offering medium to large size live bands (7-11 pieces), as well as a vocal ensemble, jazz band, DJ and production, The Intentions provide beautiful and dynamic wedding entertainment from start to finish!
Lauren Roy Entertainment
Led by Lauren Roy, the team at Lauren Roy Entertainment (and their flagship projects SteelRiver & Southbound Soul) have a crazy passion for creating the perfect soundtrack for the your upcoming special event. They’ve been known to crush a dance floor, put their own spin on your old favourite jams and be the non-cheesy alternative to your classic wedding band! Specializing in all that is live music you’re guaranteed to find a package to meet your every need from guest arrival to departure!
ONQ Live Entertainment
Based in Toronto, the team at ONQ Live Entertainment are a diverse collection of world-class live entertainers, gathered from around the globe. From solo artists and duos to 10-piece musical groups covering every genre of music (and believe us, their talent roster is huge!), you’re sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for to suit your event with the team at ONQ!
Bongo & B
With a fierce stage presence, commanding vocals and a tinge of the classic rock flair, Bongo & B Entertainment‘s Top 40 Rock Band is a unique blend of all the things that make you want to dance all night long. The group formed many years ago performing in bars across the city and quickly made a name for themselves as a top cover band. Adding their unique rock twist to modern pop songs like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep'”, they instantly became a featured act and quickly stood out from the rest of the standardized cover bands. You’ll definitely want to check these guys out!
Full of fresh energy, Memory Lane is an event show band who will provide interactive entertainment and music for a variety of events. From an intimate 3-piece set up for a cocktail reception to a grand 12 piece production, this group of musicians is completely flexible and scale-able based on your requirements and size of your event. As the name suggests, Memory Lane uses a musical library of many rock & roll and old school hits including disco & 80s. Together with a mix of new pop and Top 40 tunes, the band ensures that the clients and their guests are actively entertained.