Grooveyard is a Toronto based band with a an unmatched energy, and a repertoire that ranges from classic funk, r&b, and soul, to current pop, reggae, classic rock, jazz, and everything in between. Together for 20 years, the band has literally delighted thousands of corporate and social event clients, and is always committed to keeping the dance floor packed and listeners impressed at the quality of the band’s musicianship. The band is more than great music, it’s a collective of musicians who understand events and crowds, and are happy to share their many observations on what makes a great event!
Grooveyard is normally a 6-piece band (male singer ( who can play sax), female singer, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards) although for many events the band expands to add a horn section (8-piece) or even a percussionist (bongos, congas, etc) or extra backup singers to create a 9 or 10-piece band. For smaller, more intimate events, the band also performs as a 3-5 piece group. Grooveyard’s fees are calculated based on the number of hours the band performs x the number of musicians, so we can usually find a way to fit your budget. Grooveyard charges a four hour minimum, not including wedding ceremonies and cocktails, and depending on the circumstance (e.g. covering gas for travel out of town) there may be additional charges on a case by case basis.
Grooveyard is made up of great musicians who are also friends and genuinely enjoy playing together. All of the band’s music is chosen and learned collectively so that the band is able to switch seamlessly from one song to another without stopping, and there is very little reliance on sheet music. Our goal is to keep the dancing continuous, and any client who has hired us knows how hard the band works to deliver a great night!
Grooveyard does a huge variety of events, and alongside the many parties and weddings the band has done, its corporate clients include Raymond James Financial Services, The CFL Grey Cup Festivities, TSN, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and the band was even hired as the after-show group for guitarist Trey Anastasio (Phish).
We can provide both traditional and non-traditional music for wedding ceremonies (usually done as some kind of duo (e.g. acoustic guitar and flute or clarinet or vocal) and clients are encouraged to choose music that is personal (ranging from classical music to jazz to religious music to the Beatles to modern pop). If a client chooses music we don’t know, we will learn it! For cocktails we usually provide a jazz trio featuring guitar, upright bass, and saxophone, with vocals as an option. The trio performs an eclectic mix of music, and has a bit more presence than solo piano, which is also an option. We always ensure the music and the volume is appropriate to the situation.
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