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Best Wedding DJs, MCs and Bands in Toronto and GTA 2022

Wedding DJ and Band

Wedding DJing is a lovely art form, and everyone has their personal preferences and flair. We’re here to assist you in finding the most professional and certified wedding DJs and bands in Toronto and the GTA. We opted to rank these DJs alphabetically because each has its style and expertise. Here is the list that Best for Bride has selected the Top Wedding DJs in Toronto and the GTA. So go ahead and explore these magnificent DJ artists!

If you are a wedding DJ or band and you believe you deserve to be included in the Top Wedding DJ’s and Bands in Toronto and GTA area, please email us the following information at topten@bestforbride.com to be considered: why we should choose you, a unique description of your business (200-500 words), logo, links to your website and social media, 3-5 examples of your work to be featured. This feature is free of cost because if you can pay to list, then is it really the best business?

Double DJ

Double DJ has been offering quality entertainment to the GTA and Southern/Central Ontario since 1995, and ensuring that brides, grooms, and their family and friend have a great time on the dance floor.

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We keep things simple – we don’t offer photo booths, videographers, limousines, or tap dancing dalmatians (as AWESOME as that would be), but we do have a great network of contacts that can help with any of these services, and do a phenomenal job at your wedding. Letting them do what they do best allows us to focus on our expertise – we play the music you and your guests are looking for, with a variety of lighting and special effect packages to help enhance the ambiance of your night.

You may have seen me on Season 1 of Slice Network’s “Wedding SOS”, outside the Rogers Centre DJing at Toronto Argos games or the 100th Grey Cup festivities, and even ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey mentioned what a great time she had at her wedding at Casa Loma (Yup…I was there too!)

I have also been a guest on Newstalk 1010 radio, talking about issues such as DJ and music licensing, and fun things like fun engagement stories and DJing at a candy factory on Hallowe’en! I am also part of the Canadian Disc Jockey Association’s GTA Chapter, and the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association.

We offer fair, straightforward pricing. I know my wife and I hated when a price for a service would jump up, just because it was a wedding.

Double DJ Services is fully insured and music is appropriately licensed for professional use.

As a member of the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association, the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, and an A+ accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, you can rest assured that you are working with a professional company with high standards and ethics, that will make sure you are happy.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. All you have to do is make the invitations…..we will make it a party!

Website: www.doubledj.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/doubledjmusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/doubledjmusic

EC4UEVENTS

David J Nicho, a 20+ year veteran in the event servicing business, has been providing  exceptional client first servicing across Ontario

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Through his business EC4UEVENTS, David and his team take pride in ensuring their services are tailored to the needs and wants of their clients. Regardless of the event requirements, David and his team have the right sound for you. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ec4uevents/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ec4uevents/

Maximum Music

We are a team of fun, professional DJs and MCs with a back office of experienced party planners specializing in weddings.  Based out of Toronto we serve over 150 prestigious events a year.

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We have earned preferred vendor status at many of Toronto’s premier wedding venues. In addition, we have been featured on BlogTO’s list of top 10 wedding DJs in Toronto. We have recently been awarded the distinction of the most popular wedding DJ in Toronto by Wedding Industry Experts, as voted for by our clients!  We provide an unmatched level of customer service and a team of classy, professional DJs playing the music couples want to hear.

This means that you will be working with a team of skilled wedding professionals — who have planned thousands of weddings — from the first email to the last dance and beyond. In addition, you will work with a DJ who has provided music and MC duties for hundreds of weddings, knows your venue and is entirely focused on you, your guests and your music!

Our DJ will be prepared, professional, well dressed, early and ready to impress! 

We make sure that couples don’t have to worry about a thing.  All of the details are meticulously prepared ahead of time by our staff.  Our DJ will be well informed on every piece, big and small, which means you can focus on what is essential!

Packing your dance floor with guests of all ages creates memorable moments for you… that’s what we do this!  You have a vision for your special day, and we help bring your dreams to life. Each wedding celebration is customized down to the very last detail. We understand how important your wedding day is, and we take great lengths to ensure a stress-free experience. With our easy-to-use online wedding planner and music selection tools, we will cover every detail weeks before the wedding (but you can still edit everything up until one week before.  We know sometimes those last-minute changes are just unavoidable). In addition, our experienced team of entertainment professionals will help you celebrate your wedding.  We take pride in our modern style and approach without resorting to cheesy, uncomfortable, and outdated DJ techniques.

Polished, professional, and personal. That’s what you’ll remember about us.  No sequin vests, conga lines, or corny DJ voices.  We are DJs for fun-loving & easy-going modern couples. Is that you?

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Website: https://maximumdj.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maximum.dj/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaximumDJToronto/

Perpetual Rhythms Entertainment

I have been a professional DJ and MC for over 40 years, far longer than almost any DJ service in Canada. This experience means I’ve seen what others have not yet, and know what to do in any situation.

My technical background is based on my degree in electrical and acoustics engineering, putting technical expertise at the wedding, not back at the office. I own the best sound system in the business. Every other DJ bought the fad, and 100% of them are fundamentally designed to fail without notice. I don’t understand how DJs chose to know so little and refuse to learn the technical stuff. Instead, they plug and pray (not a typo). Our system can fill a space with twice the coverage at half the loudness, so guests stay in the room and not disappear to the lobby, killing the dance floor energy.

We bring a full backup of everything – enough gear to run another event, in another room, at the same time, and we’ve done it twice when the other client’s DJ didn’t bother to show up. We own our equipment outright. We don’t rent. Other DJs rent or have old, worn equipment or their DJs go to a warehouse to grab what they need, only to find broken cables, etc., as reported to me by more than one of the DJs working for the other companies on your list. If real clients knew only the truth!!! We maintain our gear in mint condition and never stress it; leave it in a trailer (subject to temperature/moisture damage). We are licensed and insured, which most DJs are, but it bears mentioning for completeness.

While our music library is as updated as to any other DJ, with more new releases in a week than we could play all night, we differ from other DJs in that we promote and play up to 100% requests before we even pick one song. The notion of reading a crowd is so ridiculous. No one can look at a guest and know what music they like. Our process creates engagement, participation and ensures the guests hear the music they want to hear, not what some ego-headed DJ thinks they want. I don’t buy this idea, and since we started, this has worked better than any pre-planned playlist of crowd reading. Most DJs ooze confidence or at least ego disguised as confidence. They’re the star of the show. No us. The client is the star. We facilitate their event to be a guest, not micro-managed and worried. This attitude creates a very different feel for the client, bride and groom, corporate event team, etc. It matters how THEY feel, not us. When something happens, ego fails, where actual knowledge and experience come to the rescue. 9) Many DJs are desperate, owing in part to COVID. W are financially resilient and able to maintain our equipment, music, license and insurance despite doing 25% as many bookings as 2019. As such, many DJs grab any booking they can, at any price. Sadly, they underprice, underdeliver, or under cost and find a better booking and subcontract. We know this because I’ve worked for many DJ companies who call at the last minute looking for help when they knew they couldn’t make the booking since they took the booking. We don’t take this “Grab and Hope” business model. Our clients book us because, among 40 reasons, we commit, regardless of price or scope, because it’s a matter of integrity. We meet our clients in person. Some of these DJs are purely online, so clients book with colossal risk misled to believe the DJ company is in Toronto, when in fact, they are based in another province! If only they knew.

We offer the most emotionally engaging event experience, so far beyond what other DJs provide in terms of wedding highlights. They settle for 8, and we deliver over 38. The result is a better wedding, more fun, more moments, more memories and the photos prove it. All of our online reviews and video testimonials are genuine, and we also have written letters from hundreds of clients initially. In an online world, we know many businesses that offer a gift card to a coffee shop; for example, random people leave a review. Sadly, this corrupts the whole process, so clients need to do their due diligence, not take the word of a total stranger who has no skin in the client’s game. We still invite clients to learn and send comprehensive responses to their inquiries despite our authentic reviews. Then, they make a truly informed decision, and we are proud to say we get paid far more than our competition because our clients were something radically better – Perpetual Rhythms is that and more.

I am also a certified wedding planner. Combined with my engineering mindset, I offer clients the opportunity to save thousands of dollars on their entire wedding. We’ve studied the industry for decades, discovered the top 7 mistakes couples make and created a unique solution to help them plan a better marriage and more than we even charge to DJ it. Essentially, we are then FREE. 

I am also a wedding officiant, something the other DJs don’t offer. This creates a better, more streamlined wedding ceremony, stress-free day, end to end, and brings the entire event experience to bear, start to finish. We bring extensive lighting – more than any other DJ. They seem focused on minimalism. We go big, with more lighting, to create great ambiance and energy. Our lights are computer-controlled and time synced to the music, and we’ve seen the set it and forget offerings of other DJs, and there’s simply no comparison. I also wrote a book for DJs about lighting to increase their business as part of a series of 14 books I registered in the DJ space. My goal was to help raise the bar, so clients get better DJs. 

Website: https://perpetualrhythms.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerpetualRhythmsDJs

QA Entertainment

I hold the art and trade of DJing in such a high regard for multiple reasons.

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My father was a DJ, so it helped put food on the table for my family, and I’ve considered myself a DJ from early childhood through descendancy.  My childhood memories consisted of observing my dad DJ and experiencing good music’s impact on people. So it’s safe to say I was born with a turntable at my fingertips and a piece in my soul. I understand the art of music, and it runs deep within me. 

It also helped pay my way through school to become a Respiratory Therapist, a profession that I walked away from because my passion for DJing exceeded healthcare.  Playing music is also therapeutic for me; seeing what playing the right song at the right moment does to a crowd is absolute bliss!  When a DJ loves what they do, their energy can’t help but transcend through the speakers, and that’s the experience I strive to bring to the table. I also pride myself in being involved in a wedding day’s planning process, from the initial consultation to exciting the crowd and keeping the party flowing and bodies moving.

Website: https://qaentertainment.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qaentertainment/

Scottify Events

Trust in the incredible amount of 5 Star reviews being racked up on-line from Brides who were thrilled with their decision to pick Scottify.

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Scottify Events is an award-winning DJ company with extensive years of experience in entertainment. As an open-format DJ, Scott plays any songs you pick and can entertain during all parts of your big day. From the moment you contact Scottify Events, you will deal with a responsive company that offers premium quality of service. In addition, you can trust in their technical skills and industry knowledge to help you achieve your vision for your big day.

Furthermore, Scottify creates a live musical soundtrack over several hours for couples and guests to enjoy. When you work with this DJ, you can expect a professional, friendly, genuine, and passionate experience that exceeds your expectations. Please create your mixes for your reception with their easy-to-use online playlist builder. Your guests are sure to rave about the great songs they’ve heard, presented by a real DJ who cares about giving you the best party ever.

And Scottify offers a top-notch variety of sound-system and lighting packages, a stylish DJ booth, and other audiovisual solutions. In addition, if you require an MC that will engage with your guests and create a fun atmosphere throughout your reception, they can also provide this complimentary service. Other benefits include a fun interactive photo booth and a certified WPIC wedding planner.

Website: https://www.scottify.ca/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottifyevents/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottifyEvents

The Kensie Jazz and Dance Band

Ontario’s Best Variety, Oldies, Jazz and Blues Wedding Band

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The Kensie Jazz and Dance Band feature some of the best professional musicians in Ontario and some who are teaching their musical craft privately,  or at Humber and Mohawk Colleges. They have been performing together since 2014 but their playing in bands individually goes back a long way.

This band is number one on various band sites in Ontario and has thrilled audiences all over southern Ontario. They have performed at exciting parties for Facebook, Sumsung, TIFF, The Four Seasons Yorkville and Campbell’s, to name a few. Everyone of over a hundred reviews is 5 stars with happy clients highly recommending them. Their featured vocalist; a bohemian child of the 70s, Julie McGregor, is also the host and jazz vocalist of the popular ‘Singer’s Jazz Series’ as part of The Toronto Jazz Festival for 4 years. Their sax and guitar player both sing adding nice touches to the band’s already incredible musical talent.

The band is outrageously good. The musicians gel together as one and transport their audiences to that feel-good place. What makes them so unique is that they are able to do a wide range of music not just every kind of jazz. They are very versatile and offer the whole shebang when it comes to weddings and corporate events like ceremony music that can include jazz, classical and/or pop music, beautiful soft jazz cocktail/dinner music to upbeat blues and swing music. The Kensie Jazz and Dance Band’s song list complies of a variety mix of party music from Rock /50s/60s/70s/ R&B/Soul/ Groove/Latin/ Funk/ Jump Blues to 1920s-40s Hollywood Era swing dance music.

Imagine a cool bluesy, romantic jazz band filling the air with honeyed tones and Bossa Nova rhythms for cocktails and afterwards, turning the room into a dance party that can include 50s, 60s & 70s rock and contemporary top 40 songs that you’ll love. Only one band like them and that’s The Kensie Jazz and Dance Band.

Number one with both these band sites in the jazz, blues, variety, 20’s 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and wedding departments.

Website: https://kensiejazzband.weebly.com/

Yours Truly Live Entertainment

Yours Truly Live Entertainment specializes in bringing forth incredible performances with our roster of talented musicians and DJs.

We make every event unforgettable through a mix of live bands and our fantastic DJs and keep the dancing shoes moving all night long. Our roster of talent focus on giving our guests more than just a night of music – we bring them an experience, taking them on a journey through their favourite genres. But, as important as music is the relationships that we form with our clients. Yours Truly, Live Entertainment strives to deliver a top-of-the-line experience for each client so that on the day of their event, they won’t have to worry about things… other than showing off their dance moves! Looking out at the dance floor and seeing all of the smiles makes everything we do worth it, and we hope to deliver more fantastic music to people for years to come.

Website: https://www.yourstrulylive.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yourstrulylive/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialyourstruly/

FAQ

What should be included in a wedding DJ contract?

The first thing that should be mentioned in the contract is the event details. This would include the date and venue location of the wedding, as well as the starting and ending time that the DJ will be expected to work. Another important mention in the contract should be the payment fees. This will include the overall payment fee, overtime payment and a late fee if the invoice is not paid on the day agreed upon. It is crucial to agree in advance on the DJ and/or band’s requirements on space and equipment. This agreement should also be a part of the contract as well.

The DJs and Bands’ responsibilities, as well as the client’s responsibilities, should be discussed when the client meets the vendor. The vendor’s responsibilities can include the amount of time they will be expected to play music if there are certain playlists that should be played at certain times. It would also be important to discuss the setup of the equipment depending on the location of the venue and whether the vendor will be using their personal equipment. The client’s responsibilities would include creating playlists or requests for songs to be played. It is important that it is discussed what type of music is played and if there are certain songs that need to be played at appropriate times. This should cover the majority of the wedding DJ contract. The rest would include the termination, warranty, confidentiality and miscellaneous information.

How much do wedding DJs and bands charge?

The cost of a wedding DJ or band depends on the specifics and can vary on which vendor you are hiring. The average cost in 2019 was $1,500 but there are ways to find wedding music entertainment to either fit your budget or be more extravagant. A DJ or band’s prices depend greatly on their experience in the wedding music industry. The more experience a wedding DJ or band has, the more they charge typically due to the fact that they have a higher reputation. This would also apply to famous vendors and those who have worked with celebrities and their rates are higher. Another factor for pricing would be how much equipment is needed and the expectations from the clients. It is important to discuss the amount of equipment that will be used and whether it will be provided or the vendor’s personal equipment. The amount of time spent at the wedding can also be a definitive factor in the price point of the vendor as they will need higher payment if they are working for a longer amount of time. Any special requests, date and location for the wedding can also be factors that affect the pricepoint of the wedding music entertainment. Overall, it is important to discuss this information with both your partner as well as the vendor to come into the interview having an idea of a price point and expectations from the vendor.

How do I choose the right wedding DJ or band?

Choosing wedding music entertainment is completely personal and should be discussed between you and your partner. The first thought is usually to choose a wedding DJ band that you may personally know. This may be a good idea as it would be easier to communicate your thoughts and visions for the wedding. However, sometimes it can be difficult as you may want a different style of music for the wedding. It is important to be able to separate their qualifications from your personal relationship when considering vendors that you personally know. An option that many couples find helpful is to ask for referrals from their friends who are married. This way you can have more insight into how the vendor operates and communicates with the vendors. You could also ask the venue for referrals if you aren’t able to find a vendor you connect with through your friends. Lastly, it is very important to interview several possible vendors before finally choosing the wedding DJ or band for your special day. Make a list of around 5 wedding music entertainment vendors that you enjoy and will fit the theme of your wedding. After interviewing, you want to choose the candidate that you connected the best with and one that completely understood the vision that you have for your wedding day.

What questions should I ask my wedding DJ or Band?

  1. How long have you been in the music entertainment business professionally?
  2. Are my wedding date and time available for you?
  3. How many weddings have you played at?
  4. On average, how many weddings a week do you play?
  5. Do you limit yourself to one event a day, or do you play several weddings in one day?
  6. How would you describe your style of DJing?
  7. What other services do you provide?
  8. Do you have any couples that you have played for that I can contact for reference?
  9. Do you have videos or CDs from the previous wedding you have played?
  10. What genres do you usually cover when performing?
  11. Will you be taking breaks during the event, and how many?
  12. How do you interact with the crowd to keep them engaged?
  13. Do you take song requests from guests?
  14. Are you bringing personal equipment or does it need to be provided?
  15. What is your starting rate?
  16. What is incldued in the starting rate?
  17. What is the price for overtime work?
  18. What is the refund or cancellation policy?
  19. How long in advance do I need to book your service?
  20. Are there any additional fees that weren’t yet discussed?

What is the difference in pricing between a wedding DJ or band?

DJs are usually less expensive, and rates vary based on equipment demands and whether the event is weekday or weekend. Because there are more people to pay, a 12-piece band, for example, will be more expensive than a DJ.

What should a DJ do at a wedding reception?

Assist in enforcing the Day-of-Event Timeline
Can provide music for the wedding ceremony as well as the cocktail hour.
Provide Sound Equipment
Provide lighting.
Ensures that all equipment is operational.
Create or set a mood.
Assist you in choosing memorable songs
Serve as the emcee for the event.

Your DJ will work with you to arrange the event, provide music for the seating area, play all songs throughout the ceremony, operate mics for the officiant and your vows, assist with audio for other live performers or musicians, and make announcements.

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How long does a DJ play at a wedding?

Obviously, the length of time spent DJing will be determined by the level of coverage you’ve purchased. A wedding celebration should last at least four hours (including the dinner portion). There would be two hours of music if you included the cocktail hour and the ceremony.

When should the DJ start at a wedding reception?

The majority of guests will be arriving 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins, but if they must wait in quiet, the time will feel much longer. Therefore, make arrangements for your ceremony musician to begin playing no later than 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

How many songs does a wedding band play?

Guests will be encouraged to join the party on the dance floor and boogie down till the last song is played. The songs will be divided up into time chunks known as sets throughout this period. During the wedding reception, this is when the majority of the music will be performed. Sets are usually divided into regular time intervals; however, they can be tailored to the couple’s preferences. This can all change depending on the event’s length and other circumstances.

Guests usually dance during a 2-hour window, which is frequently divided into 4 – 30 minute chunks of time or 3 – 40 minute periods. Let your bandleader know if you have a preference for a set time. With each song lasting around 4 minutes, you can expect a total of 7 to 10 songs to be performed in one set.

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