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On WeddingWire since 2021

Last update: January 2024

COCKTAIL Special Events are a Montreal, QC based professional musical entertainment provider.

Offering numerous musical acts, COCKTAIL Special Events is guaranteed to cater all your special celebrations and all budgets.

The most sought-after act is the ever popular LIVE & DJ Combo consisting of John Pacelli on vocals and guitar, the most incredible female singer, accompanied by the best DJ in town. Together they have delighted crowds for over two decades.

Services Offered

Cocktail Special Events is an ideal choice to perform at all stages of the wedding experience. The duo can provide the perfect soundtrack for couples walking down the aisle. After the ceremony, they can create an intimate ambiance for a cocktail reception before entertaining everyone on the stage and getting the party moving. They can perform as a duo, a jazz trio with a saxophonist, or as a 5 to 10 piece band adding everything from accordion players to violinists.

Frequently asked questions

Are you an agency or a band?


What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental duo
String trio
Brass quintet
Instrumental trio
Brass trio
String quintet
Brass quartet
Instrumental solo
String quartet

How many musicians are in your band?


What genres of music does your band play?

Big band
Classic rock
Hip hop
Punk rock
Top 40

What instruments does your group play?


What music services do you provide?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Karaoke services
Learning new songs
Reception music
Music during breaks
Rehearsal dinner music
Sample performances
Willing travel

What services do you provide?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Learn new songs
Reception music
Music during breaks
Rehearsal dinner music
Sample performances
Sound / PA system

What items are available?

Sound PA

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?


What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season?


What is the price of your most popular wedding package?


What is the average price for a wedding reception during off-peak season?


Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

Cocktail hour music
Reception music
Music during breaks
Sample performances
Learn new songs
Sound/ PA system

Which of the following are included in the price?

Learning new songs
Sample performances
Cocktail hour music
Reception music
Sound PA
Recorded music breaks
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100% Recommended by couples
Tania T. Sent on 13/04/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding date : March 10, 2918

Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!

Our wedding reception was simply perfect! Food, service at Le Crystal and COCKTAIL Special Events resulted in a flawless and in a night we will never forget.

COCKTAIL Special Events set the tone right from the beginning with jazzy, lounge, chill out music that simply created a classy and cool ambiance. During dinner, it was the perfect mix of dance and easy listening numbers while our guests were eating.

After dinner, their DJ took over and kept the dance floor packed until the end of the night. Amazing!

What we appreciated so much was the volume in the hall during dinner. People were actually able to have a conversation without having to shout to one another. Their song selection was amazing and made our special night different and distinct.

Unbelievable and talented singers impressed our guests, and entertained everyone in the room.

Thank you so very much Johnny and COCKTAIL Special Events. You guys are the best!

Tania & Cristiano
Julian D. Sent on 26/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you COCKTAIL Special Events

COCKTAIL Special Events were simply fantastic at our wedding.
Such talent and entertaining. Our guests raved about the music all night long and had an amazing time.
They are distinct and made sure our special day was also unique.
Johnny makes sure to offer a personalized performance and is very attentive to his clients’ needs.
They are the best!
Nancy F. Sent on 27/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply Amazing

The music, crowd interaction, volume, and entertainment at our wedding party was fantastic.
COCKTAIL Special Events made it all happen. They are the best and our guests are still raving about them.
Thank you so very much Johnny and your entire team for making our party a success across the board.
Joe Sent on 14/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Cocktail Special Events for our wedding and the party totally rocked!

We had Cocktail Special Events at Le Crystal for our wedding and the party totally rocked!

Johnny is amazing with the people and had them dancing and singing all night long. Everyone raved about them and their DJ is amazing. I had seem them at several weddings, and they are not a copy and paste act. They cater to the crowd at hand and ensure your party is unique and total satisfaction. Unbelievable!

Thanks to COCKTAIL and Le Crystal, our wedding reception was a hit!

Our party was unlike any other weddings we attended in the past and they made our special moment different, and memorable.

A pleasure dealing with Johnny and thank you for all your help.

COCKTAIL Special Events rocks!
Stefano Sent on 12/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Good times!

There is a family affair between us and COCKTAIL Special Events. COCKTAIL has performed for three of my cousins, my sister and myself. Every party was different and not a repeating act we had already seen! One thing remained the same, and it was their class and entertainment. They know exactly how to get a party going and keep it going.

Their sound is crisp and at a comfortable volume where we can actually have a conversation in the room. Their songs selection is creative and gets people on the dance floor. Johnny was super attentive to our requests and very professional. A true gentleman that always delivers what he promises.

The music enchanted our special night, and my wife and I will never say thank you enough to COCKTAIL for creating so many memories we will cherish forever.
Anita F. Sent on 07/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

COCKTAIL Special Events all you need for your special day

Johnny, Melody and Patrick played at our wedding on September 21st and Johnny was easy to deal with previous to the wedding and was always prompt with his reply’s. On the night, what can I say but how excellent they were. They were able to judge the crowd and keep everyone on the dance floor all night long from the band to DJ Patrick later after the meal. Young and old enjoyed the music and I’m not surprised to hear you have a few new future brides dreaming to have COCKTAIL at their wedding. All I can say is thank you for being part of our wedding.

COCKTAIL Special Events and Johnny Pacelli is all you need for special memories.
Juan P. Sent on 31/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The Music Made the Difference

There are no words to describe how amazing COCKTAIL Special Events are as a musical entertainment act. Unbelievable!
Professional class act that surpassed our expectations.
Three extraordinary vocalists, fun and unlike any other wedding musical entertainment we've seen.

Very attentive to what we wanted to create for our wedding reception, and Johnny is the ultimate professional, and helped us so much organizing our special day.

Thank you Cocktail and Johnny.
Sal P. Sent on 04/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Cocktail Special Events

Amazing, amazing, amazing!  Our wedding reception was an absolute success thanks to the unbelievable COCKTAIL Special Events.  They are a mix between a band and a DJ, and they simply have everything it takes to satisfy everyone.   They were very attentive to our needs and what we wanted for our party.  Our guests raved about the music and danced all night long.

They handled the entire evening with elegance and professionalism.  

Anna Sent on 04/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Sensational!!! Really set the perfect ambiance

My wedding party will forever be remembered for having the best entertainment in town. We actually changed our wedding date in order to have COCKTAIL Special Events perform at our party, and it was the best decision we took. They have this special stage presence, and know exactly how to have a crowd eat in the palm of their hands.

Unlike any other band/DJ in the industry, they created a magical atmosphere throughout the entire night, and our guests were able to speak to one another without having to shout on top of their lungs. John is very attentive, and pays attention to the smallest details which resulted in a great party. We had the three singers and guitar player + house DJ line-up, and they were simply amazing.

Thank you Johnny and COCKTAIL for making our special moment a memorable one.
Natalie C. Sent on 04/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our Christmas wedding

I've always wanted a winter wedding with a Christmas theme, and Peter at Le Centre Renaissance, and Johnny from COCKTAIL Special Events made my dream come true.

We had a magical evening; everything was simply perfect.  COCKTAIL Special Events set the tone right from the beginning with lounge/jazz Christmas tunes and charmed our guests during the meal with dance songs in between meals and easy listening numbers while eating.  Engaging with our guests with class and entertainment, getting our guests to the dance floor, COCKTAIL delivered what they promised and more.

I truly appreciated Johnny's full cooperation and accommodating both our cultures, Italian and Ukrainian.    

You can not go wrong with COCKTAIL Special Events 

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Meet the team

John Pacelli
John Pacelli
Vocals / Guitar

Formerly known as the COCKTAIL Orchestra, original founder, John Pacelli draws upon his vast wealth of knowledge and experience to create unforgettable music experience for his audiences.

Reputed for elegant performances, John is also known for his energetic and exciting ways to entertain and completely satisfy any crowd beyond their expectations.


3807 rue de l'Intendant H7E 5H8 Montreal (Quebec)

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