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Merimac

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia View map

About

Merimac is a 4 piece group (often 5 with fiddle/piano) based in Halifax, NS, playing Current Pop, Classic Rock, EDM/Dance, Maritime/Celtic, Country, Reggae, R&B and more! Its well-known, seasoned members bring a variety of influences and are sure to please any crowd from the Maritimes and Atlantic Canada, as well as the United States.

Experience

Merimac has previously played for more than 400 events across Ontario, Maritimes, and the U.S. They have had many club dates like The Split Crow, Cheers, Dolan’s Pub, and Olde Dublin. They have also played at many universities as well as festivals in the Maritimes.

Services offered

The band is available to play for weddings, private and corporate events, as well as any other occasions. They also bring the DJ along with the entire production equipment like mixer, monitors, mics, amps, and speakers. Their show is highly customizable and is catered to any audience. The music genres that they provide are:

  • Pop -Rock
  • Classic rock
  • Country New & Old
  • EDM/Dance
  • Maritime/Irish
  • Funk
  • Motown
  • Oldies
  • Folk

Other services

- Merimac’s been full-time since 2001 for good reason: plenty of experience playing private, club, and public shows. We definitely know how to get the party going and people dancing no matter what type of function. Creating a fun atmosphere is our job, we cater to a wide variety of ages and music styles. Our goal: provide a worry-free, fun-filled, memorable event--every time.

- Many references from private events upon request. We specialize in public concerts & private events and played 400+ (and counting) in the Maritimes, Ontario, U.S and hundreds of club dates. Some locations
- One of the busiest cover bands in Canada, we truly enjoy organizing and performing events.
- Merimac.ca has a songlist, testimonials, and private event info. Customize part of our set list from nearly 200 songs, we certainly cater to your audience. We often "pull off" requests live.

- Perform 3 x 50-minute sets or configurations of 150 minutes. We aim to please, we can play extended sets to keep the dance floor full. Extra 50-minute sets $500.

- Complete sound & light production, an excellent sounding P.A. Bands/DJs OFTEN skimp on equipment to cut costs/time. Setup & sound-check complete between hours you request (No noise need be made with our automated mixer).

- Provide microphones for MCs & announcements.

- Semi-automated DJ music during cocktails, dinner & band breaks. We have an extensive list of pre-recorded dance & cocktail music appropriate for private events. Customize a playlist or use playlists from your iPod, phone, etc.

- Perform on heavy rotation at class-A venues in the Maritimes.

- Signed contracts.

- Possible to have a guest or two perform with us.

- Small network helps advertise public events. Large posters & Merimac swag like T-Shirts. Merimac.ca 2000+ unique hits/mo.

-Clubs vs Events. Our song list and audience interaction is different at clubs than private events where an all-age environment may be concerned. We typically cater to both the younger and older crowd for first half of the night. We put plenty of energy and fun into our private shows. We have better control of sound and lighting as we use our own professional quality PA system. We often have more stage room at private events to better interact with crowd but also work in small spaces when needed!
-FAQs: Merimac.ca/faq

Addons and more ideas:

  • Add Video DJing on band breaks! An HD projector screen with favorite music videos is fun for your guests and adds atmosphere. $120 for automated, or for $450 a dedicated DJ to take requests. Projector/screen for PowerPoint, etc $120.00
  • Perimeter Up-Lighting 6X – $225. 12X - $400. Perimeter of your room with floor to ceiling lighting to create spectacular ambiance & vibe. Colored/white.
  • Backdrop curtains for stages & presentation.
  • Budget or Professional Videographers & Photographers to Record & Edit your event.
  • Wireless mics $30 each, great for MCs or conference mics. PA for ceremonies or after parties.
  • Additional entertainment – A single musician, duo or trio, comedian during the day/evening.
  • Extra music:: Fiddler, pianist, acoustic guitarist, bagpiper, violinist or quartet are classic touches for cocktails, seating, walking down the aisle, Justice of the Peace, exiting of the ceremony, during dinner, etc. $175 - $400 for a single musician to perform or $1,000 - 1,200 for a string quartet.
  • A Bagpiper in full uniform adds an exciting traditional Maritime presence & “zing” when guests arrive onsite. A great 15 second opener as speakers walk up to podium or signaling changeovers, dinner etc. Bagpiper(s) can also play a few tunes with Merimac!
  • Highland Dance Group. 2 – 8 dancers. Piper with Marching drummer can also perform with dancers. $390.

Highlights

Arrangements

Instrumental duo, string trio, instrumental trio, soloist/vocalist, string quintet, instrumental solo, string quartet

Instruments

Bagpipes, guitar, drums, violin, piano

Ceremony Music Starting Price

$475

More information

Are you an agency or a band?

Band

How many musicians are in your band?

4-6

What genres of music does your band play?

Country
Acoustic
Funk
Dance
Oldies
Rock
Classic rock
Folk
Hip hop
Pop
Motown
Reggae
R&B
Top 40
Soul
60s
70s
80s
90s

What music services do you provide?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Instrumentals
Karaoke services
Learning new songs
MC
Reception music
Music during breaks
Rehearsal dinner music
Vocals
Willing travel

What services do you provide?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Instrumentals
Learn new songs
Microphones
Reception music
Music during breaks
Rehearsal dinner music
Sound / PA system
Vocals

What items are available?

Fog
Gobo
Lighting
Microphones
Projector
Disco ball
Sound PA

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

$3,600

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$3,000

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

$3,100

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

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

Which of the following are included in the price?

Learning new songs
Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Sound PA
Recorded music breaks
Lighting
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    David M. Married on 24/08/2018
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    Bang, Bang, Bang!

    Everyone said it was the best entertainment they've ever seen at a wedding, I don't think you'll find any better than Merimac anywhere. Played all the songs we requested and put on a show no one will forget. Personable, easy to work with and great sense of humor. Great ceremony music too with acoustic guitar and fiddle. Eddie setup wireless mics with secondary sound setup and had someone look after cocktails and dinner music which was great. Couldn't ask for more.
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    Bevan Married on 07/10/2017
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    Great experience with Merimac

    Hiring Merimac as our band was easily one of the best choices we made for our wedding day. The dance floor was absolutely packed all night long. We had a blast and would hire them again in a heartbeat!

    Merimac's reply:

    Thanks for the great review!
    Much appreciated.

    We love playing events and it makes it so much better to know we did a good job.
    Cheers,
    Merimac
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    Shannon C. Married on 25/07/2015
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    These guys made our reception! From the moment they started playing right to the bitter end there was always someone on the dance floor! They played a wide variety of tunes that made everyone from 5- 95 want to dance! We had the best time at our wedding and have been told multiple times by our guests that the band was unreal and our wedding reception is going to be hard to beat. No one wanted to leave at the end of the night! If you are on the edge thinking about whether or not it is worth it to hire these guys... IT IS!!!
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    Stephanie K. Married on 13/10/2012
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    Merimac was very professional, they showed up on time, were fuss free and had a great light and sound system. They were totally at ease and fun and worked with the crowd, even getting my famously shy four year old cousin to play the maracas with them for a song. They were flexible with their price since they wanted to play in the city that night and so they came down in price to be closer to our budget rather than playing elsewhere outside the city.

    The big disappointment for us was their repertoire. They gave us a list of their repertoire which we were really excited about and we checked off what we wanted them to play and what we didn't. They also said they could do requests so we gave a few requests. They didn't play any of our requests and they barely played anything we had checked off from their own repertoire. One song we really loved I requested during the night and they said they didn't know it anymore!!! As my husband and myself are both musicians we were a bit appalled by this. It was a disappointment, however they kept the dance floor packed, played well, and our guests are still raving about the dance, so I guess we can't complain too much!
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    These guys had everyone dancing!

Awards

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Events

02 Feb
Concert

You can catch us at Cheers, the Halifax Alehouse and Dolan's in Fredericton approximately every 6 weeks. You can also check out our website.

Date: From 02/Feb/2018 to 01/Mar/2023 Schedule 22:00 - 03:00
Location: 1743 Grafton St, Halifax NS B3J 2C6 , Halifax, Nova Scotia

Meet the Team

Eddie Fisher
Eddie Fisher
Leader / Drummer / Singer

I am the brains of the operation as well as the foundation of groove. As a second generation drummer/ singer, (my father sang & played pro more than 20 years throughout Canada) I continue on the affair for the past 15 years professionally.

For 3 years in South America, I performed, recorded and wrote extensively with several world-class Latin pop-rock bands opening concerts for world renown stars with crowds in excess of 40,000 people. I also played with many Halifax-based bands such as recording artist Barnacle, Banafrica with fellow musician Jamie Sparks, P.F Station (later Jimmy Swift Band) – an all-original funk rock group, Blue Bay, Lana Grant and Blueberry Grunt.

I lend my diverse musical experiences to the band recreating many of Merimac’s tunes with a distinct, original groove.

Martin Maunder
Martin Maunder
Sales Agent

I have been working with Merimac for the past 5 years as a booking agent. I studied music (composition and technology) at Acadia university as well as Music Business at NSCC.

I am also a drummer at heart and love 80s rock as well as Canadian Rock music. I look forward to chatting with you about what Merimac has to offer!

Luke Morris
Luke Morris
Lead Singer / Acoustic Guitar

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I have been playing music since I was a kid. I started my career as a founding member of the Halifax indie rock band Sleep to Dream and released a music video for their single “Souvenir” off the first full length album Breaking the Silence. The group toured across Canada opening for such acts as Gordie Johnson, Tom Cochrane, Matt Mays, The Trews and many more.

I then went on to release a solo acoustic album and continue to play and write new music. I am the latest member of Merimac, joining mid 2013, and am looking forward to continuing the party through the Maritimes, Canada & U.S. Rock on!

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