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Parkside Drive

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About

Parkside Drive specializes in incredible wedding music and entertainment solutions, based in Toronto, Ontario. Their performances deliver high energy and fun for guests of all ages. They are a stylish and elegant musical group that offers the big band experience at affordable prices.

Services Offered

Parkside Drive boasts extensive experience, playing at a variety of venues and for diverse audiences. Their services can be customized to suit your specific needs. Whether you would like ceremony or background music, or you want them to show up to rock your reception, they can make it happen. They perform a wide array of music genres for every taste, ranging from razz to rock to R&B. Among the services they offer, you can find:

  • Five-piece band
  • The Parkside Drive Large Ensemble, a premium eight-piece band
  • Ceremony music
  • Cocktail hour music
  • Reception music

Highlights

Arrangements

Instrumental duo, string trio, instrumental trio, string quintet, instrumental solo

Instruments

Organ, saxophone, guitar, drums, trumpet, piano

Ceremony Music Starting Price

$500

More information

Are you an agency or a band?

Band

How many musicians are in your band?

7+

What genres of music does your band play?

Jazz
Funk
Dance
Blues
Oldies
Rock
Classic rock
Pop
Motown
Reggae
R&B
Top 40
Soul
70s

What music services do you provide?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Learning new songs
Reception music
Music during breaks
Rehearsal dinner music
Vocals
Liability insurance
Willing travel

What services do you provide?

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

What items are available?

Sound PA

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

$6,000

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$5,000

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

$4,500

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

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

Which of the following are included in the price?

Reception music
Sound PA
Recorded music breaks
Lighting

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    Adam G. Married on 23/04/2022
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    The best addition to our wedding

    Parkside Drive was the absolute best addition to our wedding! Just about everyone came up to us throughout the evening and commented on how great they were. They kept everyone dancing all night long, were super easy to communicate with, and really made our wedding special. If you're looking for live music at your event, I would highly recommend Parkside Drive!

    Parkside Drive's reply:

    Thanks so much Adam for having at your wedding! A beautiful day at the Doctors house, Stacey at cocktail and the dance band after dinner was a perfect day of music
    Thanks again for a perfect wedding!
    Dave, Meg, Stacey & Parkside Drive
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    Joe C. Married on 09/04/2022
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    The only band you should consider!

    Parkside Drive completely exceeded our expectations! With Covid in full force while we were planning our April 2022 wedding, we never had the opportunity to see Parkside Drive live so we committed based on their videos and our numerous conversations with Dave. He was so easy to work with and, given the uncertainty surrounding
    Covid, was always accommodating as we worked through the potential roadblocks of the band making it to Buffalo. Our first dance was the first time we actually heard them perform live and it was so much better than we could have imagined. They are clearly professionals who know how to set the tone for a great party. We left the setlist completely up to them and the dance floor was full all night! Our guests are still talking about how great the music was from start to finish. We really cannot recommend Parkside Drive enough!
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    Hayley B. Married on 12/11/2021
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    Highly recommend

    We could not have asked for a better band to perform at our wedding! Our wedding was in Buffalo, NY and Dave reached out far in advance to let us know that all of their paperwork was in place to come back and forth over the border for our wedding so there was nothing for us to worry about. Dave was very responsive and great to chat with when discussing details and plans. The band performed a trio during our ceremony, a 5-piece jazz band during the cocktail hour, and the full 9-piece band for the reception. The band performed and sang our first dance and both mother/groom and father/daughter songs - incredibly! They even did a (from what I know) last-minute happy birthday performance during my dad's speech. The band played the best mix of current and older songs that EVERYONE could dance to. We have not stopped receiving compliments from guests on how great the band was. We planned on having a live band from the beginning rather than a DJ, and they were everything we could have imagined for our special day and more! The dancefloor was packed the whole night! We can't recommend them enough!
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    Taryn T. Married on 05/11/2021
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    Absolutely incredible! Thank you parkside drive!

    I would like to sincerely thank Parkside Drive for their AMAZING performance at my wedding this month! Due to COVID, our wedding was postponed twice, but Parkside Drive was well worth the wait and we've received constant compliments and "thank you" emails and texts for hosting such a wonderful wedding, with such an "awesome band". We opted to add a male lead singer (Tarfari Anthony), which was the icing on the cake. We also loved when Meg (lead female) kept joining us on the dance floor! Highly recommend!!! There's no other band that could've given us this amazing experience and party that everyone waited so long and patiently for! Thank you Parkside!
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    Emily B. Married on 16/10/2021
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    The best thing that could have happened to our wedding!

    We booked this band last minute after our previously-booked band bailed on us, a week before our wedding.

    I think that it was meant to be, because Parkside Drive kept our dancefloor full from the minute they started playing until after the very last song they played. Not just the young folks, but also all of the elderly people that were at our wedding. Their song selections and energy just kept people dancing and singing along the whole time they performed. And the quick breaks they took were smoothly DJ-ed with our pre-arranged requests.

    Our wedding was wet, cold, and somewhat disasterous on a few levels...but Parkside Drive saved our night and our guests' experience at our wedding.

    Words cannot express how grateful we are to this band, to their kindness, prompt responses, and how they treated us and our guests.

    I would hire them a million times over.
    Thank you, Parkside Drive, for a joyful and memorable wedding reception!!!
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    Christine M. Married on 18/09/2021
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    Highlight of my wedding

    I booked a 4 piece band with Parkside drive for my 35 guest wedding, even though the clip that sold me was for a 9 piece band for a large event. Quality live music and a band's ability to get a party started was so important to me, and after months of research I found a clip on YouTube of Parkside drive -- 2 bars of Meghan's voice and I was sold. Dave was flexible, accommodating, reasonably priced for the quality you get, and truly professional. Every band member is so talented and their rep list touches so many genres they're the ideal partners to help curate your dream atmosphere. All my guests commented on how amazing the band is, and even staff members from my venue in Niagara on the lake told me how much they loved this band. As a bride planning a wedding there are so many overwhelming decisions to make - this is an easy one! Book them.

    Parkside Drive's reply:

    Thanks for having us at your incredible wedding Christine. Such a great night! Hope to see you very soon
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    Nicole Married on 18/09/2021
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    Best decision ever to have Parkside Drive as our wedding band!

    If I could give Parkside Drive a higher rating than perfect, I would! From the initial introduction right through to our Wedding night, Dave was incredible to work with. He was super responsive and accommodating. The band itself is so high energy and truly exceeded our expectations. We heavily debated between a DJ and a band and I can honestly say it was the best decision we made for the wedding to hire Parkside Drive. We have received so many comments from our guests that the band was so much fun, especially after this last chaotic year, everyone was so happy to experience live music again! If you are debating, stop, and hire them! It is well worth it.
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    Sarah B. Married on 10/10/2020
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    Amazing and versatile band that elevated our wedding reception

    Everything we asked of them was executed perfectly. All of our friends and family raved and continue to rave about them. They are worth every single penny and a must have at any wedding reception.

    Parkside Drive's reply:

    Hi Sarah

    Thanks so much to you and your wonderful family for having us at your fall 2020 Micro wedding! The Burroughes was absolutely incredible and everyone had a fantastic time. Nice to see that incredible, beautiful, fun weddings can still take place in the current environment

    All the best!
    Dave & Parkside
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    Danielle R. Married on 25/07/2020
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    Incredible music and a truly unique sound!

    We first heard Parkside Drive at a fundraiser and we knew right away they had to be our wedding band! We absolutely LOVED their sound, from the uniquely jazzy vocals on their lead singer to their interactiveness moving around the dance floor amongst our guests. It didn't feel at all like one of those big time stuffy bands that situate themselves on a raised stage and aren't present on their breaks, instead Parkside Drive was out on the dance floor with our guests as they sang, and when they were on break, they were interacting with everyone, making everyone feel welcome. There isn't any other band I would recommend more, and after our wedding everyone told us how much they loved their sound. Parkside Drive will not disappoint :)
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    Robert Married on 15/09/2018
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    Couldn't be happier with the music at our reception

    Parkside Drive was terrific as our wedding band; very professional and easy to work with. They managed all the set up with the venue so we didn't have to stress about any sound set-up, provided the dj service when they weren't playing, and most importantly- sounded amazing. They played a wide range of songs and everything was a dancing crowd pleaser.

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Meet the Team

Dave Barnes
Dave Barnes
General manager

Hi There

I run the operations of Parkside Drive. Absolutely happy to help with any and all entertainment-related questions for your wedding or event.

I specialize in making wedding music planning easy for our clients. I know how many decisions need to be made, and do my utmost to make things clear and friendly, no hidden prices, no egos.

Chat with me anytime, looking forward to it!

Dave

Meghan  Parnell
Meghan Parnell
Lead Vocals/Team Leader

Hi Everyone

Meg here :) I've been the lead vocalist for Parkside Drive since 2008. I'm here to make your wedding sound incredible and to help smooth out the planning details.

If you have any questions on set-up, services, song selection, dance parties, or anything wedding music related, i'd love to help!

Talk soon
-Meg

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2252 Dundas Street West M6R 1X3 Toronto (Ontario)

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