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Dancing takes up half of your reception, but all too often it's a part of the wedding that is overlooked. If you want your party to be a barn burner, having a live band is a must - and having the right live band can make or break your night! Side One was founded by an event planner and a musican and is set up to meet all your needs for the big day, not the least of which is burning up the dance floor. Side One is not your cliche wedding band in frilly tuxedos playing Mustang Sally, they are young, dynamic entertainers and professional musicians, and will rock your wedding for a price that won't make you cry.

Services offered

Side One offers an extensive repertoire covering everything from Aretha, Tina Turner, the Beatles and the Stones right up to the most current hits by the likes of Kanye, Nikki Minaj, Flo Rida, and the Biebs. Side One will customize the set to meet your style and entertain absolutely all your guests. And they promise that at no point there will be any YMCA-ing! They basically shrivel up and die anytime they hear of the chicken dance being played at a wedding. Side One also offers live music options for your ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner, and audio solutions for mics for your officiant, MC and speakers - basically anything audio for your event, they have you covered!

Areas covered

Side One Entertainment are available for travel anywhere in the world and have bands locally based in:

  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Seattle
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Katie B. Married on 03/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Book them!

We still can't believe how amazing this band was!! We booked them for our wedding and literally everyone was asking us - who they hell are these guys (and girl!) and where did you find them?! They rocked it way past our expectations and none of us have danced like that since I don't even know when. SO worth it! It was also so helpful and seamless to have them there for our ceremony, dinner, and reception - not really sure what we would have done otherwise. Hope to see them play again soon!
Haley Married on 08/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding band bar none

Side One absolutely *made* our wedding!!! Not only did they keep our friends and family on the dance floor literally all night, but they also helped us with sound tech throughout our ceremony and a fun playlist throughout our happy hour, ensuring that everything music-related was professionally handled from beginning to end. They even paid attention to our sample Spotify playlists and played my husband's favourite song as a surprise encore at midnight! 12/10 recommend them鈥攕top thinking about it and just go for it!
Melanie R. Married on 09/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best. Band. Ever.

We hired SideOne's 8-piece band for our wedding and it was the best decision ever. They rocked a dance party that everyone noticed. They are excellent musicians, incredible vocalists, and nice people. We gave them a weird inspiration list and they took it and made it amazing, there was nothing I would have changed about my experience with SideOne. They were worth every penny and I am looking for the next thing to hire them for already!
Shelly Married on 31/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best dance band ever!

We had Side One's 6 piece band for our wedding and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made! They were absolutely phenomenal and kept the party going all night. All of our guests are raving about their performance and they were honestly worth every penny. If you are on the fence, GO WITH THEM. Words can't explain how great they were!!
Caitlin B. Married on 18/09/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Side One is an incredible band!

Wow. Side One was truly AMAZING at our wedding last month in Seattle. We couldn鈥檛 be more happy we choosing to work with them. I only wish I had a set list so I could continue to relive the experience they created for us!!

They brought the energy with great attitudes in not the easiest of days (it was a wet wet day and we were outside) and I have truly never seen a dance floor so packed non-stop for the duration of the wedding. We have had multiple people tell us it was the best band they have seen in a long time. They played an incredible mix of old and new, which made our crowd and us very happy.

Thank you so much, Side One!
Claire Married on 11/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Must Have for Fun Wedding

I first heard Side One at a couple galas and fundraisers I attended as a guest, and witnessed how they got the entire room moving. That's when I knew I needed them for my wedding! They were the very first vendor I booked as soon as we got engaged as I knew I wanted to lock them down for our wedding date. Little did I know, COVID would disrupt our plans not once, but twice. Side One was so gracious with all the changes and stuck with us until our third wedding date. Even weeks before the wedding, due to Covid restrictions, they had to be moved outside under a tent instead of playing inside. Again, they adapted and we had a huge blast. I don't think I stopped dancing during their entire set. So many people came up to me to gush about the music and some said they had no idea bands could play modern songs. Side One played our chosen ceremony song which was an acoustic version of an EDM song, a recessional song, a Hora, first dance song (even incorporating French lyrics I requested) and one must-have song my now-husband asked for. They pulled all these off perfectly. All the other songs were their choice and were a great mix of classics, and the 90's/00's songs we grew up listening to. Side One was beyond phenomenal and I could not recommend them more. Definitely prioritize this vendor over a DJ or spotify list!
Rachael Married on 31/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Epic experience

Super professional, the vibe was perfect. They were flexible with us during unprecedented covid challenges. And most importantly our guests loved them, it was the most talked about part of our wedding!
Taylor Married on 05/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't imagine our wedding without Side One!

WOW! Side One is truly the ultimate vendor for wedding entertainment.

We were sad to downsize our planned wedding with 150 guests down to 12 due to COVID-19 but the Side One team made sure it felt like a party. Martin provided the most incredible soundtrack to our wedding ceremony and the reception to follow. He brought great energy to our venue, played all of our requested songs at the perfect moments and his choices in between were spot on. Somehow he managed to find the perfect playlist for a diverse crowd. Our family is still raving about the music!

Leading up to the wedding day, Rob was extremely responsive and flexible. With Side One, rest assured you will have a wonderful experience and your guests will have a great time. Looking forward to singing and dancing along with Side One in the future!

Taylor & Steve
Miles H. Married on 26/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding - would recommend to anybody

My wife and I had SideOne for our wedding reception at Cornerstone Weddings in Canmore. They were truly one of the biggest highlights of the day! We found that SideOne was incredibly professional, easy to plan with, and kept guests on the dance floor the ENTIRE evening, playing crowd-pleasing hit after hit. We constantly had guests telling us how much they loved the Side One as a live band playing our reception and how much fun it was. I would highly recommend them as a hands-down top pick for a live band to play a wedding reception.
Trentt C. Married on 31/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

You definitely want Side One for your wedding!

When we first started planning our New Years Eve wedding our goal was to throw an epic party that everyone would remember, so a live band was a must. We came across Side One on Wedding Wire and started reading their reviews鈥攁ll great. We then watched a few YouTube videos and were sold. Admittedly, I was a little nervous since we hadn't seen them perform live but all my doubts immediately disappeared as soon as they went on. They absolutely killed it! All of our guests, both young and old, were on the dance floor the entire night. Everyone keeps raving about how awesome the band was. The set list was spot on and they nailed all of our requests. We wanted an epic party and Side One most definitely delivered!

On top of everything, the communication and accommodation by Rob & co leading up to the day was great, which cannot be overstated when you're planning a wedding.

If you're looking for an awesome wedding band, do yourself a favour and book these guys! You will not be disappointed.
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