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Taking August are highly talented, experienced and very accomplished entertainers. They are the kind of musicians that can bring a party to life from the moment they take the stage. The band's line-up features two of Alberta’s finest musicians, Daniel Hooft and Kelsey Porter. The duo has performed at hundreds of venues and weddings all over western Canada. Such is their versatility that they can play for wedding ceremonies, receptions, cocktail hours, and dances of any size or style.
Kelsey is a multi-instrumentalists, playing guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and harmonica. Daniel is on lead guitar and both are excellent vocalists. Together, they have an eclectic repertoire which includes classic rock, pop, indie rock, folk and country covers as well as a collection of their own original tunes. They can cater their sets to any grenre of music you prefer! If your song is not on their list, they are happy to learn it so that you can have your first dance your way.
In addition to weddings, Taking August specialize in performing for the following types of events:
Instrumental duo, soloist/vocalist
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Amie and Lee, Married on 30/11/2017
Amazing sound and so friendly. Lots of back and forth from them to ensure we knew and they knew what we wanted. They also learned songs for us that sounded amazing. Wedding guests couldn't stop complimenting and talking about them.
Sarah O'doherty, Married on 07/10/2017
These guys are awesome! I saw them at one of their shows in Cypress and I wasn't leaving until I asked if they'd do my wedding! Everyone loved them and was definitely the highlight of everyones night!
Kate P, Married on 30/09/2017
Taking August was the perfect fit for our wedding ceremony and reception. From the early planning stages to the big day, they were very helpful, easy to communicate with and answered all of my questions. In addition to providing beautiful ambience to for our guests at the ... View more ceremony they offered to learn a song of our choice for me to walk down the aisle to and one for our first dance. This special touch was so amazing and really added to the emotion of the day. During the cocktail hour and reception our guests loved the selection of live music and afterwards they took requests for DJing and we danced the night away! Kelsey and Daniel of Taking August really added so much to our wedding and I would highly recommend them for yours!
Jamie Cowan, Married on 25/08/2017
We hired Dan & Kelsey for our whole wedding in August 2017 and they were a big hit! We had wanted live entertainment for the wedding but as we only had 30 guests we didn't want a full 5 piece band. Taking August was the perfect fit but in all honesty they could no doubt entertain ... View more a much larger crowd. They were great at the ceremony and as my husband and I were not very organised we left it to them to choose most of the music and they did an exceptional job. They played for the drinks reception and although we didn't personally get to enjoy this, all guests gave raving reviews and said they loved the music selection performed and knew and could sing along to most songs and they were even up dancing. They played the fist half of the evening live and the second half they DJed as requested by us and kept the dance floor busy even with only 30 guests. The only thing I would do differently (which is of no fault of the band) is have them play more live music as we (the bride and groom) missed out on a large chunk of it due to wedding portraits. Maybe having live at the beginning of evening then some DJing for them to take a break and then maybe another session at the end would have been better or plan the day so that we could have heard some at the drinks reception. If I have any advice for those getting married it is to strongly consider this when planning what you want for entertainment. My only tip regarding correspondence is to use Facebook Messenger to correspond with them as they seem to check this more and are more responsive to any queries. They were fabulously talented and great value and would hire them again in a heartbeat. I 100% would refer them to anyone looking for some great live music entertainment and hope one day we get to hear them perform again! Thanks Kelsey and Dan! Jamie & Richard ELK VIEW LODGE
Nolan, Married on 16/02/2017
My wife and I were originally planning on just using the house DJ at our venue due to budget constraints, even though we always dreamed of having a live band of some sort. Not only did Taking August come in at a reasonable rate, but they blew any hopes and high expectations out ... View more of the water. They played before, during and after our ceremony and then performed for our reception well into the evening. Afterwards they even DJ'd for the rest of the night for us. Outside of the amazing amount of services they provided us, their music, talent and professionalism was all on point. Every person we interacted with during the reception had nothing but great things to say and were all thoroughly impressed with Taking August. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to absolutely anybody and will surely be attending some of their gigs in the future.
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