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On WeddingWire since 2016

Last update: January 2024

Simply put, The Intentions are the most dynamic and exciting Motown & Soul party bands that you will ever see. For that reason, their performances are one of a kind and create the type of memories that last a lifetime. Because The Intentions perform a repertoire that features the timeless hits of Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few, The Intentions consistently bring together guests of all ages and backgrounds to electrify the dancefloor.

What's more, over the band's 14-year career, it has evolved in several exciting ways that elevate each and every moment of the celebration. In addition to their jaw-dropping party band, The Intentions offer a vocal ensemble that dazzles during the ceremony, a cocktail band that gets the good times rolling, and a DJ that adds a curated and custom set to put the cherry on top. All told, The Intentions bring the complete soundtrack to the biggest and best night of your life!

Although the band does perform internationally, Toronto, Southern Ontario and cottage country are home.

Services offered

  • Vocal ensemble (Piano accompaniment)
  • Jazz & Rhythm & Blues Band (5/7-pieces)
  • Party band (7 & 11-pieces)
  • DJ
  • Sound & Production

If The Intentions sound like we might be what you're looking for, feel free to contact me, Jon Ophek--the owner and band leader, at any time and I'll get back to you in a flash to provide you with a few details or, better yet, to schedule a call and chat to get to know each other.

www.intentionsband.com

Frequently asked questions

Are you an agency or a band?

Band

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental duo
Instrumental trio
Soloist/vocalist
Instrumental solo

How many musicians are in your band?

7+

What genres of music does your band play?

Jazz
Funk
Oldies
Motown
R&B
Soul
60s
70s

What instruments does your group play?

Organ
Winds
Saxophone
Guitar
Drums
Trumpet
Piano

What music services do you provide?

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

What items are available?

Lighting
Microphones
Sound PA

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?

$1,500

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

$7,500

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$10,000

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

$7,500

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?

Learning new songs
Sample performances
Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Reception music
Sound PA
Recorded music breaks
Lighting
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Any other questions?

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Reviews for The Intentions!

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Sarah
Sarah S. Sent on 16/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Hire. This. Band!

The Intentions! are without a doubt *the* element that will elevate your entire night.

My husband was going in cold, but I had seen The Intentions a number of times so I knew we would be in for the dance party of a lifetime. As always, they delivered - kicking off the first set with a very special rendition for our first dance, followed by three solid sets of motown classics that had every one of our guests on the dancefloor. My husband - a huge fan of The Temptations - was totally in his element.

The band's lead, Jon, was also an incredible help through the booking and planning process, advising on the run of show and getting to know us and what we wanted our special night to be like.

Looking back, I can't imagine pulling off such an amazing party without them - thank you Jon, and The Intentions! for helping us make the most amazing memories!

Tony
Tony G. Sent on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The highlight of our wedding

Our guests have not stopped talking about how incredible聽our band (The Intentions!) was at our wedding. They played 3 sets for us, one jazz during dinner and 2 motown afterwards for dancing. The dance floor was packed all聽night. Jon went absolutely above and beyond for us, in his service and help in advance and on the day of our event. Highly, HIGHLY recommend. Thank you Jon & The Intentions for making our day truly unforgettable.聽
Erika
Erika S. Sent on 25/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Wedding Band!

10/10 would recommend The Intentions for your wedding band!! We had friends and family from all over the world at our wedding and their favourite part was the Intentions! They were responsive and incredible to work with throughout the planning process and they kept the dance floor packed all night long! We would recommend this band to anyone!
Darlene
Darlene M. Sent on 17/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Oh what a Night, what a Party!

"Oh What a night", what a party we had at 3030. "The Funkin Party of the Century!" Thank you for performing at Jaime and Ryan's wedding. Unbelievably, Outstanding! I don't have enough adjectives to describe how wonderful and fantastic your band is. The members were so amazing with such energy. The singers were "supreme". It was such a pleasure to hear a horn section not to mention those on keyboard and percussion who were first class. Collectively they kept everyone on the dance floor "all night long".
To top it off the DJs, Kevin & Mark were the icing on the cake and kept the energy going between sets. I am pretty sure I was on the dance floor 90% of the time because the music was just too fantastic.
So Jon, I guess you got the point that I am more than pleased with how the evening went and your music was a huge part. I look forward to coming to 3030 when you are playing.
Carmela
Carmela Sent on 27/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding

The Intentions go above and beyond yo ensure you have all you need for your day! Not to mention how OUTSTANDING their performance was!
Brittany
Brittany H. Sent on 01/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The Intentions!

The Intentions were the heart and soul of our reception. From the start, Jon was a pleasure to work with. He listened carefully to what we wanted and went above and beyond to make sure everything was just right. The band was absolutely incredible. We had the party band and the DJ and would not have had it any other way.
Trevor
Trevor F. Sent on 25/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST band!

I had the privilege of working with the Intentions Band numerous times over the last few months. They are so much fun to work with while still remaining professional. The knowledge that they have about music and how to read a crowd is like nothing i've ever seen before at a wedding. They are not your typical "wedding band". They offer so many different variations of their band for all different aspects of a wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception) which makes them a one stop shop. Hire this band.
Monique
Monique G. Sent on 18/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Got the party started!

The Intentions! were AMAZING! We had them play with their 7 piece band at our wedding in April. We were allowed to request 2 songs and they did a fabulous job of playing the very hard 'Arcade Fire' song I requested. The band has a niche genre of music that they play, but oh do they play it well. The music is great for all generations and really got everyone on the dance floor. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a band that is musical very talented and only plays songs they know they can play EXTREMELY well. We love them!
Alyssia
Alyssia H. Sent on 08/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The Intentions made our wedding the best day ever!

I can not thank the intentions enough for making our ceremony and reception a dream come true! From start to finish we loved our experience - Jon Ophek is a true professional and the most friendly and positive person going! The entire wedding was dancing and every single guest was so excited and having an incredible time! There was the largest Congo line I鈥檝e ever seen when the band performed love train and it鈥檚 a memory I will never forget! They got everyone up, dancing and having the best time! Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and beautiful music!!
Sarah
Sarah C. Sent on 10/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

A Must Have For Your Weeding!

Right from the start Jon was very attentive. He always got back to us quickly if we had questions. We hired them for all parts of our wedding including the vocal ensemble, jazz band and the party band. They were all equally amazing! They were so professional the whole time. I have never seen so many different ages of people dancing for so long! We had many guests say that the band made our wedding. Thank you Jon for such a wonderful night! The ambience you added made our wedding day perfect!
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Meet the team

Jonathan Ophek
Jonathan Ophek
Band Leader / Owner

Over 10 years ago, when I was planning my own wedding, I was surprised to discover that there was not a single band in Toronto and the GTA that described themselves as a dedicated Motown & Soul act. I believed then, as I still do to this day, that Soul and Motown music is uniquely powerful at bringing together crowds of different ages and backgrounds onto the dancefloor and that this genre would provide the ultimate soundtrack for the celebration. It turned out that while there were numerous fun wedding bands that played a handful of the classic hits from this era, the rest of their sets were filled with pop and rock hits from the 70's to today. Unsurprisingly, they routinely came off as generic. They lacked a true identity. So, a few months after my wedding, I started The Intentions. A band with a clear vision: to be the best Soul & Motown band in the country. All these years later, I believe we are.

In addition to the great pride I take in the music we perform, I also take great satisfaction in the genuine relationships we foster with our couples. When you send us your inquiry, your message won't be sent to a salesperson, followed by an event planner, followed by a musical director, and so on... As the sole manager and owner, I'll be the one to reach out to you, to give you a call and help you gauge how we might fit and add to your special day. I'll help you navigate the myriad of decisions to be made, to plan your schedule, and to run the day of the event seamlessly. But most importantly, I'll also be the one on stage, making sure that the band delivers the absolute best and most memorable party possible for all of your family and friends!

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