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The award-winning Phonix Dance Band is Vancouver's premier choice for weddings and corporate events.

With GRAMMY, JUNO, and CCMA award-winning members who've shared stages with icons like Quincy Jones, Village People, Bif Naked, Jo Jo Mason, and Hey Ocean, our electrifying performances make every moment unforgettable.

Our diverse set list spans from the party band classics to today's Top 40 hits, ensuring a night of non-stop dancing and excitement for everybody!


  • 9-piece party band with a dancing horn section
  • 3 hours of live music entertainment (with short breaks)
  • learn 1 new song for you
  • Large professional sound system for band, background music
  • Microphone for Speeches
  • Lighting for the stage and dance floor
  • A dedicated audio technician for the whole event
  • FREE: 1 hour of solo saxophone over cocktail/dinner
  • FREE: a DJ for cocktail/dinner/between sets/after band

    ** we can tailor cast size to your budget!


The Phonix, a dynamic band, has rocked over 700 shows since 2009, becoming a reliable source for lively and inclusive parties that transcend generations, keeping everyone on the dance floor. Renowned as the house band at Vancouver's Arts Club's Backstage Lounge from 2011 to 2019, they were integral to the city's funk scene.

With a passion for icons like James Brown and Stevie Wonder, all nine members infuse their performances with infectious energy and a commitment to funky tunes. Boasting 8 years as a house band, they've honed flashy choreography and stage presence, captivating audiences across BC, from Kelowna to Victoria, and headlining events like the Vancouver Street Dance Festival and Penticton Peach Festival.

Their extensive resume includes prestigious venues like Fairmont and Sutton Place hotels, Red Robinson and McPherson theatres, and nearly every casino in Vancouver, even sharing the stage with Canadian legends like Trooper.

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Frequently asked questions

Are you an agency or a band?


What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental duo
String trio
Instrumental trio
String quintet
Instrumental solo
String quartet

How many musicians are in your band?


What genres of music does your band play?

Hip hop
Top 40

What instruments does your group play?


What music services do you provide?

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

What services do you provide?

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

What items are available?

Disco ball
Sound PA

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?


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


What is the price of your most popular wedding package?


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


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

Ceremony music
Reception music
Music during breaks
Sample performances
Learn new songs
Sound/ PA system

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
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Reviews for The Phonix Dance Band

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Kurt D. Sent on 27/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Unreal experience!

We are so grateful for the top notch job done by The Phonix for our wedding.
It was a 250 person wedding done at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna, which the 9 piece group made the trip up from Vancouver for. We paid for transport and accommodations for the group. We met with Eric about 9 months prior for a meet and greet. He had great energy and we felt that we'd be well taken care of. Little did we appreciate how well taken care of. We felt that the cost for their services was very fair in comparing to some similar calibre bands. We liked the way they communicated through email and forms, and they were responsive and personal. Communication by our main go-tos Eric and Reuben was excellent. Leading up they were very accommodating to have the necessary logistical/equipment options provided for. The day of, they were calm, composed, friendly, and helpful amongst some of the chaos in the final hours before the wedding. Their rendition of our first dance song was flawless and felt so good to do our practiced 1st dance routine to. Their versatility in learning an intro song for the wedding party as they came into the reception was impressive. They accommodated me coming up and doing a surprise song with my siblings for my bride, which was I was hugely grateful for. They brought the energy All. Night. Long. Boy did those horns POP. Voices were phenomenal. Great repertoire that we were able to choose from and they mixed to keep the flow going. The floor was packed the entire time. Choosing Phonix for our wedding was one of the decisions that we are rock solid confident was the right choice. Over a month later folks are still bringing up what a killer band it was. They even did an ad lib Mustang Sally with my aunt and all of them absolutely nailed it-- sounded like it had been rehearsed over and over and is a fun memory that we can always cherish.
Full marks for this humble, versatile, professional, accommodating, amicable, and highly skilled crew.
Winnie Sent on 14/02/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent choice!

We are from the UK and wanted to get married in Vancouver, but were concerned about a destination wedding and not being to see the band live was a worry for us. After narrowing down the choices from the bands listed on WeddingWire, I went on the Phonix's website and immediately fell in love with the band and the playlist. The entire process from booking to the day was flawless and Eric has been amazing at keeping us updated regularly. We would highly recommend!
Estefani R. Sent on 15/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

They made our wedding even more special!

We loved having Phonix at our wedding. It was so worth it! Our guest our were delighted with their energy and charisma.
The way the set everything up, with all the proper sound equipment, and lights was also great. Everyone had lots of fun :)
Maridel C. Sent on 20/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating
We had the privilege of seeing the Phonix Band at a wedding in December 2014 and we were blown away by them! They left such an amazing, long last impression on us that when we got engaged in 2016, one of the first things we did was get in touch with them. Reuben, the band leader, responded promptly and we booked them immediately during that initial email. It was one of the best things we did for our wedding!

The Phonix took our wedding to another level. They were lively, entertaining, and they kept the party going! Weeks later, people are still talking about our wedding and one of the first things they mention is the great band that played all night long. The Phonix were also kind enough to learn our first dance song and take into account our song requests. Reuben was wonderful to work with, and he even went above and invited us to take dance classes with him to prepare for our first dance. Overall, the memories they left us, our family, and our friends were priceless. I would give them a A++.
Borna A. Sent on 14/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

AMAZING - fun, engaging and professional

We hired Phonix for the photobooth which was a hit!!
We ended up hiring Eric for sax solo during cocktail and dancing as well - great choice.
Eric was engaging, accomodating and extremely fun.
Great entertainment.
The photo booth attendant was so much fun!! Many guests ended up messaging us telling us how amazing he was.
100% would recommend!
Denea B. Sent on 08/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating


We hired Eric to do a sax solo during our wedding and he was great! He really added to the vibe of the reception and was a pleasure to work with from start to end. I would highly recommend Eric if you’re looking to level up your cocktail hour or reception.
Erika M. Sent on 02/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Fun and engaging band that gets everyone on the dance floor!

The Phonix Band was incredible. Our guests were dancing the entire evening and raved about the music and how fun and engaged the band was.

The band manager Eric, was wonderful and accommodating throughout the entire wedding planning process leading up to the wedding.

We also rented the “magic mirror” photo booth from the band, Eric worked with us to custom design the photo cards to match our wedding colors, making them a fun and beautiful take away for wedding guests.

We were impressed with how easy they were to work with and their execution throughout the entire day from ceremony to cocktail hour to the full band in the evening. We couldn’t have asked for a better music experience.
Well worth the cost!
Cassandra E. Sent on 29/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding Band

The Phonix Band was the perfect band for our wedding reception! We had The Phonix for four hours and it wasn't long enough. They had everyone dancing until the very end of the night. They play a perfect mix of music which caters to everyone in the crowd. The Phonix was also so easy to plan with and made the process very stress free. Having a live band is something we will always be thankful for. It is such a special memory for not only us, but also our guests.
Michael B. Sent on 14/09/2018
4.8 out of 5 rating

Truly, Great Time!

Without hesitation! The Phonix Band is very fun and talented. It made our night! I didn't give them full marks on responsiveness because they were busy during busy season - very excusable. Just trying to be honest and set expectations.
Alex R. Sent on 13/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

What an awesome dance party!

Music was a huge priority for us, and the Phonix definitely delivered an amazing party! The dance floor was packed the whole night, they rocked it and even did 2 encores :) They worked with us on set list leading up to the wedding and performed all of our first dance songs. All of our attendees are still raving about their performance. We had the best time, THANK YOU to Reuben and the whole Phonix crew!
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Meet the team

Reuben  Avery
Reuben Avery
Founder and Trumpet Player

Hi, I'm Reuben, and I can't wait to help you plan the best party of your life!

I have been performing with and leading the Phonix since 2009 and have performed over 500 shows with the band. There's nothing I like more than being on stage and sharing my band's music and fun with everyone on the dance floor.

Since finishing my Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from Capilano University, I have been working as a trumpet player, pianist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader.

My unique history of blending administrative roles with formal music study and extensive performance experience make me a valuable asset to your wedding or event. I am very easy to work with thanks to my systematic approach to getting things done and my personable, soft-spoken and small-town (originally from Naramata, BC) demeanour.

When I'm not busy with events and music projects, I enjoy growing vegetables, making great meals for friends and dreaming up creative ways to make the world a more efficient and caring place.

Eric Tsang
Eric Tsang

The most awesome guy you can hang out with, who just so happen to manage the partiest band in town. Eric studied jazz saxophone under renowned artists Campbell Ryga and Mike Allen. He attained a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Education in Curriculum Studies from UBC. From 2009-2018, Eric was the Music Director of John Oliver Secondary where he runs a music program of 300+ students. In 2009, he received the Don Wright Scholarship in Instrumental Education in recognition for his achievement in instrumental education. In addition, Eric was nominated for the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award in 2015.

With the PHONIX band, Eric is the guy you call if you want to bring down the house!

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