About The Phonix Dance Band
The Phonix is a 9-piece funk and soul band with a punchy 3-piece horn section, two soulful lead singers and incredible rhythm section who fire up sweaty excitement that turns any crowd into an extraordinary dance party. Your wedding will be filled with fun and unsurpassed energy with these extraordinary musicians.
The Phonix has performed over 500 shows since 2009 and is a band you can count on for an engaging party that keeps all your guests from every generation entertained and on the dance floor all night! They were a staple in the diets of thousands of funk-loving Vancouverites as they diligently fulfilled their role as house band at the Arts Club's Backstage Lounge from 2011 to 2019. If it’s funky and will make you dance, the Phonix will play it! All 9 of them share a love for the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire.
8 years experience as a house band has gifted the Phonix with flashy choreography, captivating stage presence and an ability to sustain a high energy, exciting and engaging performance. Their infectious energy has affected BC audiences as far as Kelowna, Penticton and Victoria. They have headlined at the Vancouver Street Dance Festival as well as the Penticton Peach Festival, where they have also had the privilege of opening for iconic Canadian band, Trooper. Their vast list of performances includes venues such as the Fairmont, Sutton Place and Westin Bayshore hotels, the Red Robinson and McPherson theatres and just about every casino in Vancouver.
They can provide music for ceremonies, receptions, during breaks and sample performances with sound and lighting being covered. This group has members that play the piano, saxophone, guitar, drums, trumpet, bass and piano. Items such as a disco ball and microphones are also available. Couples can also take advantage of the ability to request songs.
In addition to the nine member group, future newlyweds can also choose to have different groupings as well such as a ceremony musician (piano or guitar), instrumental ensemble (for dinner and cocktails) or a Jazz quartet with vocals.
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Winnie Wu · Married on 18/11/2018
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!Sent on 14/02/2019
Michael Barker · Married on 25/08/2018
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.Sent on 14/09/2018
The Phonix Dance Band's reply:Thanks so much for your review, Michael! We had a fantastic time at your wedding. We've never seen so many shirts come off on a single dance floor in one night, haha.
Alex Reid · Married on 04/08/2018
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!Sent on 13/08/2018
The Phonix Dance Band's reply:Aw, thanks Alex! It was an absolute pleasure to take part in your big day. It's the best when we have fans from all our bar shows of years gone by, come out of the past, get married and invite us to their party! Nothing makes us feel more at home and more loved. We will always remember your barn party and the beautiful Okanagan weather. Your wedding was incredible and your guests were so much fun! Here's to a long and happy marriage for you two!!
Maridel Constantino · Married on 09/09/2017
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!Sent on 20/09/2017
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++.
Kurt Deschner · Married on 09/06/2019
We are so grateful for the top notch job done by The Phonix for our wedding.Sent on 27/07/2019
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.
The Phonix Dance Band's reply:Wow, thank you so much for the incredible review, Kurt! We had such an amazing time partying with your family and friends. That packing house was such a special venue too! And we're so happy that you two now share an anniversary with the Phonix! Yours is a wedding we will NEVER forget! Thanks so much for having us :)
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