VANCOUVER'S BEST LIVE MUSIC BAND
The Phonix Band completes your event. It is Vancouver’s best live music band that combines old school dance grooves with flashy choreography and captivating stage presence, playing all your favourite songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, to your everyday Top 40’s. Along with an all-star party band line up, soulful lead singers and a shiny horn section, you will experience an infectious performance that will take you back in time and make you dance all night! You are guaranteed to have an unforgettable wedding or corporate event.
"The kitchen couldn't even serve the dessert course because every single guest was up dancing!"
~ Alina & Joe, Newlyweds
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.
28 Reviews for The Phonix Dance Band
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Winnie · 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 B. · 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 R. · 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 C. · 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++.
Erika M. · Married on 04/08/2019
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!
Sent on 02/11/2019
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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.
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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