Toronto Jazz Collective

740 Kennedy Road, Unit 36A M1K2C5 Toronto (Ontario) View map

Information about Toronto Jazz Collective

Toronto Jazz Collective is a one of a kind music collective offering luxury live music entertainment for weddings & special events. Their diverse music repertoire ranges from 1960's to present day offering Jazz (their specialty!), Blues, Latin, Motown, Top 40's, Pop and Rock. Thanks to their award winning musicians & performers combined with their stellar customer service, Toronto Jazz Collective will offer you a unique experience that cannot be matched in order to make your wedding a special day to remember forever.

Services offered

At Toronto Jazz Collective, we offer full service wedding packages. The services offered include the following:

  • Wedding Music Packages (Live Music for your Ceremony, Cocktails, Dinner, Reception & Dancing)
  • High Energy Cover Bands
  • Swinging Jazz Bands
  • String Ensembles
  • Solo Musicians
  • DJ's/MC's
  • High End PA Systems & Audio/Visual Services

Other services

In addition, they will also be an excellent choice for a variety of events, special occasions and parties. They have already played for countless corporate events, private functions and holiday parties.

  • Arrangements

    Acapella, instrumental duo, string trio, brass quintet, instrumental trio, brass trio, soloist/vocalist,…View more

  • Instruments

    Organ, clarinet, winds, saxophone, guitar, drums, violin, cello, harp, trumpet, flute, viola, piano

  • Ceremony Music Starting Price

    C$ 600.00

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More information about Toronto Jazz Collective

  • Are you an agency or a band? Agency
  • How many musicians are in your band? 7+
  • What genres of music does your band play? Jazz, country, acoustic, funk, dance, classical , blues, big band, oldies, swing, rock, classic rock, folk, pop, motown, strings, latin, reggae, r&B, top 40, soul, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s
  • What music services do you provide? Ceremony music, cocktail hour music, instrumentals, learning new songs, mC, 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, liability insurance, microphones, reception music, music during breaks, rehearsal dinner music, sample performances, sound / PA system, vocals
  • What items are available? Lighting, microphones, projector, sound PA
  • What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season? C$ 4500
  • What is the price of your most popular wedding package? C$ 3000
  • What is the average price for a wedding reception during off-peak season? C$ 4500
  • Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package? Travel expenses, 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? Travel, learning new songs, sample performances, ceremony music, cocktail hour music, reception music, mC, sound PA, recorded music breaks, lighting

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  • Annie

    Annie Chow, Married on 08/07/2018

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    Thank you!

    Toronto Jazz Collective was amazing to work with. They came highly recommended from a friend’s wedding. We got a jazz duo to play during the dinner and for our first dance. Everyone loved the music and we received a ton of compliments. DJ Duck was a lot of fun as well! He played all our requested songs and even let one of the groomsman turn the dance floor into a karaoke. They were also super responsive to questions throughout the whole planning phase. Thank you so much!

    Sent on 29/07/2018

    Toronto Jazz Collective's reply:

    Thank you Annie and Raymond! You guys were such a pleasure to work with. Wishing you two newly weds all the best!

  • Jen

    Jen Collins, Married on 17/02/2018

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    • Quality of service:
      Good
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    Easy to work with and great sound

    Josh was incredibly helpful in the planning process, arranging lighting and equipment as well as putting together the perfect band for the sound we were looking for. They accommodated our song list and I didn't have to worry about a thing on the day.

    Sent on 28/02/2018

    Toronto Jazz Collective's reply:

    Thank you so much for the kind words Jen! It was our pleasure to be a part of your special day. Congrats to both of you and all the best! Keep in touch!

  • J Kim

    J Kim, Married on 21/10/2017

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    • Quality of service:
      Unacceptable
    • Responsiveness:
      Unacceptable
    • Value:
      Unacceptable
    • Flexibility:
      Unacceptable
    • Professionalism:
      Unacceptable

    TL;DR – We paid $3,600 for 45 minutes of play (contract was for 90 minutes) – the band knew they brought an incapable vocalist - we had to cut them short at our wedding – The guests complained that they were terrible and half the guests left our reception room during the first set.
    ///Preface///
    My husband and I just had a wedding the past weekend at the Ritz Carlton. We worked very hard and saved a huge portion of our incomes just to make our dream hotel come true. We poured $200,000 into our savings and hours and hours and hours into this event to make sure we gave our guests an experience of a lifetime.

    Toronto Jazz Collective were the last vendor I could possibly predict to ruin our wedding – I was wrong.
    ///Planning Stage///
    I found Toronto Jazz Collective online. Their youtube videos with their performance looked fantastic. My planner wanted us to use a band that was more well-known and established in Toronto. However, I wanted to give these guys a chance. Against my planner’s wishes I contacted Toronto Jazz Collective.

    The planning with them was far from ideal:
    1. Josh Lane, the manager of the group was very pushy with deposits. He emailed us numerous times asking us to ‘pay by this day or else’. I brushed this off as over-enthusiastic sales.
    2. The band said their gear was not compatible with our equipment so they charged another $800 for an AV technician bringing the total from $2,500 to $3,300
    3. The band refused to play past 11pm. Given we invested so much on many different acts, even though the planner asked if they could even do 11:15pm they refused
    4. The band demanded dinner which at the Ritz Carlton costed $50/person x 5 = $250 and valet at the hotel ($50/car)
    I should have seen the signs but I just wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    ///The day of the wedding///
    I made sure the band was the main event and I hyped them up for all my friends and family. I made sure to give the Toronto Jazz Collective the room on a high – The room was buzzing as the dance troupe finished a fantastic act. Everyone sat in excitement as the band started their first song – which I made sure was also our first dance. The moment the vocalist started singing I knew I made a big mistake. The vocalist was not anyone I saw on the youtube videos or any of their marketing material. I wanted to cry. I stood up and looked into my husband’s eyes and put on my biggest smile for the cameras, but inside I died a little.

    The next song was the same – quiet, painful, drawn-out. The vocalist just drowned away with the instruments. Out of courtesy my guests came out to dance with us for the second song. By the third song, the high, buzzing room went flat as half my guests left the room. As I sat at the head table watching the empty dance floor and half empty reception room, 4-5 guests came by to ask when the band would stop playing. Another ten minutes later my own mother came by to ask if we could cut the band short and go on with the cake-cutting so that her friends could go home because the music was making them sleepy.

    I called my planner over and asked her if she could speak to the band to see what she could do to fix this situation. She came back to say ‘its been taken care of’ and the DJ continued to play the night. It turns out nothing was taken care of – The band demanded their money for the full set because it is what the contract.

    ///The Next Day////
    I do not blame the Toronto Jazz Collective for asking for the full amount as per laid out on the contract.
    However, I do blame them for bringing on a really incapable vocalist that was not up to the standards of their price tag. The performance was nowhere near what their youtube videos and online marketing showed. Based on my conversation below it became clear to me that this vocalist was new and that Josh Lane knew that the vocalist was to blame:
    I called Josh to understand what happened and asked him truthfully (without mentioning the vocalist) if he felt the performance was up to his standards – if he “truly” felt the band brought their best that night. He himself replied with ‘the vocalist is not always the same as what is on our videos’. This statement proves that the general manager himself knew the vocalist was the reason I made that call.

    ///Conclusion///
    I would not recommend this band to others as based on my experience they are not reliable and their performance is not dependable. Their performance ruined our $200,000 wedding and they still demanded full payment even though they knew themselves they brought an incapable vocalist.

    The band cost us $3,600 for 45 minutes of play. They made more than I do working for a month in less than 45 minutes.

    Sent on 25/10/2017

    Toronto Jazz Collective's reply:

    Thank you for your feedback J Kim. It’s very unfortunate that you felt this way about our band's performance. We hold our musicians to a very high standard and only hire musicians with bachelor’s degrees in music performance and many years of experience in the industry. Our singer that was referred to as “incapable” is an award winning vocalist and respected vocal coach here in Toronto who has a bachelor degree in music (4 years) from Humber College which is known as one of the best and most competitive post-secondary music schools in the country.

    For reference, one can watch the live video of our wedding band on our
    Weddingwire page which features our female vocalist singer. There is no
    pitch shifting, auto tune or overdubs throughout this video. As a
    professional, award winning musician myself, I 100% vouch for our singer
    and all of our hand-picked musicians in the collective.

    We followed everything that was written in the contract that was signed by you in regards to timing of sets, song requests, parking, meals etc. These are very typical items that practically all professional wedding bands in Toronto require in order to perform at a wedding. The only reason the band did not play the second set was because the wedding planner told the band not to as per your wishes. There was no discussion as to why the band needed to finish early, no mention of your feelings towards the bands performance and no suggestions for what the band could do differently. The only message we got about the bands performance was days later when we were asked to return the tip that was given to us which we gladly honored.

    All this to be said, we had your best interests in mind throughout the entire process and find it very unfortunate that you felt this way. This is the first time since our inception in 2012 that we have ever received a review like this and don’t think it’s an accurate depiction of our company, level of talent or customer service we offer. We have only got 5 star reviews from our clients and always go the extra mile to make sure our clients are happy.

    We truly wish you and your husband Dennis all the best.

    Kindest Regards,
    Josh Lane - President
    Toronto Jazz Collective

  • Jessica Stewart, Married on 08/09/2018

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    Amazing band! Talented and friendly. Highly recommend!!

    The Toronto Jazz Collective was fantastic! They were so lovely to work with, and were extremely helpful in ensuring we had the sound and combination of musicians that we were looking for. They worked with us to get the right set list and were so easy to communicate with.
    Plus, they are incredibly talented!! We had so many guests tell us how much they loved the music, and everyone danced the whole night!
    I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a band that will have everyone up and partying the night away.

    Sent on 17/10/2018

    Toronto Jazz Collective's reply:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Jessica! A big congrats to you and Matthew! Wishing you two all the best!

  • Joe Kohl, Married on 18/08/2018

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    Great Surprise for my wife from the Toronto Jazz Collective

    I hired the Toronto Jazz Collective to surprise my wife with a rendition of our wedding song for our 6th anniversary. They provided me with an upload of the musician who would be singing so that I could see if he was to my liking and he sounded amazing. He arrived on time and was fantastic. My wife was surprised, very emotional and extremely happy. TJC dis an amazing job. Very professional both up front and followed up as well to insure that we were pleased with the outcome. Would hire them again without hesitation. A very memorable moment for us. Thank you to the Collective.

    Sent on 25/08/2018

    Toronto Jazz Collective's reply:

    Thanks Joe! It was a pleasure to provide our musical services for the surprise! Wishing you two many more wonderful anniversaries together!

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