Background Music

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alexander flock

Alexander Flock

Alex Flock is a master guitar player of the very highest standard. Performing any style, his passion and talent shine through in every song he performs. From Pop standards to Classical Favourites, Alex has a huge catalogue of material that can bve tailored toy our preferences.

Perfect for background music at a Wedding, Corporate Event, Private Party. We at VEE rate Alex extremely highly and recommend hinm for any event.

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almost famous

Almost Famous

Almost Famous is an acoustic vocal duo based out of Vancouver Canada providing professional entertainment with a set list large enough to suit any occasion. The name came from the successes Wes and Steve have had with their respective bands: The Little Brother Band and Uncle Nestor as both of them have had success with videos on "Much More Music" and radio play across Canada! Almost Famous specializes in providing quality entertainment for Corporate Events, Weddings, Pubs, Clubs, Private Functions.

Here at VEE we assess a lot of potential talent, only a handful of whom "make the cut"!! Almost Famous sailed through our strict vetting procedure! Not only are Steve and Wes extremely talented, performing up tempo classics, to beautifully performed ballads, they are consummately professional, always punctual, and highly reliable.

There's something uniquely special about an acoustic guitar duo, and without doubt, Almost Famous are up there with the very best.

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amanda wood

Amanda Wood

Amanda is one of Vancouver’s best products in the world of music. Her music is a beautiful balance of power and emotion. Quite simply, she can sing anything, standards - creatively interpreted, and originals, all coming together in an adult contemporary, jazz style.

Amanda has worked tirelessly for years, developing her voice, stage presence and song writing. She strives for honesty and clarity in her performance, and does it all with genuine love for what she does. Her overriding objective is to connect with her audience, and leave them feeling inspired. "Life can be hard and discouraging at timesand I want to create beauty in people’s lives through my music, a place to escape".

Extremely highly recommended by Vantastic as a fabulous addition to any event.

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amanda wood malcolm aiken

amanda wood malcolm aiken

Amanda Wood & Malcolm Aiken

Two of Western Canada’s most celebrated musicians, vocalist Amanda Wood and trumpeter Malcolm Aiken combine their talents in an unforgettable performance that brings together the dazzle of the voice with the elegance of flugel horn and trumpet.

Amanda Wood is a highly celebrated vocalist and international touring aritist, with shows at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With a voice described by David Foster as "sultry and unique" she is a soulful performer with a gift for emotional story telling.

Malcolm Aiken brings a musical style that flirts with latin and pop, infused with a smooth jazz groove. His velvet tone plays homage to Chet Baker and Miles Davis while his original compositions are inspired by his own influences as an artist, "the smoky jazz club, the cuban dance hall, the symphony orchestra."

Performing music off their new albums "On My Way to You" and "Paper Star", the duo also play bold new takes on jazz standards and contemporary artists like Adele, Coldplay and Lou Reed. They are backed by Cuban drummer Gorge Smith and Juno Award-winning Miles Black on piano, bringing together new elements of jazz and pop with a touch of world fusion.

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brothers arntzen

Brothers Arntzen

Born into a musical family consisting of four generations of musicians steeped in the tradition of New Orleans music and early jazz from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, Arnt and Evan Arntzen take this music to the streets, clubs, and dance halls, of Vancouver.

Evan Arntzen is a saxophone/clarinet player and singer who has been playing New Orleans jazz since he was seven years old. Having performed in concert halls and for dancers all over the USA and Canada, as well as in Europe and Japan, he knows how to get folks moving to the music. Arnt Arntzen is a banjo and guitar strumming rhythm machine and a singer with a magnetic style all his own.

From crooning sweet jazz tunes in vocal harmony to firing it up with hot jazz and funky grooves, the Brothers Arntzen play fun, danceable music for any party or event! With several combinations to choose from, you can be sure you’re getting quality music to fit your budget.

The Arntzen Brothers can provide a duo, trio and five piece jazz band.

New Orleans jazz and exciting swing at its finest! This band’s specialty is playing dances and is a favourite of the local lindy hop and swing dance scene.

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colin matson-jones

Colin Matson-Jones

"This guitarist is a poet" is what 8 time Grammy winner Chucho Valdes had to say after hearing Colin play when he was in Vancouver in 2012. Colin Matson-Jones is a versatile guitarist who specializes in jazz, funk and solo acoustic guitar.

After graduating as a jazz and contemporary guitar major from VCC, Colin has completed two cruise ship tours of the Western Caribbean, toured across Canada, and is currently performing everything from disco to latin fusion with many different artists in Vancouver, as well as performing his own gigs as a solo guitarist and with his trio.

Whether its in the form of solo guitar, trio, or larger band, Colin's music is sure to set the perfect atmosphere for any occasion!

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compliment

Compliment

Compliment is an acoustic duo of Violin and guitar by Tim Hewitt and Ian Cameron.

There are many compelling reasons why stringed instruments have been used for centuries whenever family, friends, loved ones or acquaintances gather for celebratory events. The pleasing and resonance of these timeless instruments never fails to stir the emotions of all present.

Ian and Tim are immensely experienced musicians, and have performed for many years with one of Vancouver’s best event bands, Faith and Desire. They can be depended on to provide just what you are looking for and more, delivered with utmost professionalism and enthusiasm.

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company b jazz band

Company B Jazz Band

Company B Jazz Band, a Vancouver-based sextet in the style of the Andrews and Boswell Sisters, rouses crowds for dancing and smiles with their cheerful renditions of classic repertoire from the 1920s through 1950s.

Loaded with personality, the harmonies of the female vocal trio are well-complemented by an instrumental trio of clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass.  A blend of excellent musicianship, an evident love for the music they perform, tightness, spontaneity, and just the right amount of humour gives CoBJB a broad appeal which keeps listeners and dancers of all ages coming back for more.

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dan hare

Dan Hare

Dan Hare is the leader and singer of one of Vancouver's best known event bands, March Hare. Dan performs classic background material solo with his acoustic guitar and vocals, and if the mood warrants, he can elevate the tempo to get the party started! Songs by James Taylor, Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot, and many more of your favourite artists are performed with skill and passion.

A lifetime of singing and playing guarantees quality and ensures a polished performance every single time.

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encore

Encore

Featuring the prodigiously gifted D'arcy Han, and seasoned guitar playing maestro Michael Aihoshi.

D’arcy also performs with Canada’s no. 1 event band, Ten Souljers, testament to her vocal prowess. Her sweet, feathery tones and her ability to personalize any song and sing it in her own style is a key element to this remarkable duo.

Even in her younger years, D’arcy placed 7th in "Chinese Idol" a show viewed by billions of people. Michael has performed many different genres in many different bands, often sharing the stage with some of Canada's premier musicians.

A serious contender for one of the best duo acts in Canada.

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Eric Harper

We at VEE are honoured and privileged to represent an outstanding, prodigiously gifted talent in Eric Harper, a monumental guitar player. Water is wet, the sky is blue and Eric Harper can slay the guitar like no other. This level of talent cannot just be acquired. You have to be born with it. You have to love it. It has to be part of your DNA! Eric performs with total commitment, outstanding precision, emotion and above all, sheer passion. If your aim is to impress your guests, then look no further.

He creates not only a unique sound all his own but his music is melodically entrancing, virtuosically ferocious and harmonically soul-stirring to the core. Among other achievements Eric has also co-scored Kevin Spacey’s movie entitled "Inseparable", worked closely with amazing people such as Grammy Award Winning Producer KC Porter and The Office's Rainn Wilson.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Co-Composed the music for the latest movie starring Kevin Spacey entitled "Inseparable". Directed by Dayyan Eng.
  • Composed music for the multi-award winning film "Waiting Alone" by Dayyan Eng.
  • Composed the music for a short PSA starring Rainn Wilson about the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran.
  • Composed music for the award winning short film "Missing Pieces" by Samah Tokmachi starring Rainn Wilson.
  • Co-composer for short "Smooch My Smackers" directed by Samah Tokmachi.
  • Composed for Adidas.
  • Composed, recorded and performed for Chinese Superstar Lin Cheng.
  • Composed music for over 30 TV shows including "How I Met Your Mother", "Top Gear", "Kitchen Nightmare", "The Ultimate Fighter", "Holidate", "My Fair Wedding", "Ghost Hunters" and several others.
  • Performed with artists such as "Andy Grammer", "Cheng Lin", "KC Porter", "Leonor Dely", "Sweet Thing", "Current Swell", "USS", "Ry Moran", "Monin Sons" and many others.
  • Performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, Portugal, Spain, China, Switzerland, Spain, France and Israel.

Award Winning Flamenco Guitarist Eric Harper creates not only a unique sound all his own but his music is melodically entrancing, virtuosically ferocious and harmonically soul-stirring to the core. Among other achievements Eric has also co-scored Kevin Spacey's movie entitled "Inseparable", worked closely with amazing people such as Grammy Award Winning Producer KC Porter and The Offic's Rainn Wilson.

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hip pocket

Hip Pocket

Hip Pocket is led by Adam Rohrlick, a multi-instrumentalist with over twenty five years of experience as a professional musician. Adam performs on guitar, saxophones and keyboards. He is also a skilled producer, arranger, songwriter and music teacher. Adam’s previous work experience includes a five year tenure in the lounge of the Hotel Vancouver (1996-2000) and steady engagements at The Panorama Roof (1994-1995), The Four Seasons Hotel (1993-1994) and the Sunday Smooth Jazz Brunch at the Dockside Restaurant in the Granville Island Hotel (2006-2008).

Adam has performed with many artists including Michael Buble’, Jim Byrnes, Kim Kuzma, Michael Kaeshammer, Dal Richards, Christine Duncan, Mike Reno of Loverboy, Sibel Thrasher, Gypselero, Mike Henry & the Big Dawg Band, Warren Stanyer, Amanda Wood, Kenny Wayne, Jillian Lebeck, Bobby Taylor, Brad Turner and Chris Tarry of Metalwood, Jesse Zubot of Zubot & Dawson, Jennifer Scott, Michael Blake, Vince Mai, Torben Oxbol, Kerry Galloway, and Rick Kilburn.

Hip Pocket is one of Vancouver's very best Jazz/Background ensembles, tight, smooth and talented! They can adapt their set to suit your theme, always willing to work with the client for that extra personal touch.

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jen hodge allstars

Jen Hodge Allstars

The Jen Hodge All Stars is the cream of the crop of Vancouver's young traditional jazz players - that is, Evan Arntzen on clarinet and vocals, Bonnie Northgraves on trumpet and vocals, Dave Taylor on guitar, and Jen Hodge on bass, vocals, and bandleading duties - playing high energy authentic jazz circa 1900-1935.

The All Stars have an expansive arsenal of songs both familiar and obscure, which they perform with expert musical skill and spontaneity as well as a signature raw enthusiasm which causes them to appeal both to jazz aficionados as well as to folks who just like to hang out and have a good time.

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john galliat

John Gilliat

When John Gilliat holds his acoustic guitar he holds technique and emotion in melodic balance and holds his audience in the palm of his hand.

At age 26 he immersed himself in Flamenco guitar, inspired by the incredible sounds of Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Nino Josele and many others. John spent the next 6 years studying Flamenco Guitar, practicing 8 to 10 hours a day. The effort would pay off and the accolades would follow. In 1995, John won “Best Acoustic Guitar Performance” in the Music West Star Frets Competition. He won Vancouver’s Unplugged Competition in 1996, in 1997 he became a finalist in Vancouver’s Global Star Quest and in 2009 competed at the Montreal Jazz Festival winning the Grand Prize at the BOSS Loop Station 2009 Championship National Finals.
Like all great performers, John feeds off the energy of a live audience. The stage is where his heart soars and his music flows.

The corporate world has embraced John’s music as well, through recent performances for prestigious clients like MasterCard, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Verizon, Lehman Brothers, Sun America, Air Canada, Worksafe BC and many others. He’s also had the distinction of playing for Canada’s former, Prime Minister, Jean Chretien.

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jonathan tobins

jonathan tobin

Jonathan Tobin is a 10-time award-winning pianist, composer, and songwriter based in Vancouver, BC. A graduate of Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program, his enthusiasm and passion for all styles of music have helped him to become in-demand musician in Vancouver’s diverse music scene and abroad. Specializing in jazz, blues, R&B, soul, pop, and any other music that grooves, Jonathan’s warm sound and virtuosic style have brought smiles to many faces.
His vast performance experience includes playing regularly on cruise ships, headlining at a variety of casinos, touring across Canada, playing in the finest hotels and members-only clubs in Vancouver, showcasing his music at concert halls, and performing for a wide array of private functions, galas, and weddings.

Over the years, Jonathan has had the chance to work with a variety of jazz heavyweights such as Dee Daniels, Brad Turner, Louis Hayes, and Randy Brecker. In 2013 he was selected by his mentors as the recipient of the Linton Garner Award for Outstanding Musicianship, and in 2015 was one of 9 outstanding graduates across Canada to receive the Fred Sherratt Award. Within the span of a few years, Jonathan has had the chance to perform with some of Vancouver’s finest artists and bands including Famous Players, D’arcy Han, Rosemary Siemens, Warren Dean Flandez, Kia Kadiri, Ten Souljers, Krystle Dos Santos, RnB Icons, Eli Bennett, Andrea Superstein, and Mike Henry. With influences that span as wide as the keys on the piano, Jonathan’s inventive playing seeks to capture both modern and nostalgic sounds.

 

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just good friends

Just Good Friends

Just Good Friends are vocalist Kelly Brock and keyboardist / vocalist Andre Kunkel. Together they have nurtured their mutual love for ALL genres and styles of music ranging from the swing & jazz of the 1950's & 60's all the way through to the soulful 70's and right into the New Millennium.

Whether you'd prefer to simply lounge back and take a musical ride down memory lane or to jump to your feet and shake it up to a current dance favourite, Just Good Friends always manage to strike the perfect balance. Their upbeat style and easy going rapport provide just the right bookend to their sassy but classy humor. 

In short, Just Good Friends don't only play music; they play host and hostess, inviting audiences to join their party! They promise to save a seat for you!

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kokosoul

kokoSOUL

KokoSoul features the sultry sounds of vocalist Karina Morin. Let it be said, water is wet, the sky is blue, and Karina can SING!! Her sweet feathery tones are a direct contrast to her breath-taking soulful power. Using her own creative interpretation, Karina can bring a song to life, touching your heart in a way only she can.

Karlo's silky keyboard skills reflect his effervescent, affable personality. He has performed at the very highest level, with such greats as the one and only Tina Turner. Renowned for his versatility, Karlo performs a huge variety of styles from R & B and Soul, rock, pop and country, through to Swing and Jazz.

As an accolade to their ability, both Karina and Karl play a starring role in Vancouver's premier ten-piece band, Ten Souljers

Crucially, KokoSoul can adapt their playing style to suit any event. They can perform "up tempo" in a lively atmosphere, and they provide the perfect ambience before or during dinner, with their background set. KokoSoul are the "Real Deal".

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les is more

Les is more

Leslie started performing at age six, in the church choir. Her professional career began in 1978 with a long-standing house gig at The Devonshire Hotel. Leslie has performed with, among others: The Rhythm & Blues Allstars, Crusoe, The Euphorics (acapella), The CFOX Electric Lunch Orchestra and The CHRX Classic Rockers.

She has opened for Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Steppenwolf, Cheap Trick, War, Spencer Davis Group, Eric Burden and The Animals and Grand Funk Railroad. As the "les" in lesismore, Leslie's soulful voice and charismatic stage presence are irresistible to her ever-increasing Vancouver audience.

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lori pappajohn

Lori Pappajohn

If you want a touch of class -- look no further. Lori Pappajohn will up the ante of your event with her gorgeous renditions of classical, pop, jazz and world music. Expect elegance with a playful edge.

Lori Pappajohn’s beautifully-carved harp is a replica of a rare 17th Century harp in the Dublin museum. And her elegant one-of-a-kind gowns are designed after those found in pre-Raphaelite paintings.

Also a composer and singer, Lori Pappajohn has performed internationally as well as on radio and television. She has released 10 highly-successful CDs and is director of the critically-acclaimed Winter Harp ensemble.

A beautiful addition to a reception, or perfect dinner music for the more discerning client!

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martin acosta

Martin Acosta

Martin started playing the drums at age 12, but soon after he took on the guitar and piano which, along with his vocal stylings, have become the foundation of his live show today. He signed a record deal with Universal Germany at age 21 with his band "Outmatch" and has played shows all over North America, Europe, and Asia.

In 2009, Martin made the move from Toronto to Vancouver and he has since become a staple around Vancouver's music scene, playing multiple nights a week across the city’s hottest venues, as well as tons of private functions. As a multi-instrumentalist, he builds up a wall of sound with looped beats, guitars, piano, and stunning vocal harmonies, all done on the fly with his loop station.

With his eclectic catalogue, Martin can be heard rocking songs from all genres, while still keeping a cool and coherent vibe.

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sharon minemoto

Sharon Minemoto

Since the age of sixteen, Sharon Minemoto has been performing to audiences around the world. She is the leader of a trio, a quartet and a quintet. Her trio and quintet have each released one CD as well as several shows for CBC Radio. Her quartet's first recording is scheduled for May 2015. In addition to her own ensembles, she has performed in groups led by Jill Townsend, Cory Weeds, James Danderfer, Laura Crema, Alan Matheson, Mike Allen, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Chamber Choir.

Sharon has been on faculty at Vancouver Community College in the school of music since 2000. She is the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts grants and one BC Arts Council Grant. Her last grant took her to New York City for 4 months to study with Renee Rosnes and Kenny Werner.

Most recently, Sharon teamed up with vocalist Melissa van der Schyff for two very successful concerts, one at Birdland in NYC and the other at The Abbey Theatre in Orlando, Florida.

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six souljers

Six Souljers

From Canada's # 1 event band, Ten Souljers, comes a very fine sextet, ideal for high end corporate events and weddings. Performing Crooner classics by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett through to Etta James. Nora Jones, Buble, plus many more. The band can adjust their performance to any level, be it mellow, ambient background music, through to up tempo and lively, according to your requirements.

The Souljers can also provide a duo, trio, and with the addition of sweet, soulful saxophone, a quartet. All of their line up’s are extremely well polished, entertaining, inherently professional, and immaculately groomed.

The band have performed with aplomb at numerous high end corporate events, cocktail receptions, fund raising galas and weddings, and receive awesome reviews from every single client with no exceptions.

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take two

Take Two

Take Two! Perfect for any event or occasion! Be prepared to have your night jump-started by phenomenal renditions of classic songs, delivered by two effervescent personalities! Take Two are a world-class duo featuring Goby Catt and Jen Lewin.

Take Two will perform all of your favourite jazz standards, pop, disco, soul and male-female pop duets. They are maters of background, ambient music although equally adept at elevating the mood when spirits are high!

Goby and Jen are well known in the industry for their talent and versatility. Instantly likable, they have the innate ability to connect with any audience. A GREAT choice for your event.

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Tea Petrovic

Tea Petrovic

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Téa is a Vancouver based singer / classically-trained pianist / songwriter. With an A.R.C.T. diploma in piano performance and a B.A. in Music from UBC, Téa blends elements of R'n'B, Soul, and Pop into her own brand of "City Soul".
She was a 1st place winner at the International Songwriting Competition - ISC (R'n'B / Hip Hop category) with her song 'Fire & Flame', and a runner up at the ISC 2009 with 'In a Minute' (co-written with Krischan Grohne and Dane Deviller). 'Fire & Flame' has also won 3rd place at the Music BC's Songbird West Songwriting Contest.

Téa was the very first artist to be featured on Virgin Radio's 'Best of BC' new artist series, and a top 20 finalist in the Peak Performance Project. Her songs received extensive airplay on Virgin Radio, 100.5 The Peak, CBC 1, Belgrade 202 in Serbia, and Radio 1 in Greece.

Since the release of her debut EP 'Method to the Madness', Téa and her band have played over 400 shows, as well as showcases at the Arts Northwest conference, Ontario Contact, Vancouver International Jazz Fest, and Canadian Music Week 2012. Téa has toured Interior BC, Haida Gwaii, and Ontario, and has released her second EP 'Say Something' in March 2012.

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tim hewitt

Tim Hewitt

A one man band that will surprise and delight you! Tim’s use opf looping technology makes for a solo show that you have to hear to believe! Without backing tracks, Tim sounds like an entire band, 100% live and “on the fly”. People are constantly amazed at how full of a sound just one voice and one guitar can create.

A mainstay of Vancouver’s music scene, Tim has been performing with some of Canada’s best known bands for the past two decades! He is equally as proud of his solo acoustic show as any of his other projects. The show itself is lively, entertaining and diverse. Tim covers everything from current hits to East Coast Celtic.

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unomas

UnoMas

A Vancouver opus, UnoMas’ music is a Soul-Jazz flavor, peppered with funk, hip-hop, reggae, drum & bass, and Latin grooves. Embracing a unique, modern sound, this is a trio that never fails to deliver.

With original guitar by Kelly Brown, bass by Dino DiNicolo and drums by Travis Nelson, these boys have one of the freshest, groove-based, live acts Vancouver has to offer!

After narrowly surviving a multiple roll-over highway MVA in late 2010, their passion, gratitude and connection with one another, shines through their music in every performance.

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