FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I hire a band?


Live music is the heart and soul of any celebration and nothing can transform a room like a live band! Creating a perfect atmosphere that can draw your guests onto the dance floor and keep everyone moving all night long, live musicians bring a dynamic energy to any celebration. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event or a fundraising gala, The Next Level Entertainment consistently delivers high-energy performances and provides a 5 star show that is perfectly customized and suited to your event. The Next Level Entertainment has been the leader in the live music entertainment industry in North America since 2005. We pride ourselves in professionalism, organization, versatility, and high-quality entertainment! We absolutely love what we do - and we strive to make sure that you have the best night of your life! Don't just take our word for it! Check out some of our testimonials and videos, and see for yourself.




What style of music do you play?


Everything and more! The Next Level Entertainment plays a wide variety of styles, genre's, and era's, from Top 40, to Motown, to Rock, to Classic Rock, to Funk, to Soul, to EDM, to Country, from the 50's to today! The Next Level Entertainment performs all your favourite songs with high energy and passion that will move your guests to hit the dance floor and "get down tonight". We are constantly updating our repetiore list with new songs, and we will absolutely cater your event to your preferred style of music to ensure that your night is unforgettable. Contact us to recieve a copy of our master song list, that we are constantly updating with new music.




What size band should I choose?


The Next Level Entertainment can perform as an acoustic duo for smaller, more intimate events, ceremony & cocktail receptions, all the way up to a full 10-piece orchestra! We will customize our configuration to suit your personal preferences and budget. No matter what size of band you choose, we guarantee your event will be impossible to forget. Some of our most popular configurations are: Acoustic Duo, 4 Piece, 5 Piece, 6 Piece, 8 Piece, and 10 Piece. Have a look at our Videos for some samples of our different size bands.




What venues have you performed in?


The Next Level Entertainment has performed at thousands of festivals, events, and venues in North America. The Four Seasons, Palais Royal, The CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge Dundas Square, The Hershey's Centre, Copps Colosseum, The Thompson Hotel, The Hyatt, Arcadian Court, Bellevue Manor, Copper Creek Golf and Country Club, The Paramount, Ritz Carlton, Casa Loma, One King West, Berkeley Church, The Manor, Old Mill, Fallsview Casino, Casino Rama, and many more.
Take a look at our Shows page to see a full list of our past performance events & venues.




Is there anywhere I can see you perform live?


Absolutely! We perform at a wide variety of public events, festivals, restauraunts & bars across Ontario where you can catch one of our live sets of our acoustic duo or full band. Head to our Shows page to see where we're playing next. Can't make one of our public shows? We also set up a number of private showcases for our clients as an alternative option to seeing us live. To inquire about our next showcase date please contact us.




Can you provide live music for our ceremony & cocktail hour?


100% we can! Ceremony: We'd be happy to play all of your song requests for your march down the aisle to capture your vision for your perfect ceremony, and make those special moments last a lifetime. For your ceremony we offer music for 20 minute pre-ceremony, the processional, recessional, and any additional required ceremony music. Cocktail: We perform a wide variety of jazz standards, easy listening soundtracks, and sometimes even slow jams, which offer an elegant background ambiance for your cocktail hour or dinner. We're available as an acoustic duo, 3 piece, 4 piece, up 2 a 6 piece. Head over to our Videos to see some of our ceremony / cocktail reception live music options.




Can you work with our wedding planner / event coordinator?


Of course! Through out our 12 years in the events and entertainment industry we've worked with the best wedding planners, day of event coordinators, and venue staff in the GTA, and continue to keep a great relationship with all of them. Put us in touch with your person in charge, and we'll do all the work from there!




What equipment is provided by the band?


At The Next Level Entertainment we provide absolutely everything that we need! That includes a professional sound technician, a full state of the art PA system, subwoofers, microphones, stands, cables instruments, and dynamic band lighting. All we need from you / your venue is access to an electrical outlet (2 15A power circuits) and we'll take care of the rest! Need a wireless microphone for speeches / ceremony / your MC? We got you, free of charge! We can also provide full staging, ambient room lighting, video screens, at additional costs. Don’t hesitate to contact us with all your entertainment needs, and we will do our best to put together a custom package for you.




How much space does the band need?


Acoustic duo - trio we can fit in very snug spaces! We don't need much room! 4-6 piece band - we usually request a 16' by 10' space / staging area. 7-10 piece band - we usually request a 24' by 12' space / staging area. Don't hesitate to contact us with more info about your venue layout and we can customize our spacing to fit your room.




What if our venue has an A/V system?


Majoity of venues have an in-house A/V sound system that is designed to provide audio and lighting for a DJ and for speeches/ceremony. Unfortunately these systems don't usually include all of the equipment that is required for a live band performance. If your venue is able to provide some but not all of the equipment, we can definitely communicate with and work alongside your venue's A/V technician to provide the best, most cost-effective A/V package for you. We want to make sure we provide you with the best sound for your celebration.




How much time do you need to set up?


Our full set up can take anywhere from as little as 30 min for our acoustic duo-trio up to 3 hours for our full 8-10 piece orchestra with full A/V production. Please contact us for more a more detailed estimate in regards to your event.




How much do you charge for a performance?


Our rates will vary depending on the expectations / details of your event. Our customized package rates start as little as $300.00 all the way up to $8500.00. Please feel free to contact us with information on your type of event, location of the venue, and length of performance and we'll get back to you with a free quote.




Do you travel?


Absolutely! From Toronto to Timbuktu and back again! Let us know where you're going to be boogieing down, and we'll include any additional travel costs in your free quote. If your venue is 2 hours or more from Toronto - we may require overnight accomodations for our musicians.




Do you take song requests?


Yes, we're happy to accommodate your favourite song requests! We will learn 3 new songs that are not already on our master song list, free of charge! If you'd like to request additional songs we charge a small fee to accomodate the extra rehearsal time necessary to learn and perfect your fav tunes. Please allow at least 2 weeks notice for song requests.




Can you play our first dance song / special dedication dance?


Yes of course! If you do not see the song you are looking for on our master songlist, the band will gladly learn the music for your wedding ceremony, first dance or special parent dances. Check out one of our favorite first dance songs here.




Will you play overtime if requested?


Absolutely! If you're party is still pumping past last call - we won't kill your vibe if you want us to keep rockin'! Additional overtime rates for our band and DJ are included in our contract prior to your event.




How long are your sets?


Band sets are usually 45-50 min long with 15-20 min breaks. Our basic packages include 3 sets, however we can absolutely add any number of sets you desire to customize your perfect night!




What happens during band breaks?


During band breaks you have a few options: 1. Preset Playlists: FREE Between band breaks, The Next Level Entertainment can provide a variety of free preset playlists that are tried, tested, and true for weddings and special events. Playlists include smooth lounge and jazz music for cocktail / dinner, and a wide variety of Top 40, Motown, Funk, Rock, Classic Rock, Oldies, EDM, Soul, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s for your recepetion / dance party. *Please note with this option no requests can be accomodated. If you would like to make requests prior to your event or the night of, please see one of the options below. 2. Your Iphone / Laptop: FREE We allow our clients the option of providing us with their own preset playlists on an ipod / iphone, laptop etc. With this option you can customize your own playlists to fit the vibe of your night. We will happily run your playlist for you through our system, please ensure that you've seperated your playlists into categories and title your playlists accordingly; Ceremony Playlist, Cocktail / Dinner Playlist, and Dancing Playlist. This will ensure that we know what to play and when! Please make sure that you have at least 1.5-2 hours of music in each playlist, so no songs repeat throughout the night. Who wants to hear Taylor Swift twice anyway? 3. Next Level Entertainment DJ service: $900. Our professional DJs have a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to moving a crowd, and a huge selection of music to make sure that your party does not miss a beat. We will ensure that the transitions between the live band grooves to DJ jams is a seamless flow with no dead air! We allow and encourage you to give our DJ your special requests in advance to make sure we play all of your favorite songs. 4. Your own DJ / seperate company DJ: FREE If you have hired your own seperate DJ service - we will happily work with your DJ to ensure that your event trasitions seamlessly from band to DJ. We will also give your DJ our set list in advance so that no song is played twice.




What if one of your band members gets sick?


No common cold or flu can keep our musicians away from performing at your event. However, in the unlikely event that one of our members is too severely ill or injured to attend, we have a full roster of the best musicians in the GTA, that play with us regularly and are skilled and knowledgeable in all of our songs, medleys, and transitions to ensure the exact same high quality performance that we are known for.




Can you play a Hora / other traditional dances?


We play a great Hora! Check out how much we love to Hora here! Keep in mind it is important to have the right instrumentation to have the best Hora! We'll happily provide you with advice on the best size band to choose for the ultimate Hora! The Next Level Entertainment can play a wide variety of songs in Italian, Spanish, and Hebrew. Our DJs also have a wide variety of cultural / traditional dances in many culturals available at their finger tips. Let us know your requests in advance and we'll be sure to play them.




We are ready to book! What do we do from here?


Fantastic! Let's get started. Please fill out our contact form including your event date, how you heard about us, any other important information you'd like to know or request and we'll get back to you asap. Let's Party!





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