Corner Pocket is your one stop live music shop specializing in special events, dances and ambiance entertainment. Our repertoire consists of classic R&B, Motown, rock and POP classics and jazz standards.
We can provide ambiance music for your cocktail party, lounge or restaurant with a 2 or 3 piece instrumental group or for a more entertaining show we can add one of our talented vocalists. If you want the dance floor hoppin' we can bring our 7-8 piece dance band complete with horns and multiple vocalists.
NEW this year we can offer you a band/DJ combination. For those events that require the best of live music plus all your favorite recorded tracks. Contact us for details.
If you want your event to be a huge success, provide your guests with great entertainment, deal with competent professionals, & not break the bank - BOOK THIS BAND!!!
We booked Corner Pocket for our wedding of 100 guests in May 2015, & it was the best decision we made! Having this band play at our reception was the most influential of all of the elements that went into making our special day absolutely perfect, run smoothly & be a lot of fun for everyone (including us!).
The musicians were all very professional, read the crowd perfectly, packed the dance floor all night, & above all - were extremely talented musicians!!
Bonus: they charged a lot less than you might think!
Having such good live entertainment made the night a real "event" for all our guests, the dancers & the listeners; we've been flooded with compliments from our friends & family saying it was the best wedding they've been to in a long time - much thanks to the band!!
Book Corner Pocket for your big event - I guarantee you'll be happy you did!
After Meeting Alan in person, whom by the way is an awesome guy and Sax player, we decided to employ their services for our small wedding of 85 people (Sax & Piano Duo), they played a 2-hour set during the cocktail hour, I had requested Jazz music of the older era and they had it bang on.
their performance was flawless and our guest were very pleased. although I had asked them for a few specific songs and had given them less than 2 weeks notice to prepare, they still played many of our requests.
they were on time and very professional.
Thank you for making our special day even better.
I strongly recommend these talented people.
We booked this band to play our opening dinner and they were fantastic. Very talented people with a great repertoire. The dance floor was packed all evening.
Thank You Corner Pocket for coming to Victoria Place and performing for our wonderful Jitterbug Jazz event. You where fantastic and the Residents are still talking about the Corner Pocket.
Thank You again for being awesome.
Corner Pocket was a fantastic band. We could not have been happier with our choice. They kept our dance floor full until the very end of the night, people were still singing and dancing apparently on the shuttle home. One of our guests has been an event and wedding planner for 20 years, she mentioned she has never heard a band that good. When I told her the cost she nearly fell over. They worked with us to fit our budget, and still gave us the most amazing set of musicians! Thank you so much for helping make my day perfecect!
Corner Pocket jazz trio performed at our wedding reception during dinner and the ambiance they created was just phenomenal. We highly recommend them as they exceeded all our expectations. They made everyone's experience at our wedding amazing:) Thank you so much! Mitchell & Ivana
What to Expect
We take pride in being able to read our audience. Since we play a lot of ambiance type venues we understand that our role is to set the mood not to dominate or overpower the patrons with sound. We are very sensitive to our volume level so that patrons can converse if they choose or they can enjoy the music being provided. Corner Pocket also performs all of their music 100% live. That is to say we don't use any pre-recorded backing tracks or electronic rhythms when we perform. We feel it's important to preserve the energy and spontaneity of the music by keeping it all live. We will always conduct our selves in a professional manner. Right from showing up on time, playing the designated time, being flexible with the clients schedule and dressing appropriately.
Corner Pocket has been performing professionally across South Western Ontario for the past decade, offering everything from an ambient music duo up to an 8 piece dance band with horns, guaranteed to pack the floor. Corner Pocket plays some of the best pop music selections spanning the past 50 years. From Motown classics to Bruno Mars; from Stevie Wonder to Amy Winehouse, Corner Pocket always delivers the best live music experience to make your event special.
Original members consisting of Jamie Macdonald-Thompson on vocals, Paul Monne on electric guitar and Al Newhouse on saxophone. The trio met when they were all members of the 12 piece Speakeasy band.
The group has since grown to include small but dedicated number of talented musicians. Some of our regulars include: Dan Bohemier (bass), Ted Balazs (drums), Rebecca Marshall (keys), Jodi Nagy (vocals), Jon Berec (trumpet/vocals), Joel Banks (bass).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HIRING CORNER POCKET FOR YOUR EVENT
Why should I hire live music?
Live music provides a classy unique touch to any occasion. Live musicians create a special ambiance that cannot be duplicated with prerecorded music. Live music tells your guests that you care about their experience and want them to thoroughly enjoy their time with you.
How many musicians do I need to hire?
This really depends on the nature of your event, the size of the room and of course your budget. If it’s soft back ground music you require then a 2 to 3 piece instrumental group should be adequate. For a more entertaining group consider adding a vocalist. If the room is quite large or outdoors we recommend a full rhythm section including bass and drums to ensure we can fill the space with sound. If you’re encouraging people to dance then bass and drums are strongly recommended. See our rate sheet for various options. If still unsure we can offer our recommendation based on the information you provide.
How long will the band play for?
Duos and Trios can be booked for as short as 1 hour up to a maximum of 4 hours. Quartets and Quintets can be booked from 2 to 5 hours. Sets are normally 45 to 50 min. playing time with a 10 min. break. Prerecorded music can be provided to play while musicians are on breaks.
How far in advance should I book the band?
As soon as you have the details confirmed. We often book events up to a year in advance, so in order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking your date as soon as possible.
What am I paying for? My brother in-laws second cousin said he and his buddies can play for free.
Professional musicians spend a great number of hours perfecting their craft. It is estimated that on average a professional musician spends 10,000 hrs. of practice time developing their skills before they are seasoned enough to provide quality entertainment to the general public. Professional level musical instruments and amplification gear can easily cost in the 10’s of thousands of dollars or higher. In actual fact live music when compared to other types of professional entertainment services is a great bargain. Rates for live music have not increased significantly in the past 30 years. So you can take your chances with amateurs or hire the pro’s and get piece of mind.
Will there be a contract?
Yes, Corner Pocket will provide a written contract containing all the particulars of your event. This legal contract is issued to protect the rights of the purchaser as well as the musicians.
Will the band play events outside of the Brantford area?
Yes, within reason we will travel to your event anywhere in Southern Ontario. We may however have to charge extra for events more than a 1 hour drive from the Brantford area.
Can we make special musical requests?
Absolutely, but we need time to prepare. If you have special song that does not appear on our list, let us know well in advance and we’ll learn it for you.
Will you play outdoors?
Yes, as long as the stage temperature is at least 18˚C and there is some protection from the sun, wind and rain. Also a good idea to have an indoor back-up location in case the weather does not cooperate.
What will the band wear?
For formal events, tuxedos or suits for the guys, dresses for the girls. Semiformal events, dress shirts & pants and dresses. Casual events collared shirts and long pants. We will always ask what the preference is prior to booking a job.
What do we need to provide the day of the event?
Two to three properly grounded 120V A/C power plugs. Proper shelter from the elements if outdoors. Parking passes if required and of course payment in full upon completion of the performance. We provide all the rest.
Additional Booking Notes
We are essentially self contained. We will provide all the equipment necessary for your venue. All we require is a minimum of 2 safe 110v outlets. If the venue is out doors we require shelter from the elements (sun, rain etc.) and the temperature should be a minimum of 18˚C. The full band requires a minimum of 200 sq. ft stage/floor space to set up.
Past Booked Events
|August 06, 2016 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||CanJam for Cancer Fundraiser @ Brantford|
|July 09, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||St Marys STH Festival - 7 pc band|
|July 01, 2016 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Brantfords Canada Day @ Lions Park|
|June 12, 2016 • 12:00am - 7:00pm||Video/Audio recording @ Studio 410|
|May 28, 2016–May 29, 2016 • 8:00pm - 12:00pm||Wedding @ Paris G&CC - 6 pc band|
|October 03, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 23, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|February 24, 2015||Corporate Event|
|June 14, 2014||Wedding Reception|
|October 03, 2013||Anniversary Party|
|June 29, 2013||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
(V) = Vocal selection, although many of
these can also be instrumental only
1) A Foggy Day
3) Ain’t No Sunshine (V)
5) All the Things You Are
6) Almost Like Being In Love
7) At Last (V)
8) Autumn Leaves (V)
9) Besame Mucho (V)
10) Black Orpheus
11) Blue Skies (V)
14) But Not for Me
15) California Dreamin’
16) Can’t Help Falling In Love (V)
17) Cheek to Cheek (V)
19) Could I Have This Dance (V)
20) Cry Me A River (V)
22) Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (V)
23) Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
24) Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
25) Don’t Know Why (V)
26) Early Autumn
28) Embraceable You (V)
29) Everything Happens to Me
30) Fever (V)
31) Flip, Flop & Fly (V)
32) Fly Me to the Moon (V)
33) Georgia (V)
34) Girl Talk (V)
36) Here We Go Again (V)
37) Here’s That Rainy Day
38) I Can See Clearly Now (V)
39) I Can’t Get Started
40) I Heard it Through the Grapevine (V)
41) I Wish (V)
42) I Won’t Dance (V)
43) If I Were a Bell (V)
44) If You Leave Me Now
48) Into the Mystic (V)
49) Is You Is or Is You Ain’t…? (V)
50) Isn’t She Lovely (V)
51) It Had to be You
52) It’s Only a Paper Moon (V)
53) Just the Way You Are
54) Killing Me Softly (V)
55) Kiss of Fire (V)
57) L’il Darlin’
58) Love is Here to Stay
59) Love Me Like a Man (V)
60) Makin’ Whoopie (V)
61) Moondance (V)
64) My Funny Valentine (V)
66) Nature Boy
67) Ode to Billy Joe (V)
69) Orange Colored Sky (V)
70) Our Day Will Come
71) Over the Rainbow (V)
72) Peel Me a Grape (V)
74) Quiet Nights (V)
76) Round Midnight
77) Route 66 (V)
78) Satin Doll
79) Save the Last Dance for Me (V)
81) Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (V)
83) Smooth Operator (V)
85) Some Kinda Wonderful – (J Stone vers.) (V)
86) Someday My Prince Will Come
87) Someone to Watch Over Me (V)
88) Something (V)
89) Song for my Father
92) Spooky (V)
93) St. Thomas (V)
94) Stompin’ @ the Savoy
95) Surely (V)
96) Suicide is Painless
97) Summertime (V)
99) Take the “A” Train
100) Temptation (V)
101) That’s it, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On (V)
102) The Girl From Ipanema (V)
104) The Way You Look Tonight (V)
105) They Can’t Take That Away
106) This Business of Love (V)
108) This Masquerade
109) Till There Was You
110) Turn Me On (V)
112) Unforgettable (V)
114) What a Wonderful World (V)
115) When a Man Loves a Woman
116) When I Fall in Love (V)
117) Yardbird Suite
119) You Are So Beautiful (V)
120) You Are the Sunshine of My Life
121) You Don’t Know Me (V)
122) Exactly Like You (V)
124) You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
125) Up Jumped Spring
126) It Don’t Mean a Thing (V)
127) Moonlight Serenade
128) Taking a Chance on Love
129) Mean to Me (V)
130) Daniel (V)
131) How Sweet it is (V)
132) What a Little Moonlight Can Do (V)
133) You’ve Got a Friend (V)
135) The Nearness of You (V)
136) Norweigian Wood (V)
137) Never Gonna Give You Up (V)
138) The Ludlows
139) The Long and Winding Road (V)
145) In My Life (V)
150) Soul Man (V)
151) Mercy (V)
152) Mister Bogangles (V)
153) My Girl (V)
155) Jump Jive & Wail (V)
156) I Feel Good (V)
157) In the Midnight Hour (V)
158) I Can’t Help Myself (V)
159) Hold on I’m Comin (V)
162) Perfidia (V)
164) Cadillac Baby (V)
166) Just A Gigolo (V)
167) Some Kinda Wonderful (Grand Funk vers.)(V)
168) Sissy Strut
169) Shake you Tail Feather (V)
170) Mr Big Stuff (V)
172) Knock on Wood (V)
174) Rescue Me (V)
177) I Want You Back(V)
180) Son of a Preacher man (V)
181) Signed Sealed Delivered (V)
182) Stand By Me (V)
183) I Can’t Stand the Rain (V)
184) Rehab (V)
185) From this Moment On (V)
186) You Can Leave your Hat on (V)
187) All About that Bass (V)
188) Doin it Right (V)
189) Compared to What (V)
190) Pick Up the Pieces
191) Uptown Funk (V)
192) Ladybird (V)
193) I’d Rather go Blind (V)
194) Smoke from a Distant Fire (V)
195) Thinking Out loud (V)
196) Go Daddy ‘O’
197) At this Moment (V)
198) Don’t let me be Lonely Tonight (V)
199) The Chicken
200) Have I told you Lately (V)
201) Dear Future Husband (V)
202) Freeze Frame (V)
203) Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (V)
204) Power of Love (V)
205) Forget You / Stop Right There (V)
206) Sir Duke
|Al Newhouse||Saxophonist, promotions|
|Paul Monne||Guitarist, arranger|
|Dan Bohemier||Electric Bass|
|Jon Berec||Trumpet & Vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
Nora Jones, Diana Kraal, Michael Buble, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Louis Armstrong, George & Ira Gershwin, Carol King, Van Morrison, Holly Cole, Sade, Jos Stone, Aretha Franklin, The Committments, The Blue Brothers, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Carol King, All the Motown artists,
2 properly grounded 110V hydro outlets