SWITCHBEAT is a dynamic group of musicians committed to providing the best in live music. Their diverse repertoire includes pop, r&b, dance, retro, disco, funk, rock, and much more.
Mainstays of the Toronto live music circuit, the members of SWITCHBEAT are accomplished, pro-level musicians, each with more than a decade of performance experience across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.
Available as small as a 4-piece band, or as large as a 9-piece band, SWITCHBEAT offers a lineup to suit your needs and budget.
Passionate, talented, energetic and professional, SWITCHBEAT promises to be a memorable addition to your wedding, corporate event, charity gala, or private function.
Where to begin to write about this amazing band…!
As a member of my local Rotary Club and more specifically Chair of our inaugural Gala committee it was my job to source the entertainment. I spent quite some time looking for ‘the band’ who would compliment the ambience for our gala.
As soon as I watched and listened to Switchbeat’s promo videos I instantly knew I had struck the jackpot! From my initial conversation with Jay, the band leader I felt that we made a connection and he fully understood and supported our fundraising efforts. From that first day of chatting right up until the night of the event and beyond I cannot express enough what a true gentleman Jay is. He follows up on every communication in a more than timely and professional manner and is very detail oriented.
On the night of the event, wow Jay, Todd, Andrew and Nikki rocked it, what a class act! From the moment they struck a chord and Nikki began on vocals they had the crowd on their feet! It truly was a crowd, our guests were upwards of early 30s up to late 70s and oh man they barely sat down all night! Nikki has an amazing voice and simply draws you to the dance floor. Jay, Andrew and Todd are amazing and accommodated us in getting an all round selection on the playlist so there was something for everyone. The feedback we received from our guests was phenomenal and certainly added to the success of our event. Added to this, they are true professionals in every way possible.
I feel the way in which we can measure success is by asking, would we work with Switchbeat again for our future gala events? Absolutely, I feel that Jay is like a family member and we are currently finalizing our 2023 Gala date to make our booking with Switchbeat! A partnership which I truly hope we will sustain for many years to come as we fundraise for the good of our community and beyond. Thank you guys, you did us proud!
EXCEPTIONAL!!! They had SUCH a positive impact on the process and the day. Jay is truly one of the nicest humans to work with. He was so kind during the whole planning process and day of; we can’t adequately explain the difference it made to work with someone so kind. It always felt like we could rely on him, and the day of confirmed how right we were. He went out of his way to be around and help; it looked like he did everything he could to help us as much as he could. And then their performance…… PERFECT! The amount of compliments we got… So many people said 10/10, best band they’d ever seen, and so many more. They knew what songs to pick to get people dancing and we’re so thankful we trusted them because they truly are AMAZING. We’re so soo thankful for everything they did for us.
This band is the BEST!! We've used them for several family events over the past 10 years (weddings, birthdays, big anniversary parties) and we absolutely love them. The music is fantastic - they play all the favourites and keep everyone dancing all night long. They're also wonderful, kind, fun people whom we've gotten to know over the years.
We're celebrating some family milestones soon and will definitely be calling Switchbeat to help us celebrate!
We had the pleasure of booking Switchbeat to perform at our company Christmas party in 2021 and two other times in the past. On all occasions, Switchpod surpassed expectations with their talent, professionalism, and class. This live band is the true definition of a genuine CLASS ACT. Switchbeat always puts on a great show without fail. Perfect song selections, great sound, and a true spectacle for the senses. An absolute treat for everyone and your audience will love them. They are sincere, flexible, easy to work with and simply a group of great people. We highly recommend Switchbeat. You will not be disappointed.
We had the pleasure of using Switchbeat for our wedding a couple of years ago, and they DID NOT disappoint! Jay and his team played an amazing assortment of music, which we had a say in before the big day, and their talent was on full display for our reception.
The band was incredibly professional and also seemed to be having a blast themselves, which only makes for a better party atmosphere. Our family and friends were raving about how much they enjoyed the atmosphere that the band created!
We would highly recommend using Switchbeat for your wedding, corporate event or party of any sort. They totally ROCK and I'm trying to think of an excuse to bring them back!!
Thanks Jay and The Gang... we miss you!
Matt and Sara Presz
My wife and I had the pleasure of having Switchbeat play our wedding in the summer of 2019 and would highly recommend them for anyone looking for fantastic live music for an event. They were prompt with responses in planning details leading up to the wedding and put on an amazing show that everyone loved. I hope we can have another event in the future that will be able to showcase their talents again sometime soon!
Switchbeat played at my husband and I's wedding in Oct 2018. We had been to a few weddings with them as the band, and we loved their vibe and wide spanning musical ability. They were incredible to work with and most importantly helped us throw an epic dance party. They were flexible on the set list and even learned our first dance song, which took my breath away (it was almost better sung by them). Thank you! I highly recommend them for your event of any kind!!!
Switchbeat is an incredible act. We booked them for an event and the crowd loved them. They were easy to work with and are extremely talented musicians. We will definitely book them again and highly recommend them to anyone.
- Artist Acquisition Lead, Good Company Productions Inc.
My wife and I hired Switchbeat for our wedding this summer, and couldn’t have made a better decision! Keeping guests entertained and dancing all night was a concern for us, and we weren’t sure if a traditional DJ would cut it. (If you’re planning a wedding, you understand what I mean.) High energy, amazing vocals (from Three different members), tight instrumentally, and engaging to the crowd. Very professional and accommodating, these guys do it all, the way You want it. This is what they do! Best part is, they play all over the GTA doing public shows, so it’s easy to check them out wherever you live. Like I said earlier, stop looking around, you don’t need a DJ. Switchbeat is exactly what you and your guests deserve!
Call Jay, he’ll take care of it!
Terrific band and amazing experience. We had the privilege of having Jay and the band for our wedding day. They brought so much energy to the stage and kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night. Months later and our guests are still bringing up how much fun our wedding was, specifically Switchbeat.
SWITCHBEAT did an amazing job at our wedding!! They knocked it out of the park! SO many of the guests commented on how fun the dance party was and how great the band was. Guests, young & old, stayed till the very end dancing up a storm! Can't thank them enough for being such a great addition to our wedding!
Professional and easy to book. Very clear requirements and contract. Outstanding performance. High energy, excellent interaction, they really played for the crowd. Wide range of song genres and SwitchBeat added/learned requested songs. Couldn't be happier.
Switchbeat is an amazing band! They played my wedding and all of guests keep complimenting me on the music. Everyone was dancing the whole night. Jay was a pleasure to work with. Switchbeat learnt a hora and mezinka for my wedding and my guests danced the night away! All of the musicians in the band are extremely talented. They are true professionals; the power briefly went out at my wedding and Switchbeat did not sweat it while the power was being restored. I would highly recommend Switchbeat to anybody who is looking for a wedding band!
Robert and I got married on December 17th 2016. Switchbeat performed and they went above and beyond our expectations for our special day. They were very professional, friendly and accommodating (they even helped fix a last minute décor problem at our hall!). They brought so much energy and got all our guests involved. Since the wedding, everyone has told us how much they loved the band and how much fun they had. We couldn’t be happier with our choice to have Switchbeat perform for our wedding!
Jay and his band were fantastic at our wedding. They were very knowledgeable, got people dancing, quite accommodating and very entertaining. The music was great. There is no higher praise than to say we would hire them again if we were to plan another big party.
Hey good band just mixed monitors for the band at a Grey Cup gig. Good people very nice and professional extremely versitil when it comes to music this band has a little something for everyone so on behalf of my 30 years touring with almost every band on the planet they do what they do and they do it well until we meet again Switch Beat until than GOD SPEED.
Oh almost forgot remember stand your ground and never take shit from anyone over and out Kevin (SYNDICATE )
We had Switchbeat at our wedding in Muskoka this summer, and they were absolutely FANTASTIC!!! They can do any type of music, from Adele to the Rolling Stones, and they sound absolutely fantastic. We had the best night ever, and danced the night away.
Better than their amazing sound and showmanship, they are truly amazing people. Nice and friendly, and very easy to work with. We truly had the best time, and highly recommend them. We will hire them again in the future for more gatherings!
Switchbeat played at my wedding last weekend and they were excellent! They kept the dance floor full the whole evening, and I got a ton of positive feedback from our guests. They were also super accommodating in helping us set up the sound for our ceremony. Highly recommended.
My wife and I hired switchbeat as our wedding band in August of 2016, and were thrilled with their performance. I am a music lover, and had trouble finding a wedding band that met my expectations for a reasonable price. We ended up finding Switchbeat two months before our wedding. They put on a great show, sounded fantastic and had all of our friends dancing. We had lots of compliments from our guests on the band. Most of all, Jay and Switchbeat are true professionals, easy to work with, and very accommodating on your big day. If you want real musicians for your wedding, look no further.
Switch beat is a great band! They played a verity of music! They were all really easy and great to work with. Music sounded amazing and everyone had a great time.
Switchbeat was terrific for our corporate event. They went far above and beyond my expectations- everything from arriving early, playing requests, having a great playlist, being extremely professional and easy to deal with, and we booked with them last minute! They even reached out directly with the venue and coordinated everything, so I didn't have to worry about a thing. They sounded amazing, played appropriate music and got everyone dancing (which can be difficult @ corporate events). I will definitely book them again.
WOW, what a night!!! Great band highly recommended. They can play an variety of music. Very impressive.
Jay and team were awesome at our event!! I saw them perform at another venue and instantly knew they would be perfect for our upcoming function. Figuring out the details were fun and Jay was always very professional. They were a hit and anyone looking for a live band will be extremely happy with Switchbeat. Their song selection rocks!!
AMAZING, PROFESSIONAL, EXCELLENT TO WORK WITH AND FABULOUS MUSICIANS! WOW!!!
Switchbeat completely made my husband's recent 50th birthday party! If you're looking for a fun party band with amazing vocals and spectacular guitar playing skills you book Switchbeat. Jay and I spoke a couple of times before the party to go over the playlist and the details and he showed up, as promised, 3 hours before my event to set up and do a sound check with the band. During the night they were so high energy and interacted well with the crowd. My guest list included people ages 10-60 and there was never a moment when our dance floor was empty. My guests are still raving about them. We had such a great time we asked the band to stay for an extra hour and they did without any hesitation even though it was a long drive home. I would book them again in a heartbeat.
Switchbeat played at my 30th birthday party / charity event to raise money for an orphanage in Cambodia. They were absolutely amazing! Had everyone dancing all night and set a perfect upbeat, live tone for the evening! Very clear sound and beautiful voice. I managed to raise my target amount and I don't feel like I could of achieved it without an awesome band that everyone enjoyed! I would definitely recommend them for any large or small event and their music selection works for all ages.
I have heard many bands before over the years and have even been a part of one myself for several years. It takes a lot of work to be able to really "mesh" together and create a great sound that your crowds loves and appreciates. It also takes chemistry and the ability to perform to keep your audience engaged and this band blew me away! Their sound was fantastic, they entertained, didn't require a large set up area and what I loved most was that they went from playing jazz for the first half of our event and then completely switched it up to the popular Top 40 and pop hits and transitioned so well! Versatility in bands can be very difficult to find and when you do, they usually sound better playing one genre over another. This was not the case, they sounded incredible throughout the entire evening. You can really sense the commitment they have to maintaining the atmosphere, they connect so well with the crowd and as a wedding planner, I would highly recommend this band for any wedding or corporate event. Thank you so much to Jay and his band mates for making our event Vintage Glam hosted by The Wedding Planner Magazine such an enjoyable time!
What to Expect
Switchbeat specializes in performing energetic, upbeat material, to encourage guests to get up and dance. Our performance usually focusses on pop/r&b, ranging from current hits (Lizzo, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga) to timeless classics (Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire). However, we also include rock, funk, country, reggae, and more. Please view our song list for a more detailed impression of our repertoire.
A typical Switchbeat performance at an event or wedding is 3 sets, 50 to 55 min each. This format is flexible depending on the client's needs.
Switchbeat can also provide live music for a cocktail hour (saxophone and/or keyboard), or wedding ceremony (keyboard).
Whenever possible, Switchbeat and our AV company will arrive early in the afternoon of the engagement. We will do a complete setup and soundcheck before guests arrive.
Switchbeat specializes in private events, corporate events, weddings and festivals.
Formed in 2014, Switchbeat consists of accomplished pro-level musicians, all graduates of major music institutions, and each with decades of performance experience across Canada and internationally.
Additional Booking Notes
Switchbeat is able to provide a complete sound system and stage lighting.
We recommend the client/venue provides us with the following stage dimensions:
16'x12' or larger for our 4 or 5 piece band lineup
20'x12' or larger for our 6 or 7 piece band lineup
Stage must be completely stable and level. We also ask that we have 2'-3' of floor space around the stage for speaker stands, light stands, etc.
We recommend the venue provides us with 3 to 4 dedicated 15 amp circuits for our electrical power needs. Switchbeat will not be held liable for any interruption or stoppage in electrical power causing interruption or stoppage of performance.
If electrical power is provided by a generator, it is recommended that a single dedicated generator is provided for band.
Electrical power must be completely safe from surges. Client will be liable for any damages to Switchbeat's equipment as a result of power surges.
If the band will be performing outdoors, the stage area must be covered with a roof or canopy. The covering must effectively protect the entire stage, and the ceiling must be at least 8 feet high so our speakers and light stands can be covered as well. The stage must be elevated to protect our equipment from potential rain puddles.
If the client is contracting an AV company to provide sound system and lighting, pricing can be adjusted, and we will provide an input list, stage plot, etc. to the sound technician.
Sample Song List - ABRIDGED
About Damn Time – Lizzo
Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke, Pharrell, TI
Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Finesse – Bruno Mars
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Forget You – Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky – Daft Punk, Pharrell
Happy – Pharrell
Havana – Camilla Cabello
Hey Soul Sister – Train
Hey Ya – Outkast
Hips Don't Lie – Shakira, Wyclef Jean
Hold On We’re Going Home – Drake
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Juice – Lizzo
Just Dance – Lady Gaga
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Pink
Levitating – Dua Lipa
Locked out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera
My Love – Justin Timberlake
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Senorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabelo
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
Sugar – Maroon 5
There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes
This Love – Maroon 5
Tik Tok – Kesha
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
pop / r&b (80’s & 90’s)
All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Bye Bye Bye - NSync
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
Faith – George Michael
Groove Is In The Heart – Deee Lite
Holiday – Madonna
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Kiss – Prince
Sexual Healing – Max A Million
Smooth – Santana, Rob Thomas
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
What I Like About You – Romantics
pop / r&b (60’s & 70’s)
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
Brick House – Commodores
Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Let’s Groove – Earth Wind & Fire
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
Respect – Aretha Franklin
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Man I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy – Big & Rich
rock etc (2000 – present)
Feel it Still – Portugal The Man
Gold On The Ceiling – Black Keys
How You Remind Me – Nickelback
Kryptonite – Three Doors Down
Mr Brightside – Killers
Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
rock etc (80’s & 90’s)
All The Small Things – Blink 182
Don't Stop Believing – Journey
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Proclaimers
Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
What I Got – Sublime
When I Come Around – Green Day
Wonderwall – Oasis
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
You Shook Me Night Long – AC DC
16'x12' or larger for our 4 or 5 piece band lineup / 20'x12' or larger for our 6 or 7 piece band lineup / 24'x12' or larger for our 8 or 9 piece band lineup