Taking August are highly talented, experienced and very accomplished entertainers. The band's line-up features two of Alberta’s finest musicians, Daniel Hooft and Kelsey Porter. The duo has performed at hundreds of venues and events all over western Canada.
Kelsey is a multi-instrumentalists, Daniel is on lead guitar, and both are excellent vocalists. Together, they have an eclectic repertoire including classic rock, pop, indie rock, folk and country covers as well as a collection of their own original tunes. They can cater their sets to any genre of music you prefer! If your song is not on their list, they are happy to learn it so that you can have your first dance your way.
This is the third time we have had Taking August play at one of our Christmas Parties. Kelsey & Daniel never fail to impress! They show up on time, set up, and get the party rocking. They are both incredibly talented musicians and singers; capable of playing pretty well well any genre of music. They also have a very large repertoire of cover songs they can play, so you can tailor your event to suit your musical tastes. What impresses me the most is how they can read the mood of the crowd and figure out what song works best. By the end of the night, the remaining guests were captivated by their classic rock covers. If you hire Taking August, you won't be disappointed!
By special request, they played country music for a stampede BBQ and it we got great reviews from the 2500+ crowd! thanks Kelsey and Daniel!
Our Company hired Taking August for our summer party and they were Amazing! Great selection of music, great quality, and amazing people! Would highly recommend them for any function.
We had over 400 guests at our event, and Taking August was a crowd favourite! As the owner/proprietor I would also add that both Kelsey and Dan are very professional and easy to deal with, offered excellent communication, and showed a high level of consideration for putting on a show that would satisfy our guests and make our event a tremendous success. We really hope to have them back in the future!
Taking August is seriously amazing. They were supposed to be background music for our party, but nearly all the guests ended up just watching them the entire time because they were so incredible! Their musicianship is crazy, not to mention their harmonies! They played all kinds of different genres and catered to our crowd perfectly!
We will definitely be hiring them again!
We hired Taking August for a private party this Christmas. Nearly every guest couldn’t believe how good they were. Their musicianship is second to none and they harmonies were amazing!! I’d hire them again in a second!!
I have used Taking August for the last 4 years, as the live band for our company Christmas party. They are quite simply the best live band that I have ever listened to, they absolutely know how to read the audience and arrange their playlist accordingly, and will even play requests. Every year, they deliver such a performance that just really makes our evening perfect. They are very talented, perfect performers and really nice people to work with. I thoroughly recommend them as the 'Go To' band for your event, they are awesome and just keep getting better.
OMG we just had Taking August at our company party and they were AMAZING!!! So talented!!! I want to have another party just so I can hire Taking August. If you have an event coming up I’m telling you get TAKING AUGUST! You will not be disappointed! I love these two!!!
Taking August was Perfect for both of our events. They were professional, had a great set up and were ready to go right on time. The music was fantastic and their voices are unbelievable. They were able to play to both of our audiences. I would book them again in a heartbeat for any event.
First saw Taking August performing at a local restaurant and our group was completely blown away. It did not take long to realize Taking August would be perfect for our upcoming family get-together. Daniel and Kelsey are very talented but also have great song selection and offer an overall great vibe wherever they go. Hard five star recommendation from us and our guests.
We hired Taking August for our April 2019 wedding at the Lake House in Calgary. We chose Taking August based on their profile, reviews and few YouTube videos. When Kelsey and Dan sent the list of songs in their repertoire we knew we had the right band - the songs covered a few generations and genres - but we were honestly surprised and amazed at how well they could perform that wide of a catolouge. They were also able to learn a couple of songs we had requested which made the evening that much more personal for us. They played the ceremony, cocktail hour and dance for us and the comments from our guests would mirror ours.
The venue (which hosts at least one wedding every weekend of the year), commented to us how impressed they were with Taking August’s music but even more importantly how professional and easy to work with Kelsey and Dan are (we agree).
Thanks Taking August for helping to make our wedding that much more fun for ourselves and our guests!
We look forward to crashing the next wedding you play in Calgary!
We recently hired Taking August to perform at a function at our office. Their music selection was amazing and they provided the perfect level of entertainment and background music for our guests. Can't say enough how much we loved having them.
We hired Taking August to perform at our wedding and we're so glad we did! We were so impressed with their repertoire and vibe and received so many comments from our guests that this was one of their favourite parts of our wedding. It really added to the atmosphere of our event.
We decided to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony in the snow, and Taking August was flexible in making it work for us by finding somewhere to set up away from the elements so that they could still play during the ceremony as planned. They also were able to learn a few songs that we requested, which was very special and sounded amazing!
I can't recommend them enough!
We hired Taking August for a corporate event a few weeks ago, and our entire team couldn't believe how great these two were! Their musicianship was incredible and they have amazing harmonies! They played a wide variety of genres and catered to what our crowd wanted! They were very friendly and flexible. I would hire these two back in a second!
We hired Taking August for a corporate gig in Canmore, Alberta, February 2, 2019. Everyone was Impressed with their large selection of songs! The age range was roughly 20-70 and their songs catered to everyone. They put a unique twist on many classic/modern songs in a variety of genres. We would love to have them back for our next function!
We had a fabulous night with Taking August at our Christmas Event. The night was full of laughter, excitement and total entertainment. Taking August entertained us by playing our favourite songs one after the other... the night became better and better.
We've been following Taking August everywhere ever since.
This dynamic duo played at our VIP event for clients and they were a huge hit. Professional, punctual, friendly, and so talented. Don't hesitate, just book them!!
Taking August is top notch! If you need a great band for your event, they are it. Great sound, cool vibe. Extremely skilled musicians as well!
We had Taking August perform for our 10 year anniversary party, and were extremely happy with them. Communication through the booking process was good and organized, their cover list was excellent, and most importantly, the performance itself was excellent. Countless compliments from our guests over how excellent they were. Would definitely recommend them.
Kelsey Porter and Daniel Hooft provided us with an amazing blend of music perfect for our gathering. Their ability to play appropriate music and taylor the volume to the venue was outstanding. I would highly recommend Taking August for small intimate events or larger scale parties.
Taking August provided us a custom tailored musical evening that will be in our memories for the rest of our lives! The group worked with me to help perform a song and proposal to my now fiancé. Their ability to take my idea, learn the song, give me some pointers, help me sing and give us a fairy tale evening was second to none! Shortly after we had family and friends join us to celebrate the evening, Taking August played beautiful background music at a volume that allowed our families and friends to get to know each other. They were also able to identify when it was time to get the party started and played accordingly. Musically speaking I would describe these two as a young vibrant duo with old bones! They play a vast variety of covers from the 70s to today in classic rock, country, rock, pop & top 40 kind of music. All of course with there own twists and styling. Professionally speaking I couldn’t have asked for better people to deal with. Would highly recommend for company parties, weddings or any occasion that requires some life and class. We thank them so much for essentially making our night as unforgettable as that kind of an evening should be and look forward to booking them again for our wedding!
We hired Taking August for our company party and had rave reviews from all our guests! They performed a wide variety of genres and catered to the age of the crowd! Many people commented how they were the best part of the event. They have a ton of upbeat music and a big sound for being a duo! They even played soft acoustic music during our dinner portion of the evening! I would definitely recommend these two to anyone looking for live music for any style of event!
We had the pleasure of having these two play a back yard party for us last weekend. Our guests were blown away at the range of music that was played and their overall musicianship. We look forward to the next opportunity to see them play and are already looking for our next opportunity to have them back to play for us. I can't recommend them enough to anyone looking for live music at their event.
We hired Taking August for my 50th birthday party last month and am so glad that I found them. Talented musicians as well as an entertaining duo. All of my guests were impressed and I wouldn't be surprised if they are engaged for future events as a result of the excellent job that they did for us. On time, accommodating, talented and huge song repertoire. We were so happy with the wide variety of music genres as well as different instruments that were played that night. Kelsey and Dan make lovely music together and that helped make my party a big success. Thank you!
I had hired Taking August to play a gig at my parents birthday parties(same night). At first I was nervous to hire any band given it was to celebrate 60 years young and given the age demographic I didn't know if live music would be well received.
However, Taking August knocked it out of the park and delivered with the volume and genre of music. They are so well rounded with their talents and ability to appeal to any crowd, no matter the age, venue and environment they are playing.
I would highly recommend them to anyone who is considering live music at their event.
This summer I booked Taking August for a backyard gathering. I can't recommend Daniel and Kelsey enough. They were fabulous entertainers, mingled with the guests, and played a wide range of music which my guests seemed to loved. I am already booking them for next years events! 5 stars HANDS DOWN! Thanks Daniel and Kelsey!
They made our event so fun and special! So easy to work with! If I could, I'd book them for all my events!
A really great easy going two piece band with a smooth sound. They have a large library of covers and interact well with the crowd. I always have a great time when they play.
I first heard Taking August at a friends wedding, and loved them! They were able to come play at 2 events for us since then! One was for a smaller group on our deck at our cabin, and the second was for a house party during the Christmas season. Both events were amazing! This young duo has incredible talent. It was very easy to communicate via email or phone to confirm dates. They play a wide variety of music. I would highly recommend them for a wedding or private party!
My husband booked Taking August (who I have loved for the last 4 years) for my 40th birthday party & they did not disappoint!!! Loved every minute listening to them play! Such amazing talent and such great music!! I would do this again in a heartbeat ❤❤❤
Taking August once again provided our corporate function (Xmas Party) with a highly various musical selection (often by request) from many genres. Live music from these two talented musicians always results in a "lively event".
A resounding and unanimous thanks to Kelsey And Dan!!
Taking august did an amazing job playing for us last night,we have waited years to have the privilege of having them play a function.You guys made the bday special and you are both so talented,wish we could have kept you going,thank you both so much
We hired Taking August for a recent corporate event and we were beyond pleased. It is often difficult to acquire entertainment that appeals to a wide cross section of tastes, but the versatility of Taking August was a perfect fit for our event! Five plus stars!!
We hired this amazing small and mighty group to play in our backyard in Seotwmber. Perfect way to celebrate! They do amazing covers with unique twists and really entertain a group. Would recommend!!!
Kelsey and Dan played for my Oil and Gas Christmas party this past year and totally exceeded my expectations!! Everyone loved them! They played such a wide variety of songs and genres! I would hire these guys again in a second!
Taking August has performed in our event venue many times over the past few years, and always fills the house! They have performed for corporate parties, weddings, intimate private functions, and for dinner events, and are not only amazing musicians but professional and easy to work with! We highly recommend them!
I’ve booked Taking August for a few different parties now and they are always extremely professional, organized and on time…not to mention their music is AWESOME!! Both parties that I hosted included a collection of people from all different generations and everyone always raves about how much they enjoyed the band. Kelsey and Daniel are so talented, they put on an awesome show and can really get everyone up dancing! I would highly recommend them :)
I had Taking August play at my husbands 40th Birthday and they were fantastic. I really wanted a live band and they exceeded my expectations and everyone in the room. Kelsey and Daniel are extremely talented and played a great selection of music. I couldn't be happier and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for good music. I would definitely hire them again in a second. Thank you Kelsey and Daniel for everything!!
I hired Taking August for my company Christmas party last year and they were a total hit! They played until 2am and play a really wide variety of hit songs! Everyone loved them! I would highly recommend these two!
We have had the pleasure of hiring Taking August for our annual Christmas party for the last several years. They are fantastic!! Our guests always request that we have them back! You will be hard pressed to find a more versatile duo anywhere. Their instrumentation and harmonies are second to none. They can play music from many different genres, easy listening to "get up and dance" so are perfect for any gathering. I have already booked them for this year's event and would highly recommend them to anyone. Top notch!
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Past Booked Events
|October 05, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Grand Opening|
|September 03, 2017–September 04, 2017 • 7:00pm - 2:00am||Wedding Reception|