The Start plays three-hours-worth of danceable Brit pop, 80s, Rock and R&B. Covering bands like The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Modern English, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, The Cure and so many more! The Start's setlist goes beyond typical rock standards, breathing new life into both new and old hits.
Whether it's a private or public event, The Start will bring some of best music you know-and-love to your party!
One word can describe the event, AMAZING
The Starts playlist was great for a dance I just attended, the music played was fun, energetic, clean and crisp! I will definitely keep them in mind for any events in the future. All of the musicians in this band were consummate pro's...
This was a 70's style dance and everyone was on the dance floor having fun!
What to Expect
We play a mashup of music, both new and old, with a British theme. A lot of 80s classics, mixed in with the odd Beatle or Kinks classic, along with some newer hits of today.
The Start was created in 2009 out of a shared love of British music. Whether they were born there, lived there or have simply visited, The Start's members have all found common ground in the sounds of the UK.
Graeme Weeks – Vocals, guitar
Graeme was born & raised in Essex, East London & played in some of the toughest venues in front of some of the roughest crowds in London! Arriving in Canada, firstly Quebec and now Ottawa, he’s sung & played in numerous outfits including the much-travelled The Jet 200s before finally finding a home when he founded The Start.
David Little – Lead Guitar
Having lived in the UK, this former web guru finds a home in The Start with his punk and indie-influenced guitar work. David started playing guitar in the late 80s (new wave and punk) and moved to Halifax to take part in the early grunge/indie explosion in 1992 (Who remember's The Double Deuce and The Flamingo?). He's been in a variety of bands here in Ottawa until the late 90s, and after a ten year hiatus, he's back to his English roots with The Start. In true British fashion, when his amp is not cranked to 11, he can be found puttering in his garden and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Nathan Hoedeman – Percussion
Nathan, a former soccer mate of Graeme's, spent his teenage years in Glengarry County, a region renowned for the Highland Games, caber tossing, kilt wearing, scotch drinking, soccer playing and British music! Countless hours of being exposed to the popular British invasion hits of the 70-80-90's from The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Clash, The Stones, The Jam, The Knack and Led Zepplin, fueled his passion for British music, especially for the RnB infused songs that get people up and grooving away. Nathan's motto is simple: Life's too short, get on the dance floor already!
Liviu Pavel - Bass Guitar
Born and raised in Romania, Liviu started playing bass at weddings and clubs at the age of 16. Since then, he has travelled the world, performing in the show bands of luxury cruise ships; playing bass for albums recorded in Romania, Spain and Canada; providing funky bass lines for TV shows, music videos and stages across Europe; and touring with superstar Elena Gheorghe.
Liviu's musical style is a combination of pop, funk and jazz in which he plays both bass and double bass. His biggest influence? "Just good music."
Marek Krowicki - Keyboards
Born in Canada of Polish heritage, Marek began to play the piano at the age of three. His studies have been mainly classical, culminating in a Doctorate in piano performance from McGill University. Despite the classical focus, Marek began branching out to other genres in his teens, taking a particular liking to progressive metal. While in Montreal, he joined a progressive metal band by the name of NonHuman Era that recently released their self-titled debut album. He was also featured as a guest keyboardist on Heaven's Cry's album Wheels of Impermanence. The Start provides Marek with a much-appreciated change of pace, and he can be seen dancing away awkwardly behind his keyboard while David and Graeme try their best to look in the other direction!
Past Booked Events
|May 26, 2018–May 27, 2018 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start at the Heart & Crown Barrhaven|
|May 25, 2018–May 26, 2018 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start at the Heart & Crown Barrhaven|
|March 24, 2018–March 25, 2018 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start at the Heart & Crown Barrhaven|
|March 23, 2018–March 24, 2018 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start at the Heart & Crown Barrhaven|
|February 24, 2018–February 25, 2018 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start at the Heart & Crown Preston in Ottawa|
|February 23, 2018–February 24, 2018 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start at the Heart & Crown Preston in Ottawa|
|January 10, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto for a Private Show|
|November 18, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:55pm||The Start Live at the British with Destiny|
|November 11, 2017–November 12, 2017 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start Live at The Heart and Crown Barrhaven|
|November 10, 2017–November 11, 2017 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||The Start Live at The Heart and Crown Barrhaven|
|November 04, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Private party at Barrymores|
|October 17, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||NAC Forth Stage, Graeme Weeks With Love|
|October 14, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Playing a Private Event|
|September 30, 2017 • 10:00pm - 11:50pm||Barrhaven Octoberfest!|
|June 10, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 11, 2016–June 12, 2016 • 9:00pm - 12:00am||The Start at the Rideau Carleton Casino|
|June 10, 2016–June 11, 2016 • 9:00pm - 12:00am||The Start at the Rideau Carleton Casino|
|July 06, 2013||Wedding Reception|
Here are the great songs you can expect to hear when you book The Start… or just come & enjoy one of our shows! And don’t forget, we’re always open to suggestions for new songs. Plus, if you want to arrange the sets to suit your own function, just let us know & we’ll be happy to oblige.
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Echo Beach - Martha and the Muffins
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Don't you (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
Miss You – The Rolling Stones
All Day & All of The Night – The Kinks
Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
Can’t Explain – The Who
Love Is The Drug – Roxy Music
The Magnificent Seven – The Clash
It’s Friday I’m In Love- The Cure
I’ll Melt With You – Modern English
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
So Lonely - The Police
Shout - Tears for Fears
Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Wonderwall – Oasis
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
All These Things I’ve Done – The Killers
It’s My Life - Talk Talk / No Doubt
I saw her standing there – The Beatles
And many many more!
|Graeme Weeks||Lead Vocals and Guitar|
|David Little||Lead guitar and backup vocals|
|Liviu Pavel||Bass Guitar|
Influences & Inspiration
We've all been influenced by such a wide variety of musical acts and genres, the list is too great to mention here!
Two-hour pre-guest arrival setup time.
PA system (we can provide)
Lighting system for band and dance floor (we can provide)
The Start's catchy playlist had me and a full crew of friends dancing and laughing in the aisles.
You guys are great - TOTALLY IMPRESSED - your setlist, it's incredible!
I am still smiling from ear to ear, despite some serious need of physiotherapy after all that dancing... You know, every single person had a blast. AGAIN and AGAIN, THANKS A BUNCH !