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You want your wedding to be a fun and entertaining night that no one will ever forget. You want your celebration to be a great party where every one of your guests will be dancing all night long to their favourite songs. You want the best in live entertainment--a band that is talented, enthusiastic, professional and charismatic: You want... the Dave Murphy Band!

After more than seven years and two thousand shows, the Dave Murphy Band continues to be one of southern Ontario’s most in-demand acts by combining their prodigious repertoire and musicianship into a show that is upbeat, energetic and entertaining. More than just a great rock and roll band, the group exudes an authentic love for the entire history of popular music--from the swing era right up to the new millennium.

The band is equally at home playing a Louis Armstrong ballad or a Tragically Hip rocker. No matter whether it’s Chuck Berry, Santana, Smashmouth, Elton John, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, John Cougar, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, or Ricky Martin, this band does it all! Our songlist page lists over three hundred songs, and even this is less than half of the band’s legendary repertoire.

Night after night, Dave Murphy utilizes this stylistic variety and flexibility to make every show as personal and unique as the audience he is performing for. Countless engagements at weddings, corporate functions, special events and nightclubs have perfected the band’s unfailing ability to get people of all ages dancing. But more than just great music, it is Dave’s spontaneous personality and infectious enthusiasm that generate the good times the group is renown for.

Led by singer Dave Murphy on keyboards and harmonica, the band is rounded out by drums, bass and guitar, with every musician contributing to the band’s rich vocal harmonies. The group's sound can also be further enhanced by the addition of a sax player to the line up.

The band uses their own custom P.A. and lighting system to ensure they always sound and look their best. Not only do clients frequently use the band's sound system for public speaking--we even supply taped background music for dinner and dance music during band breaks, which means your musical needs for an entire event can be met without requiring the service of a D.J.

Undoubtedly the most valuable asset the group brings to the stage is their extensive professional experience. As a keyboardist, Dave Murphy has recorded and performed worldwide with a multitude of Canadian acts, including a five-year tenure with ‘Romping’ Ronnie Hawkins.

Dave first began singing and amassing his songlist as a solo pianist and vocalist in downtown Toronto’s Yorkville area. Since forming his own band in 1993, Dave has gained a reputation as one of the hardest working and most talented performers in the business. The Dave Murphy Band quickly became the virtual house band at the popular Chick and Deli in Toronto, performing weekly for years during the club's heyday.

More recently, the band has been performing every Sunday for three years at the prestigious Orbit Room in downtown Toronto, on a stage featuring a genuine Hammond B-3 organ. The band’s exciting live show has generated a dedicated audience following, and a telephone hotline (416 536-1819), as well as a band website (www.davemurphyband.com), have been set up to help keep fans abreast of the group’s activities.

In addition to the many weddings the band has always performed, the band has also become quite popular in the corporate world, having performed successful events for a multitude of companies, including Loblaws, Canada 3000, Nabisco, EDS Systemhouse, Maclean-Hunter and Pillsbury.

The band has also been an integral element in a diverse array of special events, such as the World Curling Championships, Collingwood’s annual Elvis Festival, and the CFL Grey Cup. In 1996, the band played for thousands of people in a ceremony honouring the arrival of Prince Charles.

Dave has also performed to huge audiences opening for acts like the Bare Naked Ladies and the Jeff Healey Band, although the greatest thrill yet of the band’s early career was opening for the ‘Godfather of Soul’ himself--James Brown.

Above all, word of mouth has always been the band’s best advertising, and most frequently clients turn out to be the very same people who have enjoyed the band’s performances at weddings, parties, nightclubs and dances all over Ontario.

The band’s success can be attributed to the key ingredients of every Dave Murphy show: great music and great fun. Onstage and off, the band is characterized by their professionalism, friendliness and commitment to quality. The Dave Murphy Band loves to play and it shows; call Dave anytime at (905) 845-7444 to find out what they can do for you.
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