At the time of updating this, late April 2021, Toronto weddings are on hold for the future so for 2021 we are offering a flexible DJ package since our team really wants to get back to work. The most common concern from our couples when enquiring for 2021 is not feeling confident to make deposits for weddings this year when so much is uncertain.

We are introducing a transferable AND refundable deposit as a no risk COVID option.

What services are included with this Package:
  • We are offering a special rate of $800 + HST for new 2021 weddings to comply with gathering restrictions of 50 guests or less and limited dancing with a 11pm or earlier music finish time.
  • We will DJ your ceremony, play music for cocktails, dinner and your first dances and continue with music no later than 11pm.
  • If you book our full service at $1475 + HST and are forced to downsize your guest list and remove dancing because of gathering restrictions we will reduce your fee to the micro wedding rate.
  • The deposit is 100% transferable to any date.
  • The deposit is 100% refundable if you decide to not proceed because of gathering restrictions.
  • This offer will last while we are under gathering restrictions.
  • This package is exclusive to new 2021 bookings.
  • If your wedding moves to 2022 or a date after restrictions are lifted the fee will go to our regular price or the deposit will be refunded.

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Now let’s talk about safety protocols for when we are working with you at your wedding.  We were fortunate to work from August to Mid-October with some couples that proceeded on a modified plan for their wedding and we developed some protocols for DJing weddings that we will be applying to our future events.

1 – Planning remains contact free.  There are no situations that require us to meet face to face in the run up to your wedding.  We will do everything by email, call or video chat and as always, our detailed online reception planning and music request system will make sure you think of everything.

2 – Healthy and happy DJ. If your DJ is required to quarantine or is not feeling well we will always have a backup available that is healthy and ready to make your reception a success!  Also, if a DJ is not comfortable working, for any reason, we have an amazing team that will step up and make it happen so everything is perfect.

3 – Masks at events. Your DJ will wear a mask and observe social distancing at all times.

4 – Contactless requests. Having a clipboard at the DJ booth will let guests write us notes and write out requests.  Our DJs are also happy to share their cell info so that requests can be made by text.

5 – Dedicated microphone for your use and cleaning between speeches. Our DJ will have their personal microphone at the DJ table and a dedicated cordless microphone and stand for your use.  We will wipe down the microphone to sanitize it between speeches.

6 – Manage dancing and socializing.  Our experience has been that the DJ, through the choice of songs and the volume levels, can control the energy in the room without having to be heavy handed and on the microphone making warnings and reading rules.

7 – Work with your vendor team. Now more than ever we are working as part of the team that will make your wedding and reception perfect.  Your venue will not have to worry about the DJ going off script and causing any problems or disruptions.

Moving forward, if there are new best practices that evolve we will work with our couples to  do our part to ensure safe and successful receptions. We want you to be confident working with Maximum Music.  We know you want a fun and safe environment for your friends and family and we will deliver when you are ready to party.

Professional Development and what makes wedding guests dance.

In North America, every city and town has mobile DJs. Many DJs are what I would call “jack of all trades” they DJ in clubs and bars, host trivia and karaoke nights and DJ the local school dances in addition to wedding and corporate events because they have to be diverse to have enough work.

I feel very fortunate that in Toronto Maximum Music has been able to specialize in weddings and that we have a wedding first focus in everything from the equipment we use to the DJs that I choose to work with.

To me, staying in front of wedding DJ trends and developments is why professional development is crucial to our business and its growth.   Every year in March around 1000 members of the mobile DJ community gathers in Las Vegas for a convention and workshops. I have been able to connect with wedding DJ professionals that share our wedding first focus.

In March 2018 I had my eyes opened at a workshop by Michael Walter who runs a successful wedding DJ company in New Jersey that services the commuter communities to New York City.  His seminar spoke to what makes people dance and specifically at weddings where you are bringing together your friends, co workers and university buddies and putting them in the same room as your families, aunts and uncles.  Talk about diverse!

To summarize he identified, and I completely agree, that there are three types of people.

Dancers – These are a DJs favourite and they are easy to spot.  They are the first to dance at a wedding. They are having fun during dinner and participating in all of your games or activities.  They love music and dancing is natural.  DJs LOVE dancers!

Sitters – There are guests that are not comfortable dancing, it is not natural to them and frankly, dancing is not fun for them.  They are there to celebrate and they are as likely to love music as much as the dancers.  They don’t dance and that is OK.

Sceptics – This is where a good reception can become a great reception.  Sceptics will dance but are not as crazy and outgoing as the dancers.  If the music is right and perhaps they have had a few drinks dancing will follow.  They will come to the floor on their own terms, when they are comfortable and do not feel threatened or like dancing could lead to embarrassment.

We had a staff meeting and discussed this premise and it was like the light came on for us.  We are at your wedding to facilitate you and your guests having fun.  We are not there to coax or guilt your guests to dance.  If we are attentive to the crowd and are playing good music they will come out and dance.

A bad DJ will still get the dancers on the floor but will piss off the sitters by trying to “make them dance” by talking on the mic or trying to force them to dance.  A bad DJ will never earn the trust of the sceptics because this DJ will not make the dance floor a safe space to have fun and be judgement free.

A great DJ will get the dancers up, will respect that the sitters are having fun and will not play games, talk or otherwise embarrass the sceptics so they can get up when they feel good and have fun.

This is what we do! Our best compliments speak to when guests who were not expecting to dance end up on the dance floor and that we were not on the mic all night but let the party run its own course.

Are you a dancer, a sitter or a sceptic?

4 Tips to get your wedding planning off to a great start

I’ve been seeing tons of engagement announcements coming up on my Facebook feed, followed by a flood of private messages that usually go something like this:

“Just got engaged! I have no idea where or how to start planning my wedding, HELP!!”

Chances are many of you have never planned a wedding before, and probably have the same question so here is my advice for newly engaged couples to get your wedding planning off to a great start!

1. Organize

Write things down! This is the easiest way to keep yourself organized right out of the gate. Talk with your partner, come up with a list of things that need to be done before the big day arrives. Decide which items need to be taken care of now, and which can be put off until later. You can always re-organize this list as you go.

Consider using a colour coded system. Go out and get yourself a new monthly planner, one specifically for wedding planning tasks, appointments and due dates. Assigning a different colour for each vendor will make it easy to look ahead and see what’s coming up. This may feel like a lot of work but you will thank yourself for it when your agenda starts filling up.

Get started early. Being proactive and getting things started early will go a long way to help reduce any stress during wedding planning. Getting some of the less exciting things done and out of the way early will free you up to spend more time of the fun parts like dress shopping and cake tasting!

Keep your ideas in one place. We’ve all had that experience of seeing a perfect idea somewhere, and then completely loosing track of where we saw it, right? Save yourself that headache by making a dedicated folder on your computer, or a Pinterest board where you can save all of your wedding ideas in one place. Having all of your ideas and inspiration in one place makes planning easy, and sharing your ideas with your vendors couldn’t be easier!

Make a plan to plan. The only way all of this comes together is by actually sitting down and doing it, so schedule time to focus on your wedding plans. This will help keep your plans from getting behind schedule and keeps you from scrambling to get things done at the last minute.

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2. Budget, Guest List, Venue, Date

Set your budget first, this will dictate everything and should be done early. The next thing you should do is come up with a rough guest list, having an idea of the number of guests will narrow down your venue search drastically. Once you’ve set your budget, and have a rough guest list outlined, you should set a date range for you wedding. 

With your budget set, guest list outlined and some dates in mind, you can start seeking out venues. Once you’ve found a venue that fits your vision, a specific date can be set based on when the venue is available.

3. Decide on a Style

Choose the style of ceremony and reception that you and your partner would like to have. Deciding whether you want a formal dinner or food stations, a DJ or a live band etc, will have a big impact on who you hire, so it’s very important to do this before you start looking at vendors.

  • Note : There is some debate about whether this should be done before or after you’ve selected a venue. After all, your reception style could be a big factor in deciding which venue you choose, so you may want to have at least an idea of your reception style when looking at venues.

4. Find Your Vendors

This is a big day that you will look back on for the rest of your life, and you want it to be perfect! Achieving this means hiring experts with the skill and experience to make it that much more memorable. In Toronto there are tons of wedding vendors and finding the right ones can be a stressful, difficult task. Here are a few tips to help make finding your perfect wedding vendors easier on you and your partner.

The key to finding your perfect wedding vendors can be summed up in one word, research! A great place to start is referrals from family and friends. Particularly those who have experience planning their own wedding, or hiring vendors for other events. Find out who they’ve used in the past and what they liked or didn’t like about their experience.

Comb through online wedding directories or click on EventSource.ca and theweddingring.ca, making note of those that strike you. Pay attention to reviews on these sites as this is the best place to look for unfiltered feedback from real clients. Also visit their official websites and social media pages to get an idea of the quality of their work.

Wedding expos and open houses can be another good way to meet potential suppliers first hand. Just remember it’s always a good idea to research them online as well, to see real customer feedback and reviews.

After some rigorous research you should start seeing or hearing the same names pop up over and over. Make a short list, for example 3 or 4 from each service you’ll need and call or email them. After communicating with them you’ll undoubtedly have a few favourites. Discuss with them your plans and expectations, and before long you’ll know who fits you and who doesn’t!

When is comes to weddings, a good vendor is one who knows what to do but is also flexible to your vision, so pick someone who understands you, someone who understands your vision and shares your excitement for it.

It’s been said that knowing who the right vendors are is like picking out a mate. Stick with someone you can count on, can communicate well with, and who will help you reach your dreams.

Thanks for reading, and happy planning!

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Confession time, we have worked at events that have had no reception flow and it is easy to remedy.

Think of your wedding day as a string of events and then look at the way you connect these events together.  I will skip your preparation early in the day as we are focused on the music and how that can help your ceremony and reception flow perfectly.

Pre-ceremony – let us or your live musicians play for 30 minutes as guests arrive so there is a sense of being in the right place and knowing they are welcome and wanted there.

Ceremony – when it is time to start, have the music fade down to silence for 10 to 20 seconds.  Suspense is an amazing way to put an exclamation point on your processional into the ceremony.  Make it intentional and not just a continuation of the pre-ceremony music and we will play it a bit louder than the earlier music and we will fade down to silent when you get to the front and your officiant is ready to start.

I feel the topic of a microphone has to be addressed.  When possible I discourage having a microphone at your ceremony as it is putting technology between you and your vows.  I have been known to cringe when the officiant is using a mic poorly and it is not even close enough to pick up the words but will still be immortalized forever in your wedding photos.  If you are 200 guests in the flight path of Pearson Airport then yes, I will concede that a mic is helpful.  Maybe set on a stand to the side for readings but I just had to include this paragraph so you think about technology and your ceremony. This helps the reception flow more than you would think!

Once the ceremony is finished you have a burst of energy with a fun recessional song and then upbeat cocktail reception.  If live music is in your plan keep them for cocktails as the cost for an extra hour or so is negligible once you have them there for the ceremony.  Reach out to our friends to evaluate if live music is right for you and your ceremony and cocktails.  Brent Miller LiveWellington Music, GuitarGuysLiz Craig are just a few of our favourites in the GTA.

Reception Flow

OK, you’re married and now it is time to segue into the reception.  This is a great opportunity for music to connect the cocktails to dinner.

Here are the most common sequences:

– Intro and dance / dinner / speeches / bride and groom thank you to cake cutting and parent dance then party.

– Intro and welcome / dinner with speeches between courses / bride and groom thanks you to first dance parent dance and party with cake cutting later.

– Intro / sit for dinner / speeches and parent dances between courses / bride and groom thank you, cut cake and first dance then party.

What I am looking for is to have our couples bundle events together so that the photographer and your guests can capture what is happening and to avoid you having to stand up and sit down all the time.

Put events at the start and at the end of dinner and depending on your toast and speech requirements you can sprinkle them in as needed.  It is a lot like a recipe and doing things in a logical order will create a great result.

The kissing gamecentrepiece giveaway, shoe game, slide shows and all that wedding stuff…  Maybe it is the clients that are attracted to us or maybe it is a wedding trend but I am seeing a lot less stuff happening during the dinner in recent years and personally, I like it better this way!   There is a solid move to “less is more” and it helps keep the reception on schedule and you can get into the dancing sooner.  There are still lots of weddings with these games but please don’t feel like it is mandatory.  Chart your own path!

Flow in the dancing.  I always refer to the dancing as where we earn our pay but the reality is that so much of being a wedding DJ is the behind the scenes work with your vendor team.

Early evening is often not as loud and we play a bit more to the older guests so they have the fun wedding reception experience and then work towards your personal music taste as the night progresses and the volume can increase.  An early night is when you will see a set of those Greek dances or polkas if that is your families thing.

We will play the music in sets of 2 or 3 songs so that the party does not feel disjointed.  Sets allow people who like a type of music to hit the dance floor and get 10 to 15 minutes of dancing before we segue to something different.  We will work on the requests you provided us and weave the music into something awesome.

We are cool with requests on the fly but also this is the time to have fun and trust that we will make the right choices for music based on what is happening in real time.  We are not there to break new music or be artistic.  We are there to build a soundtrack that is unique to you and your guests.

If you want to do the bouquet and/or garter toss and a late night food service I say bundle them together just before the photographer leaves around 10:30 or 11:00 pm.  We will follow the lead of your catering team but typically this is a simple announcement and not a full stop to the party.

1:00 am finish.  At our staff meetings, it is rare that our DJs say anything good happens after 1:00 am.  End on a high note and finish off big rather than trying to keep high energy until 2:00 am.  There are exceptions but for most couples, it has been a long day and they are happy to tidy things up at 1:00 am and get back to the hotel room.

Karyn D’Souza and Ryan Faria and the stunning Guild Inn Estate in June of 2018. Their spectacular evening was accompanied by music from Queen, Stevie Wonder, and many other Icons. Their kissing game consisted of two options; Trivia about the couple or sing a love song. The DJ was asked to double as an MC as needed and Max DJ Tim was happy to provide.

First Dance Song – Lights (Journey) – Bride and Groom

Second Dance Song – A song for mama (Boys ll men) – Groom and Mom

Third Dance Song – Malika (Boney M) – Bride and Father

They were looking for a wedding DJ rather than a Club DJ and they came to the right place. We were happy to make sure their wedding was always in the desired mood with the right song at the right time.

There is no better feeling than a wedding that turns into a party that everyone gets to enjoy. This is a perfect example of how committed we are to communicate with the Bride and Groom. After using all of our provided wedding planning tools we can ensure that your night looks like this….

The event was tied together perfectly thanks to the collaboration between Maximum Music, Veronica Belle Events, and the Guild Inn Estates Team. The couple also had an amazing robot from Ti-Bots to complete this spectacular night.

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Below is a real email to a real 2018 wedding at Graydon Hall Manor. If these are their questions there is a good chance some of them may be your questions as well, and by publishing them will help you qualify if we are a good fit for your wedding.
Rod here, owner of Maximum Music

I will put answers after your questions that I have made bold italic.  It is hard to condense it all into a sentence or paragraph.  I am confident that my unbiased approach to assigning the best DJ to each wedding works and that our system of having Suzanne and I in the office to manage and curate the details for our DJ is the best model in our industry.   This will be one part of your day and you will not need to worry about. We will be your best value!

Call me and we can discuss. (647) 549-6642

Rod

1. Will you be doing any beat matching at the wedding?  If so, is it possible to hear an example of a live mix that was done in the past?

Some of our DJ’s come from a club background and are very proficient beat mixers and others are better to just blend the songs well and not be super technical.   I find out what each of our couples is looking for and make sure to match the right DJ for the room as some couples do not want beat mixing and find that the shortened songs is annoying.

2. Do you have an Omni-directional lapel mic for our officiant?

No, we have not had success with lapel microphones and if your ceremony is in the garden at Graydon Hall we cannot put a speaker out there anyway (no DJ is allowed).  In my opinion, to have the sound come from a speaker and not the person speaking sounds weird and is putting technology where it should just be an intimate exchange of vows between the couple. (There are times when we provide a hand held cordless mic and I can better evaluate your situation in a phone call if you like)

3. Where do you get your music?  Is it all from iTunes?

We subscribe to a music service called Multi Music. This company has provided our base library and we receive updates every 2 weeks.  We fill in the gaps using iTunes if a song is not released on our music service or if there are specific cultural or ethnic songs we need.

4. What sort of experience do your DJ’s have, is it self-taught or do they have some formal education?

There have been attempts in Toronto at a “DJ School” but that does not make a successful DJ in my opinion.   All of the “good” DJ’s that I have ever worked with have been mentored and have practiced for hours.  (None of our DJs will “practice” at your wedding.)  There is a big difference between a club DJ and a wedding DJ.  You can be good at both but in my experience a wedding DJ needs much more people skills less ego and that is also something that cannot be taught.  I am confident that I have chosen great DJs and great people and that is why Graydon has recommended us since they opened. (No one else can boast that fact)

5. Do you have any back-up equipment?  If so, what sort of equipment do you have?

Back up laptop at each event, our speakers have built in power supply and amplification so there is a redundancy there.  Back up mic on site and me or one of our team is available as back up should the person not be able to perform or have any issues and need some technical help.  Many of our photos come from me visiting weddings on a busy night.

6. Do you have an unedited video clip of you MC’ing a wedding grand entrance?

Not really.   We do not shoot video much at our events because our clients ask for privacy. We have a few cell phone videos on our YouTube page and what clients and professional videographers have given us.  There are about 40 videos on our YouTube channel.  The video on our homepage at www.maximumDJ.com has lots of footage of an introduction at Graydon Hall in 2015 that was shared with us by a very happy client!  Some of the most successful receptions we do have a combination of the DJ and someone from the bridal party or family share MC duties. It blends personalized heart felt speaking from one of your people with us being able to fill in the gaps that might include introductions and everything after dancing starts.  There are as many examples of how people plan receptions as there are weddings we have done.  All are a little bit different.

7. Could you provide us with a recent outline / timeline that you prepared for a wedding?

We work with the outline and timeline that you create with your wedding planner and/or your venue contact.  We do have a detailed wedding planning form and music request list builder on our website but it is not a “once size fits all”.  We will work with you to make sure that the music is fit to the different parts of your reception.

Each wedding files include your guest requests, your requests, the schedule and info on the show report that I create from the information we collect.  This level of detail allowed the couple to have an excellent night and NOT feel like they had to micro manage details.  In my opinion this is an awesome snap shot and very representative of what we need to do our part in creating a successful wedding and reception.

8. What lights will you be setting up for the dance floor? Is it customizable?

We do not bring lights to Graydon, they ask us not to do this.   Occasionally we have done LED up lights or simple dance floor lights but frankly, they can look cheesy in there and if the room is full, they can get in the way.  If you are interested in lights then let’s talk about it and decide what is a good fit for you and your venue. Here is a link to a Facebook photo album with our lighting.

9. What music does the DJ’s have the most experience with?

To work for Maximum Music they have to be good at everything but if you have a specific taste that is a bit more obscure I will take that into account when assigning your DJ.

10. Can you send a picture of what your DJ set-up looks like at a wedding? 

Here is a link to a Facebook photo album that has random DJ setups at different venues

There are many more photo albums on our Facebook page but it is basically a DJ controller and laptop with speakers on tripods.  Nothing over the top and we try not to look cluttered.   We have a lot of photo albums on Facebook and also lots of great information on Instagram and Pinterest.

Melini Gupta and Gautam Goel were married at the charming Steam Whistle Brewery on October 8th, 2017. Melini grew up in Montreal and Gautam in Vancouver. They developed their taste in music, as we all do, from the years in the club when they were younger. Their special night was complete with music from artists such as Drake, Calvin Harris, and Avicci.

The first dance was set to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez

It began as just the bride and groom, halfway through they invited the bride’s father and groom’s mother to finish off the song.

They trusted our judgement in choosing the music and the timing for each song. They enjoy relaxing to rock and indie but love a good dance party with 2000’s EDM and pop. We could not agree more! They were also looking for one of our DJs that is comfortable as an MC and we were happy to provide.

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Erin Valant and Geoff Bethune were married at, the wonderful, Rosewater Room on April 28th, 2018. Their amazing night was accompanied by music from various artists such as Frank Sinatra, Blake Shelton, and groom’s own uncle playing the guitar for their first dance. They were looking for a fun night with a packed dance floor and we were happy to deliver.

First Dance was set to the groom’s uncle playing his guitar and singing which was perfectly suited for such a special occasion.

The Second dance took place during dinner after a speech from the parents of the bride. The song of choice was The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra.

The song used for the third dance between the groom and his mother was God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.

JB was the Maximum DJ assigned to this specific couple. He delivered an unforgettable evening of fun and dancing for the bride, groom, and all of their guests. We take pride in our efforts to assign the right DJ to the right couple. This allows the evening to have better flow and for the couple to have a more personal experience with us.

Venue Information

The Rosewater Room is a beautiful space with an open concept design that includes floor to ceiling windows and hand-crafted chandeliers. The main room offers a capacity of up to 400 people for a reception style wedding, banquet style weddings are also offered. Some of the services this venue’s wedding packages offer include floral services by resident florist Luc Leclerc, an eight-hour regular host bar, wine service during dinner, sparkling wine toast, midnight coffee & tea service, and menu selection.

Testimony

“Every single thing was fantastic. Maximum Music made the booking and planning process efficient and enjoyable. We love the online planning tool. Our DJ was excellent and kept the dance floor full all night! I would recommend your services to anyone.”

Do I need dance lights, a sub-woofer, and a second DJ? We say NO, this is a wedding reception, not a night club.  This may go against the popular message of many DJ services, but I ask you to consider what will be memorable in the months and years after your wedding. I truly believe it will be a beautiful ceremony, delicious dinner, heartfelt and concise speeches, touching first dance and dance with parents. Then, of course, the awesome party where you have time to truly relax and enjoy the company of all your friends and family that have given of their time to come and celebrate with you.

We strongly believe in delivering an unforgettable experience while being as discrete as possible. The main two pieces of equipment we use are an advanced DJ controller and a laptop. This allows us to set up on a single table in the background of the event. Then we can get the party started!

Andrew Darley and Carmen LI tied the knot at, the delightful, York Mills Gallery on September 9th, 2017. Their evening was filled with music from artists such as Mariah Carry, Daft Punk, and Spice Girls. When it came time to fill the dance floor, they requested the current top 40 songs, some electronic dance music, and 90’s/00’s hip hop.

The bride and groom had begun their first dance to Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra.

Unbeknownst to the guests, this was actually a remix. 45 seconds into the song the burst into a choreographed routine. This put smiles on the faces of everyone, including us!

The second dance was set to Mariah Carey’s Hero. It began with the bride and her father, after 1 minute the groom and his mother was invited to join, and after another minuet, everyone was asked to join.

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Andrew likes to DJ in his spare time and he was so satisfied with his special night that he decided to come and DJ for us.

Wedding Planner / Day-of Coordinator     Amanda Bell

Photographer  Carlo Vitale

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