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 and even better on stage live.  
    Well done.    
 We will certainly have you back again".  

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"Loved your show... You guys 
kick some serious butt...
Will definitely come again..."

N & J, Aurora

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***   Welcome! You've found the home of the   ***
Toronto party/dance/event band - available for hire - the Pepper Shakers 

When you want the music live & lively; when you want an Event to Remember:

Classic party hits, classic rock, rock and roll, country, country rock,
blues, soul, Motown, R & B classics, island / reggae grooves, oldies, +  +  + . 
Versatile, professional live danceable music for all occasions. 
High energy, variety, versatility is what you get when you hire the 
Toronto Party Dance Event Band - the Pepper Shakers.
Seasoned and experienced pro level live music for your:

Corporate Event
Outdoor Event
Backyard Party

    Event Band - any occasion    

       Big Function      /      Small Function
Loud Boisterous Event     /       Quiet Intimate Event
        Dance floor        /        No Dance Floor
          Full Stage          /         Without Stage
Large Set-up Area            /            Tiny Set-up Area

 >>>>>>   Daytime or midweek events, no problem...   <<<<<<
** Seniors' Events - we Love them **

                                              "throwing a party - 400th appearance" -  2016          "getting ready to rev up 2018" - NYE '17

with our sizzling brand of live
 rock'n'roll (plus - plus - plus)

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"I've been coming here for years...
...you guys are the best thing that's
ever happened in this hall..."

OG, Innisfil

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The Pepper Shakers are your event band available for hire
in Toronto and surrounding. Any occasion big or small - 
we've played them all. The versatile 3-piece Toronto Party Dance Band. Make the event special with lively, live music.  
Your party dance band for hire - a repertoire with all the hits:
                                                       rock'n'roll (all eras)
                                          classic rock
       soul/R&B classics


                                              classic country
                                                                         70s-80s ++
...plus all the party favourites - see our songlist
Check our handy guide:  
...because "an educated consumer is our best customer".

Tip #1 - Avoid Disappointment - Book Early!
Making the Music Live & Lively in 2019.    

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"Thank you so much for a    
most wonderful New Year's 
Eve!! You sung your hearts  
out, and the music was         
fantastic, and we couldn't   
stop dancing.                           
All the best for 2018!!"           

                        SH & EH - Toronto

The Toronto Party  Dance Event Band, available for hire for your special function.
.... Come on baby, let's dance dance dance!
When you're looking to make the party come alive (Toronto and surrounding). 
The Pepper Shakers deliver live dance-able music
with a tight professional sound, with tons of variety, the product of the 
individual members' vast personal performing experience and musical influences.  The result - lively, live music for all

 occasions - guitar, bass and drums with vocals and vocal harmonies throughout, aimed at getting 
your guests on the dance floor for a great time.   When you hire a band like the 
Pepper Shakers, you're hiring a versatile, high energy party band.  
We cover a lot of musical ground, including all the classic 
rock party faves, country hits, slow dance ballads
& much much more.  Way more.
Fill that dancefloor!

magic ingredients include: bass amp, guitar amp, drums, and sign... 

 ...plus the crucial components of Hank's guitar/vocal setup...

                                                                                ...put it all together and you get...

Michelle BlackwoodRatingReview posted on
Aug 21, 2017
"BEST BAND OUT THERE!!! They're guaranteed to keep you on the floor with their huge variety of songs! Awesome awesome entertainers!! Have had the pleasure of having them at our functions and definitely continue to hire them for future parties. They are truly incredible! If you're looking for some epic entertainment by some great people and you want to leave your guests in "awe " and with sore legs, contact the Pepper Shakers! You will NOT be disappointed...I promise!"


Versatility... variety... energy  =  the Toronto Party Dance Band the Pepper Shakers:

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The songlist that includes 600+ all-time favourites including:

Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

      La Bamba - Ritchie Valens

          All Summer Long - Kid Rock

                I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

                     Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
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                         Mustang Sally - Wilson Picket

                      You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - BTO

                 Boot Scootin' Boogie - Brookes & Dunn

             Save A Horse Ride  A Cowboy - Big & Rich

       Fly - Sugar Ray

Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Twist and Shout - Beatles

     Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger

          Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band                                                                                                         
              You Shook Me All Night Long - AC DC

                 Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks

                    Follow Me - Uncle Kracker
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                    500 Miles - Proclaimers
                                                                                                              Suspicious Minds - Elvis

            Valerie - Amy Winehouse/Bruno Mars
    Lonely Boy - Black Keys                                    
The Joker - Steve Miller                                                                                            
        The Tide Is High - Blondie                                   
                 Get The Party Started - Pink
                        Hotel California - Eagles

                                                                      To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

                                                             Stuck in the Middle With You
                                                                                                                                                                                               Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

                                           Sweet Home Alabama - Lynnrd Skynnrd

                                 Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order

                       Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter

              What I Like About You - Romantics

    You Really Got Me - Kinks /Van Halen

classic rock (70s, 80s + + +)
rock and roll (50s, 60s)
Soul/R & B classics 
reggae / island / beach grooves 
tons of country 
jump-swing blues
slow dance ballads 

So, if you want variety, versatility and upbeat live
music for all ages, think of the Toronto Party Band,
the Pepper Shakers.  Create a custom programme
from our huge songlist and repertoire.
A few of the artists we know and would love 
to play at your special event include:

Elvis                                                                   ** wedding **
           Buddy Holly                                                                    **birthday**
                               Alan Jackson                                                                      **anniversary**
                                                   Beatles                                                                                     ** retirement**
                                                      Rolling Stones                                                               
**Corporate Function**                                Van Morrison
                                                                                                      Dwight Yoakam
                                                                                                                              Jimmy Buffett
 Just some of the artists the Pepper Shakers know and love - see our songlist                                     Eddie Cochran
                                                                                                                           Merle Haggard
                                                                                                         Roy Orbison
 **Corporate Function**                                        Creedence                                        
                                                      Hank Williams                                                                      ** banquet **    
                                    Chuck Berry                                                                   **celebration**
                   Bob Marley                                                       **themed event**
Johnny Cash                                            **dinner dance**

...plus so many more - all the party faves - the Pepper Shakers repertoire - with over  600 classic party songs!

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Yes, we are are that versatile.... The Pepper Shakers are pleased to offer a whole program of live music dedicated to any of the following musical styles/genres. We are your theme party band for hire, Toronto and area.  Lots of bands can do the classic rock standards... as a matter of fact, so can we. But how many (3-piece) band can deliver on so many levels.... 

How about a whole night of:

Classic Rock - 60s, 70s and 80s - Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffett, Clash, +++
     Classic Country - Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, etc. etc.
           '50s rock and roll - sock hop, greaser dance, golden oldies, etc.
                  '60s night - Beatles, Rolling Stones, British Invasion, R & B, soul, etc.
                           Rockabilly - Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, etc.

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                                             Beach Party - surf instrumentals, reggae grooves, beach hits, twang....
                                                     Blues Night - Chicago blues, slide guitar, much more...
                                                               Buddy Holly - the architect of rock and roll...


...or, we can mix it up with all styles, customized to your needs.  
Contact us; we will work with you to develop a wonderful program 
of live music for any occasion, party, wedding, anniversary, birthday
retirement, special event, function, or celebration.  

Whatever style or theme, or mix of selections you prefer, the Pepper Shakers 
have a fantastic assortment of slow dance/ballads to augment an event of any 
kind.  We'll make sure your guests get on the dance floor and stay there.

Have a special song you don't see on our list - 
the Pepper Shakers are happy to learn it for you if at all possible.

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We are especially proud of our ability to play at any volume required 
for the function, whether it's as small as your basement or backyard, or 
the largest banquet hall you can find; the Pepper Shakers will play as
quiet or as loud as you like!  When you hire a band like the Pepper 
Shakers, you don't have to worry about the "right" volume.  Check our 
video demos to see some examples of our style.  Or, come and 

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Hank, George and Steve are the Pepper Shakers - 
the GTA's hottest 3-piece rock'n'roll party dance 
event band for hire.  Drawing on a diverse range of 
styles and genres, your Toronto party band for hire, 
the Pepper  Shakers, deliver an incredible variety of 
live music to make your special occasion a memorable one.

When you need to hire a  party band, when you're looking 
to hire an oldies band, a classic country band, a 
classic rock band, a blues band, a rockabilly band, 
or if you want to hire a band with a great deal of 
variety, in Toronto and area, you're at the right place - 
the Pepper Shakers!  


"Do you have an email list of 

upcoming performances?  My

My friends and I love you and 

enjoy you every time. We would

love to follow you and know where 

you are playing. Thanks,"

BB, Toronto

our upcoming performances herehere and here

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Comedy Underground: A Very Mark Forward Country Christmas w/ Sean Cullen, Laurie Elliott & more!        

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                  "Thanks so much!!                
                    Next year again!??"            

SL, Cambridge

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"The comment is always: How do they sound 
   so full when it's a three-piece band?   
They do not sound like three instruments!!!"   

BB, Toronto

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 "We had the best time ever at our   
 summer bash; the music was great; 
  we would like to thank you  
  for doing and going beyond  
  expectations... we would have the  
  Pepper Shakers back any time."  

GB, Markham


"You guys were frigging amazing  
(as always)!! Thank you so much 
for coming, you truly made the 
 night!! You're the best, there's 
no doubt about that. Thank you 
for everything! Good food, good 
friends and epic entertainment! 
The night couldn't have gone any better. 
 Not sure my dancing feet can handle it again..."  

                                                                                                        MB, Scarborough

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More About the Pepper Shakers, Your Party Band For Hire In Toronto And Area:

  • How much experience do the Pepper Shakers have?
    • The Pepper Shakers are all seasoned veterans of the Toronto music scene.  Literally decades of individual playing experience.  Hank Fox (guitar and vocals) has led two successful bands before the Pepper Shakers - Toronto's legendary Highway Hepcats (1993-1999) and Windsor's JumpKatz (2002-2007).  Since his return to the Toronto area in 2009, the Pepper Shakers have evolved into the tight, diverse party band Toronto and area has come to know and love. George and Steve on bass and drums respectively also have tremendous musical experience.  The Pepper Shakers sound combines this extensive live playing enthusiasm with unparalleled youthful exburence.  Over 600 appearances of all types and sizes since 2013.  Experience.
    • See our fan comments and testimonials. Our repertoire is now over 600 songs.

    • Do you play all those classic rock faves like Sweet Home Alabama and Brown Eyed Girl, etc. etc.?
      • But of course.  Mustang Sally, Margaritaville, Twist and Shout, Honky Tonk Women, you know the drill.
    • Can you play a whole bunch of country like Boot Scootin' Boogie, Folsom Prison Blues etc?
      • We sure can, cowboy/girl. Can you say Yeehawwwwww? We can.
    • Can you play a whole night of 50s-60s like Elvis, La Bamba, Twist and Shout and Stand By Me, etc.?
      • Yep. Hundreds of them. Greasy rock'n'roll.
    • Can you do reggae like Bob Marley and Red Red Wine, etc?
      • Ya Mahn, we do a whole bunch of reggae grooves.
    • How about blues, R & B, soul, Motown?
      • Check, tons of all of the above. Get your groove on.
    • How about slow dance music?
      • Tons and tons of the classic slow songs too. Grab a partner, hold them tight.
    • What other styles can you cover?
      • We know tons of 
        • rockabilly, 
        • surf instrumentals, 
        • MOR soft rock, 
        • Beatles, 
        • Stones, 
        • country rock, 
        • Latin grooves, 
        • etc. etc.
      • YES, we do lots of Christmas music to for that special time of year.
    • Can you do Top-40 (today's hits), house, dance, alternative, techno, emo, screamo, hardcore, hip-hop, rap, etc?
      • Definitely NOT our focus, but we do a nice selection of 80s, 90s, 00s and even a few 10s people know and love.

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  • Why hire a live band over a DJ?
    • Most people have been at events where there is either a DJ or a live band and have seen the difference for themselves. It's like a concert for people to watch. Since not all guests are dancers, a live band gives non-dancers an entertaining show, rather than having to just watching the dance floor. The Pepper Shakers like to keep things lively - we love to entertain.

  • Can you please a mixed crowd of varying age groups?
    • The Pepper Shakers try to play to the crowd. Almost everyone, from the 20-somethings to the retiree's know and love the classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's, which is our focus. Plus, we've added some choice favourites from the 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's that people really like.  We have a broad range including all the standard party classics from our song list, including a generous repertoire of slow dance ballads everyone knows and loves. We are NOT a Top-40 current hits band. What can do is try to please everybody at your function, with as much variety as possible, requests whenever we can deliver them.

  • How many musicians do we book? What are the options?
    • The Pepper Shakers are known as the little band with the big sound.  Our typical format is guitar-bass-drums and harmonized vocals. We love this format and excel as a three piece band. It's how we got known as the Toronto Party Band. Augmentation to this format is possible to 4 or 5 pieces (guitar, keyboards, saxophone) if desired, at additional cost. 

  • When do you set up?
    • We find out when your guests are arriving and set up well in advance. We co-ordinate the details with you prior to the day and have cell phones to make sure you can reach us on the day of the event. We set up quickly and with minimum disruption to the organizers and catering staff. It usually takes less than 1 hour to get our equipment in place.

  • What about your volume level? I don't want it too loud.
    • We Pepper Shakers pride ourselves on the our ability to play at the right volume, be it whisper quiet for dinner music or full blown dancing volume.  We have equipment designed to be versatile and suitable for any volume requirement. We have played intimate settings for as few as 18 guests to huge outdoor stages/events for 1,000-plus. That's why we are so proud to say: not matter what the size or the volume level - the Pepper Shakers are the Toronto Party Band (for hire).

  • How will band be dressed?
    • The Pepper Shakers are equally at home performing casually, or in tuxedos, or in shorts and sandals, or in cowboy boots and western attire, or in sharp suits as required. 

  • Can you make announcements for us?
    • Yes. We supply a PA system and are happy to make announcements for you. You are also welcome to use the PA system during the event.

  • How long does the band perform?
    • At typical functions such as dances and banquets, bars and clubs, the band normally plays for 4 hours, with flexible start and finish times to accommodate the type of event. Set times and breaks are custom to your needs, typical set time is one hour, with a 15-20 minute break. Of course we are also happy to perform for shorter length functions, 1 hour, 45 minutes, or even just one song if that's all you want.

  • What happens when the band is on break?
    • The Pepper Shakers can provide recorded music for breaks, whether you supply the ipod/songs, or we do. Custom DJ sets are available at additional cost.

  • Can you perform extra sets?
    • Yes, we can perform extra sets or dinner music for an additional charge

  • How far in advance do you book?
    • Booking early is always a good idea to avoid disappointment. Check the Pepper Shakers availability using our handy Contact the Pepper Shakers form.  We always try to accommodate, even last-minute requests if at all possible.

  • How far will you travel?
    • The band is based in the Greater Toronto area - we are happy to perform with in a significant radius around the Greater Toronto Area. 

  • What equipment do you provide?
    • We provide everything that we will need to perform for the event. The Pepper Shakers assist in any extra equipment e.g. lighting ideas or extra sound that might be necessary depending on the venue. We are happy to help with suggestions for ways to save on cost, volume level, enjoyment and overall ambiance of the whole evening. 

  • Does the band require a stage?
    • The band does not need a lot of space. One of our great advantages is that we are a small band, equally at home in a local pub, backyard or basement, as we are in the largest hall or outdoor venue. We have no problem playing at ground level with the guests, or on an elevated stage.

  • Does the band perform outdoors?
    • Yes!  The Pepper Shakers look forward to numerous outdoor engagements in the spring, summer and fall.

  • Can we use DJ in addition to the band?
    • Absolutely! The band prides itself on making you event the most memorable. If our wide stylistic territory doesn't cover all your needs, we have no problem with a DJ service to help supplement your wishes. The Pepper Shakers are flexible to allow you to have the total music experience that you want for your event. We can also assist in creating custom recorded music sets so you don't have hire a separate DJ.

  • Can you learn a special request song?
    • Yes. We rehearse all the time and are more than willing to learn a new song if possible; alternatively, recorded versions of your special song(s) are always an option. We are totally amenable to learning what songs are functionally performable for the band to do. 

  • How is the band paid?
    • Once the date is confirmed, we ask for a 25% deposit. The balance is due at the end of the function.

  • How do I go about booking you? Can you help me with other questions?

Yes, with pleasure. Please use our Contact the Pepper Shakers Form, and we'll get back to you shortly and provide a quote if desired.

Want to know what our clients and fans have to say about the Toronto Party Band?  See our testimonials page.


Keep up with all things Pepper Shakers on our blog and announcements page.