Performing in and around the Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Toronto areas for over twenty years at various corporate functions, society balls and private parties, nightshift orchestra is committed not only to musical excellence, but also to excellence in client service. We pride ourselves on adapting our performances to suit the specific needs of each event and each client.

We are a seven-piece band comprised of award-winning, concert touring professionals that are versatile and energetic entertainers. We are well known for our diverse repertoire appealing to different nationalities, ages and tastes, performing music ranging from Tony Bennett to the Beatles to Lady Gaga.

Our musicians are seasoned professionals and can also be seen performing with well -known artists or headlining at venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, and at Place des Arts.

Some of our performances have included:

- Annual ball for the Museum of Fine Arts

- The Royal Victoria & Montreal General Hospitals

- The Mayor's Ball

- Mercedes Benz Gala

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Below are a few of the optional additional services we offer our clients:

Entertainment during cocktails

We can arrange for a variety of live entertainment including jazz or classical duos or trios, solo performers, strolling groups, magicians, etc.

Live music during wedding ceremonies

Solo or group ensembles can be arranged in various instrumentations for ceremonies. Ethnic, classical, or popular repertoires are available.

Additional Musicians

nightshift orchestracan be augmented with additional performers, dancers, or animators, for the main portion of the evening; from seven pieces upwards.

Strolling Musicians

Strolling groups of various sizes can be used either during cocktail or ceremonies. The musicians can optionally stroll from table to table during the dinner taking guests' requests.  They can also serve as an elegant alternative to taped music during break periods when pre recorded music is not desired.

Disc Jockey

nightshift can also provide for the services of a live disc jockey. A variety of related services can be arranged including different size light shows, animators, games, contests, give-aways, etc. While not essential, a disc jockey can offer a contrast to the live sounds of nightshift.

The DJ can also be asked to concentrate on a particular style of music. This is great if your party has a theme you want to emphasize, or if you want to entertain guests of a particular nationality, background, or age group.

Continuous Music

As an alternative to taped music, relief groups, or strolling musicians, nightshift orchestra offers two types of continuous music packages. Live music is provided through the entire evening with either alternative.

Our continuous music packages offer cost effective alternatives to additional musical groups, at the same time as providing seamless continuity throughout the evening.

Relief Groups

For the occasions where a second band is desired or requested, nightshift orchestra can arrange for a variety of possibilities. The addition of other musical groups to an event can offer not only continuous entertainment throughout the evening, but also the possibility for specialty or novelty styles of music to be featured at various times.


We are happy to arrange for various rentals that you may want or that might occasionally be necessary in certain halls. We can make arrangements for additional staging, lighting, decorative backdrops, and more.

Rarely does an event go by where there is not a unique need or request that we are asked to help with. Whether it is arranging for a guest to perform with us, or performing a special song, we take pride in keeping an eye out for the detail that will make each party memorable and special.

nightshift orchestraOffering the most personal attention everyone and every party deserves



Our Repertoire

Uptown Funk
Cake by the Ocean
Cheap Thrills
Shape of you
All about that bass
Blurred lines
Get lucky
Club can't handle me
Make you feel my love
What Is Love
We found love
Love Thang
Rhythm Of The Night
Bad Romance
Locked out of heaven
Poker Face
Please Don't Stop The Music
Crazy Love
Danzo Kuduro
Love Is a Losing Game
Moves like Jagger
Party Rock Anthem
Out of my head
Let's Get It Started
Get The Party Started
Never Gonna give you up
Don't Know Why
I Gotta feelin'
I'm Outta Here
Waiting For Tonight
Rolling in the deep
World, hold on
Make me Crazy
Hey Baby
The Look Of Love
Mambo #5
Out Of My Head
Strong Enough
Thank you
Thinking out loud
When Love Takes Over
All my lovin'
Show Me Love
Good Vibrations
I Can't Make You Love Me
Ice Cream
I Love You
La Bamba
Rhythm Of The Night

The 80s

Always On My Mind
Billie Jean
All Night Long
Don't Stop Believing
Sweet Caroline
Summer of 69
Land of 1000 dances
Express Yourself
Give It To Me Baby
I'm Coming Out
Into The Groove
Isla Bonita
Hot Hot Hot
Lady In Red
Let's Groove Tonight
Living On A Prayer
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Material Girl
Shake Your Body
La Bamba
Super Freak
Staying Alive
Wanna Be Starting Something
What A Wonderful World

The 70s

Ain't No Sunshine
Boogie Oogie
Danny's Song
Disco Inferno
Fire And Rain
Freak Out
Funky Town
Get Down Tonight
Grease Medley
Joy to the World
I Love The Nightlife
I Will Survive
I Wish
Sweet Home Alabama
Last Dance
Let's Stay Together
Listen To The Music
Long Train Running
Old Time Rock And Roll
Play That Funky Music
Proud Mary
Sex Machine
Sir Duke
Takin' Care Of Business
We Are Family
Wonderful Tonight
You're my everything
Dancing Queen
Your Song

The 60s, 50s & 40s

At Last
Blue Moon
Brown Eyed Girl
Cry Me A River
I Can't Help Falling In Love
I Feel Good
In The Mood
I Saw Her Standing There
Jump In The Line
Jump, Jive, and Wail
Let's Twist Again
Mustang Sally
My Girl
Natural Woman
Pretty Woman
Dancing in the Street
Rock Around The Clock
Sentimental Journey
Stand By Me
Twist and Shout
Unchained Melody

Swing, Jazz & Latin

Cheek To Cheek
Don't Get Around Much
Fly Me To The Moon
God Bless The Child
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I'm In The Mood For Love
In A Mellow tone
In The Mood
It Had To Be You
Night and Day
Memories Of You
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Route 66
Satin Doll
Sentimental Journey
The Very Thought Of You
Cherry Pink
Girl From Ipanema
Isle Of Capri
Look To The Sky
Never On A Sunday
Quando, Quando
Summer Samba


Chats sauvages
Je t'aimais, Je t'aime, Je t'aimerais
J'entends frapper
Haut les mains
La vie En rose
Les feuilles mortes
Pour un instant
Al Di La
Amor, Amor
Arrivaderci Roma
Besame Mucho
Miami Beach Rhumba
Spanish Eyes
You Belong To My Heart


Around The World
Lara's Theme
Les bicyclettes de belsize
Strauss Waltzes
Tales From The Vienna Woods
Under Paris Skies


Adios Muchachos
La Cumparasita
Beer Barrel Polka
Hernando's Hideaway
Lichtensteiner Polka
My Melody Of Love Polka
Pachalbel Cannon in D
Pennsylvania Polka
Too Fat Polka
Viva L'Espagna

Jewish Music

Asher Bara
Artsu Alenu
Bashana Habaha
Bobov wedding march
David Melech Israel
Hava Nagila
Hevenu Shalom Alechem
Im Eshkachech
Hine Ma Tov
Jerusalem Of Gold
Mazel Tov
Od Yishoma
Qui Ba moed
Simon Tov
Sunrise Sunset
Tsena Tsena
Yaseh Shalom
Ya Mustaph
Yism'chu Hashamayim
S'u Tsiyona
L'vav Enosh
Kétsad M'rakdim
Yosis Olayich
Éle Chomdo
Hoshio Es Amecho
Ki Mitsiyon Uré Vonim
Zemer Lach
Hava Nétsé B'machol
Livlenu Netze
Zamru Elokim
V'somachto B'chagecho
Donna Donna
Avinu Malkénu
Bb Minor Bulgar (Klezmer)
Dovid, Shpil Es Nokh A Mol (Klezmer)
Der Heyser Bulgar (Klezmer)
A Nakht In Gan Eydn (Klezmer)

Italian Music

Arrivaderci Roma
Calabria Mia
Calabrisela - Waltz
Celito Lindo
Funiculi Funicula
Guarda Que Luna
La Luna Nel Rio - Waltz
La Mamma Di Rosina - Tarantella
La Spagnola - Waltz
Mala Femmena
O Solé Mio
Quando Quando
Quelle Stradelle
Rose Rosse
Santa Lucia
Tarantella No.1
Tarantella No.4
Tarantella - Sicilian
That's Amoré
Torna A Sorrento
Vitti 'Na Crozza Medley


Our Past Clients


Ernst & Young

Stikeman Elliot

Jewish General Hospital Gala

Borden Ladner Gervais

Century 21

Canadian Tire

Supreme Court of Canada

Schering Plough

GE Capital

Hotel Lac-Leamy

Canada Steamship Lines

Scott Paper


Jean Coutu

Canderel Ltd.

Forensic Technologies

Mariners' House of Montreal

Montreal General Hospital Galas

Ottawa Hospital Foundation Galas

Grand Prix Montreal

Rotary Club of Montreal


Knowlton Golf Club

Club Laval-sur-le-Lac


What our Clients are Saying

We wanted to tell you that nightshift's performance at our wedding was absolutely spectacular! Our guests raved about how blown away they were by the band. We have heard nothing but compliments.

The first dance was truly the highlight of the evening for us. Thank you so much for doing an incredible job.

Thanks again for everything!

Jen and Mike

Dear nightshift!

Thanks again for helping make our wedding such a terrific occasion. We received a massive stream of compliments about the quality of your band. You were a superb orchestra, whom I will recommend to everyone I know in the warmest terms.


Dear nightshift,

I can't remember if I ever thanked you properly for the fabulous music that you provided for Suzie and Danny's wedding. Everyone is talking about your wonderful band and how much fun they had. I knew we had a dancing crowd, and with the right music, it really showed.
You have a terrific group of musicians, and Joel and I were delighted that we chose nightshift Orchestra. A friend of mine in California went to five weddings this summer, and she said that the music at our wedding was by far the best.

It was a pleasure working with you, and getting to know you. If another daughter decides to get married in Montreal, you will be the first one I will call.

Thanks again!

Ronna Kizner

Dear nightshift,

We would like to take the time to thank you and your crew for the professionalism and outstanding entertainment. We were extremely satisfied with the final result and our guests haven't stopped talking about it.

Danny and Natalie

Dear group members of nightshift,

We wish to thank you for playing at our wedding. You were wonderful and frankly largely exceeded our expectations. Many guests approached us to say you were the best band they have ever seen at such an occasion. You are an important part of the reason why our wedding was such an absolute success.

Your truly,

Marla and Nader

I would like to thank you and all the members of nightshift for the entertainment you provided for our 150th Anniversary Gala. The evening was a great success, in no small measure to you and your band. You had us on the dance floor all night and people were still raving about the band today.

Many thanks!

Timothy E. Price

President and CEO MacDougall, MacDougall, & MacTier Inc.

We are still on a high and nightshift had a great deal to do with the wonderful evening of singing, dancing and celebrating Tanya and Frank's wedding on Sept. 23. Many of our guests commented that you were the BEST. Your energy and enthusiasm carried over, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Many, many thanks,

Ray and Sylvia Guyatt

Our thanks to you and each of the members of the orchestra for making our wedding celebration so memorable and so much fun! nightshift was the highlight of the event - truly a "class act." You were great to work with Eli. You made our planning for the evening enjoyable and stress free!


Suzanne Crawford & Paolo Renz

Dear nightshift,

Bill and I would like to thank you for your outstanding performance at our wedding. We spent a long time searching for the right band and the moment we heard your music we knew you were the band for us. We are still receiving compliments from guests 1 1/2 months later mentioning how wonderful you were. On a scale of 1 - 10 nightshift is an 11.


Shelley and Bill Shatner

To the nightshift gang,

We both want to thank you so much for making our special night so memorable.
You guys are the talk of all our family and friends. The music did not stop all evening long, and the people just couldn't get enough. The place was rocking. You all gave it everything you had, and this is so evident by everyone's reaction to the evening. The band was sensational.
Thanks again for everything. We look forward to dancing at many more of your affairs.


Marla and Steven Brookman

On behalf of the Auxiliary of the Royal Victoria Hospital, I would like to thank you and all the members of nightshift for helping to make the Charity Ball a huge success! Everyone has been phoning me to say how "fantastic" the music was. Even Tommy Schnurmacher commented about how crowded the dance floor was all evening.

Your group is very enthusiastic and the fact that you and Nancy get the people into the dance contests etc. was just great.
It was great working with you, and again, many thanks for the great music.


Kerry Lanthier

Dear nightshift,

You were so amazing! Everyone is talking about how incredible you were. The mood was set immediately! You helped make the wedding lively & warm and the dancing never stopped! We could not have asked for anything more.

The Horlicks & Knights

(Sheri & Eric's wedding)

Dear amazing members of nightshift,

Leonard and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for providing us a fabulous night's worth of entertainment and music at our wedding last Sunday.
Many, many guests came over to us during the course of the evening to comment how fantastic the band was and how much they enjoyed the dancing.
We had a wonderful time, and we enjoyed every moment, largely due to you good folks!
You helped to make our wedding memorable, and I hope you realize that I will be praising and recommending you to the skies to anyone looking to hire a terrific and professional band.
Can we book you in advance for our 25th wedding anniversary party??

Fondest regards,

Sharon Gulko and Leonard Cohen

We had the most wonderful, the most magical, the most exciting evening the night of our wedding. It could never have been as perfect without you! Thank you for hugely helping to make our evening fabulous. You're all superb.


Deb & David

Dear Eli, Nancy and the whole nightshift gang,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our wedding night such a great one. From learning new songs to catering to all our wants and needs. We said we wanted a party and you delivered well beyond our wildest dreams. We wish you a great and continued success.

Thanks again,

Meir and Liza Zenou

Frederic and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you and your band for making our wedding day so special. Friends and family are still "singing" your praises. Your energy and music selections always ensured that the dance floor was full. Thank you again for making our day so perfect and memorable.
I hope our paths will cross again.


Heidi and Frederic

Just wanted to thank you again. The music for the ceremony and for the event was outstanding. We couldn't be happier.

We hope to have the opportunity to work with you again.

Thanks again,

Sharron and Barry, Dan and Jessica

I wanted to thank you for everything! With all the planning we did and people we saw, I have to tell you that I was most impressed with your professionalism, and how easy it was to deal with you. I really want to mention how happy we were with the final product! Miriam and myself, and as far as we know, everyone who attended thought you were just fantastic! I appreciate all your efforts and will be pleased and honored to recommend your services to anyone and everyone!

All the best to you and Thank you again! You were right the music is the most important! ;)

My most sincere regards,

Stuart Herman

Silver Star Mercedes Benz


Questions & Answers

Here are a few questions and answers we receive. Click on the question to view the answers.

How long has nightshift been together, and how large a group is it?
nightshift has been performing together for over 20 years. We are a seven-piece seasoned orchestra comprised of award winning, studio caliber, concert touring professionals that are versatile and energetic entertainers.
The orchestra consists of drums, guitar, keyboards, bass-both electric & acoustic, tenor saxophone, flute, trumpet and flugelhorn, and a female lead vocalist. Most of the members sing back-up vocals, while the guitarist and keyboard player also sing lead, for a total of 3 lead vocalists.
What type of music does nightshift play?
We perform for a diverse range of audiences. This is reflected in the broad range of music in our repertoire. We perform styles from Michael Buble to Michael Jackson, James Brown to Lady Gaga. We also have an impressive selection of ballroom and continental music.

Please see our repertoire page to have an idea of some of the songs we can play for your celebration.
How long does nightshift perform before taking breaks?
We rely on our experience and take pride in ensuring we do what is best to make your event a great success. We organize meetings with our clients before the important date and discuss the event's schedule. We tailor the evening to your preferences, while offering our expertise. There are endless variations and possibilities.

We structure our sets in a manner that compliments the day/evening. While each event is different, there are certain constants we work around.

Here is an example of a wedding celebration schedule:

For our first set we usually play until the main course is served. The length varies depending on the number of courses, as well as how much dancing takes place in between. After dinner we play until the dessert table is opened. After a short break, one more long set usually takes us up to the end of the evening.
What happens when nightshift takes a break?
We are sensitive to, and ensure we take breaks at the points in the evening when our absence will have the least impact. Most often, it is during the main course, where everyone has been served at the same time, as well as during speeches, and dessert table openings.

When we are the sole performers for a party, we provide professionally mixed recorded music. We have a variety of pre-recorded music appropriate during dinner service, and dance music for later in the evening. Our pre-recorded music is regularly updated to ensure we have the most current hits. All of this is provided at no additional charge.
Until what time does nightshift perform? What happens if my party keeps going later than anticipated?
We are available as long as the party is going and the client requests us to stay; no matter how long. Every contract we sign includes a stipulation regarding our playing past the agreed upon length of time. There are no surprises. There is no 'time and a half' overtime fee either. We try to calculate any extra playing time on a pro rata basis whenever possible, so you will always know what to expect. This is written in each contract.
Can we tell you what music we would like you to play, and not to play?
We arrange to meet with our clients before the event and review our repertoire. This serves as a guide for us as to your preferences and tastes. At this point we note which of your requests to specifically include or exclude. During these meetings we also discuss any announcing and special animation we can help with for the event.

Should you have any song that is presently not in our repertoire, however very special to your celebration; we will do our utmost to learn it for your event.
Where has nightshift performed, and who have you played for?
nightshift has performed at prominent venues in and around the Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto areas. Our clients include private functions for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays as well as company events for award ceremonies and year end celebrations.

Some of our past clients have included: Air Canada, the law firm of Stikeman Elliot, McDonald's, CIBC, the law firm of Ogilvy Renault, and Bristol Myers Squibb. Please see our past clients page on this site for list of some of the corporate events we have performed.

It would be our pleasure to provide references from past clients upon request.
What else does nightshift offer?
As well as providing a seven piece orchestra, nightshift also offers a jazz trio for cocktail music, jazz groups for specialized events, as well as carefully selected duos or trios which can be a beautiful added touch for your special ceremony. We can also provide disc jockeys, strolling musicians, relief groups, and other forms of entertainment.
How much does all of this cost?
With nightshift there are no surprise expenses. We are very competitively priced and any additional services we provide are generally calculated on a pro rata basis. We clearly inform and confirm any such costs with our clients.
How can we hear nightshift?
It is great when people can hear and see us live, but because of distance or scheduling this is not always possible. Many of our clients have hired us via our reputation and the recommendations of past/current clients. We encourage you to listen to a sample of our sound by clicking on a song title to the left of this page. In certain instances we organize a showcase for a number of out of town clients to see us perform live. We are flexible, reliable, talented, and want to be a part of your special event, so please give us a call and we will work together towards an amazing event!


Contact Us


You can reach nightshift through:

Nancy Lane 514.475.3318
nightshift orchestra band member


Jazz Lounge

The jazz lounge

Compliment your special event with the smooth sophisticated sounds of jazz. 

Our jazz trio and quartet ensembles add the perfect note to your upscale cocktail or elegant party. We play beautiful jazz standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington made popular by the greats; Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Talented and professional jazz musicians who understand the importance of creating special, memorable events.

Nancy Lane 514-475-3318