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Rock and Roll Dance Party


Who Are the Mercenaries?

Are you looking for an irreverent, fun loving band who will help you let loose and get your freak on without letting you down or freaking you out? The Mercenaries are the house band of your dreams -- professional, consummate musicians who come ready to take requests, improvise, and hype the crowd. The Mercenaries make it their mission to inject fun and energy into any occasion - from intimate (yet safely distanced!) house parties, to corporate events in need of serious amplification. Plus they dig Boomers, X-ers, Zeds, and Millennials. That’s just facts, fam.


Big, small, country, city; we do them all. We know thousands of tunes, and will learn one or two songs for your special day. The Mercenaries are not your run-of-the-mill wedding band; but you’re probably not your run-of-the-mill couple ‘bout to get hitched.

Pandemic Parties

The only thing The Mercenaries want to spread are good times. We will adhere to municipal bylaws and public health protocols (including distancing and masks or clear shields where necessary) to keep everyone safe. Let’s breathe life into your party without worrying we might have to resuscitate grandma two weeks down the road…


The Mercenaries will provide the perfect soundtrack for your work gathering -- whether it’s a small awards ceremony, a larger team-building session, or a straight-up bash to celebrate a job well done, we will arrive ready to rock. We have a history of pumping up the party factor:



  • West End Phoenix House band

  • The Gemini's House Band

  • Just For Laughs House Band

  • LG Electronics Holiday Party

  • James Corden Show Band

  • Aurora Winter Fest Holiday House Band 

  • Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary

Ian Goodtimes and his projects have been a huge part of my businesses The Dakota Tavern and The Hayloft Dancehall. Ian and his Mercenaries held down the coveted Sunday night residency slot for 6 years. At the Hayloft he played every opening weekend and most of our long weekend special events. The reason is simply he is consistently the hardest working and most entertaining man I know. Ian is a community builder in a community that needs more leaders and gig bosses like him. His genuine love for performing and entertaining attracts some of the countries best musicians who all want to play on his stage. What that does for a venue is create a spectacle vibe at every show that is invaluable to the story of the venue. I'm proud to have been part of Ian's story and grateful he is part of mine.

— Shawn Creamer, Dakota Tavern, Hayloft Dance Hall, The Wheatsheaf Tavern


As champions of community and alchemists of song, Ian and “Toronto’s Greatest Dance Band”, The Mercenaries, have been expertly guiding humans to supreme levels of fun for over twelve years. When it comes to crowd-pleasing and creating an unforgettable event, Ian Goodtimes is your man. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, hire the entertainer’s entertainer. This guy lives up to his name with humour and huge heart.



Book The Mercenaries for your wedding next year with no money down! 


Special deals on Mid Week BOOKINGS!


NO deposit or booking confirmation fee!

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