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Duo d'Amore

Duo d'Amore is a string ensemble made of of solo players, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets that performs for wedding ceremonies, cocktail and dinner receptions, corporate events, private parties, birthdays, anniversaries, and memorial services across Canada. We have one of the largest collections of interesting and engaging music, ranging in style from traditional classical to more modern pop music.

"We could hear the music from the bridal suite and it was stunning, and exactly as we had hoped. Numerous guests told us that the music was beautiful, and added a certain je ne sais quois to the mood. We would highly recommend Duo d'Amore. - Caitlin C.

 

Caitlin and Rob had a beautiful wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the National Arts Centre on May 5th, and Duo d'Amore's violin and cello duo were so happy to be a part of it. The music for the day was simply phenomenal! Caitlin chose quite a bit of pop music across different genres to set the mood for each part of the ceremony, with more upbeat selections during the cocktail reception. This helped to create a different feel for the cocktail portion,and our unique pop music selections certainly helped with that aspect of the day. A special mention also goes out to the wedding planner Shannon Kennedy of Kennedy Event Planning, as she did a great job as always. Back to the music! Here was the program for  both the ceremony and cocktail hour:

Prelude:

Bittersweet Symphony, Halo, Here Comes the Sun, In My Life, Wonderful Tonight 

Ceremony:

Wedding Party Processional: Can't Help Falling in Love

Bride: All You Need is Love

Recessional: Game of Thrones Theme

Cocktail Reception:

A Thousand Years, Call Me Maybe, I Got A Feeling, At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Only Time, Sweet Child of Mine

 

 

 

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String Quartet Toronto Wedding

Duo d'Amore is a string ensemble made up of violin and cello soloists, violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets, and we perform in Toronto, the GTA, and across Canada. 

We make the whole process of wedding music planning easy and fun for our clients, and we believe that every wedding and event should be unique and reflect exactly what you the client wants. How do we do that? Personal service and passionate performance. Matthew the owner is always available and is quick to answer emails and phone calls. Something else to consider is that when it comes to the music, Duo d'Amore is proud to offer one of the largest collections of music for string ensemble in Canada, so there is lots of music both pop and classical to choose from.

 

Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d'Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore--e8347/reviews

Visit us at www.duodamore.com or call Matthew at 866-231-2902 for a quote!

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For all our brides, grooms and event planners out there--you can now follow us on Instagram at duodamoremusic

We are excited to share photos of our work from the past as well as the present!

 

Warm regards,

Matthew Hayes, Owner and Violinist
Duo d'Amore, violin and cello duos, trios and quartets 
866-231-2902
www.duodamore.com 

 

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Wedding Music Hamilton, Niagara/NOTL

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Duo d'Amore's string ensembles of solo violin, violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet are booking for 2019 wedding ceremonies and cocktail and dinner receptions in Hamilton and Niagara and area. We often perform indoors and outdoors at wedding venues, parks and wineries including:

 

AGH, Hamilton

Balls Falls Conservation Area

Carmen’s Banquet Centre, Hamilton

Cave Springs Winery

Chateau des Charmes

Elements on the Falls

Fallsview Casino

Hernder Estate Winery

Kurtz Orchard

Legends on the Niagara

The Lakeview

Oakes Garden Theatre

Pillar and Post

Queen’s Landing

Queenston Chapel

Ravine Winery

Ridley College, St Catharines

Riverbend Inn

Southbrook Vineyard

Stratus Vineyards

Stonewall Estates

St Mark’s Church, Niagara on the Lake

Vineland Estates Winery

White Oaks

 

 

We have lots to offer in 2019, including a newly revised playlist with many new pop arrangements to compliment our extensive list of classical music selections. 

 

2018 has been a fantastic year so far, and we were thrilled to work with our fantastic brides and grooms, and liase with so many wonderful wedding and event planners. Duo d'Amore is committed to giving you the highest calibre experience, both in performance and customer service. Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d'Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore--e8347/reviews

 

Our owner and violinist Matthew would be happy to send a quote to you (please fill out our quote page on this site, or email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or give him a call at 866-231-2902, and he will personally give you a quotation, as well as suggestions to make your special day flawless! 

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Wedding Musicians Calgary: Now Booking for 2019

Duo d'Amore's string ensembles of solo violin, violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet are booking for 2019 wedding ceremonies and receptions in Calgary and Banff and surrounding areas. We often perform indoors and outdoors at the following venues:

 

Baker Park, Calgary (pictured)

Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff Tunnel Mountain

Bow Valley Ranch, Calgary

Glencoe Golf and Country Club

Holy Name Parish, Calgary

Kensington Riverside Inn, Calgary

The Lakehouse, Calgary

Lougheed House, Calgary

Q Haute Cuisine, Calgary

Reader Rock Garden, Calgary

Rothney Observatory, Calgary

The River Café, Calgary

Plaza Theatre, Calgary

St George in the Pines Church, Banff

Ranchmen’s Club, Calgary

 

We have lots to offer for the upcoming year, including a newly revised playlist a with many new pop arrangements to compliment our extensive list of classical music selections. 

 

2018 has been a fantastic year so far, and we were thrilled to work with our fantastic brides and grooms, and liase with so many wonderful wedding and event planners. Duo d'Amore is committed to giving you the highest calibre experience, both in performance and customer service. Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d'Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore--e8347/reviews

Our owner and violinist Matthew would be happy to send a quote to you (please fill out our quote page on this site, or email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or give him a call at 866-231-2902, and he will personally give you a quotation, as well as suggestions to make your special day flawless! 

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Duo d'Amore's string ensembles of solo violin, violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet are booking for 2019 wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout Toronto and the GTA. We have lots to offer for the upcoming year, including a newly revised playlist, including lots of new pop arrangements to compliment our extensive list of classical music selections. 

2018 has been a fantastic year so far, and we were thrilled to work with our fantastic brides and grooms, and liase with so many wonderful wedding and event planners. Duo d'Amore is committed to giving you the highest calibre experience, both in performance and customer service. Here is what our past clients had to say, and what you can expect from Duo d'Amore: https://www.weddingwire.ca/wedding-music/duo-damore--e8347/reviews

Our owner and violinist Matthew would be happy to send a quote to you (please fill out our quote page on this site, or email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or give him a call at 866-231-2902, and he will personally give you a quotation, as well as suggestions to make your special day flawless! 

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Wildfire smoke at wedding ceremony in Alberta 2018

Duo d'Amore's string ensembles have performed in many venues and under many circumstances: we have performed on beaches, on mountaintops, at both the atlantic and pacific coasts, on the prairies, at vineyards, on ships, on trains, but this weekend was a first for us--we performed amidst the smoke from wildfires at two different wedding ceremonies in and around Canmore AB. This certainly made for a unique and memorable experience, one that the bride and groom as well as the guests will remember for the rest of their lives. Tourism operators in the area haven't agreed if the wildfires and smoke is having an impact on business, but judging from the fact that wedding ceremonies are still taking place, people are trying their best to go on despite and setbacks. One thing to note is that if you are travelling in the Canmore/Banff area please consult www.banfflakelouise.com  for up to date information on weather conditions/ road closures etc. 

 

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Duo d'Amore's violin and cello duo is proud to once again be featured in a fantastic magazine, this time it's Wedluxe. Please see below:

 

https://wedluxe.com/2018/06/15/country-chic/

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We love happy clients, and love getting reviews of our performances. The latest review comes from Amanda, a bride who was married at St Charles Borreomeo church in Toronto. Here is what she had to say about the performance of Duo d'Amore's violin and cello duo:

 

Outstanding Performance, beautiful music!

Outstanding performance! The team played beautifully during our wedding ceremony. Very organized and very responsive to e-mails. Matthew was great to work with when coordinating with a Bag Piper that I also hired. Very happy to have hired the team! Job well done!! Thank you very much. We are so very grateful.

 

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Ottawa wedding ceremony music, Dongyuan + Shifeng’s wedding at Fairmont Montebello, September 24, 2016

 

The weather for this wedding ceremony at Fairmont Montebello could not have been more perfect—sunny, and not too hot, just what everyone hopes for their wedding day. The ceremony music featuring our violinist and cellist was also out of a fairy tale, as it was light and elegant with both standard and not so standard classical music, as well as Elvis’s Can’t Help Falling in love, which brought a modern touch to this very beautiful ceremony.

 

Bridesmaid processional: Pachelbel's Canon in D
Bride processional: Elvis Presley's Can't help fall in love 
Signing: Massenet: Meditation from Thais and Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s
Desiring
Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March

 

Wedding planner: Darcy from Delightfully elegant events

Venue: Chateau Montebello

Ceremony and Reception music: Duo d’Amore

 

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Kitchener Waterloo wedding ceremony music, Ange + Steve’s wedding at the Hacienda Sarria, September 17, 2016

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It was great working with Ange and Steve on their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener, as well as their planner Ainsley from fresh look designs. This is a venue that we perform at quite a bit, and it was great to be back. For music, Ange and Steve had a more traditional ceremony, incorporating classical music for the string trio (2 violins and cello) featuring music by Bach in the Air from the third orchestral suite, Pachelbel Canon for the brides walk down the aisle and another piece by Bach for the signing of the register, his Wachet Auf or Sleepers Awake. Then for a fun twist, We are the Champions by Queen for the recessional. When it came time for the reception, we really kicked things up with modern pop music for the strings including the Game of Thrones Theme, some Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Etta James, Black Eyed Peas—a whole bunch of really upbeat and interesting music, exactly what they wanted. It was a great night, and we can’t wait to be back!

 

Photo credit: Hacienda Sarria

 

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Niagara Wedding Ceremony music, Tiffany + Michael’s wedding at Konzelmann estate winery, September 3 2016

The weather was perfect for this outdoor wedding at Konzelmann Estate Winery.  Tiffany and Michael hired our largest ensemble, the string quartet, which provides the maximum volume and richness of sound, and it really helped to create lasting memories for the bride and groom as well as the guests.  The ceremony music was all pop music, and we were excited to perform fantastic arrangements.

 

Processional:
Wedding party: Somewhere over the rainbow
Bride: Thousand Years -Christina Perri

Signing: Make you feel my love –Adele and Marry Me -Train

Recessional: Marry You -Bruno Mars

 

Photo credit: Olivia Trade Sensation Events

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We often receive lovely reviews from clients, and I though I would take the opportunity to share our latest review. This is from Megan, and we were thrilled to provide a violin and cello duo for her wedding ceremony at the Ancaster Mill on September 2, 2017.

 

It was a pleasure working with you and we cannot say enough great things about your musicians and your services. The music was absolutely perfect and really filled up the space. It was the perfect addition to our ceremony. All our guests raved about the music and how wonderful it was. I am recommending you to all our friends that are getting married in the coming years.

Thank you again for all of your help leading up to and on our wedding day. Your services were wonderful!

 
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Toronto Wedding Ceremony music: Kaitlyn + Cole’s wedding at Hockley Valley Resort, August 13

We love clients like Kaitlyn and Cole as they were extremely excited to have Duo d’Amore perform a fantastic selection of music at their wedding ceremony at Hockley Valley. As the guests arrived the violin and cello duet performed modern pop music, with songs including Fields of Gold, I Think I Wanna Marry you, River Flows in You and others. When the officiant, parents and groomsmen were ready, we performed You Raise Me Up, making a smooth transition into Beyonce’s Halo for the four bridesmaids. For the bride the strings performed a lovely rendition of Pachelbel Canon for a traditional touch. When the couple signed the marriage license, we moved back to pop music with Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love. When the couple was pronounced man and wife and the wedding party exited, w performed Viva la Vida, to add a lovely touch to a memorable wedding ceremony!

 

Photo credit: Janice Yi Photography

Wedding planning: Willow Rose Events

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Toronto Wedding Ceremony music: Kaitlyn + Cole’s wedding at Hockley Valley Resort, August 13

We love clients like Kaitlyn and Cole as they were extremely excited to have Duo d’Amore perform a fantastic selection of music at their wedding ceremony at Hockley Valley. As the guests arrived the violin and cello duet performed modern pop music, with songs including Fields of Gold, I Think I Wanna Marry you, River Flows in You and others. When the officiant, parents and groomsmen were ready, we performed You Raise Me Up, making a smooth transition into Beyonce’s Halo for the four bridesmaids. For the bride the strings performed a lovely rendition of Pachelbel Canon for a traditional touch. When the couple signed the marriage license, we moved back to pop music with Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love. When the couple was pronounced man and wife and the wedding party exited, w performed Viva la Vida, to add a lovely touch to a memorable wedding ceremony!

 

Photo credit: Janice Yi Photography

Wedding planning: Willow Rose Events

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Leah + Tom’s wedding at Calgary Olympic Park August 13 2016, Calgary wedding ceremony music

 

The bride and groom originally planned this wedding ceremony outdoors at Canada Olympic Park, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, and the ceremony was moved indoors. That was a smart choice, and the guests were able to enjoy themselves, without any issues from rain! Regarding the music selections, Leah and Tom were interested in our traditional selections, which looked like this. Everything worked out beautifully, and sounded even better!

 

Processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Vivaldi Largo from the Four Seasons (Winter)

Recessional: Handel Hornpipe II

 

Photo credit: http://www.deseraeevenson.com

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Cristina + Ben wedding at The River Cafe July 2, 2016, Calgary wedding ceremony music

This wedding was held on the outdoor patio of the River Cafe in Calgary—a beautiful location, and the musical selections were just as inspiring. For the ceremony Cristina and Ben chose primarily classical selections (with a modern and upbeat song at the finale of the ceremony) followed by contemporary music during the reception portion.  All of these songs work particularly well with the string ensemble they chose: the violin and cello duo—our most popular ensemble! Everything was seamless and beautiful, and finely coordinated as always with the talented planner at Evelyn Clark weddings. Thanks everyone!

 

Wedding ceremony song selections:

Processional (wedding party and bridesmaids): Pachelbel Canon
Signing: Schubert: Ave Maria 
Recessional: Mars: Marry You

 

Cocktail hour song selections:

A Thousand Years-Christine Perri (violin & cello duo)
All You Need Is Love-Beatles (violin & cello duo)
Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
Can’t Help Falling in Love-Elvis
Don’t You Worry Child-Swedish House Mafia
Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran
Yellow - Coldplay
Hallelujah-Leonard Cohen
Halo, Beyonce
I Got A Feeling-Black Eyed Peas
I Think I Wanna Marry You-Bruno Mars
Fields of Gold-Sting

 

 

Wedding Full Planning and Design: Evelyn Clark Weddings | Photography: Daring Wanderer Weddings | Venue: River Cafe | Florist: Flower Artistry | Decor: Bella Linens | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Hair and Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Cake: Whippt | Officiant: Life Celebrant – Jacquie Hoare | Music: Duo D’amore & Stephen Medhurst | Transportation: Ambassador Limo

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Kristen + Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Graydon Hall, July 16, 2016, Toronto wedding ceremony music

This wedding at Graydon Hall was absolutely stunning, and we were honored to be a part of it.  We had a really fun time talking about song selections for the ceremony, and we came up with an excellent grouping of songs to fit each part of the ceremony perfectly. The music was performed by Duo d’Amore’s string trio and we received many really nice comments from the guests.

 

Prelude:

What a wonderful world
Beyonce Halo
Nat king Cole unforgettable
Bette Midler the rose
Adele make you feel my love

Groomsmen entry: Somewhere over the rainbow

Bridal Party entry: 1000 years

Bride: Can't help falling in love with you

Signing
Leonard Cohen hallelujah
Josh groban the prayer

Processional
Beatles: all you need is love

 

PHOTOGRAPHY • Corina V. Photography, PLANNING • Karina Lemke, FLORAL AND DECOR DESIGN • Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design, STATIONERY DESIGN • Anista Designs, HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST • Fancy Face Inc., GOWN • Bijou Bridal, SHOES • Jimmy Choo, JEWELLERY • David Yurman, FORMALWEAR • MADE Clothing, BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES • Amsale from Pearl Bridal House, ENGAGEMENT RING AND WEDDING BANDS • Diamondboi Designs, CAKE DESIGN • Sweet Celebrations, CHAIRS AND LOUNGE FURNITURE • Contemporary Furniture Rentals, CHAMPAGNE TROLLEY • Plate Occasions, WELCOME MIRROR • Love Forever Bespoke Wedding &  Event Decor, LINENS, VENUE, AND CATERING • Graydon Hall Manor, VIDEOGRAPHY • James Frodyma, TRANSPORTATION • A Rolls Choice Wedding Ceremony Music Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and quartets

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Alicia + John’s wedding ceremony at Starling Lane Vineyard July 9, 2016, Victoria BC wedding ceremony music

Our string ensembles have had the pleasure of performing at Starling Lane Vineyard several times in the past, and we are happy to be back. Working with Alicia on choosing the music was a pleasure—one of the songs that she particularly wanted during the ceremony was Bridge over Troubled Water, and were extremely happy to be able to incorporate this songs during the ceremony. The signing portion was the perfect place to perform this song, and it was followed beautifully by the recessional music with concluded the ceremony sin such a lovely way.

Wedding ceremony music: 

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air on the G-string

Bride Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bridge Over Troubled Water  and A Thousand Years

Recessional: All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

 

Vendors:

WEDDING VENUE: Starling Lane Vineyard Victoria BC www.starlinglanevineyard.comWEDDING COORDINATOR: Eva Satchell, Beauty Bride www.beautybride.caVIDEOGRAPHER: Cassie O’Neil,  http://www.cassieoneil.comFLORIST: Linda Mimeault, Night Song Farm www.nightsongfarm.caCAKE ARTIST: Melissa, HappyDitty  www.facebook.com/happydittyDJ: Paul Affleck, Request the Best  www.facebook.com/requestthebestMAKE UP ARTIST: Kerryn Cooper, Heartwood & Co www.heartwoodandco.comHAIR SYLIST: Chau TrinhWEDDING GOWN STORE: Blush Bridal Boutique www.blushvictoria.comSEAMSTRESS: Lily Kennedy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.ÉCOR RENTALS: Josephine Hoskins, Victoria Vintage China Rentals www.victoriavintagechinarentals.comCATERER:  Sandy +Heather Chown, Wits End Catering www.witsendcatering.caSTRING DUO: Duo d’Amore, www.duodamore.comWEDDING COMMISIONAIRE: IAIN HOOEY  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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Laura +Vince’s wedding ceremony at Pillar and Post, July 9, 2016, Niagara Wedding Music

This was such a beautiful day! We love performing at the Rose Garden as it is just so perfect for an outdoor wedding. Our string trio performed the following music and even added  an additional recessional song to make the day even more special for the bride and groom.

 

Bridesmaids: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon in D

Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Mans desiring

Recessional: Love Me Like You Do AND Wake Me Up

 

Vendors

 

Venue: Pillar and Post

Décor: Simply Beautiful Décor

Flowers: Roses and Twine

Music – Ceremony: Duo d’Amore

Candy Table: Candy by Katie

Cake: Sweet Celebrations

Music: Spirit of Sound

Officiant: Celebrating Life

Limousine: Royal Touch Limousine Service

Stationary: Oakville Paper Boutique

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

 

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