A professional 5-piece cover band from the Ottawa area, The Start performs five decades of British rock, pop and R&B. With a selection of music that goes beyond typical rock standards, The Start brings experience and energy to your party, wedding, corporate show, public or private event. Since 2008, The Start has covered artists such as Elvis Costello, The Cure, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Modern English, The Beatles, Roxy Music, Amy Winehouse, The Clash and so many more!
"The Start's catchy playlist had me and a full crew of friends dancing and laughing in the aisles"
Andrea Grant - Journalist, "Apartment 613", Ottawa's online lifestyle magazine
You can read the Apt613.ca article by Andrea: apt613.ca/the-start-leather-ties-and-lust-for-life/
"You guys are great - TOTALLY IMPRESSED - your setlist, it's incredible!"
Ian Manhire - The lucky groom at the Delta Hotel wedding
"I am still smiling from ear to ear, despite some serious need of physiotherapy after all that dancing... You know, every single person had a blast. AGAIN and AGAIN, THANKS A BUNCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Lina Basset - Birthday Party Host
Graeme - Lead vocals and guitar
Graeme was born & raised in Essex, East London & played in some of the toughest venues in front of some of the roughest crowds in London! Arriving in Canada, firstly Quebec and now Ottawa, he's sung & played in numerous outfits including the much-travelled The Jet 200s before finally finding a home when he founded The Start with Frank…
Frank - Bass
Frank is a passionate man. Passionate about British music, passionate about his family, passionate about his time in the US navy (ask him about "The Barrel!"). But maybe most of all, passionate about his collection of 15 classic bass guitars, ranging from Hofners to Rickenbackers. Solid, amicable & superbly in the groove… just don't touch the bass, man…
Stephen Tippet - Keyboards
Stephen hails from Exeter, England and has an onslaught of instruments at his disposal. He has played far-and-wide, including the Glastonbury Festival.
David - Lead guitar
Having lived in the UK, this former web guru finds a home in The Start with his punk and indie influenced guitar work. In true British fashion, when his amp is not cranked to 11, he can be found puttering in his garden and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Nathan - Percussion
The Start's groove oriented drummer (the other Nathan) hails from Montreal, Quebec and discovered his passion for drumming when at the tender age of 12 years old, he picked up a discarded 3 piece drum set out on the curb by a lost soul (clearly). This led to playing percussion in a high school band that competed in band competitions in Canada and the US and a stint with a rock band called Oral Sects. Torn between two loves, playing music and playing soccer, Nathan decided to pursue his dream of playing professional soccer and put the drums away for 18 years. In 2004, the knees could no longer hold up and so Nathan decided to pursue his other love and joined two local cover bands called Rusty and Surrender Dorothy, before signing up with The Start. Nathan's motto is simple: "Life's too short... get on the dance floor already!"
All you have to do is ask! The Start is happy to discuss song suggestions for your special occasion and if your venue is not able to provide some of the essentials, they are able to provide sound, lights and audio technical staff.
Request a free quote and The Start would be happy to discuss your entertainment needs.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
A Town Called MaliceThe Jam
All the Day and All the NightThe Kinks
All These Things I've DoneThe Killers
And I RanA Flock Of Seagulls
Best Friend's GirlThe Cars
Blitzkrieg Bop/AnarchyThe Ramones
Come TogetherThe Beatles
Don't Look Back In AngerOasis
Ever Fallen in Love with SomeoneThe Buzzcocks
Fool's GoldThe Stone Roses
Get Off Of My CloudThe Rolling Stones
Hard To HandleOtis Redding
Here comes the RainEurythmics
Here comes your manPixies
I Bet That You Look GoodThe Arctic Monkeys
I Don't want to go to ChelseaElvis Costello
I Saw her Standing thereThe Beatles
I Wanna Be Sedated/Dancing Withe MyselfThe Ramones / Billy Idol
I'll Melt With YouModern English
In Between DaysThe Cure
In the CityThe Jam
It's My LifeTalk Talk
Jumping Jack FlashThe Rolling Stones
Just Can't Get EnoughDepeche Mode
Just Like HeavenThe Cure
Last NightThe Strokes
Life During WartimeTalking Heads
London CallingThe Clash
Love CatsThe Cure
Love SongThe Cure
Lust For Life/You Can't Hurry LoveIggy Pop / Supremes
In addition to Ottawa, The Start will also travel to Hull, Aylmer, Gatineau, Ramsayville, Chelsea, Orleans, Carlsbad Springs, Greely, Navan, Edwards, Manotick, Masson-angers, Cumberland, Carp, Metcalfe, Val-des-monts, Luskville, Richmond, Sarsfield, Vars, Buckingham, Kars, Kenmore, Wakefield, Woodlawn, North Gower, Russell, Osgoode, Vernon, Marathon
and many other locations in and around the Ottawa area.
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