Derek Macrae

Classical Guitarist

Wedding guests laughing and ceremony musician at Kortright Centre

Clients' Comments

"Derek was amazing at our ceremony at the RBG. He was very professional and really easy to work with for planning. His playing was perfect for the mood and atmosphere and sounded excellent. Thanks for making such a great impact on our day!"

Google Review by Susan L.
September 29, 2018

"Derek was amazing at our ceremony at the RBG. He was very professional and really easy to work with for planning. His playing was perfect for the mood and atmosphere and sounded excellent. Thanks for making such a great impact on our day!"

Google Review by Matt D.
September 15, 2018

"On short notice we requested Derek to play at my fathers funeral service, not an easy task. Derek arrived very early, set up and was in place playing well before guests arrived, we also had requested he play some specific pieces as solos during the service and to work with the vocalist and pianist. Derek coordinated with the singer and pianist and accompanied them on some of the pieces which made for an amazingly beautiful combo, his solo pieces were outstanding and led to an overall perfect ambiance during the service. Very easy going and flexible, not to mention incredibly talented, I highly recommend Derek and commend his professionalism."

D. McAskill
September 1, 2018
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"Derek is an amazing classical Guitarist, we hired him for our wedding and he played at the reception and at the ceremony. He has a huge repertoire of music brought his own amps and speakers and played beautifully. Our guests loved him and his music."

Mano and Dana - Caledon
August 11, 2018

"Derek was an amazing addition to our wedding ceremony and is a fantastic guitarist! He was prompt to reply to us when we were trying to book a guitarist, has an extensive song list, and even learned a recessional song for us last minute.... thoroughly enjoyed everything about this experience with Derek."

Google Review by Stephanie W.
Cheltenham, Ontario
June 9, 2018

"Derek was a pleasure to deal with. He performed for my daughter's wedding ceremony with preservice, processional and recessional music. Offered many different choices of music to suit our tastes. Very talented classical guitarist who made waiting for the ceremony more enjoyable for the guests. I would not hesitate to recommend Derek for any event."

Google Review by Susan N.
May 16, 2018

Quality of Service: 5/5
Responsiveness: 5/5
Professionalism: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Flexibility: 5/5
Music: 5/5
"When it comes to Derek we just want to rave!!! What an amazing musician to work with. My wife found him through research online a month before our Wedding day. From the moment we met him, we felt comfortable with making him a part of our wedding. Even despite the short timeline at no point did he make us feel anxious unlike so many other vendors. Quite the opposite really, he was professional, polite, travelled to us to make it easier on our schedule, and was quite calming. So much so that we basically hired him on the spot. He responded to emails in a timely fashion, and did what he said he would in the same manner. We asked him to learn music for our ceremony, and he told us he would check it out and let us know whether he could pull it off. Pull it off he did. We really enjoyed working with him. We appreciated having someone who sounds so good, take a stress off of us the day of the wedding. Working with him was so easy. We love how he can take a rock/punk song and make it sound so classically pleasing for all ages to enjoy. We would work with him again in a heartbeat and thank him for all his good work!! We have told our friends, family, and strangers we have overheard planning weddings about Derek. Derek thank you for making our day so special with your amazing sound!!!! Sincerely, Ben and Carol"

Google Review by Ben Heath
Dec. 17, 2017

"Derek played for us at our father's 80th birthday party recently. He was absolutely fantastic and many of our guests expressed how the music added such magic to the occasion. Not only was he extremely talented but also a very nice and accommodating person. Thanks Derek...we will recommend you to all of our friends!"

R. Rogan - Barrie
October 14, 2017
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"Hi Derek. Myself and Adam want to thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had so many people come up to us telling us how great you were and how awesome it was so have a guitarist play during cocktail hour. I wish I was able to have heard more ! Thank you so much for helping to make our special day perfect."

Jenn and Adam - Pickering
Oct. 7, 2017

"Derek, we just wanted to say thank you for being part of our wedding. You did an amazing job for us - we really enjoyed the music in the ceremony."

Laura and David - Kleinburg
Oct. 6, 2017

"Thank you so much for providing such beautiful music at our wedding! We and our guests really enjoyed hearing you play and it was the perfect compliment to the venue."

Laura and Mike - Port Hope
Aug. 5, 2017

"Derek played at our wedding last week and helped to make our ceremony even more special. While we had a few choice requests we allowed Derek to play as he saw fit. We could not have been happier with his performance and the choices. Thank you Derek for helping to make our day so beautiful."

Google Review by Yannique S.
July 30, 2017

"Derek was great! He was no-stress, all professionalism and with everything to worry about when planning a wedding, was a welcomed addition to our ceremony. He always responded quickly to any questions we had, on the day he coordinated with the officiant on timing and just handled everything perfectly. We realized there were many service providers we had to manage and Derek was not one them (something that you learn to truly appreciate!!) We would highly recommend him!!!"

Kimberly Kyle - Toronto
July 22, 2017
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"We recently hired Derek to perform the music for our wedding ceremony and couldn't have been more pleased. He didn't hesitate to learn new musical pieces for our event, and performed them with ease. It's very obvious that music is a passion for Derek, he is extremely skilled and talented at what he does. Thank you for helping to make our day truly special!"

Google Review by Maggie L.
June 2017

"Derek was an absolute pleasure to work with! We met once in person before the wedding and he played a variety of songs for us from his wide repertoire. We had a special song request for our processional which he learned in no time and played flawlessly at the wedding. Our guests really enjoyed the live music and the whole experience was very smooth and fuss free. Would definitely recommend!"

Google Review by J. Guevremont - Toronto
June 17, 2017

"Thank you for providing beautiful music for our June wedding, and for all your help throughout the planning process! The music during our ceremony was absolutely perfect, and we received so many compliments from our guests on the music you played during the cocktail hour"

Natalie and Alex - Toronto
June 11, 2017

"What an amazing evening! He made our wedding ceremony really special. Derek was amazing and all our guests loved him and his performance. Derek has an amazing collection of songs to select from and can also accomodate requests. Very prompt in communication and very reasonably priced. Will recommend him 100 percent for your special occasions."

Google Review by S. Pisharody - Milton
April 19, 2017

"Many thanks for being part of our special day. The music was beautiful and added such a classy feel to our ceremony and cocktail reception. It was a pleasure working with you."

Andrew and Debra - Burlington
September 23, 2016

"Your wonderful music was only outdone by your effort to make it a great day for us. Thank you!"

Lilly and Matti - Toronto
August 20, 2016

"Just wanted to say a quick thank you for playing at our ceremony. It was really nice to hear you play. Everyone really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend you to everyone else."

Anne-Marie and Greg - Oakville
Aug 7, 2016

"Thank you so much for playing beautifully on Saturday! The day would not have been the same without you. I received compliments all day regarding how beautiful the music sounded"

Jennifer and Matthew - Toronto
August 6, 2016

"Thank you Derek for showcasing your musical talents at our 2015 Golf Tournament at Indian Wells. You have been a valuable addition to many of our charity fundraising events over the years and I look forward to having you welcome our guests at future Cribwolf Foundation fundraisers"

Lino Fera - Co-Founder

"We wanted to thank you so much for your amazing work at our wedding. I didn't even see you but I definitely heard you. Our family told us that the music at the cocktail reception was amazing. We will definitely recommend you to our friends."

Kylie and Curtis - Oakville
October 10, 2015

Incredible Musician For Your Wedding Venue - 5/5
"Derek played the music for our wedding ceremony. He was so easy to work with and very accommodating. We received several compliments on how the music added to the ambiance and romance of the day."

September 2015 review from

"We wanted to thank you again for being part of our wedding and playing your wonderful music throughout the proceedings. It was such a fantastic day for everyone and we have had many compliments from our guests about how they loved your music and the sounds of an acoustic guitar playing for them. I think we both knew from the first time we heard you play that you were the perfect fit for the setting and atmosphere we had planned for the wedding. It all turned out great and we just wanted to say that you played an important part in our special day. We will gladly recommend you to anyone else we know."

Brian and Jacqueline - Whitby
September 6, 2015

"Thank you for doing such an amazing job at our wedding. The ceremony music was perfect and exactly what we were looking for. We received many positive comments about your performance. It was such a pleasure working with you and the planning process was so easy and straightforward. Thank you again for helping to make our day so special."

Ashley and Luke - Cambridge
August 15, 2015

"Thank you so much for providing us with such serenading music for our wedding ceremony. The melodies that you performed were exactly what we wanted and we really enjoyed everything that you played. Thanks again."

Amanda and Patrick - Guelph
July 4, 2015

"You set the mood for an elegant and romantic day, we and our guests loved it."

Sharon and Trevor - Toronto
March 27, 2015

"Thank you so much for playing at our client party last night. You were a great asset to the evening with the quiet music in the background. And you were very professional about getting all your equipment here and then home again. We all appreciated your contribution."

L. McKay - Toronto
December 9, 2014

"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We were extremely pleased with the wonderful music you provided, and we received many compliments about your playing. A couple of our guests who play the guitar specifically commented on your great playing skills. If we have anyone else looking for music in the future, we would definitely recommend you."

Leanne and Grant - Oakville
November 1, 2014

"It's been a while since my wedding on September 20th but Andrew and I wanted to say Thank you for playing your guitar at our wedding ceremony. We thought you did an amazing job and you really helped create an amazing atmosphere for our wedding ceremony."

Tammy and Andrew - Toronto
September 20, 2014

"I wanted to finally take the time to thank you for playing at our August 22 wedding. The music sounded lovely but I never had a chance to talk to you after! You were very easy to work with and I will definitely recommend you if any of my brides are looking for live music at their wedding. I blogged about our wedding here. Thanks and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future. "

Lisa and Ryan - Niagara
August 22, 2014

"Thank you so much for providing the music for our ceremony. The sound of the classical guitar was such a nice added touch and truly made our ceremony special! You did an amazing job."

Olivia and DJ - Copetown
July 12, 2014

"Thank you for the lovely music you played at our wedding. It pulled everything together and made our wedding very intimate with family and friends. Everyone asked who the classical guitarist was! I gladly gave them your name."

Marita and Rob - Niagara Falls
June 22, 2014

"Chris and I have returned from our honeymoon and wanted to send you a quick note. Thank you for playing at our wedding! The music was absolutely beautiful. It was such a perfect way to set the tone of our wedding. I'm so pleased with how everything went and will recommend you to anyone looking in the future. Our guests were delighted. Thanks again Derek for your professionalism and for sharing your gift with our guests at the wedding. You rocked it!"

Kelly and Chris - Ancaster
May 17, 2014

"Just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for the beautiful music on Saturday! I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to chat with you. Everyone commented on how nice it was and we are so appreciative."

Jessica and Cody - St. Catharines
October 5, 2013

"I regret that we did not get to meet in person, but I do want to pass on our sincere thanks for playing at our wedding on Sunday. Your playing was beautiful, and Gymnopedie No 1 brought a tear to my eye even before Natalie appeared."

Ian and Natalie - Mississauga
September 29, 2013

"Thank you so much for providing the beautiful music on our wedding day. It added so much to our ceremony."

Sabrina and James - Oakville
September 14, 2013

"I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you so much for the service at the winery! I didn't get to hear much of it, but the stuff I did hear was amazing! Everyone has been complimenting it! So thank you so much for the amazing job you did. The day was perfect!"

Hayley and Kyle - Stouffville
August 24, 2013

"Thank you so much for the wonderful music during our wedding ceremony. The sound of the classical guitar was perfect and truly created a beautiful ambiance during the most important part of our big day. We will highly recommend you to family and friends."

Natalie and John - Milton
June 30, 2013

"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding this May! You were so professional and every piece was played perfectly. Your part in our wedding was so seamless and natural; we both agreed that there was not a single thing to change. Thanks again for accommodating our request (Kiss the Rain). Helen was too emotional at the time to hear it, but it was impeccable, regardless."

Helen and Adam - Toronto
May 26, 2013

"We had a short brunch wedding and had Derek play for the entire thing. Derek was really wonderful and easy to work with. He made great suggestions for the song choices in the ceremony when we asked for ideas. We gave him a small list of songs we liked for the reception and from there he filled in the rest of the time with selections that were right on the money. I actually had friends comment on the awesome song choices. And of course he sounded great. Very talented. I wish I could have heard more of it on the day. He learned a few new songs at our request as well."

Krista and Ryan - Toronto
May 4, 2013
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"I am so sorry that with all the activity I never got a chance to thank you in person for the great job you did. The ceremony music was absolutely lovely and we really appreciate you going above and beyond, making time to rehearse with my cousin. Again, many thanks, we received some great compliments about your playing and it really added the special touch we were looking for!"

Melissa and Dustin - Toronto
December 1, 2012

"Ryan and I just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding. The music was absolutely beautiful and was exactly the feel we were going for."

Erin and Ryan - Toronto
November 17, 2012

"Thank you so much for the beautiful music you played at our ceremony. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how much they enjoyed the music! Your music really helped to make our wedding day so personal and perfect!"

Michelle and Matthew - Oakville
November 3, 2012

"Just wanted to say thanks again for the wonderful music you played for us on Saturday. The ceremony music was lovely, but the cocktail hour music was also a big hit!"

Sonia and Ben - Toronto
September 15, 2012

"I wanted to send a quick thank you for performing at the ceremony. Although I only heard Tesla and the recessional, I was told by others that you did a fantastic job. Thank you so much for everything. You made planning from across the country a very easy experience."

Leslie and Kyle - Caledon
September 8, 2012

"Thank you so much again, your music really made the night. Everyone was talking about it."

Scott - 50th Anniversary - Mississauga
September 1, 2012

"I want to thank you again for doing your part to make our wedding day so special. My wife Robin and I were very pleased with your services and had a lot of compliments from our guests for the music you provided during our ceremony. It was a pleasure working with you, I would highly recommend your services!"

Robin and Julio- Oakville
August 31, 2012

"Thank you so much for your wedding ceremony music! I had nothing but compliments from all of our guests about your fantastic ability!"

Wendy and Chris - Oshawa
August 25, 2012

"You did an amazing job. Thank you so much for playing for us on your special day."

Cecilia and Francis - Mississauga
June 23, 2012

"Thank you so much for your beautiful music at our wedding. It added another element to the day and we can't tell you how much we appreciate it all - from learning new songs to just generally going above and beyond. All of our guests raved about the music and agreed that you added an intimate touch to the day."

Jessica and Mike - Brooklin, ON
June 2, 2012

"You did such an AMAZING job - you made everything beautiful - and it totally completed our vision. It sounded so lovely. Thank you so much for being so accommodating and make our special day that much more special."

Jennifer and Kyle - Hamilton
May 26, 2012

"Thank you so much for making beautiful music at our wedding! I loved how each song sounded and it was perfect for our ceremony. I only wish that I could have stayed to listen to you longer. Keep playing amazing music!"

Alexandra and Chris - Maple
May 19, 2012

"Thank you for the great music! Everyone loved it! We got a lot of great comments about it being all Celtic music. You did an amazing job."

Leigh and Tony - Toronto
May 12, 2012

"Just wanted to email you to express my huge thanks for doing such a beautiful job. My new hubby said he was so nervous but when he heard your beautiful playing, it calmed him. All the guests were raving about you as well. And so sorry about my late arrival. Thanks so much for making our day magical"

Wendi and Mike - Mississauga
February 10, 2012

"We wanted to thank you so much for performing at our wedding. You played beautifully and you made our wedding all the more special. Once I heard Edelweiss I started to tear up, it meant a lot to me that you learned it especially for the day. We wish you a lovely holiday season."

Jennifer and Stefan - Toronto
December 10, 2011

"Blake and I just wanted to send you a quick note to express our thanks for being a part of our Oct. 16 wedding at Inn On The Twenty. The music you provided was beautiful. You made our wedding ceremony really special and we've received so many compliments on your behalf from all of our guests. The selections you made for our cocktail hour was perfect as well. We would gladly recommend you to anyone else getting married!!"

Faianne and Blake - Jordan
October 16, 2011

"Thank you for making our day extra special. You are incredibly talented and a pleasure to listen to."

Jennifer and Paul - Newmarket
October 15, 2011

"We wanted to thank you for being a part of our special day. Your music truly made the wedding very special. It was a perfect evening."

Stephanie and Chris - Toronto
October 14, 2011

"Thanks again for providing the music at our ceremony. We had great feedback from many who attended the service, and the Priest especially enjoyed the music. You helped make the day more memorable. Will definately refer you in the future."

Eleonore S. - Mississauga
October 9, 2011

"Thank you so much for helping set the perfect mood and tone of the most important part of our wedding day - our ceremony. It was perfect and exactly what we were looking for! We would gladly recommend you to our friends if they needed a classical guitarist."

Priscilla and Tyler - Richmond Hill
October 8, 2011

"We really, really loved your music - thank you for being so awesome, and for being a part of our special day. You made our wedding ceremony beautiful with your music. Thanks also for arriving so early that day."

Karen and Alvin - Toronto
October 1, 2011

"Your music was exactly what we wanted and made our ceremony just perfect. Thank you for doing such a great job, I would recommend you to anyone. We also received a lot of great feedback about your playing too. Thanks again!"

Nicola and Nick - Ancaster
September 24, 2011

"My husband (Andrew) and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for providing such beautiful music for our wedding. We were blown away by your performance - it definitely made the ceremony very special and very emotional We also received rave reviews from many of our guests about your performance - they absolutely loved it!"

Rebecca and Andrew - Toronto
September 18, 2011

"Thank you for enchanting our special day with the sound of the classical guitar. It was perfect!"

Arthur and Christina - Richmond Hill
September 17, 2011

"We were delighted to share the celebration of our love and new life together with you. Thank you for making our wedding extra special with your beautiful music."

Helena and Hector - Toronto
September 17, 2011

"Thank you for performing at our wedding. The day couldn't have been better and we were glad that you were a part if it. The music sounded great (although that was the last thing on my mind at that time!). I will definitely recommend your services to anybody I know who is looking for a guitarist. Thanks again Derek!"

Laura and Steve - Beamsville
September 16, 2011

"Thank ou for providing the perfect 'soundtrack' for our special day. You were so accomodating and learned new songs for us, and we really appreciate the personalization."

Avital and Mike - Kleinburg
August 28, 2011

"I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to play at our wedding on Friday Aug 5, 2011. You were absolutely wonderful and the music was lovely. I am sorry I didn't get the opportunity to thank you personally but everyone loved the music. Thanks for making our day special."

Tatiana and Mark - Toronto
August 5, 2011

"We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did at our wedding. We had lots of comments from our guests about how fantastic the music was and how it really made the ceremony and cocktail hour. It's too bad we weren't there for most of it but the parts we did hear were great. Thank you so much for being part of our day. We will certainly recommend you to family and friends!"

Sue and Jason - Niagara on the Lake
July 17, 2011

"Thank you SO much for yesterday. The music was absolutely beautiful!! ... People were saying how amazing the music was."

Jillian E. - Toronto
July 10, 2011

"Thank you so much for playing such beautiful music at our wedding ceremony on July 9th. Your music was a perfect way to compliment our marriage ceremony."

Sandi and Brett
July 9, 2011

"From our first correspondence with you, to the last song you played at our wedding, you had the upmost care and professionalism. We are blessed that you shared your talent and experience with us to create the perfect atmosphere for the most memorable day of our lives! Thank you for so generously rehearsing with our soloists as well. Your beautiful music echos in our minds every time we look at photos or remember a special moment from the ceremony. Several guests have asked for your contact information already, and we would be glad to be references for you anytime! Any couple would be lucky to have the honour of you playing for them."

Monika and Andrus - Richmond Hill
June 19, 2011

"Thank you for attending our wedding with lovely, gentle music. The sounds and tunes complimented our ceremony beautifully, and we're grateful that everything went smoothly and trouble-free. It was a pleasure working with you."

Lori and Derek - Markham
June 4, 2011

"Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding ceremony on May 14th at the Liberty Grand! You play the guitar beautifully, and we were very impressed with your interpretation of our song requests! It was truly a pleasure working with you."

Jessica and Michael - Toronto
May 14, 2011

"Thank you so much for providing our ceremony and cocktail music for our wedding. Everyone loved it and it helped make our day even more special."

Diana and Jon - Burlington
April 29, 2011

" the word for the our great ceremony. Ilana and I would like to thank you so much for making our ceremony the most wonderful one ever. We knew the first time we listened to your songs online that we wanted to have you there playing. I do want to apologize that it all took a little longer till the ceremony finally started. We got so many great comments from our guests that this was such an amazing intimate, cozy and romantic ceremony. Thank you and I will absolutely recommend you to any future bride and grooms and other people that are looking for a great guitar player."

Ilana and Jasper - Milton
January 22, 2011


Derek performing in garden with suit jacket, cufflinks, and pocket square.




Picture of Guitar As Bar


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