Derek Macrae

Toronto Guitarist

Wedding guests laughing and ceremony musician at Kortright Centre

Clients' Comments

"From the first interaction with Derek to the end of his services, it was easy, comfortable and professional!
He played our wedding song as I walked down the aisle and it was so beautiful and perfect!
He was the first one at our venue ready and prepared and we couldn't have been any happier with his services and talent!
Thank you So much again Derek!!"

Jamie and Nick - Pickering
September 4, 2020

"I originally booked Derek after hearing him play at a Bridal Show over the winter. He offered reasonable pricing, plays beautifully, and was happy to learn Tenerife Sea for us. How could we not?!

When our wedding plans changed to a smaller wedding than originally planned, my partner and I decided having Derek would still be a fabulous addition to our ceremony.

We are so thrilled with Derek's performance on our wedding day! He was very early, extremely professional, and kind. When guests began arriving 30 mins before our ceremony, I had originally planned on sneaking inside to hide. However, Derek was beginning to play, and I simply did not want to miss out on the music! I stayed out and greeted guests with my partner, while being serenaded by the acoustic guitar.

His rendition of Tenerife Sea was absolutely beautiful, and he was careful to meet several other songs I requested post-ceremony. The ambiance created by his music was simply perfect. I highly recommend Derek!"

Jess and Billy - Burlington
July 18, 2020

"So pleased. We hired Derek to go and play for a small party of two for my Moms 75th Birthday as we couldn't be there, she was THRILLED. Highly recommend. Thank you Derek."

Kathleen - St. Davids
May 10, 2020

"I know we didn't have the opportunity to meet/chat on the weekend but I wanted to let you know that you were fantastic. The music was perfect and everyone was raving about your performance. I'll be sure to keep you in mind for the next event, and refer you to friends"

Salimah and Adil - Toronto
February 16, 2020

"We just wanted to reach out and thank you for doing such a wonderful job on Friday and helping to make our day so wonderful! All of the music was so beautiful."

Nadia and Cameron - Toronto
October 18, 2019

"Thank you for everything Saturday! The music was so lovely, and we heard lots of great feedback from friends and family. We will definitely recommend you to others and keep you in mind for other events. All the best!!"

Melanie and Aaron - Dundas
October 5, 2019

"Just wanted to take a moment and thank you one more time for joining us in our celebration last week. I have received so many compliments on every aspect of our party - every detail just fit perfectly - and you provided the most wonderful backdrop to the whole event. I truly appreciate your professionalism, style, and service. We will definitely look forward to hosting with you in the future."

Susan T - Oakville
June 10, 2019

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




Picture of Guitar As Bar


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