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Dear Barry

YOU and your team were AMAZING!!!! OVER THE TOP!! The feedback we have heard has been excellent  The night was a great success in every level. You and your band were incredible as usual and there were some new guests who had not been to the gala before or seen your band play and they were absolutely blown away!

Thank you so much to all of you for another incredible evening and we hope you know how much we have appreciated your presence at our event over the years. You add so much to the everything!!!
Thank you!

Please pass along my thanks to your group and we look so forward to another opportunity to work with you soon! It’s still in my mind about asking you to come to Kelowna. I have yet to convince the Flaman team to create an event here but am working on it.


Flaman Inc 

Dear Barry thank you to your and your team for providing outstanding entertainment for our event. I’ve had nothing but great comments. Generally though, so far, I am hearing “great venue; great band and those guys were awesome”.Our Leadership team were very impressed.I do hope we can work together again soon. Thank you for your professionalism and for making the process of working with you easy and accommodating.





Dear Barry

All our guests were raving about how fun your band was! We had a blast and the day was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for bearing with us with the weather and making our wedding such a special and memorable night!

Best wishes to you and your group,

S & G



Hi Barry,

We were all blown away by the exceptional talents of all band members. Wow, what a band! The feedback was brilliant, in fact, many people asked for your name and contact information. I’m sure that you will find that you will be contacted for future events.

Thanks so much for what was our best night!

Aurum Group November 


Hi Barry!

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful evening of music and dance!!!! You and your orchestra are amazing and definitely made the evening!!! We had so many guests express their delight and appreciation for your exceptional music, and we all appreciated the full range from Frank Sinatra to the current hits.

Your talent is outstanding and your professionalism unparalleled!!!! We give you the highest recommendation and will make sure we post something on your website! The only downside is that a DJ will never seem adequate again!!!The evening was fantastic and we thank you so very much,

M and A. B and Family


Hi Barry

I had to share with you our gratitude for your band's of the chart performance last night. Firstly, seeing you and Unique perform at the Fairmont Banff Springs NYE Gala sealed the deal for us, We knew right away who we wanted to play at our wedding . . The variety, vocal quality and amazing energy made our reception and dance a memory we will hold on to for the rest of our lives. You were also awesome to deal with and every email and phone call was handled professionally. I cannot tell you how may people have asked about you and the band. Thanks for everything.



Dear Barry.

Exceeded our expectations is an understatement! Wow.... You guys made the party!! Anytime you need a referral, please don't hesitate. I know our Toronto guests would love to see you there

Thanks for everything.
L  Aug 

Dear Barry,

You and your orchestra did an amazing job for us the night of our wedding. Amazing!! EVERYONE has raved about you...young, old and everyone in between. We had SO much fun, and as I promised,there were people dancing til the wee hours and the band packing up! I understand that my niece, Lynnette, made it up on stage, and that it was the highlight of her night! I cannot tell you what that means to me.
I expect you now understand how important "Thunderstruck" was for our has become a family tradition!!
I look forward to dancing to your music again. Please send our gratitude to Egor and your entire group. Not only is your orchestra great with music, you are great with the people. You promised a great night, and you can certainly read a crowd well!

Thank you! Thank you!
B.W Jul 

Hello Barry 

I just wanted to let you know that your performance NYE Gala at the Banff Springs was amazing. I had heard the party was great and went into the party with high expectations. You delivered big time! The food was great and the open bar! A perfect night and you were right when you said on stage that the Gala is the best place to be on NYE!

M and J 

Dear Barry

I have never heard a wedding/party band that can do all genre's of music as well as your party band. Every one was blown away by the band. Thankyou for a Horah I will never forget first dance that was sung by you better than the original. Also thankyou the recording of the song you sent us. You were recommended highly  and you exceeded our expectations. 

Thankyou again!

M and D.S Bloom   

July 2016


Hi Barry, 

I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are of the amazing show you and your party band put on at our Wedding. It was more than we had hoped for and we've had nothing but outstanding feedback from all our guests including "The BEST music I've ever seen and heard at a wedding" from multiple people. You kept our guests (and us!) on the dancefloor until the bitter end! 

Thanks so much!

D and G

Hi Barry

I want to personally thank you and your team for a remarkable performance most recently at my son`s wedding. You met with us on numerous occasions. You were easy to deal with and very accomodating, The quality of music exceeded our expectations and the dance floor was packed throughout the evening. The combination of you and Unique was perfect for the crowd. We will recommend you highly!

Mrs C. W


Hi Barry,
Your party band performed above and beyond all of our expectations!  We were so honored to have you play at our wedding. You truly made our party a memorable one!  I don't think there was one guest that didn't mention how amazing you guys were when making remarks about our special day. You and your team were absolute stars!  You impressed everyone there!

Thanks so much again and we really hope we can work together again in the future.


Tiffany and Joseph H


Thanks to you and your band for an AMAZING Christmas Party this past Saturday night! The Calgary Airport Authority crew had an amazing evening and alot of fun with you all!

We are looking to booking you for our 2014 Christmas party. 

Cynthia T

Dear Barry,

It was great to work with you, easy, easy and easy!  The band is fantastic, the singer (you of course) are amazing,and such a great way of scheduling the songs!  It all worked incredibly well, thank you.  And the dancers were amazing! Thank you for organizing them to be part of the evening, it really added one more element of fun. 

I am sure that the Barry Shaw Orchestra and Unique will remain at the top of the list of bands for the hospital to call upon for our fundraising Gala!  Looking forward to working with you again!


Dear Barry,

I can't tell you how many people said they just LOVED the band and it was THE party of the year! It was such a pleasure working with you and your team and I absolutely loved the dancers...they were a class act! I am sure we will see each other again at some event in the Bow Valley...

Leslie D and Diane G
Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Gala

You guys are the best party band I have ever heard! The Calgary Airport Party was the amazing thanks to you and your team. Literally, I danced all night and everybody I talked to love you and you band. Amazing Show Amazing Band! Hope to see you next year!

S B Guest

NYE was amazing. You guys are the best party band ever! I want to thank you for the music and the dedication of a song to my new fiance when I asked her to marry me. It;s one of those moments I will never forget. The song was perfect and we had a fantastic time. You did a magnificent Job entertaining us. We loved the Gala and you were a big part of it!


D Hadley


Hey Barry I just wanted to say that my wife and I were at the Midnight in Manhattan Gala last weekend and we were blown away by your peformance. I felt that your vocals and phrasing were amazing. I actually walked up right in front of you while you were singing because it was unbelievable to me that a live performance could sound that good. What an amazing party band! We stayed right to the end and enjoyed your performance way better than the recent  Michael Buble concert we went to. We loved your show and hope to keep in touch.

D and J Molloy


Dear Barry

I am still recovering from being constantly on the dance floor on Saturday night at the Mid Summer Ball Gala. It was the best ever and you and the band were incredible. Hope to see you next year at the event. Hope to catch you NYE at the Springs.

Banff, AB


Hi Barry

Thank you so much! The wedding was absolutely fantastic.  The band was incredible. All of our guests got out on the dance floor and had the time of their lives. We both danced most of the night away together. Honestly I don't think I have ever heard a party band in Calgary that can rival your band The song that they performed with our daughter was excellent and was enjoyed by all. All three of the singers were very funny and engaging. Seriously a great and fun band! Please pass on our thanks to each and every member of the band and let them know how much we enjoyed each and every moment that they played. We would without hesitation recommend them.

Again thank you so much for making our wedding a night to remember!

N and C


Dear Barry

We came back to Banff this New Years Eve when we found out you were performing. As I said  to you in the Lobby if you are here next year so are we! Thankyou for the  fantastic show and for the CD's

Banff Springs New Years Eve Gala M. C
Bury Lancashire UK


Hi Barry

We would like to thank you for making our New Year's Eve 2010 such a wonderful experience! We danced all night and absolutely loved the music; it couldn't have made a better start to the year 2009!! We will definitely come back to celebrate New Year's Eve again! 

Thank you, Donna C & Chris K

New Years Eve Gala 
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Dear Barry 

It's great to see you back at the Springs for Christmas. As you noticed we danced all night and we loved your brand of entertainment! We liked it so much we booked in for another night!. Your choice of songs was excellent. Your delivery was brilliant.

We are off to New York tomorrow for New Years Eve! You should be singing at the Plaza Hotel. We will be thinking of you  as you knock'em dead this New Years Eve at the Springs!

Keep in touch Barry and thanks for the entertainment!

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Perth Australia


Expedia Review

Great Stay and Classy New Years show!
We participated in both the Christmas and New Years Celebrations and the fellow who entertained from Christmas to the New years Eve Gala was World class.The entertainment made the trip for us!! I'm not sure if the entertainment is a continous thing however. I will return in a couple of years.
Dear Barry,

We had another great time last night at our Annual Christmas Party at the Belvedere. last night. All the ladies love to dance especially listening to you and your band. Thanks once again for an amazing show!!

Ken M, CEO
 West Energy Ltd.

The Belvedere


Dear Barry, 

You helped make our Christmas party at the Belvedere  perfect. You provided just the right ambiance that allowed everyone to get into the Christmas spirit !

Have a great Christmas season I am sure you are busy with bookings. Hope to do something with you again in the New Year. Take care.

April H
Executive Assistant 
International Exploration 


Dear Barry, 

I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful entertainment you and your orchestra provided for us on Saturday. It truly made the event complete. Everyone loved the mix of music, there was something for everyone. I was very impressed by the lively interaction by all the members. You gave us not only something amazing to hear, but something great to watch as well. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from all of the guests and they and I cannot wait to have you at our next event. I greatly appreciated the professionalism of all the members and again it was truly a pleasure to have you and the orchestra at our Seasonal Celebration/Christmas Party. 

Kelsey C
GWL Realty Advisors Inc. 

Dear Barry,

I just wanted to compliment you on the outstanding music at the Festival of Wine and Food. We also enjoyed the Jazz band in the Rundle lounge the night before. We noticed them in your band at the gala. Great Jazz musicians !
A. Richards

Barry  your performance and the band were amazing! I have never seen anything quite like what took place last night! Audience feedback was extremely positive. Once again, Thank you for another outstanding performance!

International Festival of Food and Wine
Hoon N: Fairmont Banff Springs

Barry, First of all I was so happy to see you return the Wine and Food Festival this Year.  I shared with all of my table what an amazing performer you are and boy did you live up it. The whole place was dancing. We appreciate the time you take to say hi and interact with the audience. 

Pat  M 

Hi Barry

I just wanted to thankyou for providing  the BEST live entertainment! We cannot express how happy we are and how much you exceeded our expectations. Every guest we spoke to had something wonderful to day about the band. We hope to watch you perform again in the near future! All the best

T and J

Hi Barry

Thankyou for making our wedding an unforgettable experience.

Throughout the planning process, you always made yourself available to us, and you were extremely accomodating to any special requests. Of particular note, ours being a Jewish wedding, the band played one of the best hora medley's we have ever heard.  From the jazz quartet during dinner, through the musical performances for the dance, the quality, variety and performance were top notch. You are a consumate professional through and through you worked very well with all the other vendors to ensure everything went smoothly, even offering a lending hand to help with minor details above and beyond the music.  Thank you Barry for all your efforts, for a great performance and for helping make our wedding day so memorable, it was a pleasure working you.


Hi Barry,

I was great to finally meet you. Thank you for contributing to a memorable evening for our staff Seasonal Celebration. Your team was professional & very accommodating!Your talent made the night! The dance floor was continuously packed and everyone raved about how this was the best party we've had to date! Thank you for playing MC too, you kept it fun! We look forward to having you at our next event.

Muna A
TD Insurance

Hi Barry;

Thank you for the wonderful evening. As always you provided fantastic entertainment. We certainly will consider you again at our next event.

Jenneke V.G.


You just played at the TD Insurance party and I must say, I've never danced so much at a function in my life! Everything was just perfect! Thanks to all your band mates and the DJ too!

Karen S
TD Insurance

Hi Barry,

We were extremely pleased with the selection of music played and how our event turned out. I will definitely keep you in mind for next year's event. I had nothing but great compliments on the event especially the entertainment!

Thanks again for creating a fun and exciting atmosphere for everyone!

Sarah B
RCMP Foundation

Hi Barry,

I first had the opportunity to enjoy the entertainment of Barry Shaw and Unique Soul at the Banff Mid Summer Ball in August of 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed the calibre of entertainment. Barry worked with me to develop the perfect program our corporate event in October 2010. Barry entertained a variety of people that evening, and an enchanting and most memorable evening was had by all! Barry, thanks for adding a touch of class to the grand opening event of Rockyview Surgical Centre. We look forward to working with you again.


Fatima .F
Chief Operating Officer
Surgical Centres Inc.

Hi Barry,

Last night was great. The musicians were talented and professional. They brought that extra something we needed at our event.

Thanks again!

Lee-Ann Broome

Barry Shaw Entertainment provided the perfect entertainment for two functions I've been involved with, one being a not-for-profit gala and the other a corporate event. People of all ages enjoyed both his incredible voice and the amazing band that accompanied him. Barry and his band added not only entertainment but incredible energy to both functions. I would recommend Barry Shaw to anyone!

Thanks so much Barry!

Kelly H.W, Principal
Breakthrough Communications
Hey Barry

I want to thankyou for the incredible music at our wedding reception. It made our wedding absolutely perfect. Our guests commented on the varlety of music as well as your performance. Our first dance was perfect!  You and Unique brought the house down as well! I will always remember our wedding day and all you and your team to make sure it was perfect

If you are ever in the UK look us and lets go for a drink. Also when are you on the Q E3? Let us know and maybe we will see you then.

D an M. Morley
Bath, Somerset

Dear Barry 

Your performance at this years Cotton Club Gala was briiliant. I have never danced so much. Your voice is unbelievable and thanks for signing a copy of your CD after the show. I'm from the UK and if you are ever playing over there I would love to see you live again! Give Buble another 5 years and he might sound as good as you LOL!

Bath, Somerset. UK

Hello Barry,
I haven't had a chance to say this myself, but what a fabulous performance at the 2010 Mid Summer Ball! I've heard nothing but great things from guests and other Banff Centre folks. That being said, we'd love to rebook you and Unique for next year. Thank you once again

Banff Centre

Hey Barry

You guys, and you in particular, were amazing tonight. I heard so many compliments from our guests. Please accept my thanks for a job well done. And a special thanks for the dedication sir.

Sean Libin
Stride Management
The Ranche Event (Stampede)

Hi Barry,

Thanks again for the great night; everyone loved the entertainment and we will recommend you highly!



Hi Barry,

Thank you again for great entertainment at the 2010 Wine Summit. Thanks also for keeping the party going without a break. We received a lot of compliments and everyone had a great time.

I wish you good success with the Mid Summer Ball at the Banff Centre.


Hello Barry,

We just returned from our honeymoon and I wanted to thank you again for your performance at our wedding. Kingsley, myself and our guests absolutely loved you and your team! You provided us with quality music and professionalism from start to finish so thank you! I loved my wedding day and you were a big part of that! If you ever need a wedding reference please let me know.



After seeing your show at last night at the Banff Springs New Years Eve Gala I  decided to Google you and found this opportunity to personally thankyou for your amazing performance last night. You are a captivating entertainer and the band was superb.I was particularly impressed by your incredible voice and ability to sing a variety of different types of music well. The result was a packed dance floor and the best NYE party I have ever attended and I have attended a few over the years!

Just so you know I passed on my thoughts to the front desk. I am going home to Germany today! Thanks again for making our last night unforgettable!

Frankfurt Germany
NYE Gala Banff Springs.


Your professionalism from the start was very evident through your early communication sorting out the logistics and playlist. In what had to be one of Calgary's wildest freak snowstorms your band arrived on time to set-up and prepare for the evening. Your selection of music for a party of over 75 people was perfect and you and your trio gave us a foundation of cool and sophistication that allowed people to mingle, dance or just sit back and listen. The quality of the musicians & versatility of their playing style was most appreciated by the amateur musicians and Jazz/RB lovers in the crowd. Thanks for making the party a great success and for providing the "soul" it needed on a very cold and stormy night.


Private Party


You guys were amazing! You and the band really brought my house to life. Thanks again and hope to see you soon. I think we'll be having a party late winter....


Dear Barry

What a night last night!! Thank you for another fantastic night at the Food and Wine Festival. Every time I see you perform from  ballad's to the newer music you do it all so well. Who else can make a song sound better than the original! I love your Mac the Knife and Everything! Hope to see you next year!

Medicine Hat Alberta
2009 Wine and Food Festival Banff Springs

Hi Barry

Thank you for making our Corporate Christmas party a success. Your professionalism both on the evening of the event and in the planning was much appreciated. Your ability to provide different kinds of music to ensure all age groups in the crowd are accommodated was also excellent. We look forward to being able to work with you in the future.

Thanks Again;

Jenneke V
Studio Administrator


Dear Barry,

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and all of the members of The Barry Shaw Orchestra and Unique Soul for the wonderful show you put on recently at our company Gala. Our Old Hollywood theme gala was brought to all new heights with the entertainment you provided. When planning an event such as this, it is definitely the entertainment that can make or break the entire evening and you definitely made it! I had numerous guests comment to me on the outstanding quality of your performance. As for myself, I wholeheartedly agree, but in addition, I have to say that your professionalism and attention to detail throughout the day of set up and the night certainly made my job easier and a pleasure to work with you.

Thank you and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again.

Tammie K

Somagen Diagnistics

Hello Barry,

Our event was a success, and the music definitely contributed to the overall ambiance. Your talent and music turn a potentially uneventful school event to a brilliantly fun evening to remember. Egor was so accommodating, and wanted to do everything they could to ensure our night was a success.

I will definitely be in touch for our next fundraiser.

Kind Regards,
Servejit M
Maria Montessorri Learning Center

Hi Barry,

Thanks for doing a wonderful job entertaining our guests!  I think it went really well and hope to work with you again,

All  the best

Liz B

Senior Manager, Community Initiatives and Events

Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

The best band we have ever had ever!
Michael C.
Nexen Christmas Party

A class act in every sense! Thank you so much Barry.
Gail Molson
The Ranchmans Club 2007

Barry It was great to visit town and be entertained by you. You have an amazing voice!
Bruce Weitz
Actor: Hill Street Blues

"You guys rocked!"
Michael Sumpter
CEO Servier Canada, 2006 Gala Awards Show
Cascade Ballroom, Banff Springs Hotel

"Barry, thanks for everything, your band was so much fun!" Highly Recommended
Ken Stroud

"Dear Barry your performance at my 50th Anniversary was superb. What a voice! Your CD in our gift bags was a wonderful touch!

Bernard Florence
50th Anniversary Party
Calgary Jewellery

Barry we were the last couple to leave tonight. We so much enjoyed the show and the slow ballads at the end. I liked your versions of the standards better than the original.

Sam Brownback, Chicago Illinois
Christmas in the Alhambra 2006
Banff Springs

Dear Barry

We cannot thank you enough for providing such wonderful entertainment. The Barry Shaw website gave us reason to set high expectations, and yet you still managed to exceed them. By all accounts our guests were thrilled that, along with Unique Soul, all musical tastes and dance styles were covered. Those who travelled from the US, Europe, and Asia mentioned they have never seen or heard a better live band anywhere. No one wanted the evening to end, a true testament to your ability to make for an extraordinary event and redefine the meaning of fun. We also wish to thank you for ensuring the evening went smoothly. Your professionalism and thoughtfulness were truly appreciated.

You not only provided amazing music and showmanship with class, but in all ways embodied the highest standard of Quality. If we can ever be of service recommending the Barry Shaw Band and Unique Soul, please allow us the opportunity to extol your many talents at length.

With much love and gratitude,
D and L

Barry, what can I say...the music was amazing! Everything I had dreamed of and more....You were great to work. You were completely accommodating and genuinely helpful during the planning process. I didn't have to worry about details with the band, we got to just show up and everything was right and perfect. You guys made everyone bust a move! It was a pleasure to work with all of you and thank you so much. The memories are forever engraved in our minds and hearts to your music.
We would HIGHLY recommend you to anyone wanting a classy yet fun celebration! 

H & J

Hello Barry,

Thank you so much for another great performance at the Post Hotel & Spa Wine Summit. Your genre of music is the perfect fit for our event. Also, we commend you for your adaptability with regards to playing schedule and accommodating our needs. You read the crowd perfectly and always play the right songs to keep the momentum going. A big thank you from all of us and to every member of your band. We hope to see you next year!

Andre and George S

Dear Barry

Outstanding! Barry Shaw and his Jazz Trio performed at our intimate wedding at the Banff Springs Hotel on January 10, 2009. From the moment we booked Barry to the end of our wedding reception, he was professional and exceptionally helpful. Barry and his trio were the hit of the night - providing lively and fun music which kept the dancefloor packed. Many guests commented on the high quality of his performance and the ambiance that he added to the evening. Our wedding would not have been the same without him and we look forward to seeing him in the future at other venues!

Kimberley and Robin B

Dear Barry

Barry; thank you for making our Corporate Christmas party a success. You and your team were very professional, andeveryone commented on how you chose the perfect music. Everyone loved the variety, and given the wide cross section of people we have, we were impressed with how you read the crowd to ensure the dance floor was always full!I have lots of positive feedback from our staff, and we look forward to re-booking with you in the future.

Thanks Again;

Rick A & Colleen B


































































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