Testimonials

 

“Son, you got soul!”

Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz Trumpeter Supreme
The Kilimanjaro Hotel In Tanzania, East Africa

 

“Francis De Mello, you’re a great talent! I’m envious!”

Dan Hill, Song Writer, Recording Artist, Author
Wedding, The Old Mill, Etobicoke


 

“What a swinging band! Incredible sound! Incredible execution! ‘The incredible one-man band,’ that’s what you should call yourself.”

Remy De Mello, Great Musician, Brother, Mentor & Friend
Snug Harbour, Port Credit, Mississauga

 

“What passion! What a voice! You transform an evening out into a romantic journey!”

Don & Evelina Swinburne
President & Publisher Of Canada’s Premier Bridal Magazine “Today’s Bride”, Ristorante Beccofino, Oakville

 

“Dear Francis, consider this a rave review of your star performance! Your music made our wedding complete. Thank you so much for doing such a great job.”

Rick & Liza Calderan
The Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre, Oakville


 

“Incredible versatility! Fabulous show! You deserve an award for Excellence In Performance!”

Wayne Scott, Director of Human Resources
C.I.B.C. Award Presentations, The Toronto Hilton Hotel

 

“Your Louis Armstrong renditions were simply amazing! It has been a pleasure working with you. I hope we can do this again sometime.”

Aelita Neihausen, Aelita Musical Enterprises,
Wedding, The Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

 

“When it came to selecting the musical entertainment for our wedding, the choice was easy. Clayton and I knew what a fantastic job you would do and that our guests would thoroughly enjoy your repertoire. We were right! Everyone had a wonderful time dancing to your jive, rock, Latin and Louis Armstrong music, and of course your masala and line dancing hits. For me, the most memorable part of the evening was when you sang your customised version of our first dance song, Always and Forever. As your daughter, I felt as though you were singing your blessings to Clayton and me as we shared our first dance together as husband and wife. Dad, we are truly honoured that you played for our wedding... you are the best and we love you more than words can say.”

Always and forever,
Clayton and Malaika
Pavilion Royale, Mississauga

 

“All on your own, you replace an entire orchestra, and you sound awesome. Excellent job well done.”

Paula Geddes
C.I.B.C. Award Presentations,
The Bayshore Westin Hotel, Vancouver

 

“We invited Francis to our home to discuss all our music wishes for our wedding. We chose songs/music from an extensive repertoire that Francis has.  We asked Francis if he could blend two different songs as we couldn’t make up our minds for our first dance. Not only did Francis arrange the medley beautifully, he also personalized the songs!!!!

Francis enhanced our wedding day with his music performance! He is a terrific gifted musician/singer with amazing talent.  We had guests from 2 different nations and Francis satisfied all.  Everyone had a great dance party – so good in fact, we had to ask Francis to extend his stay and performance! That’s when you know your wedding reception is a smash hit with everyone. Thank you Francis, you’re incredible!”

Caroline and Edward Labuckas
Terrace On The Green, Brampton


 

“Francis: Thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception on September 10th 2017. Your music and personality was a fabulous addition to the ambiance of the ceremony and reception. We had many comments from our guests as to how they enjoyed listening to your excellent song renditions and your fabulous voice! I will be sure to recommend you to anyone looking for a great musician!”

Harley & Shelley Freedman
Garden/Poolside Wedding, Richmond Hill

 

“Sir Francis, always great to have you playing in our club.”

Andre Sarrouh, Maître D’
Credit Valley Golf Club, Mississauga

 

“On behalf of the Kenya Wildlife Fund, I would like to thank you most sincerely for your participation at the ‘Golf for Elephants’ tournament. Everyone was delighted with your vast repertoire including the sounds and rhythms of Africa. The songs you sang in Swahili were a special treat that brought back lovely memories. Thank you Francis.”

Louise Charlton, President, Kenya Wildlife Fund
The Redtail Golf Club, St. Thomas, Ontario

 

“Francis, your presence and participation on our special day was much appreciated. People are still talking about you and your wonderful variety of music. From the wedding service, to the easy listening reception and dinner music, to our unforgettable first dance song “What a wonderful world” you did imitating Satchmo, to the non-stop rock ‘n’ roll and party music for dancing, a great time was had by all. Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable.”

Colleen and David
Outdoor Wedding, Mississauga

 

“Francis: Of all the entertainers that come here, you are by far the very best!!! You have the most wonderful voice and your repertoire is simply amazing! Thanks for coming here and bringing us such joy. Our very best wishes to you. Sincerely, Evy.”

Evelyn (Evy) Mandel
Resident of AMICA at Thornhill, and mother of Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian, actor and TV host

 

“We had the privilege of Francis De Mello entertaining the residents of Heritage Place, and he was fantastic. Francis really lives up to his tag line of "The Incredible One-Man Band." He is very versatile, and his impression of Louis Armstrong was the best I have ever heard. Francis had the residents singing and up dancing. He is a real crowd pleaser and a "definite keeper" as several residents stated. We will definitely have him back again and again.”

Nancy Chobrda
Manager of Recreation & Leisure Services at Heritage Place Retirement Community, Burlington

 

“Those two Indian songs (by Subash Ghai) you play especially for us during dinner is the highlight of my evening. Nobody is allowed to talk at our table when you play them! Thanks Francis.”

Nadir Abdulla, Photographer
C.I.B.C. Awards Presentations, Sheraton Hotel, Montreal

 

“Francis, you did stuff by Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Beatles, Brooks and Dunn, Elvis, Elton John, Clapton, Chuck Berry, ABBA, Gipsy Kings, Kool & The Gang, Lou Bega after doing stuff by Sinatra, Ella, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Jobim, Belafonte, Diana Krall and to top it all, some really terrific Louis Armstrong! You must either be a freak or extremely gifted. I think you are both! You rock!”

Pamela Zimmerman
Regal Constellation Hotel, Etobicoke

 

“The way you sing in Italian is unbelievable. Your pronunciation is so perfect and so clear.”

Tony Ramundi
Owner of Saggio Ristorante, Woodbridge

 

“Those mandos and masala you played really got everyone stomping the floor with that solid beat. Seriously, I thought the floor was going to collapse!”

Cyril Dias
First Communion Party, Scarborough

 

“Francis, thank you for your virtuoso one-man performance. You greatly enhanced a very special occasion! Best wishes.”

David and Joy Morrow, John Friedlander
65th Wedding Anniversary, Palisades On The Glen, Mississauga

 

Francis: Thank you so much for a perfect day, again it was perfect as always. Till the next time, we’re looking forward to your wonderful music.”

Pauline E. Enright
Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga

 

“You are my Number One Entertainer.”

Allan Prospero
Owner of Ambrosia Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Mississauga

 

“Francis, it is interesting to listen to you improvise. You play alto solos just as an alto saxophonist would think and play. Your trumpet solos are as a trumpeter would phrase and play. Ditto for trombone, clarinet, flute, tenor and soprano sax. You restrict the playing of chords to piano, organ, guitar and vibes, as should be. This, together with your different styles of singing and your arranging skills show true musicianship on your part. It’s so obvious that you love what you do, so keep making your audiences happy and play on!”

R. Parente (Detriot, U.S.A.)
The Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Mississauga

 

“As a musician, I know the amount of hard work you put into making each song special. I salute you on your excellent arranging and musicianship. I enjoyed everything in your vast repertoire, but hearing Armenian and Iranian melodies done so well was unbelievable! Bravo Francis!”

Levon Nazarian, Bassist/ Arranger
Private Party, Burlington, Ontario

 

“Very impressive Mr. De Mello! What an amazing repertoire! Your extra-ordinary versatility coupled with the authentic ‘feel’ you have for each style of every genre of music you play makes you a rarity among musicians. Keep doing what you’re doing. We’ll be back.”

Gene and Kerry Reeves
Ristorante Beccofino, Oakville

 

“Francis: Your fabulous entertainment greatly enhanced my birthday party. However, special thanks to you for doing such a wonderful job in accompanying my choir singers in the sing-song session we thoroughly enjoyed. You have great musical ears that pick up on key changes instantly, without missing a beat! Indeed, you are an exceptional musician.”

Sandra Feschuk
Private Party, Unionville

 

“Francis, What a pleasure it is to have met you! It is amazing to have such a nice person have such a brilliant talent. You make people happy with your personality as well as your ability to produce and play such wonderful music. All the best.”

Andre Pienaar
Amore Fine Mediterranean Dining

 

Francis, we absolutely adore your music; you are extremely talented. Thank you for the wonderful experience, which is why we return time after time.”

Jodi Currie & Sandy Shorey
Amore Fine Mediterranean Dining

 

Francis is a world class entertainer, and I had the pleasure of inviting him to entertain at our previous condo's 'musical evenings'. His toe-tapping music made people get up and dance. He is now the favoured entertainer at the condo where I presently live. I had the pleasure of having him entertain around 65 guests, who attended a surprise party which my son gave me at his house to celebrate my 75th birthday. Francis was the life of the party with his excellent choice of music, his superb singing and wonderful accompaniment to our singing. He definitely is an incredible one-man orchestra.”

Ted Abdo
Toronto

 

Three completely different versions of 'My Funny Valentine' - all so beautiful! Thank you Francis. ”

Vince Youmans
Ristorante Beccofino, Oakville

 

An evening to remember - It was wonderful to hear the standards - you are a one-man band show all wrapped up into a jovial package ! ! ! Thank you!”

Sonya Rosenwirth
Ristorante Beccofino, Oakville

 

Dear Francis, Joop and I would like to say a big "Thank You" for making our celebration a very special event. As during our first event with you, we loved your music and appreciated your sense of knowing the musical needs of our guests. We wish you continued success and health. ”

Beatice and Joop Ten-Thye
The Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre, Oakville