May 13, 2019
by Don McSwiney

The Dino Martinis celebrate 25 years with Stampede City Sessions.

Get dressed to the nines, and get ready for the swingin’ cocktail party of the year, June 22.

It’s been 25 years since the Dino Martinis first mixed their unique cocktail of swing, fun and Vegas glam … which seems like a pretty good excuse to throw a party!

On Saturday, June 22, the band will showcase many of their much-loved original songs during a special edition of Stampede City Sessions in the beautiful Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre Theatre (1515-93 St. SW, Calgary, AB.) The program will be recorded for a one-hour special that will air on Spokane’s PBS affiliate KSPS TV, who service the NW United States and Western Canada. Stampede City Sessions also airs on East Tennessee PBS and WKNO Memphis PBS with a total potential reach of 3.3 million households. The Episodes air just before Austin City Limits on Saturday evenings on KSPS and just after ACL on East TN PBS.

The Stampede City Sessions show is part of a year which will also feature the band (fittingly) launching their own branded (refined and very smooth!) gin, hand-crafted by Tippa, an Okotoks-based, artisanal, small-batch gin distillery.

It’s been a wild quarter-century-cocktail party for the Dino Martinis. They’ve released three popular original music discs, appeared on several international compilations, played Japan and toured Canada, the United States and Europe.

The group has played for members of the Japanese royal family and Hollywood royalty – sharing the stage with Tom Hanks (and annoying Glenn Frey.) They’ve played iconic rooms like LA’s Brown Derby and the Viper Room, and played Windows on the World, on the top of the World Trade Centre, shortly before 9-11. The Dinos continue to play regularly as Alberta’s leading wedding, corporate and gala band.

 “It’s been a terrific ride to this point,” reflects the band’s leader, guitarist and songwriter Brent Kawchuk. “But I like to think it’s all because we really love the music – swing, jump blues and soul. I think that’s always translated. Like Louis Prima and many of our favourite performers, we also believe our job is to make every party, every night we play unforgettable, and I think June 22 will be another of those nights.”

The Dinos will transform the Webber Academy theatre into 50’s era Casbah lounge in Las Vegas. The Dinos have invited their pals The Love Bullies to share the bill for a night that will shake and stir everybody in the audience.

Current Dinos ( Brent Kawchuk guitar, Loree MacDonald and Diana Thomas, vocals, Demetrio Navarro keyboards, Scott Lauchlan, drums and Don McSwiney, bass) will be joined by original lead singer Nico Brennan and former drummer Tyler Hornby. The band has also invited swinging trumpet-playing crooner, Johnny Summers, and members of his fabulous band to share the stage with them. There will also be cameos from fellow quarter-centenarians the Heebee Jeebies, former Calgary poet laureate / singer songwriter Kris Demeanor, multiple award winner Kate Stevens and many more.

“We’re wait to see our fans who have been asking us to play our own material again in a public show,” says Kawchuk, “You won’t want to miss this one, it’s going to be a helluva night!”

More information:

Don McSwiney

+1(403) 408-9701

January 3, 2017
by Don McSwiney

What a party!

Now that was fun! Thanks to everyone who came out to kick 2016 out the door and welcome in a fun (and snowy) 2017. It was fantastic to see the dance floor packed all night! Can’t wait to do it again next year!!! Thanks to the fantastic staff at Original Joe’s Avenida who made it happen!

Calgary's premiere party band and wedding band the Dino Martinis, on stage at Original Joe's in Calgary

The Dino Martinis at Original Joe’s in Calgary.

Lead singers of Calgary premiere party and wedding band the Dino Martinis

Our lovely chanteuses! Loree MacDonald and Diana Thomas, NYE 2016

December 21, 2016
by Don McSwiney

Thanks to our friends at Boardwalk Properties!

We had such a fantastic time with our friends from Boardwalk Properties at their holiday party in December of this year! Here’s what they had to say about us (we feel the same way about you!)

1. Did the entertainment meet your expectations?

COMMENTS: Yes, absolutely!  You guys were fantastic and everyone really enjoyed the music!

2. Would you book this act again or recommend it to others?       

COMMENTS: Yes, absolutely!

3. Do you have a favourite part of the entertainment experience you would like to share with us?

COMMENTS: You were a great group to work with.  I love that you guys also go out and interact with the crowd to get more people to join in on the fun.  J

 4. Did you experience any problems? (agency dealings, artists, set-up, payments, dress, attitude, etc?)                           

COMMENTS:  Nope.  Everyone was great to work with and very helpful!

Book the Dinos for your next function! Contact PM Gigs for more info! 

December 20, 2016
by Don McSwiney

New Year’s Eve party sold-out!

Wow, that didn’t take long!  Thanks to everyone who bought tickets for our New Year’s Eve bash at Original Joes in Avenida, we sold the final ticket over the weekend, and we’re now looking forward to kicking off the New Year with all of you! Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

October 24, 2016
by Don McSwiney

Christmas 2016 booking fast!

Why not add a little bit of fabulous to your christmas party this year?

Why not add a little bit of fabulous to your christmas party this year?

Need a party band for your Christmas event? We’re pretty busy but there are a couple of choice weekend dates left! So if you’re looking to book Calgary’s best Christmas party band (at least according to our moms … and hundreds of satisfied fans) then drop us a line!

July 21, 2012
by Dino Martinis

The Dino Martinis, dressed in red sequins

Sequins, silver, copper & red, we are wardrobe chameleons, perfect for your next event!

The Dino Martinis are one of Calgary’s best known and loved party bands. We’ve toured the US, Europe and Japan and played huge festivals. We are an accomplished, completely professional and flexible entertainment experience. Once you hire us – your worries are over – here’s what some of our previous clients have to say:

“A great range of music that appealed to a very broad demographic.  It was great to have you and I greatly appreciate you working with us to make our event fun, memorable and successful.  

 Calgary Hope Gala – Picks & Plates, November 14, 2015.

“The Dinos did a great job – dance floor was packed for the whole 2 hours. The interactive and crowd-inclusive elements seem to be big hits with our guests…. Here’s are some comments from our survey of the guests: 

  • “Loved the Dino Martinis!!!!!” 
  • “The band was fantastic”
  • “Great band!!”

September 12, 2015

“Great energy and you kept everyone dancing all night. I liked when the lead singer came down to the dance floor with the guests, she is amazing! 

Townsend Lloyd and Andrew Katz Wedding Reception – Rocky Mountain Ranch – August 22, 2015

“Just wanted to send one last BIG thank-you. We had a great time. I know our guests did too. So many of them remarked about what a wonderful band The Dino Martinis are – playing to so many different tastes and ages.”

Celebrating Friends at 50 Party – June 12, 2015

“The Dino Martinis were absolutely amazing!!  I love this band and so did everyone else…  they truly are an amazing band.”

Alberta Dental Congress Convention – May 23, 2015

“We enjoyed our Christmas party and always love hearing the Dino martinis play. The band was wonderful and there were no problems as usual.”

Brenda Thompson – Marquee Energy – Nov. 28, 2014

“As a planner, my favourite part was hearing my guests walk by and say how good the band was, how they want to dance and that the band was playing songs that they loved. Dino Martinis were just so lively and played REALLY great songs!! Again, thank you so much for playing for our gala!!  We got really positive feedback and our whole team loved you!  We were all saying how we wish WE were able to get a private dance party after the guests had left!”

Women’s Executive Network Awards Gala! – March 4, 2015

“Exceeded expectations. You were amazing and made the night so fun for all the guests.”

Jessica & Chris Wedding Reception – Sept 27, 2014


“Everyone said the band MADE the event!”

Nora Stephens – The Revellers – May 11, 2013

“Once again Dino Martinis scored 10/10. Our party this year was a fabulous success. Dino Martinis kept us on our toes all night long. Great job!”

Sue Bright – Fekete – December 8, 2012

“All of our guests loved the party and enjoyed the Dino Martinis. We all look forward to our next Christmas party. The band really connected with our guests and seemed to really enjoy performing for our party. We all had fun!”

Brenda Thompson – Marquee Energy – November 29, 2012

“You sure helped to make it a great party for all our guests.”

Sandy Gibson – Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary – November 10, 2012

“It was fantastic – excellent feedback from our members and guests!”

Jana-Lyn Fairbairn – Food & Beverage Manager – The Glencoe Club – November 2, 2012

“The interaction between the band and the dance floor was definitely a highlight of the evening”.

Rean Knight – Crowsnest Pass Ecomuseum Trust Society  -August 4, 2012 

“We had a great time! The dance floor was full from the time they walked onto the stage until the very end of the night. All of our guests had an amazing time and all we have heard since is how great our band was.” 

Christiana Mueller & Kyle Hawkins – Wedding Reception – July 21, 2012


“The Dino Martinis have a first rate reputation and they lived up to it in every way.”

ATB Investor Services Event – May 16, 2012

“We knew the Dino Martinis would be great, but WOW, they exceeded our expectations!  They brought the party!  Our dance floor was full and energized all night long, and so many people came up to us throughout the night to tell us it was the best wedding they had ever attended … say, it was nothing short of amazing, we just wish it the hotel didn’t shut us down at midnight, we could have gone a couple more hours!”

Karen Andreychuk – Wedding Reception –  January 7, 2012

“The band and music is phenomenal. The band interacts with the crowd well and everyone gets up and just has a great time.”

Rhonda Benoit – FT Services – November 18, 2011

“You guys did a stellar job as usual – the crowd loved it and were dancing up a storm – thanks for making our fundraiser so successful.”

Sandy Gibson – Boys & Girls Club of Calgary – November 12, 2011

“The Dino Martinis know how to get a party started and keep it going. Once the band starts, the dance floor is full the entire time. They are fantastic for getting people moving and having a great time. I would always recommend the Dino Martinis and we’ll for sure book them again.”

Dena Dixon – October 20, 2011

“We have received many (literally dozens) of remarks that the Dino’s helped make our wedding the best party that our family and friends have ever been to.  The best part is that the comments were received from our university aged kids right through to our 50 something friends. You covered the waterfront.”

Steve Clark & Vi Liviniuk – July 22, 2011

“The dance floor was packed the entire evening and everyone enjoyed the songs. The interaction with the audience is always fantastic. I think it helps get people on the dance floor.”

Georgia Hasapes – Canadian Heavy Oil Association – June 10, 2011

“I really like that the band members interact with the crowd.  They speak directly to individuals, come down to meet people on the dance floor, and act like they are part of the group…not just a bunch of people on stage.” “Awesome night and lots of great feedback from our guests!  You guys rocked!”

Cynthia de Boer – Rotary Club of Red Deer East – May 28, 2011