The right music for restaurants or receptions

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach has been on the Vancouver scene for many years. He has specialized in attracting (more) crowds to restaurants and lounges over the years (and keeping them coming back), at such venues as Hotel Vancouver Roof, Monk McQueens, Dockside, The Hard Rock Casino, and Ten Ten Tapas. Let him create an ambiance that makes customers stay longer and come back again and again! Consider the guitar stylings of Rossi as well, also booked through Gabriel.

Solo Flight - Gabriel plays to a typically packed Ten Ten Tapas 1

Solo Flight - Gabriel at Ten Ten Tapas 2

Solo Flight - Gabriel at Ten Ten Tapas 3

Basin St. Blues - Gabriel at Ten Ten Tapas 4

Rossi at Ten Ten Tapas


Fab Fridays -Summer 2015 Downtown Noon Bentall Concerts

Bentall Summer Concerts 2015

Free and open to the public  12n -1:30 on Fab Fridays July & Aug!

Downtown Vancouver at 1055 Dunsmuir on the lower plaza

Sponsored by Ivanhoe Cambridge as a service to the Bentall Towers tenants and area residents

July 3    Salsa Beat (latin and world music)

July 10  Acoustic Groove (summer pop)

July 17  Abra Cadabra (tribute to Abba)  

July 31  Sway (tribute to Michael Bublé)

Aug 7    Gabriel Jazz (funky instrumentals)

Aug 19  (Wed) Bossa Blowout (Brazil 66 vibes) (rescheduled)

Aug 21   Billy Dixon & Soultrain Express (R&B and 80's)

Aug 26   (Wed) Les Is More (rocking blues)  (rescheduled)

Sept 11   Blues Busters (blues 'n' boogie)


Gabriel keeps it intimate

Introducing Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Vancouver's most well known horn player and smooth jazz recording artist. He has spent more time on the Billboard music contemporary jazz charts than any other Canadian, and is winner of a few JUNO Awards, some gold album awards, as well as Album of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year awards!

What does that mean to you?

Gabriel's music is like peanut butter- smooth or chunky as desired, and is at home on the concert stage as well as intimate local venues, where he performs to lush backing tracks from his albums and shows. He plays muted trumpet, flugelhorn, and flute, and his music can be as foreground as needed for concerts and feature shows, or totally background for lounges, restaurants, weddings, and corporate receptions, where his sweet sounds can envelope diners, drinkers, or chatterers. All this without being obtrusive or breaking the budget. Always the epitome of class: the perfect warm stage manner, perfect attire, perfect volume. and the perfect music mix, guaranteed! 

Although best presented in a full group format, Gabriel has mastered the art of intimate performances that are romantic, fun, casual, and inviting. Drawing upon his dozen or so critically acclaimed and award winning smooth instrumental albums, Gabriel knows just how to pick a great song flow. His long tenures as house bandleader at Monk McQueens, The Roof, The Dockside, the Hard Rock Casino, and Ten Ten Tapas have honed his already innate skill of creating a well paced and appropriate set list for ANY audience. 

In intimate settings, he utilizes favorite classic jazz standards, as well as more contemporary fare, and often performs as 'Solo Flight' with his album tracks for backing, or sometimes as a duo nicknamed 'LoungeLuxe', which is basically his solo format with added guitar. Of course group sizes such as trio, quartet, quintet - all the way up to his big band orchestra- are available and are well rehearsed to create a truly polished performance. See the samples nearer the bottom of this page.

Gabriel is sought after by elite clients because of his past accomplishments, and has worked extensively with Michael Buble', played for Bill Gates in his home, performed for the President of Singapore's Birthday Bash, was featured at the Beijing Olympics, and even played Trevor Linden's wedding! He is on speed dial with a host of DMCs, Caterers, and Event Planners...

Here is some Relaxing On The Patio music 

.... and some Sunday Brunch music

Here is the expanded LoungeLuxe format

.... and here is the TV show format

.... and here is why he has an International Presence


Canadiana, Ballyhoo, Ethnic, and Mascot Performers

Sassabrass Specialty Talent has been providing guaranteed entertainment and attractions to DMCs, Event Planners, Malls, and Corporations for 20 years, and we are the best bang for the buck! 

Contact the person who sent you here, or if you are non circumventing, email

Check out all our Ballyhoo and Fanfare acts.

Canada Day is always better with our strolling Canadiana, First Nations, Barkerville and Ballyhoo Performers, which can cover large areas and navigate crowds. Always a perfect volume and visual impact. We can even provide a Sasquatch to help out!

We also have other Mascots, Facepainters, Balloonists, and Caricaturists

We have a large variety of Ethnic Performers as well, including Greek, Indo-Canadian, Brazilian, Mexican, Chinese, and First Nations.

And don't forget Santa Claus!


Christmas and Mall Entertainment

SPECIALTY TALENT has provided stellar Holiday Entertainment for over 20 years, including large-scale events such as Santa Arrivals and Parades

as well as Harpists, Flutists, Carolers, Guitarists, Pianists, and Strolling Musicians of all sorts

Well known recording artist Gabriel Mark Hasselbach has delightfully jazzy holiday program, and can work solo, duo, or as a small group (with or without vocals).

Here is an audio sample of his warm and inviting style!

Here are a few specifics:

Harp and Flute

Christmas Duo (guitar and winds)

Specialty Talent even offers Opera themed performances



Harp and Tromba

Flugelhorn Around The Tree

Flugelhorn and Guitar

Christmas Troubadors Play at Centercourt

Swingin' Santas Play for Shoppers

Lounge Luxe Plays Holiday Favourites

Christmas Swing


Wedding Ceremony Options

Here are a few options for your Wedding Ceremony... 

See the great reviews:

Classique is the ultimate Wedding Ceremony and Reception ensemble, and can perform appropriate music for Anglo, Jewish, Italian, and Chinese Weddings.

We also have Solo Flight, a perfect budget conscious option for Wedding Ceremonies, of flute playing with lush backing tracks. We can add any number of songs, and even tailor the performance for funerals, etc.

Here are some samples of 'Solo Flight', with Gabriel playing flute to awesome audio tracks in classical and light jazz pop styles. You can copy and paste these links to share with friends, family, or with wedding couples or planners you know!

Wedding March                             

Ave Maria (halfway thru I switch to my wind synth and play `cello`)  

Here is a beautiful song that makes a great first dance:  "A Thousand Years by Christina Perri"

After the Ceremony portion, again played with tracks, enjoy some contemporary cocktail jazz  

And classic jazz styles for dinner jazz

There are more options such as:

Guitar and Flute Duo - perfect and affordable option for any wedding ceremony, including Jewish repertoire

Fanfares  (for grand entrances)

Opera  (classic) and  Opera (Italian in costume)  

Classique  (abbreviated classical ensemble) 

Harpistry (solo harp, or add flute, violin, or cello)

Italian themed (small group)

Plus String Quartets, Violinists, Bagpipers, etc...



Venetian Water Opera Duo

How would you like to enter the magical world of Venice at Carnival time? Or travel the silk road from the Orient to the Mediterranean?

The Venetian Water Opera Duo is a marvelously magical presentation with Mehlinda Heartt - Soprano, and Anna Victoria - Mezzo Soprano, dressed in Venetian Costumes singing Opera duets by famous Italian, French and modern Master Composers. 

The Venetian Water Opera Duo songs are about Water, Zephyrs, Gondolas, Flowers, including classics like  Offenbach's Belle Nuit, Delibes' Flower Duet, Rossini's Regata Veneziana,  La Pesca, the Popular Prayer, and Time to Say Goodbye,  and many more. Also included are a couple of solo arias such as Il Bacio (the Kiss) and Gita in Gondolier. 

This show is visually spectacular and audibly stunning, a perfect act for any private or corporate function indoors or out. The act may be as long as 15 minutes or 30 minutes,  or disbursed throughout the evening with short 2 or 3 songs at a time, and may be combined with Dolce Vita Voices for complete coverage. 

Sound system is included, all that is required is a power source.
And take note of the expanded format for discerning audiences....


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