The Band

The Intentions perform with the same energy, urgency, and passion as their inspirations: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and so many more. The 11-piece band was assembled to authentically capture the driving sound that characterized Motown and Stax Records nearly fifty years ago. Their sincerity and dedication to doing it right create memories and imprint melodies with every note.

Today, The Intentions have become a true double threat. While they continue to wow audiences with their dynamic and inspired live shows, they have also set out with their own original music. With one foot planted deeply in the roots of the past, and the other stretching forward into the future, The Intentions stand out and stand alone.


From The Start

Almost immediately following my proposal, I told my fiancé, "There are only two things I care about: the food and the band."

In the months that followed, I saw countless bands. They were talented musicians and performers, but I couldn’t find the band I was looking for. I knew that I didn’t want a band that was a jack-of-all trades. I wanted a band that had its own identity. In the end, I loved the band that played my wedding, but it wasn’t my band.

So, after the honeymoon, I got to work.

Over the next several months, I put my 20 years of music into action to create The Intentions! In our first few years together, the band performed nearly 100 different songs over 100 shows. We assembled a jaw-dropping vocal ensemble, a terrific jazz band, and brought in front line DJ and production services. We built an analog studio, wrote a dozen tracks of bona-fide soul, and produced our debut album.

I'm extremely proud of all that we’ve achieved in our six years together and the numerous memories we’ve created. Here’s to 1,000 more!

See you on the dance floor,

Jon Ophek Signature
  • Supporting Our Communities

    We wholeheartedly support the #BlackLivesMatter movement and want to express our commitment to respecting and honouring the style and the artists that we cover in our band.

    We will continue to find ways to honour this music and the community it was built in. We will continue to listen, reach out and educate ourselves in an effort to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate African American music and the inequities that exist in our society.

    We recognize that we have work to do too, as musicians playing music written and performed by black artists. Accordingly, we understand the need to LISTEN and to move forward with respect and thoughtfulness for the Motown and Soul genre we love so much.

    We have committed to creating a fund within the band that will donate a portion of our proceeds to charities that support the black community in Toronto--to create a safer and more equitable place for people of colour.