MEET THE AFE TEAM
Owner/CEO/DJ/Karaoke Host/Trivia Master/Bingo Beats Host
Jaq loved being a pub-server in her late teens and early 20s. She thrived in a fast-paced customer service environment & she adored the wide-variety of people she got to meet, finding many of them quite entertaining!
When she began serving at a pub that had karaoke 3-4 nights a week, all of her favourite things came crashing together: singing, dancing, humble service, joyful human connection, and, importantly, inclusivity! She knew she wanted to be a part of it forever.
She is so honoured to have been trained by some of the best hosts in the business. After a few years she developed her own style, combining everything she had learned from her mentors with her love for great, fast-paced customer service.
One day when a DJ friend showed her the incredible Bose L1 model 2 sound system she was shocked!! With an easy five-minute setup for 180° of deep, crystal-clear sound, & so compact & easy to carry around it was an absolute dream! So later that week when a friend of the family announced he was retiring from the entertainment business and offered Jaq the first chance to buy his extensive music library, it was as if every star on the planet aligned to create Almost Famous Entertainment!! ✨✨
“Society isn’t particularly easy on those who are unique – the free-spirited, the bad-ass nerds, the deeply compassionate, the handicapped, the empaths, the minorities, anyone with common sense lol, anyone going through a tough situation, & those of us with anxiety & other mental health issues. So I wanted to create a very inclusive space where everyone felt welcome to step out of their shells for just a little while to be ‘almost famous’. There is SO much power in having the guts to get up on a stage & sing in front of people, & there is so much beautiful camaraderie that happens when u realize you’re in a room full of other glorious misfits & no one is judging. That’s what AFE means to me. That’s what we strive for the most” – Jaq
DJ/Karaoke Host/Bingo Beats Host/Trivia Master
DJ Rocksteady a.k.a. DJ Liz has been with AFE since 2016; practically a senior! One of the best and most rewarding aspects of working for AFE is the fact that she gets to create a comfortable and welcoming environment so people who usually might be too shy to sing, get up and do it! Usually they catch the “karaoke bug” and come back for more! Just knowing she was an influential part of that is super special. When asked about a favourite memory, an extra fun show came to mind for Liz. There were not too many people in the pub, just a handful of people who all knew each other, and the idea for a ‘themed karaoke round’ came up. They were ALL IN, even though it was optional! The first themed round was “songs about butts.” That was the day she realized she did not know the words or timing to ‘Baby Got Back’ past the 2nd verse!! Dancing is Liz’s biggest love! You think you see her smile while listening to music? You should see her smile while she is dancing! She can blues dance, east coast swing, lindy hop, west coast swing, argentine tango, salsa, merengue, and cha cha cha! Sometimes she dances with her hula hoop. In close 2nd are her fur babies!!!!!! Yes, she said that. She has two and they are squishy. She calls them her little squishies. Actually, she calls the 13 yr old an old man (Toby) and the 8 month old,(Iggy) a little monster. But she loves them!
Beth has been working with AFE since 2021. One of her favourite things about working for AFE is getting to see all the incredible singers! Her favourite memory from a show is from Halloween 2021. All of her regular singers, as well as her family, came out and to celebrate. It was an amazing evening! Beth’s family, her partner, and her cat bring her the most joy. She loves spending time with them.
Trivia Master/Karaoke Host
Megan has been a part of AFE since 2019! Her favourite thing about working for AFE is being able to connect with people. She loves being able to joke with them, chat with them, and get to know them a little better. Megan’s favourite memory from a show was when someone sang Grace Kelly because: she loves that song, they killed those high notes, and they had so much energy. It made her night! When she’s not hosting, Megan loves to write songs, perform at open mics, and drink Chai Tea Lattes made with oat milk from Starbucks.
You can check out Megan’s music here: Spotify
DJ/Karaoke Host/Trivia Master
Hunter has been a part of AFE since 2019! He enjoys seeing the joy the shows bring people by having a shared interest and enjoyment of music as a collective. As individuals everyone who comes to sing brings an energy and aura that helps to fill these establishments and events with much happiness and fun. He has fond memories of the different staff and patrons at various shows. Playing music is Hunter’s hobby. He plays over ten instruments and sometimes likes to record music in his spare time.
Trivia Master/Karaoke Host
Taylor joined Almost Famous in 2019! She loves how AFE is one big family. You truly can make friends for life with the awesome people who come to the shows every week. Plus, it’s so much fun! One of Taylor’s favourite memories was during her training when she was asked to do a duet with this guy who had an incredible voice. He wanted to sing the classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” At first, Taylor was a little nervous because she had never sung that song before but as soon as they started getting into it, they ABSOLUTELY KILLED IT and she had a BLAST! Taylor loves listening to music and going to concerts as much as she can. She also loves being outdoors, traveling, going camping, and hanging out with her two cats.
You can follow Taylor on Instagram: @the.taylorjean
Becca has been proud to be a part of the Almost Famous Team since 2018. Starting off as a Bingo Beats/trivia/karaoke host, they adored getting to know the fabulous people who attend AFE shows and trying to make every person in the room feel their most special. Now as a part of the management team, they love running AFE’s social media, connecting with folks about event bookings, and helping the whole team however they can! Their favourite memory from working with Almost Famous (so far) is actually a feeling: the unbelievable joy in the room that you feel as soon as one of our legendary shows gets started for the night! When she’s not assisting with AFE business, Becca is a full-time elementary school teacher and a proud momma of two adorable hedgehogs named Fiji and Ziggy Pawdust.
Words from our fans