Toronto Singer/Songwriter Rich Hamelin is an international entertainer and multi-instrumentalist, specializing in vocals, guitar, keys and bass. His love for music began at an early age, singing and dancing to Elvis records at age 4, taking up the guitar at age 6, writing songs at age 11 and eventually studying string bass and composition at Canada's prestigious Humber College Jazz program.
Rich has performed in many tribute shows over the past two decades, in a variety of roles. He has specialized in the role of Bjorn Ulvaeus in various successful Canadian ABBA groups, leading to the golden opportunity to play 'Bjorn' in ABBACADABRA! In addition to performing, Rich is an accomplished Arranger/Producer/Director of Canadian productions: "Dreamer: The Supertramp Experience" and "Strange Magic: The E.L.O. Experience". He has also directed tributes to Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys and Frankie Valli. To date, Rich has released six original studio albums, contributed his playing on the albums of other artists, and scored several short films.
Other noted highlights of Rich's career include:
1) Opening for B.J. Thomas in Ontario and having the opportunity to perform his own music as a part of the show.
2) Playing piano, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals alongside Terry Sylvester of legendary UK group 'The Hollies'.
3) Opening for The Beach Boys in Montreal and being invited onstage to sing along on "Surfin' USA".
4) Rich is best known for his addictive smile, energy and charisma onstage. His love for music radiates to the audience and has gained appreciation around the globe!