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HELIUM is a live rock band available for bookings in Ottawa, Gatineau, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

Vocals, Bass, Mandolin,  Bass Pedals, Accoustic Guitar

Bob started his career as a guitar player, but soon became addicted to bass. His numerous years of experience as a musician have brought him to play a wide variety of genres from country, folk and all kinds of Rock ‘n Roll.

Bobby

Bob took part in numerous projects such as Contre Coup, Face Face and Sugar Cane, to name a few.

Bob always likes to incorporate new sound textures and instruments into the mix. You will see him often switching from one instrument to another on stage while singing. A busy man.  

His musical influences are all over the place, but you can’t help thinking about Bob when you hear Pink Floyd on the radio.

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Bob's favorite albums:

    1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
    2. Supertramp - Crime of the Century (1974)
    3. Led Zeppelin I (1969)
    4. Genesis - Foxtrot (1972)
    5. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper (1967)

You can contact Bob at:
Phone :
819-246-1893
E-Mail :
bob@heliumlive.com


BRIGITTE HAMEL
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion

Brigitte discovered her lust for singing and passion for rock music at an early age …. and never grew out of it.

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While influenced by Ann Wilson of Heart and Freddie Mercury of Queen, Brigitte remains a heavy metal addict at heart. Her early influences were bands like Motley Crue, Ratt, Iron Maiden and W.A.S.P to name just a few.

After working and traveling with a music club during her school years, she soon graduated to the local club scene working with such bands as Jailbait, Dirty Trick, Tremor and Black Cherry.

After appearing in the 2001-2002 Canadian Showcase for Model and Talent, Brigitte started receiving call backs from several American agencies. However, after cutting a few demos with friends from Tremor, she decided that her roots were in R&M (Rock and Metal) not R&B (Rhythm and Blues)!

She also worked as a karaoke hostess in Ottawa and as a backup singer in a Styx tribute band. But HELIUM is her baby now!

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Brigitte's favorite albums:
  1. Queen at the BBC (1973)
  2. Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil (1983)
  3. Extreme II - Pornograffitti (1990)
  4. Dokken - Under Lock and Key (1985)
  5. Saigon Kick - The Lizard (1992)

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TONY CHOY
Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals

Tony started playing guitar at age eleven, when he snuck into his brother’s room and “borrowed” his $20 acoustic guitar. The rest is history!
 

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Tony’s very first live performance was in a talent show during the Tulip Festival at age thirteen. One of the songs performed with his friends Dave & Brad was “Me, You & A Dog Named Boo”.

Tony has been playing for over 25 years with various local bands, from 80’s Glam to an Acoustic Trio and everything in between.

 

Influenced by Ace Frehley, Eddie Van Halen & Randy Rhoads. Tony soon developed his own style “The Art of Noise”.


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Tony's Favorite Albums

    1. The Beatles – White Album (1968)

    2. KISS – Alive 1 (1975)

    3. Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

    4. Boston - Boston (1976)

    5. Eric Johnson – Tones (1986)

    You can contact Tony at
    E-Mail : tone1963@yahoo.com


FLO 
Drums, Percussion, Back Vocals

Being in a band’s drum seat is like being in a car’s driver’s seat. You got the pedals to set the speed and the steering power in your hands to take the band wherever you want. Flo knows how to use that power to give the band and the crowd a smooth ride.

Flo in Deep Purple

Flo’s experience comes from playing with hard rock acts such as Tremor, Jailbait and many others. His musical influences are also very eloquent of his will to drive fast. Just to name a few of his favorites: Deep Purple and Dream Theatre.

Flo will always tell you that "If it’s too loud, it’s because you’re too old"!

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Flo's favorite albums:

    1. Deep Purple - Machine Head (1972)
    2. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)
    3. Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)
    4. Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity (1997)
    5. Dream Theater - Train of Thoughts (2003)
The best way to contact Flo is at a gig

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