ABsalute Gold - The Definitive ABBA Tribute Experience! is a completely live ( no pre-recorded instrumentation or vocals ) re-creation of a live ABBA concert in the late 70's and early 80's. Each player is hand-picked for performance and personality (on and off stage). The costumes are replicas of the most popular ABBA outfits (comparative photos available upon request). ABBA details from around the world have been collected for authenticity. A four piece band and two back-up singers join the front four characters to perform the music as you see in ABBA's live concert video footage. The stage back-drop is an replica of one of ABBA's most famous North American concerts. The show also reveals tidbits of ABBA trivia and history. Admittedly, the choreography is enhanced due to the expectations of today's audiences ... something ABBA would likely have naturally added to suit the times. As well as performing all the ABBA hits, and the more obscure songs upon request, ABsalute Gold's high energy show has the audience participating throughout the performance - singing, clapping, swaying, dancing in the aisles, and reminiscing about the days when they sang their favorite ABBA songs for the first time. A great all-ages, family experience.
Jo-Anne Rooney - Agnetha
Jo-Anne has been performing in the entertainment industry since age 2, with her first regular television appearance at age 6. A second generation musician, she learned guitar and was writing songs for her original band at age 10, opening for touring acts such as Tommy Cash (of the Johnny Cash family) in N.B. Through the years she's been a featured songwriter on CBC radio, and played across Canada ranging in format from a single acoustic act to the lead singer in an 11 piece blues band. In the tribute world she has traveled the world and been featured on national television documentaries and series. Jo-Anne has been on stage with numerous recording artists such as Jeff Healey, 5440, Destiny's Child, Cameo Blues Band etc. If she's not singing, acting, designing show costumes or instrument cases, Jo-Anne's working a relief shift as a behavior therapist in the field of Acquired Brain Injury.
Suzanne Ogrinc-Lock - Anni-Frid (Frida}
Suzanne's multi-instrumental and vocal agility, coupled wither dynamic spirit has enabled her to maintain a career as one of the hardest working musicians in Southern Ontario. She has dedicated her life to music of all genres; enrolled at age 5 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Performance Flute major at UNCC, and continues an exciting musical career that spans the globe from Cuba to Dubai. Whether performing solo piano gigs, as a touring vocalist with tribute acts, or gigging with duos and full bands at casino or corporate shows, Suzanne's musical journey has put her on international stages with or opening for recording acts such as BJ Thomas, Aaron Tippin, Eddie Money, KC & The Sunshine Band, Taylor Dayne, and Gary Puckett. Singing is her passion, and it shows every night on stage.
Jeff "Scott" Artamonov - Benny, Piano
A native of Toronto, Jeff started playing piano at age 7, studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music for 11 years. His professional career began in the late 1980ís, quickly gaining regular work in local clubs and piano bars. During this time, Jeff also managed to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. Since 1995 he has toured North America extensively with the band "Bennie and the Jets" - a tribute to Elton John - a band he founded and plays the lead character in. Along with his strong vocal and piano skills on stage, Jeff is also an accomplished songwriter, penning several songs for himself and others in his custom designed digital recording studio at his home.
Rich Hamelin - Bjorn, Lead Guitar
Rich Hamelin has been a well respected Canadian musician and songwriter for the last 15 years. In the early 90's Rich studied music composition and arranging at the world famous Humber college music program. He has toured Canada with original band "Tarnished Gallahad" in the mid 90's with various television and radio appearances. As well as recording 4 original albums Rich is one of the top studio musicians in Toronto, performing on guitar, bass, keys and vocals as well as creating and arranging music for Proctor and Gamble, Fuse and many other North American companies. Rich also scored the music to horror films Abandoned (2004) and Zombie Night (2003). Throughout the years Rich has also donated his time to perform for the Alziemer Society, cancer - relay for life benefit concert, as well as organizing a 2003 show to raise money for Toronto's homeless "Out of the Cold " organization. Rich has played guitar, bass and keys for different shows including various Legends shows, Everybody Has A Dream - Through The Music Of Billy Joel and Surfs Up (Beach Boys). Rich is also one of the top guitar/piano/group instructors at the Merriam School of Music.