My name is Melissa Hetu, I’m a television host, music and California lover, fashion enthusiast, foodie (I make a mean grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese and any kind of sweets) who caught the traveling bug early and is obsessed with surfing.
Growing up, I dreamed of being a music VJ. My walls were plastered with Gwen Stefani posters, cutouts from fashion magazines and my favourite bands at the time. I spent my teenage years going to shows, dancing and dreaming of California. I started freelancing for music magazines at the age of 17. During my studies in Broadcast Journalism at Concordia University, I became the music editor for The Concordian, freelanced for a handful of music magazine across North America. I spent 3+ nights a week backstage at music venues in Montreal interviewing bands and taking live concert photography.
I finally realized one of my childhood dreams during University and traveled to California for the first time. Not only was it everything I imagined and more, but I also got hooked on surfing. There’s just something about getting up on a wave, there’s nothing quite like it. From that point onwards, I’ve always planned my travels so that I can go surfing.
After a failed VJ audition in 2006, I left on the road with local ska/reggae and metal acts and became a tour manager. One of my favorite life experiences thus far was the three-month North American tour I did with Montreal’s The One Night Band and Toronto’s The Expos. It was such a fantastic learning experience, waking up in a different city every day.
I came home completely broke and desperate to find a job. Luckily, not long after my homecoming, I landed a gig at Indica Records as a publicist. Though new on that side of the industry, I loved working there. Over the years, I had the chance to work with amazing artists such as Priestess, Joseph Arthur, Phantogram, The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, Caracol, Misteur Valaire, just to name a few. With Indica, I was able to do more traveling representing the label at the Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Musexpo in Hollywood, NXNE and CMW in Toronto, New York and the list goes on and on.
Longing for a new challenge, I re-located to Toronto in 2009 to open up an office for Indica Records. Only two weeks after my arrival in my new city, I was recruited by AUX TV to co-host their weekly music show. My dream of becoming a music television host had finally come true. My mom always said as a kid that if you want something bad enough and work hard for it, you can get it. With AUX, I was able to travel, interview anyone from INXS to Pharrell Williams to Interpol. I also had the honour of covering the 40th anniversary of the Juno Awards.
Liking to keep busy, in addition to my job at Indica and AUX, I helped out a small up and coming publicity and marketing company called Audio Blood Media and started working as a music columnist for Radio-Canada Radio’s Saturday morning show.
In 2011, I was recruited by TFO television in Toronto to become a reporter and host for their live magazine show called RelieF. After spending almost a year working for that show, I was offered to host my own music show called BRBR. I couldn’t be more excited to pursue this new adventure and new step in my career.
Working in television, my fascination with fashion has grown exponentially. I don’t have nearly enough closet space for all the clothes I own. I love gold, leopard, I’m a punk-rocker at heart but love dressing fancy. I’m 5″9 but can’t stay away from heels.
I’m happiest when I’m at the ocean and surfing. I believe that everything happens for a reason. My mom is my hero.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Thanks for reading!