The Elvis Festival has been going on in Collingwood for 24 years. It is one of Collingwood prides and joys. Every year the town of Collingwood gets ready for a weekend moving, grooving and hip thrusting.  The annual event takes place on the main street in Collingwood, ON – Hurontario Street ! The street is blocked for the three day event from 1st street all the way down to 4th street. Having vendors, food trucks and the main stage set up- it is something you really do not want to miss. It has become such a well known event people plan their trips a year in advance to make sure they have everything booked and planned.
As example, we have been sold out for this weekend for months. We still get people calling and trying to book for this weekend. EVEN today !

The event has brought more then 250+ Elvis impersonators to compete in the Elvis Impersonation Competitions.
To take a look at the competition and events schedule click here.

 

FRIENDS of Elvis who have appeared at the festival since it started 24 years ago:

Joe Esposito – Elvis’ Road Manager & Best Man
DJ Fontana – Legendary Drummer in the Early Years
Al Dvorin – famous for “Elvis has left the Building.”
The Jordannaires – Elvis’ Back-up Singers
Sue Ann Langdon – Co-Star from “Roustabout”
Mike McGregor – Jeweler for Elvis’ Belts & Buckles
Marian Cocke – Elvis’ Nurse in later years
Edie Hand – Elvis’ Cousin
Donna Presley-Early – Elvis’ 1st Cousin
Jerry Schilling – Elvis’ Movie Stand & best friend
Dick Grob – Elvis’ Security Team
The Blackwood Quartet – Gospel Back-up Group
The Sweet Inspirations – Female Back-up Group
Suzanna Leigh – Co-Star in “Paradise, Hawaiian Style”
J.D. Sumner – Elvis’ Bass Background Singer
Darwin Lamm – Publisher of “Elvis International Forum”
Patti Parry – Only female in the Memphis Mafia Joe Guercio – Elvis’ Music Director
Darlene Tompkins – Co-Star from “Blue Hawaii”
Charles Stone – Elvis Concert Tour Manager
Sam Thompson – Head of Security
Lowell Hays – Jeweler for Elvis’ Rings & Necklaces
The Imperials – Elvis’ Male Background Vocalists
Ed Enoch & The Stamps – Elvis’ Male Back-up Singers
Priscilla Presley – Elvis’ only wife
Anne Helm – co-star in “Follow That Dream”
Christopher Riordan – co-star in eight Elvis films
Chris Noel – co star in “Girl Happy”
Marlyn Mason – co-star in “The Trouble with Girls”
Gary Lockwood – co-star in two Elvis movies
Victoria Paige Meyerink – co-star in “Speedway”
Tanya Lemani – as belly dancer in “’68 Comeback”

ELVIS : UNITED 
The show is backed by a live show band and pays tribute to all things Elvis. We come together united in our love of Elvis. This event will be featuring our 2017 Early Years Grand Champion, Canada’s own, Champion Brycen Katolinsky with appearances from the Ultimate Champion Dean Z from the United States and our 2017 Collingwood Grand Champion who went on to represent us in Memphis and was crowned the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion, from the United Kingdom, Gordon Hendricks.  For tickets please click here for premium tickets click here 
Saturday, July 28, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
RESERVED SEATING (first 15 rows on floor) $70, GENERAL ADMISSION $30

SEMI-FINAL & CHAMPION SHOWCASE:
The second round of competition  will feature a very special 2 hour Grand Champion show case. With a full live band that will be playing in between the competition rounds.  Enjoy Anthony Von, Jay Zanier, James Gibb, Matt Cage, Robin Kelly, Ray Guillemette and Brycen Katolinsky and be there to witness who moves on to the Grand Finals. For tickets please click here for premium tickets click here
Saturday July 28, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
RESERVED SEATING (first 15 rows on floor) $70, GENERAL ADMISSION $30

THE GRAND FINALS

The last stage of competitions  that will feature a live band between sets and show case the top 18 finalists PLUS special guest appearances. It is a must to be there and see who is crowned the GRAND CHAMPION and who will be the Collingwood Elvis Festival representative in Memphis.
For tickets please click here for premium tickets click here 
Sunday July 29, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
RESERVED SEATING (first 15 rows on floor) $70, GENERAL ADMISSION $30

  THE PROFESSIONALS

Jesse Aron
Jim Barone
Dustin Bricker
Mike Calamusa
John Carpenter
Mason Cigan
Raymond Clyke
Michael Cullipher
Joey Cundari
Eric Evangelista
Garry J Foley
Bryson Fuller
Danny Granger
Tim E Hendry
Sylvain Leduc
Nick Mischissin
Zach Peddie
Eddy Popescu
Bruce Andrew Stewart
George Thomas
Richard Wolfe

NON PROFESSIONALS

Norm Ackland, Sr.
Gordon Baird
Jack Berger
Spencer Bristow
Dennis Bushell
Edward Butski
Sam Calleri
Dennis Chambers
Berry Chumbley
Mark Craig
Wayne Curtis
Frank DiRienzo
Pete Doiron
Bill Gallant
Keith Lewis
Marnie Lee MacIntosh
Gordon McNeil
Ray Mond
Ella Muzak
John Neving
Ken Patterson
Travis Persaud
Jim Robinson
Joseph Zambri

YOUTH

Jax Ackland
Aaron Gallant
Rowan McLellan
Connor Russo
Agostino Trombello

ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS

2008 Brandon Bennett
2013 Dean Z
2017 Gordon Hendricks

CANADIAN STAR CHALLENGE

Dustin Bricker
Spender Bristow
Dennis Bushell|
Joey Cundari
Frank Di Rienzo
Pete Doiron
Lorensz Francke
Robert Frank
Bill Gallant
Gordie McNeil
Ella Muzak
Jim Robinson

RETURNING CHAMPIONS (NON COMPETITIVE)

Norm Ackland, Jr.
Matt Cage
Shon Carroll
John Cigan
Brent Freeman
James Gibb
Ray Guillemette, Jr.
Brycen Katolinsky
Robin Kelly
Roy LeBlanc
Gino Monopoli
Bruno Nesci
Anthony Von
Jay Zanier

NON COMPETITIVE PARTICIPANTS

Darren Evorglens
Jim Fiore
Lorensz Francke
Robert Frank
Davey Kratz
Nick Policelli
Corny Rempel

FACTS ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY

  1. Elvis’ famous black hair was dyed – his natural color was brown.
  2. Elvis purchased his first guitar when he was just 11 years old. He wanted a rifle, but his mama convinced him to get a guitar instead.
  3. At 18, Elvis paid $4 to make his first record, a gift for his mama.
  4. His nickname for his manhood was reportedly Little Elvis.
  5. His breakthrough hit was Heartbreak Hotel, released in 1956 – a song inspired by a newspaper article about a local suicide.
  6. When performing on TV in 1956, host Milton Berle advised Elvis to perform without his guitar, reportedly saying, “Let ’em see you, son.”  Elvis’ gyrating hips caused outrage across the U.S. and within days he was nicknamed Elvis the Pelvis.
  7. A Florida judge called Elvis “a savage” that same year because he said that his music was “undermining the youth.”  He was subsequently forbidden from shaking his body at a gig, so he waggled his finger instead in protest.
  8. He played only five concerts outside the U.S., all on a 3-day tour of Canada in 1957.  Many believe that the reason why he never toured abroad again was that his longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was an illegal immigrant from Holland who would have been deported had he applied for a U.S. passport.
  9. Elvis was 6 feet tall and wore a size 11 shoe.
  10. Recording Hound Dog in the studio, Elvis reportedly demanded 31 takes.
  11. Elvis bought his mansion, Graceland, in Memphis, TN in 1957 for $100,000.  It was named by its previous owner after his daughter, Grace.
  12. Performing “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” in Las Vegas in 1969, Elvis did one of his frequent lyric changes to amuse himself.  Instead of “Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?”, he sang “Do you look at your bald head and wish you had hair?”
  13. In 1956, he began his film career with a western, Love Me Tender.  His second film, Loving You, featured his parents as audience members.  Following his mother’s death in 1957, he never watched the film again.  He went on to make a total of 31 movies in his career.
  14. In December 1957, Elvis was drafted into the U.S. Army, earning a $78 monthly salary.  During his brief two-year stint on active duty, he was unable to access his music-generated income of $400,000.
  15. In 1959, while serving overseas in Germany, Elvis (then 24 years old) met his future wife, 14 year-old Priscilla Beaulieu.  They were married 8 years later.
  16. Elvis’ 1960 hit “It’s Now or Never” so inspired a prisoner who heard it in jail that he vowed to pursue a career in music upon his release.  The artist, Barry White, was then serving a 4-month sentence for stealing tires.
  17. Elvis and Priscilla’s only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, was born in 1968.  Lisa Marie later married Michael Jackson and actor (and Elvis obsessive) Nicholas Cage.  Mr. Cage is reportedly the only person outside of Presley’s immediate family to have ever seen Elvis’ Graceland bedroom.
  18. Elvis’ popularity faded in the 1960’s with the rise of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and others.  He successfully relaunched his career with a 1968 television special that came about because Elvis had walked down a busy Los Angeles street and had no one recognize or approach him.
  19. He was distantly related to former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jimmy Carter.
  20. Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.