Wednesday, July 20th to Monday, July 25th, 2016
Collingwood Hosts The World’s Largest Elvis Festival!
An internationally recognized festival celebrating fun, great live and original music, and Elvis Presley! Revisit an exciting era in music history while embracing the future making new memories with family and friends. Something for all ages! Events include concerts, competitions, gospel service, street performances, classic car parade, vendors and much more! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Presented by: Town of Collingwood, Living Water Resort & Spa, and Cranberry Golf Resort
Win 2 Tickets to the Ultimate Elvis Experience!
The Chris Keleher Team is giving away one pair of tickets to “Remembering Elvis”, the ultimate Elvis Experience including a four course Dinner and Show at Bear Estate – Living Water Resort, Friday, July 22. Ticket value $85.00 each ($170.00). Get ready to Rock ’n Roll with an unforgettable evening performance featuring Two Time Collingwood Grand Champion Pete Paquette with the incredible Rockin’ Royals Band and the sensational Tonettes.
To enter, simply follow the link to The Chris Keleher Team Facebook page and Like our page! Already a fan of The Chris Keleher Team Facebook Page? Then you are already entered, however you can get a second chance if you like or comment on the Elvis post. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on our Facebook page on Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
Highlights from Last Year’s Collingwood Elvis Festival
Rock & Roll Express – Toronto to Collingwood
Sing along on board the Rock & Roll Express with pick up from 6 locations in Toronto, on your way for a day in the company of Elvis.
Arrive in Collingwood, home to the World’s Largest Elvis™ Festival. Enjoy pre-arranged seating for a concert featuring some of the best tribute artists from around the world, performing songs from Elvis‟ career and then, 30 minutes after the show, board the bus for the return trip to Toronto after having an incredible experience filled with music, fun, laughter and a glimpse into the past, right here in the future!
Vendor Walk – Friday to Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come out to visit our Merchandise and Food Vendors! Enjoy browsing through various vendor booths with unique crafts & gift items, or have some fun at the interactive booths including OLG, media sponsors and others. Try some great food including some “Memphis-style” BBQ. All located in the downtown core of the Festival. Second Street (Food Court); Hurontario Street south of Centre Stage (Merchandise Alley)
Festival Centre Stage Events
Location: Hurontario Street between 2nd & Simcoe St. presented by Living Water Resort & Spa and Cranberry Golf Resort
Friday, July 22
|6 a.m. to 10 a.m.||Rise & Shine Collingwood – Join the Morning Team from The Peak FM as they are live on location to celebrate the Collingwood Elvis Festival with on-site interviews and great music.|
|11 a.m. to 10 p.m.||Street Party & Artist Showcase – Bring your lawn chair, your sunscreen and be ready for hours of free entertainment as you listen to ALL our registered Elvis Tribute Artists perform. This event is outdoors without benefit of shade so please bring appropriate coverage in the event of humid or inclement weather.
NOTE: We respectfully ask that you leave pets at home for the comfort and safety of everyone.
|3 to 4 p.m.||Opening Ceremonies – The Awesome Street Party takes a short “pause” to officially open the 2016 Collingwood Elvis Festival! Give a warm Collingwood welcome to our returning VIP Host, Memphis Jones. Listen as Special Guests, Elvis VIPs, Sponsors & Dignitaries welcome you, the audience. Watch as the 2016 recipient of the Paco Danesi Award is announced.|
|4 to 5 p.m.||Live & Original Top 8 – Narrowed down from the twelve Semi-Finalists in this exciting, original music contest, help encourage & cheer on the “Top 8” Finalists from our 2nd Annual Collingwood Live & Original Competition as they showcase their talents for you before heading into their final round of judging on Saturday Night at the Gayety Theatre.|
Saturday, July 23
|9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||Excitement on Main Stage – Listen to great performances including Champion Glenn Aitchison at 9am; ETA Spencer Bristow 9:30am; ETA Mason Cigan at 10am; Norm Ackland, Jr. at 10:30am; Wayne Curtis at 11am; Frank Cross at 11:30am; Zach Peddie at 12pm. Enjoy a special ETA Group performance of Elvis’ Gospel Classic “How Great Thou Art” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Elvis’ Award Winning Gospel Album at 12:30pm! Listen to Brenen Katolinsky at 12:40pm; a”Special Appearance” by the Memphis Jones Trio direct from Memphis, TN at 1pm. Another special performance by Thomas Wade at 2pm; Dave Stewart at 3pm; Eric Evangelista at 3:30pm; and closing with your Host ETA Mark Craig! Please remember there is no benefit of shade so prepare accordingly and stay hydrated.|
|6 to 10 p.m.||Memory Lane Street Dance – featuring a great live band, Touch of Vinyl, with a fantastic array of great music from the 50’s/60’s & Elvis era. A true street dance experience where you can cut loose, cut a rug, revisit past memories, or just enjoy the music that can make you move. It all happens right in the heart of downtown Collingwood!|
Sunday, July 24
|9 to 10:30 a.m.||Sunrise Gospel Worship Service – Featuring Host, ETA Pat Lucknow and other ETA performers, with special guests, the Tonettes! Elvis Gospel music will fill the downtown air! A freewill offering is gratefully accepted and appreciated in support of the officiating Church and the Collingwood Elvis Festival. This is a NON-DENOMINATIONAL SERVICE. Please note that in the case of inclement weather this event will relocate to the Eddie Bush Arena.|
|11 a.m. to 4 p.m.||The Canadian Star Challenge – The audience becomes the judging panel for this exciting career-enhancing competition! Your returning Host, Grand Champion Shon Carroll will introduce 10 participating ETAs who will perform for the crowd in the hopes of becoming this year’s winner. Ballots will be distributed to the audience members to use for voting. Enjoy as 2015 Canadian Star winner, Brent Freeman opens the show!|
Collingwood Elvis Festival NEW EVENTS
Head to Head Battles – Thursday & Friday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Visit local venues and watch THREE (3) ROUNDS of two participants or competitors go head-to-head for prize money (Elvis) or points (Live & Original). A fun, exciting opportunity where you are the judges! Watch Mark Craig battle Frankie D (Early Years) & Robert Frank battle Dave Collinson (Concert Years). Plus a Live & Original battle to be added. Huron Club, 94 Pine St @ Second St. AND The Pie, 499 First St.
The Story Teller Series – Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 12 to 4 p.m.
A unique series dedicated to the “Storyteller” who has historic significance to share on a wide variety of subjects. Each 60 minute performance brings something new and features a musical guest and an opportunity for an “up close and personal” Q & A Meet & Greet. All this for only $10 per person per session! Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street. Tickets required.
Two of Us, Saturday, July 23 – 8 to 10 p.m.
From the Festival’s humble beginnings in 1995, these two multi-award winning Grand Champions have been a mainstay of support for the Collingwood Elvis Festival! Come out and listen to Jay Zanier & Anthony Von, two “original” Festival Grand Champions as they perform Elvis’ best and featuring Rudy & the Angels showband. Leisure Time Centre 100 Minnesota Street. Tickets required.
Sunday’s Best, Sunday, July 24 – 2 to 5 p.m.
If you can still handle a bit more Elvis with some other legends thrown in, this is the show for you! Experience the sounds of Grand Champions Robin Kelly and Tim E with a special guest appearance by former ETA, Will Chalmers, as Neil Diamond as they take you back to the “good ole days”. Doors 1:00 pm $10 per person at door. Olde Town Terrace, Central Park, Hume Street next to the Water Tower
The Champion’s Farewell Breakfast, Monday, July 25 – 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NEW IN 2016 at the fans request, get your final burst of Elvis magic at the Champion Farewell Breakfast! Chat with friends and listen to the 2016 Champions (and a few other special guests) for a final informal performance before everyone heads home for another year! Come hungry as you enjoy a sitdown plated breakfast with all the trimmings, including juice and coffee, for $29.62 (plus tax & fees) at the beautiful waterfront Bear Estate at the Living Water Resort, a Cranberry Resort property. Parking available on-site. The Bear Estate at Living Water Resort, 300 Balsam Street
North Winds of Change, Thursday, July 21 – 3 to 6 p.m.
(In support of Georgian Triangle Humane Society) – Visit a new Venue addition to the Festival Family and support a worthy cause at the same time. Enjoy some great ETA performances as they share their talents in the spirit of Elvis! Northwind’s Brewhouse & Eatery 499 First Street.
Car Show & Competition Saturday & Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For all of you who just can’t get enough of those classic cruisers, we now offer a Car Show with an opportunity to vote on some of your favourite cars and those proud owners can win prizes! Cars will be on display on the first block of Hurontario Street following the Parade and will remain there into the early evening. Hurontario Street, near Loblaw, between First & Second Street. Free to view.
Gospel Brunch Sunday, July 24 – 9:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Are you a Gospel music enthusiast? Do you enjoy a great and hearty breakfast? Then get your tickets for this new event. $29.62 (plus tax & fees) gets you breakfast (including juice & coffee) and great music with your Officiate Champion Marcus Wells, with Champions John Cigan, James Gibb, Norm Ackland, Jr. and a special appearance by Mason Cigan and all happening at the waterfront property, the Bear Estate. Doors open at 8:30 am.
The Eddie Bush Memorial Arena will be hopping on Friday, July 22, but the songs you’ll hear as you enter the arena may not be what you expect.
As part of the Live & Original Festival, taking place during the annual Collingwood Elvis Festival, the Juno-nominated, 2014 CCMA Group of The Year, Small Town Pistols will be performing at the Arena on Friday night, for a showcase concert. Joining Small Town Pistols will be special guest Gina Horswood, the 2015 winner of the Live & Original Songwriter Showdown. Gina won the inaugural competition, and introduced Collingwood music fans to her powerhouse vocals and touching lyrics.
The “Live & Original Music Series” celebrates finding musical creativity and innovation at the grass-roots level. This is an opportunity to see unknown artists develop their own individual songwriting ability and performance style, in a competition format, performing their original songs live and in person. This is a music competition designed to give the audience a connection with the artist as he or she expresses their personal story through song.
Tickets for the L&O Showcase are available through TicketBreak at ticketbreak.com/elvisfest. For more information, please visit www.collingwood.ca/liveoriginal or call: 705-444-2500 Ext. 3279. Ticket holders must be 19+, as this is a licensed event and alcohol will be available for purchase on site.