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Fred was born in Dawson Creek and raised in Chetwynd B.C. Starting as a Johnny Cash fan, at eight or nine turned into an Elvis enthusiast. Loving hockey and old country tunes, performing at many different charities, weddings and other events, keeps him happy. Working now as a mechanic and still loving to perform, Fred is excited to promote the Blue Suede Music Festival, meet ETA's and new friends. Known as the 'King of the North', Fred will always love to keep 'The King's' memory alive!
We are very pleased to have Fred back for the third consecutive year at the Blue Suede Music Festival. He is a great supporter of the Festival!
Vic de Sousa
Vic de Sousa- Dress him up in black and white prison attire and throw him into the slammer, for this man is definitely guilty of dancing to the Jailhouse Rock, singing to a blue moon, swiveling his hips, and rounding up a group of admirers. How did he get to the point of paying tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time? Let's just say that a young Vic de Sousa was mesmerized upon hearing that first musical note by the king. We could thank Vic's Mom for introducing him to her Elvis collection. Vic quickly became intrigued with learning how to sing, act and live like the one and only Elvis Presley at a young age. He slicked back his hair, and quickly persuaded his parents to purchase a guitar for him so that he could sing and perform like Elvis and get all the girls..... And....let's not forget to say the famous words "Thank you, Thank you very much." Although Vic enjoys singing all Elvis songs his main preference eras are that of the young Rockabilly Elvis and the 68 comeback. Vic was born to entertain and feels very privileged to help keep the memory of the King of Rock and Roll alive in front of audiences everywhere. Whether he is performing Elvis' music or his own; the man who started rock and roll lives on at each and every one of Vic's performances, in his heart and that of the audiences'. Vic is returning again to entertain at this Festival.
Mike lives in Westbank, BC in the beautiful Okanagan. Mike is a touring trumpet player with his Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) sanctioned horn section, the "Uptown Hornz" and are in demand with all the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the business. Mike is also the music director of the Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival held every June in Penticton, BC.
Mike works for Schell Shock Entertainment and together with Trudy and TCB Rock and Roll Legends Mike promotes some of the top tribute acts in Canada.
Mike is very happy to be back for his 6th year as MC of the BSMF.
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I have been performing as an ETA for about 20 yrs now and have loved every second that I am on stage singing the great hits that Elvis gave us. It has been 7 yrs since I performed in AB and cannot wait to get back to the province where I first started being an ETA. I am quite new at the Festivals and hope I can portray the King to the best of my abilities and broaden my fan base. If it wasn't for the fans that Elvis has I wouldn't be on stage singing his songs. So I thank each and everyone of you. It is an honor and privilege to portray the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen and will ever see.
I was born in Edmonton on Nov 3, 1945. I learned to play the guitar at 17 years old and I started my first band in Kelowna in 1966. I have been playing Classic Country Music , Elvis’ 50’s Rockabilly and Classic Rock ever since.
I still love performing and a few years ago I started doing a Johnny Cash tribute as well. My band is called “Still Kickin’” and we do shows in and around the Edmonton area.
I have been performing for 5 years at Blue Suede, doing my “Elderly Elvis” tribute. This year I will just be doing a Johnny Cash tribute and the Gospel on Sunday.
I’m looking forward to once again being in the lineup at the Blue Suede Music Festival.
Paul was born in Burnaby, BC but he considers his hometown to be Abbotsford, BC. He has been performing as a Elvis Tribute Artist since 2005 when he started competing as a non pro in the Penticton Elvis Festival. In 2010 he was ecstatic when he won the Non-Pro category there.
Paul still competes in Penticton and performs at numerous other festivals and events in Canada and the States. He loves singing and firmly believes each of us have our own talents we have been blessed with. Everyone should use the gift they were given and be thankful to God for it! He is also thankful to all his family, friends and fans for all their support through the years!
Paul is sorry he had to miss 2016 but is very happy to be back at Blue Suede! This will be his 5th time here.
Jaedyn was born in Edmonton, AB. His interests have always included music and he plays guitar, drums, piano and bass. He currently attends Victoria School of the Performing Arts where he is learning to play the
French horn. His idols include the Beatles, BuddyHolly, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course, Elvis. His interest in Elvis began in June 2015 and he quickly caught the bug after performing at the Blue Suede Music Festival in August 2015. He competed in the Penticton Elvis Festival and Collingwood Elvis Festival this year. The friendship, support and camaraderie he feels with the other ETA’S is incredible. He is honored to be a part of this amazing group and to pay tribute to one of the greatest entertainers to ever live.
Al resides in North Delta, B.C. He has been an Elvis Presley tribute artist for the past 10 years, performing throughout British Columbia, and also has competed several times in the Penticton Elvis Festival. He respectfully tries to convey the
look, sound and style of the “King of Rock N’ Roll” and enjoys sharing the passion of his music with all the fans.
We are very pleased to welcome Al to the Blue Suede Music Festival!
When I was 9 years old I went to go live with my grandparents and they only had 2 CDs, The Beatles greatest hits and Elvis greatest hits. Then after discovering Rock and Roll at 13 grandma bought me a guitar. I'd spend all my time after school playing guitar and listening to records, then finally when I was 16 I had my first real chance to sing "Trouble" with a full band and my whole school as the audience. A few months later I was at the 2014 Penticton Elvis Festival. Now I am 19 years old and only hope that one day I can use the great gifts that my grandparents have given me to support them so they can retire and hopefully visit Memphis. I am very excited to be able to be part of the Blue Suede Music Festival this year!
Richard comes to us from Hamilton, Ont and has been on the tribute artist scene for 10 years now. Richard has really captured the magic of Elvis’ early years, exciting audiences across North America.
No matter where he performs the energy Richard exhibits brings any audience to its feet and makes them twist and shout!
Richard is excited to be coming to Blue Suede for the 1st time this year!
Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up listening to Elvis, received my first guitar when I was 10, played saxophone in high school and joined several local rock bands on Vancouver Island where I was born and raised. I went to my first ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) competition in 2016 and now I’m hooked!
What an honor it is to be able to perform the songs of Elvis.
I’m looking forward to becoming better each year by paying tribute to such a great entertainer.
I'm excited to be a part of the Blue Suede Music Festival this year!
Adam Fitzpatrick has been paying tribute to Elvis Presley for ten years and has had great success in competitions all over the world. Adam has won competitions in US, Canada and Europe.
Some of Adams greatest achievements have been winning in his home town of Penticton as the Pacific North West Elvis Festival Grand Champion, Europe's Tribute to Elvis Grand Champion in Blackpool England, People's choice and Grand Champion in Las Vegas. Among many successes the most memorable was placing second in the World Ultimate Elvis Competition in Memphis.
Adam now lives in Calgary Alberta with his beautiful wife Faryn and their three children.
Adam's looking forward to performing at the Blue Suede Music Festival again this year.
Corny Rempel has been an Elvis Tribute Artist for 19 years and has competed internationally both as Elvis and Johnny Cash.
In 2017 Corny was the Grand Champion of the “Penticton Elvis Festival” in BC which qualified him to compete in Memphis at Graceland with the top 20 Elvis performers from around the world!
In 2015 Corny was the 2015 Gospel Champion in Collingwood, Ontario- the world's largest Elvis Festival competition!
Corny has also won numerous People's Choice and Heart of the King awards. Heart of the King awards are voted on by all the competitors, not the public, which makes them very special indeed.
Weekday mornings you can hear Corny Rempel as the Morning Show Host on MIX 96.7fm in Steinbach MB. He also voices cartoons and and video games on the side.
We are very excited to have Corny join us this year at Blue Suede!!!
Brent has been an Elvis fan for as long as he can remember which led to him forming his band, The Tiger Sharks, a fixture in the Toronto rockabilly scene from the late 80s until today. One of the Tiger Sharks' highlights was recording their first album at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
He is a multi-award-winning Elvis tribute artist including winning and is really looking forward to making new friends at the 11th Annual Blue Suede Music Festival.
His most recent wins:
2017 - 2nd Place 5th Annual Elvis and Friends competition Burlington, Ontario
2015 - Pro Finalist Flaming Star Festival
2015 - Canadian Star Challenge Champion Collingwood Elvis Festival
Gib Maynard is a 28 year old East Texan who has been an avid Elvis fan since the age of 6. Much like Elvis, Gib’s first musical experience was playing piano, and singing Gospel music in the church he grew up in. When Gib was about 8 years old his grandmother made him a jumpsuit that he would wear and perform for family members in.
In August of 2017, Gib decided to professionally pursue paying tribute to the King of Rock and Roll . In just a little over two years of being in the Tribute Artist business, Gib has wowed thousands with his beautiful voice, uncanny resemblance, and down home southern charm much like Elvis.
It was a great honor for Gib to be selected to perform in the 2018 Nashville Elvis festival as his first competition where he came in as a finalist. He then went on to compete in the Tupelo Elvis festival, and later was selected as a semi finalist in the 2018 Images of the King World Championship competition during Elvis Week in Memphis, TN.
In 2019 Gib was voted as one of the top 5 Elvis Tribute Artists at the Nashville Elvis Festival, which is in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises. Even though Gib is new to the Elvis tribute world, he has already been honored to perform abroad and internationally and looks forward to many years of keeping the King’s music and memories alive and entertaining Elvis’ many wonderful fans.
Gib is excited to be a part of the Blue Suede Music Festival!
Hello Friends my name is Larry Tschekalin and I’m from Sault Ste Marie, Ont. I've been performing my Tribute to Elvis for about 10 years now. I have traveled all over Canada and the United States with my Tribute show which I call "One Night With You".
In my travels I have won multiple awards performing my Tribute to the King.
I just love getting up on stage and performing for the audience. I try to bring as much to my show as Elvis did.
My show is very energetic and very one on one with the people. Interacting with the audience is a big part of my show. I want everyone there feeling good and wanting more.
I am very excited in meeting and performing for all of you at the Blue Suede Music Festival.
Cynthia Pepper VIP
Cynthia was born and raised in Hollywood, California. Her father, Jack Pepper, (Ginger Rogers’ first husband), was a Vaudeville star who toured with Bob Hope during World War II. Cynthia’s mother, Dawn, was a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies.
After graduating from Hollywood High, Cynthia was cast in the hit TV series, "My Three Sons" starring Fred MacMurray. She later starred in her very own TV series called "Margie" on ABC TV.
Her unique acting style also landed her guest roles on many of the 60’s iconic hit Hollywood TV shows. She even played Sandra Dee’s roommate in the movie "Take Her She's Mine”, also starring Jimmy Stewart.
Cynthia says that the highlight of her career and one that changed her life forever was getting the part of "Midge Riley", and co-starring with Elvis Presley in the MGM movie "Kissin’ Cousins". She considers herself very lucky to have worked with, and to have become a friend of Elvis.
Besides her family and pets, her greatest pleasure, at this stage of her life is to travel to different Elvis Conventions and festivals. Cynthia says: “Elvis fans are the best in the world. Of course, that reflects well on the kind of person Elvis was.”
With the release of her Hollywood memoir, “Pigtails, Presley & Pepper” that she co-wrote with Victor J Hanson, she has been touring and promoting it World Wide.
Cynthia is so grateful that she gets to meet and share her stories of Elvis and her life with everyone around the world.
Cynthia currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Did you know?
2019 marked the 55th anniversary of the original release of the MGM movie “Kissin’ Cousins”.
Did you know?
During the filming of Kissin’ Cousins, Elvis gave Cynthia the nickname, “Speckled Pup”. Director, Gene Nelson, liked it so much that he worked it into the script.