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Fred Steen

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 Schell

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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Sylvio Fontaine

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.
Bob Gaetz

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 Ellis

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 Pilon

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 LeBlanc

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!

Richard Wolfe
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!
Mark Schrade
David Aron
Rob Rushton
Danny Vernon

Ron Peacey

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

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

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 Freeman

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
Larry Tschekalin

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.
MATT CAGE

Matt Cage is a multi-award winner, holding Professional championship titles across Canada and the United States.  Matt has played in Las Vegas as a featured Elvis performer in All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King at Planet Hollywood and most recently can be seen in the Tony-award winning play, Million Dollar Quartet.

The Toronto-born performer has a love of Elvis and strives to keep his memory alive. Matt has portrayed the King in sold-out theaters, festival headlining shows, musical plays, television and more.  From the hip-swiveling 50s to the stunning vocals of the 70s, Cage does it all.

New, fresh, and alive with energy, Matt Cage is the whole package in one talented Tribute Artist. 

Matt is very excited to e a part of Blue Suede for the first time in 2020!
WILL HUMBARGER

Born and raised in Arizona, Will has been a true fan of Elvis since his childhood. Growing up listening to Elvis music, it's always been a passion inside of him.

Now a multi-award winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Will has been called "The Valley's Most Exciting Elvis Tribute Artist."

His performances bring back Elvis to the present with life-like renditions of the King: in voice, in movement and in true feeling of what "The King of Rock-n-Roll" embodies.

He's high energy and tailors his performances to the moment - including interacting with the fans and appreciating the enjoyment of Elvis with them.

Will is very excited to be a part of Blue Suede for the first time in 2020!
ANTHONY JOSEPH
Anthony Joseph is 25 and is from Hamilton, Ontario. He has been performing as an Elvis Tribute Artist for 15 years. Although he performs all eras of Elvis’ career, he specializes in the authentic recreations of the Concert Years.
In addition to Elvis, he has added Tributes to Tom Jones and Frankie Valli.

Anthony has won many awards in both Canada and the United States and is currently working towards his music degree.

We are very excited to have Anthony join us in 2020!!
Sam Thompson was introduced to Elvis Presley in 1972 by his sister, Linda Thompson. An officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at the time, Elvis and Sam became fast friends and in July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam near Graceland. In November 1973, Elvis visited Sam’s home and recorded the tracks released by BMG on the CD entitled Made In Memphis. While still a deputy sheriff, Sam provided security for Elvis and traveled with Elvis on the road tours from 1973 until 1976 as Elvis' friend and companion. In June 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security. Altogether, Sam witnessed, from a very personal perspective, essentially all of the concert and recording performances by Elvis Presley during the last five years of Elvis’ life. In 1984 the late Colonel Tom Parker wrote this about Sam Thompson:
I had the pleasure of working with Sam Thompson on his assignments with the airport, hotel and travel security.  Of all the people I have ever been associated with in over 50 years in show business I know of no one any more reliable, on time, and always a proper gentleman with total control of himself, many times under very trying conditions.  If Mr. Presley were alive today he would surely join me in my recommendation as to Sam Thompson's honesty and reliability.

The first of the Memphis Mafia to leave Graceland following the death of Elvis, Sam returned to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and later graduated law school. In October 1977, at the personal request of Vernon Presley, he returned to Graceland to oversee the internment of Elvis and his mother Gladys in the Meditation Garden.

After a successful law practice and ten (10) years on the bench as a Judge in Memphis, Sam moved to California and became an equity owner in 143 Records, a joint venture with The Warner Music Group. As Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs Sam was instrumental in negotiating the signing of artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Buble. After relocating to Las Vegas, Sam finally retired in 2011 as Chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.
Sam has been a lawyer; a judge; a music industry executive; a mediator and arbitrator; a state energy and transportation commissioner; and a frequent public speaker about his time with Elvis.
As the tour producer for Elvis Presley throughout the 1970’s, Charles Stone had the rare opportunity to be closely associated with both Elvis Presley and his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Charles flew with Elvis and his associates on Elvis’ personal plane, The Lisa Marie, from city to city each time Elvis went on tour. Being in the unique position of traveling with Elvis and also managing the personal details of each tour, Charles experienced daily life in Elvis’ world and also developed a close working relationship and close friendship with Colonel Parker and the entire TCB gang.

Charles began his career in entertainment in the mid 1960’ as a booking agent and worked with popular acts such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, and the Coasters.

In the late 1960’s Concerts West recruited Charles to promote artists such as Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Grand Funk, Three Dog Night, Frank Sinatra and eventually Elvis Presley.

Although Charles has worked with many amazing talents throughout his career, and has years of memories and personal stories to share, nothing compares to his time spent on tour and in Vegas with Elvis, the Colonel, and all the enthusiastic, supportive fans. There is nothing he enjoys more than having the opportunity to relive his Elvis years as he shares his memories and experiences during frequent speaking engagements around the world.

Charles’ book,“ My Years with Elvis and the Colonel” is both informative and entertaining and gives an inside peek into the Elvis we all knew and loved.

Charles lives in Dallas, Texas and is currently involved in entertainment and artists management where he continues to promote the Elvis legacy.

Charles is looking forward to talking with more Elvis fans at Blue Suede!
 

Mark your calenders - the 2020 Festival dates are August 28-30th, 2020!
CHRISTOPHER BLAINE

Growing up in Winnipeg, music was always around me and in my blood.

My father Wayne Walker was a great entertainer and a huge Elvis fan. As I grew older the music inspired me greatly.

I believe if you have a gift it should be shared and to me, there isn't a better way than keeping the Kings music alive and sharing it with the worlds best and most loyal fans. 

Christopher competes at the Penticton Elvis Festival in the Non-Pro category and placed 2nd in 2015 and 3rd in 2018.

Christopher is excited to be a part of the Festival for the first time in 2020!
Matthew Boyce

Matthew Boyce hails from New York and is a 20 year-old Elvis Tribute Artist who has performed at countless events since the age of seven.

Matthew has competed at Elvis Festivals in the US and Canada, most recently being the runner up at the Penticton Elvis Festival in 2019 and winning triple crown in all three eras of Elvis at Elvis Rocks Mesquite in NV- the only one to have won ALL THREE eras in one competition!

In 2018, he starred in the touring show "On Tour: A Tribute to the King," as well as “Memories of Elvis” with casts including Bill Cherry, Dean Z, Sylvain LeDuc, Chance Tinder, Gordon Hendricks and Patrick Johnson.

In addition to paying tribute to Elvis, Matthew has performed in over 45 musical theater productions throughout New York. Matthew plays guitar, piano, bass and drums and enjoys performing as a solo acoustic artist, singing all types of music, including his own originals.

Matthew is excited to be a part of Blue Suede in 2020!