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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.
Rick was 10 years old when he was driving with his dad and Elvis singing That's Alright Mama came on the radio. He asked who that was singing and has been a huge fan since that day. In grades 8 and 9 Rick entered a talent contest in school and won both of them, performing as Elvis. It was about 4 years ago that Rick was asked to perform at a friend's wedding and he has been performing fairly steady since then. In 2009 Rick went to the Penticton Elvis Festival to compete for the first time. Although he liked it and learned a lot, Rick prefers to perform rather than compete. He has done shows for many charities like the Diabetes Association, Convoy For The Cure for Breast Cancer and the Children's Health foundation. Rick is looking forward to returning to the Blue Suede Music Festival to perform for you.
I was born in Puyallup, Washington and grew up in near by Bonney Lake. I've been an Elvis fan since about the age of 5, when I found one of my dad's Elvis records and had him put it on for me. After listening to the record for a few minutes, I was hooked and the rest as they say is history. I never relly took the whole impersonating Elvis too serious until people starting telling me that I sounded alot like hime and looked like him when I'd dress up as him for Halloween. I've been performing my tribute to Elvis for about 5 years now and hope to do it as a full time career some day soon! We are very pleased to welcome Roger back to the Blue Suede Music Festival again!!
... calls Westbank, BC in the beautiful Okanagan, home. 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 co-chair 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 4rd year as MC of the BSMF.
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Bret was born in Port Angeles, Washington where he met his lovely wife Judy. They now reside in Seattle and have 3 boys, all of whom are big Elvis fans as well! It has been said that a talent really isn’t talent unless it is shared with others. Elvis shared that talent with the world and the fans were spellbound. As an ETA it is our joy and privilege to pass along the torch that Elvis ignited and share his music with Elvis fans from all corners of the planet. Bret saw Elvis on stage for the first time as a young boy watching the Aloha from Hawaii Concert in1973. He hasn’t been the same since.
“I am humbled and honored to be able to perform my tribute to Elvis in a way that is respectful and entertaining. I can’t wait to sing to the crowd at the Blue Suede Festival and meet many new Elvis fans! “
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- Elderly Elvis
Bob was born in Edmonton, Alberta and learned to play guitar in his mid teens. He lived briefly in Kelowna and had his first band there in 1965 and 1966. Bob has been an Elvis fan since he was 11 years old when he first saw him on the Ed Sullivan Show.
He moved back to Edmonton in 1967 and has had many bands in the Edmonton area ever since the late 60's.
Bob started doing an Elderly Elvis show the last couple of years on a suggestion from his fiancé because she thought Bob had an Elvis profile and sounded a lot like him. He has been entertaining crowds in the Edmonton area since then. He is excited to be part of 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.
Jeff lives in Chilliwack, BC and is a retired RCMP officer with over 30 years service.
Jeff has been singing since he was five years old and competing as an Elvis tribute artist for 17 years. He has been a finalist top five in the Images of the King in Memphis, was Grand Amateur Champion 2003 in Callingwood, Ontario and Grand Champion 2007 in Penticton. After winning Penticton Jeff was one of the first 24 ETA's in the World to compete in the Elvis Presley Enterprises sanctioned competition The Ultimate in its inaugural year.
Sit back close your eyes and listen to the Essence Of Elvis.
We are very pleased to welcome Jeff to Blue Suede 2017!
Dino was raised in Renton, Washington ,and grew up watching and listening to Elvis . He remember after a movie he would go out in the neighborhood and serenade the young ladies, with a version of Stop ,Look And Listen Baby !!! And he is still doing that to this present day . He continue to sing at various events in the U.S and Canada and frequently goes to visit and perform with Edmontonian Rob Knight who lives now in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Dino has won a number of awards during his career competing at Elvis competitions including the Pro division at the Penticton Elvis Festival in2006.
Dino performed at Blue Suede in 2014 and is very happy to be able to come back and perform once again for the wonderful Elvis fans and to support a great cause.
Dino performed at Blue Suede in 2014 and 2016 but is unable to come in 2017. He promises to be back in 2018!!
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!
Aaron has been an avid Elvis fan since childhood–his parents still have video of him performing Elvis songs at 3 years old. Years have passed and not much has changed. Aaron honed his ETA craft when he started training with Brian Simpson in his Elvis 101: Elvis Tribute Artist school as well as performing regularly in his Ultimate Elvis show in metro Vancouver and all around the Pacific Northwest.
Since then Aaron has performed in venues, festivals, and contests across the U.S. and Canada. His dynamic energy and genuine admiration for the King of Rock ’n Roll shine through during each and every performance. Aaron performs regularly on his own and with in ensemble shows such as ‘On the Air: A musical review’ hosted but legendary Vancouver D.J. Red Robinson.
Aaron has also been featured on multiple television interview shows, numerous newspaper and magazine publications and even a coffee table book. You can follow him at www.aaronwongeta.com and on instagram @aaronwongeta
Aaron is happy to be able to return to Blue Suede again!
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!
JOYFUL MELODY TRIO
A pastor’s wife & two farmer’s daughters have joined together in word & song, to form the Joyful Melody Trio since October of 2002. The trio consists of Colleen Durocher (soprano/lead) from Morinville, Cari Blum (alto/lead) & Joyce Dietrich (contralto) from Barrhead, Alberta, Canada. They sing harmonies with a Southern Gospel flavour, tackling traditional male quartet titles such as: ‘He Touched Me’, ‘Oh What A Savior’, ‘Champion of Love' to name a few; and give these songs a new flare with tight female harmonies. They share their music & ministry with many charitable organizations, prisons, jamborees, conferences, seniors’ functions & other events across Western Canada & Northern USA .
They have released 5 recordings which encourage & challenge those who listen, to a deeper walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. www joyfulmelodytrio.com
Judy grew up in a good old-fashioned home in Alberta singing along with her mom and older sisters to the top favorites of that time, with Patsy Cline being a family favorite. She had a secret passion for singing that didn’t find its voice until her late thirties when she finally decided to do something about it and has never looked back.
She quotes: “As a late bloomer in the music industry, I am a firm believer that it is never to late to follow your passion”. In ‘92 she started a band in Penticton, B.C. called Reckless Hearts for a decade, left to help her daughter launch into her career, and continued on in a variety of different genres and bands. Having a passion for singing in Spanish, she has also performed in various places in Mexico.
Strong female singers were my mentors growing up so she started doing a Patsy Cline Tribute Show, with a few other tribute artists, in BC and the U.S. and has recently been inspired to do a Linda Ronstadt Tribute. Judy is also happy to be a part of the TCB Rock and Roll Legends.
As Patsy Cline says, “Making music is the sweetest thing this side of Heaven”.