(COLLINGWOOD, ON) – Over the past 20 years, the Collingwood Elvis Festival has helped to preserve the legacy of Elvis Presley, the original rock star, and has provided visitors with the opportunity to hear Elvis’ music performed live once again.
Over the past weekend, that opportunity was once again provided to 1000s of Elvis fans at the world’s largest gathering of Elvis impersonators in Collingwood.
And, a Windsor man was chosen to represent the Collingwood Elvis Festival at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute competition in Memphis, TN, next month.
From August 8 through 16, Elvis fans from around the world will gather to celebrate, imitate, and honour the King of Rock n Roll. The Hard Rock Café, located on famous Beale Street, will host the world’s greatest Elvis tribute contest. Structured as a tournament, and running throughout the week, people will be able to see talented fans give live performances, performing iconic Elvis hits from every era.
After six years of trying, Norm Ackland, Jr, a painter by trade, was named the winner of the non-pro early years category, earning himself a trip to the epicentre of all things Elvis.
Ackland has been performing since the age of three and followed in his father’s footstep as an Elvis tribute artist. On his list of things to do in Memphis will be a visit to Graceland, the iconic home of Elvis and magnet for fans the world over. It will be Ackland’s first trip to the famous property.