All images supplied by Ida Brown.

Best Elvis show goes electric this Labour Day weekend

It’s time to honour the King of Rock ‘n Roll – and to crown a successor at the Roseneath Fairground Stage, just across from Durham.

The Labour Day weekend will kick off coming Friday with a competition to choose the ‘Best Elvis’ from among six competitors who each have to impress the judges and you!

Keene Centre for the Arts ‘Elvis Weekend’ has brought together some amazing talent who will be putting on their Blue Suede Shoes and be a Hound Dog at the show.

“This is the grand finale of two months of live music concerts by top tribute artists, some of whom hold massive shows in sports stadia,” said Ida Brown, organizer, and host. “We chose the Labour Day weekend to make it easier for everyone to attend.”

The shows are being held at the Roseneath Fairground Stage on Hwy 45, 9059 Roseneath ON K0K 2X0. The preliminaries start on Friday, September 3rd, 2021, at 7pm. Entry fee is $25.

The Best Elvis Competition kicks off with six contestants – Paul Thain, Berry Chumbley, Ken Arndt, Darren Brown, James Robinson and Don McClean – giving their very best Elvis impersonation each.

[From left to right] Paul Thain, Darren Brown, Ken Arndt, Berry Chumbley, James Robinson and Don McClean. Come, cheer them on!

Judges are Carolyn MacArthur and John Cosway and you, the public. On Saturday, September 4th again at 7pm, the finals will be held at the same venue with the same entry fee.

MCs Jim Glover (radio host) and Jack London (Tribute Star) will announce the winner from Friday’s competition and invite him to join headliner Reverend Dorian Arthur Baxter (a.k.a Elvis Priestly) on stage, says Ida Brown. It will be a performance filled with excitement and music, she promises.

But that will not be all. Who can forget the gospels sung by Elvis? And what better time to listen to the uplifting music than on a Sunday morning along with breakfast.

The Elvis Gospel show begins on Sunday, September 5th at 10am at the same venue and with the same entry fee. However, you will be pampered with coffee and all of Elvis’ breakfast favourites.

Reverend Dorian Arthur Baxter (a.k.a Elvis Priestly) will even renew your vows afterwards for a fee.

“It’s going to be so beautiful and romantic with lots and lots of Elvis music,” says Ida. “Tickets can be purchased online, by e-transfer to or by making a reservation by text to 705-440-0527.

See you there!

Best Elvis Competition


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