The Penticton Elvis Society celebrates 19 years of running The Penticton Elvis Festival.
The festival brings Elvis Fans from far and wide to the perfect holiday haven – Penticton, British Columbia. They come to celebrate “The King Of Rock & Roll” – Elvis Presley!
Dozens of tribute artists grace the outdoor stages which are set around the picturesque Okanagan Lake, along with special guests – “Friends Of Elvis”. It’s a wonderful weekend of remembering Elvis through his extensive musical library, and touching stories from those who knew him about how he touched their lives.
We invite you to join us on our 19th year – where the spirit of Elvis is guaranteed to rock this summer holiday town in a way that Penticton has never experienced before!
The Penticton Elvis Festival Society is a not-for-profit society whose main goal is to celebrate the life and music of the greatest entertainer ever known… Elvis Presley. The 3-day Festival is an annual event taking place in the picturesque city of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. With Skaha Lake at the south end of town and Okanagan Lake at the north end of town, Penticton truly is “A Place To Stay Forever”.
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2022 Featured Headliners
2013 Ultimate Elvis Champion
When Dean was 3, the documentary “This is Elvis” was broadcast on television. He cleared the coffee table, jumped up on it and started trying to imitate Presley’s every move. Not long after, Dean’s mother made him an Elvis jumpsuit and he was on his way. His first song on stage was “Jailhouse Rock”. The audience started screaming and he has been shaking ever since. At age 17, he relocated to the bright lights of Las Vegas where he spent the next 12 years establishing himself as a well-known artist, subsequently touring Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, Canada, and the United States performing thousands of shows for over a million fans. In 2008, Dean and his brother and crew produced a music documentary and CD at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee – considered the birthplace of rock and roll.
In 2013, Dean Z was named Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Tribute Artist and starred in their international touring production of “Elvis Lives”. He is a host for the SiriusXM Elvis Radio channel and currently serves as an ambassador and contributor to Graceland and the Elvis Presley estate.
Dean Z’s trademark – a young, smooth, grinning rebel Elvis – continues to set hearts afire and fans a-screaming.
2017 Ultimate Elvis Champion
Born in the UK, Gordon was an Elvis fan at an early age, as he began to sing along to Elvis recordings, people remarked how similar his voice sounded like Elvis Presley. He first stage performance was at a local nightclub for a birthday party. He developed a tribute performance to Elvis and in 2005 Gordon shot to fame by winning the vote as 2005 Grand Finale of “Stars In Their Eyes” TV show with a viewing audience of over 12 million. He so impressed award winning song-writer Geoff Morrow who signed Gordon to his Yellow Records label. Geoff wrote 5 songs for Elvis Presley, who recorded 4 of them before his death in 1977. The fifth song, “Where Would I Be” ended up being recorded by Gordon and release in 2006. He performed international for several years and was named “European Elvis Champion 2011” by Elvis Presley Enterprises. In 2013, Gordon celebrated the 40th anniversary of the satellite broadcast of “Aloha from Hawaii” by premiering a full theatre production of the show in England which toured nationally for 2 years. He was named Ultimate Tribute Artist in Memphis in 2013, and crowned 2014 Grand Champion at the Collingwood, Canada Elvis Festival – the largest in the world.
A truly international star, he continues to entertain people all over the world with his shows and volunteers for children’s’ health organizations. It is a musical delight to see him represent the King of Rock and Roll with integrity and keep the memory alive.
2017 Penticton Elvis Festival Grand Champion
Corny Rempel is an award-winning Elvis tribute artist and comedian who has played packed houses across Canada, United States and Mexico for over 20 years. All Canadian boy, Corny is a morning radio host/DJ in Steinbach, Manitoba, and does voiceovers for cartoons, websites, movies and video games. In 2015, Corny was crowed Elvis Gospel Champion at the Collingwood, Ontario Elvis Festival. He was the Grand Champion of the 2017 Penticton British Columbia, Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival and competed with the top 20 Elvis tribute artists at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. Corny has won numerous People’s Choice and Heart of the King awards. Adding to his extensive repertoire, recently, he has also been performing as Johnny Cash, and sang with Cash’s sister, Joanne Cash Yates.
Corny plays Elvis like no one else – his facial expressions and gestures are uncanny, and his voice is a dead ringer. His humorous twist makes his nonstop, high energy show unique. As he says, “a little less conversation and some more entertainment please”.
The Cadillac Kings
The Cadillac Kings take over as the premiere backup band for the competition finals. The Cadillac Kings are a cast of heavily experienced & multi-talented professional musicians, currently touring or gigging with a large number of various tribute shows; from Elvis to Roy Orbison, to Rod Stewart to Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and many others to come. The group consists of 10 members: Steve Soucy (keys/bg vox), Mike Fic (bass/bg vox), Scott Gamble (tubs), Mark Larmand (guitars/bg vox), Sandy Deshner (bg vox), Carley Bailey (bg vox), plus the ever-popular Uptown Hornz – Mike Schell (trumpet/acoustic guitar/bg vox), Chris Manuel (t-bone/mandolin/bg vox), Dean Bates (tenor/alto/flute/bg vox), Gordy Frie (alto/bari/bg vox).
The Cadillac Kings seen here with 2016 VIPs, “The Sweet Inspirations”.
The Penticton Elvis Society Board of Directors
Front row left to right is Dorothy Inglis, Darlene Culbert, Dave Martin, Joanie Koch-Kalanj ,Margaret
Back (top) Row left to right is Ingrid Perkins, Ralph Halsall, Terry Michels, Barb Schneiderat, Brenda Martin, Jo Norton-Westwood, Lance Bishop
Missing from the photo: Noreen Larent