Collingwood Elvis Festival COMPETITIVE Tribute Artist Registration

This form should only be filled out and submitted by COMPETITIVE Tribute Artists wishing to participate in the 2017 Collingwood Elvis Festival taking place July 28-30.

Registration Information

There is a new process for registerting to compete at the Collingwood Elvis Festival in 2017. Registrations will be accepted between January 23rd and March 26th at 6pm, 2017. See below for the updated process.


Submit a video of you performing two (2) Elvis songs - one up tempo and one slow ballad, in costume, reflecting the Elvis category within which you are entering to compete. (i.e. Early Years - 1950-1968; Concert Years 1969-1977; perform the correct songs from the correct era)

A. Your video must include a personal introduction by you, stating the following information for the judges:
i. Your name, verbally and spelled out clearly
ii. Where you are from
iii. Name two (2) vocal competitions, of any kind, that you have participated in over the past two years, and where these contests were held. Whether or not you won is not relevant to us.
iv. Titles of both Elvis songs in order of performance
v. Where your audition performance(s) were recorded (e.g. bar, home, friend's basement, charity event, competition, festival)
vi. Your division and category being selected:

DIVISION: Professional, Non-profressional, or Youth
ADULT CATEGORY: Early Years or Concert Years
YOUTH CATEGORY: Junior (ages 3-10) or Senior (ages 11-17)

B. Submit your video via the dropbox link provided in the registration form below.
It is your responsibility to send a follow-up email to ensure we received your submission.

C. All submissions received will be judged by a panel and you will be notified via email the week of April 10th if you have been selected to advance to the live competition rounds. 

D. Your video can be a live band performance or a background track performance. Private performance(s), YouTube or contest footage is acceptable for uploading.
No vocally eliminated songs are permitted. Ensure the quality and volume of your video allows the judges to hear you. 

E. The performance video(s) submitted must be within the past five (5) years. It is your responsibility to ensure the sound and visuals are of reasonable clear quality for the judges. 


Payment can only be made by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards. No other payment options are available in 2017. Your registration payment will be held by the Town of Collingwood and will be processed ONLY if you are selected to advance to the live rounds as a competitor. 

The payment will be applied the week of April 17th so please ensure credit card funds are available.

If your payment is declined, you will forfeit your position to another competitor. There will be no second chances for payment. 


You will need to select your song(s) carefully for the Qualifying Round as you will now be judged in the Awesome Street Party as your Qualifying competition.  Select your three choices and be prepared to sing any of those three selections.  No changes to songs will be permitted once you are selected as a competitor.

Additional instructions will be sent to you to pre-select your Semi-Final songs after you are a confirmed competitor.

Grand Final songs will be chosen on-site, with you and the Musical Director Marco Spadafora, if you have moved on as a Finalist.

Competition Format

There are some changes to the format in 2017. Please review.

Number of Competitors: The number of competitors has been substantially reduced in 2017 to allow more time for competition and to fine tune our programming. From the video submissions received:

  • Four (4) Juniors and four (4) Seniors will advance from the Youth Division
  • Twelve (12) Early Years competitors and twelve (12) Concert Years competitors will advance from the Non-Professional Division
  • Fourteen (14) Early Years competitors and fourteen (14) Concert Years competitors will advance from the Professional Division

Competition Rounds: New in 2017, the Qualifying Round will be conducted during the Friday Awesome Street Party on the Festival Centre Stage, Hurontario Street, while the Semi-Finals and Grand Finals will be held in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena at 97 Hurontario Street and will be performed with live band accompaniment. No background tracks are permitted for any round of regular competition.

  • Qualifying Round - Friday, July 28th, 12noon-7:00pm during the Awesome Street Party. All 60 competitors must appear.
  • Semi-Finals - Saturday, July 29th, 11am-5:30pm. Adult competitors only. PRO 14 (7E/7C) and NP 12 (6E/6C)
  • Grand Finals - Sunday, July 30th, 2pm-6pm. PRO 10 (5E/5C), NP 6 (3E/3C), and YOUTH 6 (3J/3S)

Prize Money: Total prize money paid out will be $31,000. All finalists receive a trophy.

  • Professional Division (each category) - 1st $5000, 2nd $2000, 3rd $1000, 4th $500, 5th $200
  • Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest representative (Professional with highest overall score) - Additional $5000
  • Non-Professional Division (each category) - 1st $1500, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500
  • Youth Senior - 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $150
  • Youth Junior - 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $100
  • Inspirational Elvis Gospel Contest (by invitation only) - 1st $1000, 2nd trophy only, 3rd trophy only
  • Canadian Star Challenge (contact the Festival office for entry details) - 1st $250

Personal Expenses: Travel, accommodations and meals are your responsibility to secure and pay at your own expense. Dinner Host 15% discounts will be available at participating restaurants for Tribute Artist meals but the discount does not apply to alcohol, or to the meals of anyone other than the Tribute Artist. The Tribute Artist must be present at time of payment. A discounted accommodation rate may be available to REGISTERED Tribute Artists. The group code is provided by sending an email to or by calling 705-444-2500 x3279.

Please indicate the division you wish to perform within. Note that you must be 18 or older and entered as a Professional to be eligible to advance to the ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST COMPETITION in Memphis.

Indicate the category you wish to compete within. Note Early Years is 1950-1968 and Concert Years is 1969-1977.

Submissions must be two entire songs. One uptempo. One ballad. In the same video or by two separate videos. Plus an introduction video as requested.

Sumbit your video to dropbox via this link:

Competitive Tribute Artists are required to register and pay a fee which is based on the Competition Division selected.

Professional Division: $150 + HST = $169.50
Non-Professional Division: $115 + HST = $129.95
Youth Division: $100 + HST = $113.00 

Please select method of payment and call the Town of Collingwood at 705-444-2500 x3279 to submit payment information by phone. 

Payment will be applied the week of April 17th and will only be processed for the 60 selected Competitive Tribute Artists. If you are not selected to advance as a competitor you may elect to particpate as a non-competitor at a registration rate of $75 + HST. Please notify the Festival Office the week of April 17th following the judges' decision if you wish to register as a non-competitor. 

A high-quality colour photo in jpg format of the Tribute Artist in costume is required for the Festival Souvenir Program. Note that if an updated photo is not received the latest photo on file will be used. If no photo is on file, the Tribute Artist will not be included in the Souvenir Program.

Tell us about yourself and your career. 50 words maximum. The Festival reserves the right to edit for length and content.

If you perform other tributes, please list.

Do you have a portable sound system that could be used by the Festival to accompany you and others? If yes, please bring it with you to the Festival. Note that if the equipment is used by the Festival you will receive a usage fee from the Festival. Rate will be established subject to number of hours of use.

All registered Tribute Artists are expected to participate in the Friday Awesome Street Party. New this year for Competitors, your Street Party appearance will constitute your Qualifying Round of Competition and will be judged. Tribute Artists are also expected to participate in at least one additional non-paid performance from the following list:

  • Goodwill Appearance - In the spirit of Elvis, a free performance you proivde to residents or guests in nursing homes, hospitals, etc.
  • Gospel Worship Service - A free non-denominational worship event for fans, with performing tribute artists and officiating church (outdoors, weather dependent)

Please indicate all performances you wish to paricipate in.

Please choose three Elvis songs in order of preference to perform. Please note that your choices will be used as your Qualifying Round competition song(s) and will be judged.  Please select your song choices wisely as you will not be able to change your song selections.

The Festival will try to accommodate your first choice but final selelction is determined by Town of Collingwood staff. You will sing one or two of your choices as time and stage availability permits. 

All performances during the Awesome Street Party will be with live band accompaniment.

Know your songs! There are no karaoke screens or lyric sheets available. Select from Elvis Songlist at

You will be provided with your scheduled appearance time and confirmed song choice(s) in advance of the Festival. If there is a conflict, please notify the Festival Office IMMEDIATELY so we can reschedule you into a workable appearance time.

My name, image, likeness, photo, bio, voice and audio/visual footage can be used by the Town of Collingwood in perpetuity without compensation or payment.

I agree to read the FULL version of the rules and regulations upon receiving confirmation of my participation. Failure to read and follow the rules will not be accepted as an excuse. 

By submitting this form, I proivde my implied consent to the Town of Collingwood to schedule the following appearances, on my behalf, and I will fulfill those obligations as set forth in my Arrival Schedule:

  • One (1) non-paid performance as part of my commitment as a Participant
  • One or two songs as times permits, live with the Festival band at the Awesome Street Party on Friday, July 28th
  • My inclusion in the live judging rounds of competition that I may be participating in
  • Competition judges' decisions are final, unless otherwise determined by Town of Collingwood management.
  • A 'do over' of a competition song is only permitted due to a Festival equipment malfunction and/or is at the discretion of the judges.
  • The Collingwood Elvis Festival does not permit any use of props during any round of competition and I will read the Judging Consideration List (view link) for specific details.
  • The Collingwood Elvis Festival does not permit ANY medleys or remixes of Elvis songs to be performed in competition.
  • American Trilogy is NOT considered a medley and may be used as a competition song.
  • All competition rounds will be performed live with the Festival House band. No background tracks, of any kind, may be used in competition.
  • There will be a series of independent panels judging the various divisions of the competition. 
  • There is absolutely no speaking, discussing, socializing or consulting with a competition judge, by me or any member of my family at any time during the Festival. Breach of this condition may result in disciplinary action or disqualification from the competition without refund or recourse from or against the Town of Collingwood.
  • Failure to read, understand and adhere to the competition rules and regulations will not be accepted as an excuse.
  • Acceptance, by me, of any paid gig opportunity that may conflict with my judging can result in disqualification without refund or recourse to me.
  • Only Professional Adult Competitors are eligible to represent the Collingwood Elvis Festival in Memphis, TN for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
  • If I prequalified for the 2017 UETAC at any other contest location, I agree to forfeit the additional prize money and my position as representative to the finalist who has the next overall highest score, while retaining my title as new Grand Champion and the prize money that accompanies that title.
  • Any prize money that I may become entitled to through competition at the Collingwood Elvis Festival shall be paid to me by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) within three (3) business days of the Festival’s conclusion. I must provide my complete banking information to the Festival by no later than June 15, 2017, to ensure prompt and efficient payment. Otherwise, I will receive a Town cheque for my winnings and it is my responsibility to negotiate its value and acceptance with my own personal bank. The Town of Collingwood will assume no liability or responsibility whatsoever should my bank fail to negotiate the document and all costs or bank fees will be my own sole responsibility. 

The Town of Collingwood shall provide me with a list of registered venues I can personally contact to negotiate and secure a performance, if available.

  • I understand that I can negotiate my own price and conditions with the venue, and it is my sole responsibility to secure payment for my services from the venue, without assistance from the Town of Collingwood.
  • I agree to inform the Town of Collingwood if I am approached with a performance opportunity, by an unregistered venue, in an effort to register the venue so that I can legally perform there and not jeopardize the Town's license agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
  • I accept and understand that performing at an unregistered venue has legal implications to the Town of Collingwood, under its existing license agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, and could result in legal consequences to me personally and to the venue that breached their responsibility with the Collingwood Elvis Festival.

Professional competitors 18 years of age or older must complete to be eligible for the 2017 UETAC in Memphis, TN.

©2017 Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. ELVIS, ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST and LOGO are trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • I agree to be bound by all Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Official Rules and Guidelines.
  • I agree that my performance shall not in any way be derogatory to Elvis Presley, his heirs, the contest organizer, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. or any of its affiliates.
  • I grant Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. the right to use my name, image, likeness, biography and any photographs or audiovisual footage of my participation in the preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and the Semifinal and Final rounds (if applicable) of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, including my performance, presence and/or interview without the payment of any compensation, in connection with the advertising and promotion of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, including without limitation, any preliminary rounds of the contest as well as the Semifinal and Final rounds of the contest to be held in Memphis, TN, in August 2017.
  • I grant Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., the irrevocable right to record my participation in the preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and the Semi final and Final rounds (if applicable) of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, including my performance, presence and/or interview, and use, adapt, reproduce, distribute, broadcast and exhibit my performance, in perpetuity, in any and all media, manners and platforms, without the payment of any compensation.
  • I acknowledge that before I participate in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semifinal in Memphis, TN, I will sign an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Participant Agreement and Release, which will be provided to me by EPE.
  • By completing, I am expressly releasing the contest organizer, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., their respective parents, affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents, from any and all claims which I may have for invasion of privacy, right of publicity, defamation, violation of my moral rights, copyright infringement, or any other causes of action arising out of the use, adaptation, reproduction, distribution, broadcast or exhibition of any photographs or audiovisual footage of my performance.

I authorize EPE to sign me up to receive the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Update via email.

I authorize EPE to give my contact information to other preliminary rounds of the contest and I further authorize them to contact me with entry information on their contests.