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 2018 Collingwood Elvis Festival taking place July 27-29. Registrations will be accepted until Sunday, April 1st at 11:30pm.

Registration Information

There is a new process for registering to compete at the Collingwood Elvis Festival in 2018. Registrations will be accepted until Sunday, April 1st at 11:30pm. See below for the updated process.


Forty professional and forty non-professional Tribute Artists (regardless of era of performance) will be accepted to compete. Once accepted, you will be notified by Town staff at which time your registration fee will be processed.


Payment can only be made by VISA or MasterCard. No other payment options are available in 2018. Your registration payment will be held by the Town of Collingwood and will be processed ONLY if you are accepted to compete.  

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

Competition Format

Competition Rounds: In 2018, 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 27th, 11:00am-5:00pm during the Awesome Street Party. All competitors must appear.
  • Semi-Finals - Saturday, July 28th, 11am-5:30pm. Adult competitors only. 
  • Grand Finals - Sunday, July 29th, 2pm-6pm. All remaining competitors.

Prize Money: Total prize money paid out will be $23,100. Top three positions receive a trophy.

  • Professional Division - 1st $7500, 2nd $3000, 3rd $2000, 4th $500, 5th $250
  • Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest representative (Professional with highest overall score) - Additional $5000
  • Non-Professional Division - 1st $2000, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500, 4th $250, 5th $200
  • Youth - 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $150
  • 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. 

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.

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: $125 + HST = $141.25
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 ONLY if you are accepted to compete. If you are not accepted as a competitor you may elect to particpate as a non-competitor at a registration rate of $75 + HST. 

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.

Where are you from?

How long have you been an Elvis Tribute Artist?

Have you ever been to the Collignwood Elvis Festival? If so, how many years have you been coming?

What is your favourite Elvis song?

What is your first memory of Elvis?

What is it about Elvis that makes you a fan and Elvis Tribute Artist?

If you perform other tributes, please list.

Please include two references from other Elvis festivals, events, appearances, or shows at which you performed. Include a contact name and email address or phone number for each. 

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 us. Standardized fees will apply on a per use basis. 

All registered Tribute Artists are expected to participate in the Friday Awesome Street Party. Again 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.
  • Charity Lounge - in support of a fundraiser for a local charity (My Friend's House, Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc.)
  • Classic Car Parade - showcasing classic cars and Elvis tribute artists for fans to see and photograph on Saturday morning (pending, subject to change)
  • Gospel Appearance - Sunday morning only on our 'Inner Elvis' stage (Centre block near Third Street)
  • Fan Appreciation - Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon on our 'Inner Elvis' stage (Centre block near Third Street)

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. Judging takes place on the Festival Centre Stage on Hurontario Street on Friday, July 27, 11:30am-5:00pm (these times will be adjusted according to the number of competitors registered). 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

Earliest judging time for Non-Professional category is 11:30am, Youth is 2:15pm, and Professional is 2:45pm.

Latest judging time for Non-Professional category is 1:55pm, Youth is 2:45pm, and Professional is 5:00pm.

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 provide 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
  • My inclusion in the live judging rounds of competition that I may be participating in
  • I will be at least 18 years of age as of July 27th, 2018 (for those competing in any ADULT division) or I will be between the ages of 8 and 17 as of July 27th, 2018 (for those competing in the YOUTH division) 
  • 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 an independent judging panel for Professional and Youth competitors, and a separate independent panel for Non-Professional competitors, during each round of competition.  
  • There is absolutely no speaking, discussing, socializing or consulting with a competition judge permitted 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 2018 UETAC at any other contest location, I agree to forfeit the additional prize money and my position as Collingwood representative to the finalist who has the next overall highest score, while retaining my title as new Collingwood 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, 2018, to ensure prompt and efficient payment, if I have not already done so. 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. 
  • I understand that the Festival will set a flat rate for performances, agreeable with a venue, and it is my sole responsibility to secure payment for my services, from the venue, at the conclusion of my performance. The Festival will not assume any liability or responsibility for any payment default from an associated, but independent, venue.
  • I accept and understand that paid performances are, in no way, a guaranteed option for me, save and except if contracted directly through the Festival for a specific performance at a Festival-controlled venue. 
  • 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 2018 UETAC in Memphis, TN.

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  • 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 2018.
  • 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.