Sylvain Leduc crowned Champion at the Collingwood Elvis Festival’s 25th Anniversary
Collingwood Elvis Festival was filled with thrilling events and Elvis Tribute Artists from around the globe.
Sylvain Leduc, from Valleyfield, QC, was named the 2019 Collingwood Elvis Festival Champion at the Grand Finals Competition on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
Interestingly, Champion Sylvain Leduc has already pre-qualified in Niagara for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest (to be held in Memphis during Elvis Week, August 9-17, 2019), and Runner-up, Bruno Nesci, has also pre-qualified in Penticton. Our 3rd Place Elvis Tribute Artist, Michael Cullipher, will be the 2019 Collingwood representative in Memphis. Michael Cullipher hails from Sallisaw, OK.
Preliminary rounds took place throughout the weekend, and with more than 60 tribute artists, the competition was tough. This year’s 25th anniversary celebrations attracted 16 returning champions, more than 25 professionals, and four youth competitors, as well as international Ultimate Champions Dean Z, Shawn Klush, Gordon Hendricks, and Jay Dupuis.
Congratulations to Sylvain Leduc and all of our winners.
Winners – Professional
1. Sylvain Leduc
2. Bruno Nesci
3. Michael Cullipher
4. Matt King
5. Oliver Steinhoff
Winners - Non-professional
1. John Cigan
2. Gavan Rousseau
3. Jeff Marsh
Winners – Youth
1. Benjamin Dalske
2. Agostino Trombello
3. Spencer Young
Winner - OLG Canadian Star Challenge
Thank you to the main sponsors of the 2019 Collingwood Elvis Festival: OLG, Living Water Resort & Spa, Blue Mountain Resort, The Westin Trillium House, Enbridge, and the Province of Ontario.
About the Collingwood Elvis Festival
Over its 25-year history, the Collingwood Elvis Festival has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world. The festival is a celebration of the life and times of Elvis Presley and his influence on various musical genres, the popular culture of his time, and an entire era of fans and artists who have carried lasting memories of his impact on the world. It has been recognized as the world’s largest annual gathering of Elvis Tribute Artists and a Top 100 festival by Festivals & Events Ontario.
Collingwood Elvis Festival Returning in 2020!
The 2020 Collingwood Elvis Festival will be organized and managed by a private events host through the municipal special event permitting process. The Town of Collingwood looks forward to providing advice and corporate knowledge on past programming and operational best practices to the management successor of the Collingwood Elvis Festival in an effort to maintain the Festival’s quality standards and brand reputation. Stay tuned for more information, and see you in 2020!
Left to Right: Michael Cullipher (3rd Place), Roy Leblanc (emcee), Sylvain Leduc (Champion), Mayor Brian Saunderson, Bruno Nesci (2nd Place)