Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ Contest

Welcome Elvis Tribute Artists!

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in our inaugural Niagara Falls Elvis Festival. Licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, we are excited to be a preliminary competition for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® in Memphis in 2018.

Our three-day event will include:

  • ETAs will compete for the right to represent the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semi Final during Elvis Week 2018
  • Opportunity to perform on stage with the renowned Casino Brothers Band
  • Celebrity and experienced Elvis promoters/agents Judges
  • A People's Choice Award
  • $5,000 in prize money
  • Meal on day of contest*

*ETAs will be treated to dinner with our VIPs on Saturday night before the evening show.

  • Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ Contestin in Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Pat Dunn: ETA Competitor

    2nd Place Winner 2017

    Pat Dunn

  • Diogo Light: ETA Competitor

    1st Place Winner 2017

    Diogo Light

  • Bruno Nesci: ETA Competitor

    3rd Place Winner 2017

    Bruno Nesci

Are you ready to be crowned <em>King</em> of the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ contest?

Are you ready to be crowned King of the

Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ contest?

About This Contest

In 2007, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. announced an inaugural Elvis tribute artist contest event that was a search for the "best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley." Twenty-four of the best ETAs from around the world, who had each won a preliminary round of the competition, traveled to Memphis during Elvis Week 2007 to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

In response to the excitement generated by the first contest, Elvis Presley Enterprises has held the contest each year since, with winners of preliminary contests traveling to Memphis each August to compete for the title.

For information on this year's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, visit the official Graceland website.

Contest Format

For our second competition, we will be accepting 20 Professional competitors. All competitors will compete in two rounds of three songs on Saturday (morning and afternoon), performing with tracks.

Ten (10) ETAs will move on to the semi final on Sunday morning and five (5) ETAs will compete in the final Sunday evening. Sunday competitors will each perform two songs with The Casino Brothers Band.

Prize Structure:

The winner of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest will be eligible to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis in August. Prize money will be paid in Canadian Dollars to the top three ETAs.

  • 1st : $2,800
  • 2nd : $1,200
  • 3rd : $700

Peoples Choice Award

Fans will have a chance to vote for the People's Choice award after the Saturday afternoon performances. Winner of the People's Choice award will be announced Sunday night at the Finale.

List of all our prestigious ETA Competitors - 2018

SYLVAIN LEDUC - Valleyfield, Québec

Sylvain Leduc's passion for Elvis Presley came at a very early age since his family all enjoyed the King of Rock & Roll's music.

From back then until today, Leduc has been working hard to reproduce Elvis' signature posture, moves as well as perfecting his voice to match the King's image.

Sylvain Leduc competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

RICHARD WOLFE - Hamilton, Ontario

On the tribute artist scene for 10 years now, Richard has really captured the magic of Elvis' early years, exciting audiences across North America. Whether he performs on a flatbed stage or a cruise ship, the energy he exhibits not only brings any audience to its feet, but makes them " twist and shout" !

Richard Wolfe competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

BRUNO NESCI - Woodbridge, Ontario

Bruno Nesci has been performing as Elvis since he was 8 years old. Since then, he's worked diligently to produce his professional concert and bring it to the highest level.

Nesci has the looks, moves and voice which makes him one of the best Elvis performers in the business.

Bruno Nesci competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

COTE DEONATH - Ocala, Florida

Cote lives in Ocala, Florida, and has been at Elvis tribute artist for 16 years. He started at the age of 3 when he saw the Elvis movie “Follow That Dream” and he's been hooked ever since. His favorite Elvis song is “Hurt.”

Cote Deonath competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

MIKE CALAMUSA - Belleville, Ontario

Mike Calamusa has returned as an ETA after a nine-year hiatus. Earlier in his Elvis career, Mike competed in many contests in Canada and the US, placing in the top 3 on numerous occasions.

Calamusa is looking forward to competitions throughout 2017, plus meeting as many Elvis fans as possible.

Mike Calamusa competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

ERIC EVANGELISTA - Bolton, Ontario

Eric has been an Elvis Tribute Artist for the past eight years. The Vegas Concert years are Eric’s favourite years to pay tribute to. Some of his accolades include 2015 Non Pro Champion Collingwood Elvis Festival and Grand Champion Kings and Classics Festival 2015. Eric is excited to be part of the 2018 Niagara Falls Elvis Festival.

Eric Evangelista competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

JEFF GORDON - Dallas, Texas

Jeff has been singing and doing Elvis Tribute Shows for over 20 years. As a full time entertainer, he also does a Tom Jones Tribute Show, Legends of Country Show, 50/60's Rock 'n Roll Show, and Jukebox Hits Show. And since he is full time, he is always on the road, performing in Arizona, Texas and Florida in the winter and throughout the Midwest in the summer.

Jeff Gordon competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

MARNIE MACKINTOSH - Manitoba, Canada

Marnie has been an Elvis Tribute Artist for 12 years, but is relatively new to the competition circuit. This charismatic ETA delivers a dynamic, high energy performance and captures audiences with an authentic appearance, vocals, and characteristics of "The King". Marnie’s favorite years to pay tribute to are the Vegas/Concert years, however, will have you “all shook up” performing any era. Marnie is looking forward to meeting you all in Niagara Falls.

Marnie Mackintosh competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

PATRICK JOHNSON - Lake View, New York

Patrick Johnson, star of Legends On Stage, is considered by many to be one of the elite tribute artists in the entertainment business. As a leading Elvis Presley tribute artist, he has traveled far and wide; recreating the music and excitement of Elvis Presley in concerts, casinos, and corporate events throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. Audiences at Chicago’s Hard Rock Café, Rochester’s Kodak Theater and the Finger Lakes Casino in Canandaigua, NY have all enjoyed the music of “The King” in his shows.

Patrick Johnson competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

PETER DOIRION - London, Ontario

Peter's E.T.A. career began a short 32 years ago and has never seemed more exciting looking ahead to 2018. His personal love of the Life and Music of Elvis Presley has inspired him since the age of 4 and continues to inspire him in every performance he does in tribute to the greatest entertainer the world has ever known. He enjoys portraying the early years Elvis but also aspire to recreate an exciting portrayal of Elvis in the Vegas years. Peter has enjoyed success in both the Collingwood and Tweed Elvis Festivals and looks forward to his first visit to the Niagara Falls festival and the new friends and memories that will be made in April.

Peter Dorion competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

TAYLOR RODRIGUEZ - Lynchburg, Virginia

Taylor Rodriguez is a singer/songwriter, musician and actor. Taylor starred in the Tony award winning Million Dollar Quartet as Elvis Presley in 2017. Taylor is also the lead actor in Sherry Management’s Biopic Concert ‘56 The Beginning. Locally, he has been recognized for his achievements throughout his career by many news stations, radio stations, and newspapers. Representing the 2017 Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival at the UETAC, Taylor placed within the top five finalist.

Taylor Rodriguez competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

JAMES GIBB - Harrow, Ontario

As a lifelong Elvis fan, James channelled his love for Elvis into a tribute, portraying Elvis in his "Early Years". Since starting out James has gone on to win 1st place in many competitions. One of the most important being 1st Place at the 2014 Tweed Elvis Festival which secured James a spot in the 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held in Memphis Tennessee. James is also very proud of his 2011 Pro Early Years Grand Champion title at the Collingwood Elvis Festival.

James Gibb competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

DAVE WEAVER - Arkport, New York

Dave has been a fan of Elvis his whole life. For the last 17 years, he has been performing Tributes to the King in a variety of venues and competitions. From Westfield, NY to Lake George, NY, Las Vegas, NV, Bruswick, GA, Manchester, NH, Memphis, TN and Barre, Ont CAN, along with many local shows. Keeping true to Elvis’ generosity, he and his wife are very active in raising money for Relay for Life, NY and 10% of all his Elvis Tribute shows go to that charity in addition to their annual show, where 100% goes to Relay. He cherishes his friends, fellow ETAs and Fans he meets along this incredible journey keeping the King’s memory alive.

Dave Weaver competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

NORM ACKLAND - Windsor, Ontario

Norm Ackland Jr is a multi award winning Elvis Tribute Artist from Windsor ON known as Windsor's Velvet Elvis for his smooth elvis"y" vocals. Norm is part of a 3 generation Elvis Tribute Artist family, along with his 11yr old son Jax, and father Norm Ackland Sr! Add to the mix his 14 yr old daughter Kendall and his wife Kelly, and they have a true family affair of performers. Norm was crowned the 2015 Collingwood Elvis Festival's Overall Champion and represented Collingwood as an Ultimate Elvis Semi Finalist in Memphis,Tennesse. 2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival Gospel Champion and many more. Norm has performed multiple times at Caesers Windsor for special events and travelled abroad to perform for various charitable and corporate events, drawing in many new friends and fans.

Norm Ackland competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest


A master level showman and multi-award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Mark Shelton is considered one of the most dynamic performers with astounding vocal prowess that leaves audiences mesmerized in amazement. Mark effortlessly moves through songs from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, mirroring the King of Rock n’ Roll of every era. Due to his captivating tributes to the music, style and spirit of Elvis Presley, Mark has received international acclaim as one of the best voices and renditions of Elvis hits ever heard. Mark Shelton has an uncanny ability to develop rapport with any size audience making each concert a unique, warm, and enjoyable experience. Mark Shelton’s first Elvis Tribute performance was in 1978 and developed into an amazing career spanning multi-faceted venues, having recorded several times in Nashville, Tennessee, releasing custom projects; has recorded and performed in Canada, Germany, the Caribbean; on Cruise Ships, in hundreds of churches, schools, music halls, auditoriums, at festivals, on live television & radio, music festivals.

Mark Shelton competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest