(Originally published in The Chronicle on Oct. 21 2014 and online at http://chronicle.durhamcollege.ca/?p=2090)
The crowd was small but the excitement and talent was large. Not one but three Elvis impersonators shook, rattled and rolled onto the stage at the Fame and Fortune concert in Oshawa.
The Harmony Creek Community Centre was half full of Elvis Presley fans on Oct. 10 when the show started with the first impersonator Brycen Katolinsky from St. Catherines in one of Elvis’ iconic bright red suits.
After the first two songs Katolinsky started to joke with the crowd.
“It’s called Love Me Tender,” he smiled into the microphone and then proceeded to play Hound Dog instead.
Katolinsky was bursting with energy and charisma through his entire first set. After Katolinsky set the bar, Dwight Icenhower made his way onto the stage. Icenhower came out and started flirting with every lady in the crowd.
Deborah Hamilton known in the Elvis tribute community as the “Elvis Flower Lady” handed Icenhower a little pink flower. He laughed and started to read the card jokingly.
“Dear Elvis, what room are you, “ he laughed as he went right back into his song.
Once he had flirted with all of the girls it was time for the last impersonator.
Jay Dupuis, of Louisiana, the winner of this year’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest début in Canada.
Dupuis walked out in black leather and started to woo the women. He went through the entire front row kissing the ladies on the cheek and serenading them all with “Love me Tender.”
While the Elvises took a breather it was time for some draws and to remind the guests that Feed the Need in Durham was on hand to collect non-perishable food.
“It is Thanksgiving and it is time to give back,” reminded Mitch Brock the MC and organizer of the night.
The intermission didn’t take long before Katolinsky was back on stage in a stark white suit as he asked if the crowd wanted to hear a “sexy song.” A woman in the crowd asked if he was even old enough be to singing a sexy song.
Katolinsky laughed and said, “I’m legal, that’s the important thing.”
Icenhower then took to the stage for his last set in a baby blue-sequined suit and said, “My name is Wayne Newton,” and then sang a couple of bars of “Danke Schoen.”
As Icenhower went on with his set he took off his white scarves and placed them on the ladies as they came up to the stage.
“It’s a tough way to make a living I gotta say,” said Icenhower as he bent down to give the next woman a kiss on her cheek after giving her a sweat dabbed scarf before she went back to her seat.
Icenhower also played with the crowd teasing them with songs as they tried to guess what was next.
“Well, ‘since my baby left me’ … I’m not doing that one… I’m All Shook Up … I’m not doing that one,” sang Icenhower. “I can’t play all 429 of them or we will be here until next Friday.”
Dupuis then came on the stage for his last set, which included “Happy Birthday” to twin girls in the crowd.
In between breaths and drinks of water Dupuis mentioned how much he enjoyed being in Canada.
“I love your beautiful country, I really do,” said Dupuis.
The show ended with a big finale of the three impersonators and two others from the crowd all singing “ Johnny B Goode” as the lights came on and the crowd gave them a standing ovation.