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What you need to know

mic2 More than 100 Tribute Artists attend the Festival each year.

Tickets

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Main Stage Entertainment

stage2 For the Main Stage show, you don’t need a ticket, or even a seat to enjoy the great performances.

Check out the Schedule

Visit the schedule and download your own copy. Click on "2017 Schedule" above.

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Welcome First Time Visitors

It may be the largest of its kind, but it’s also a friendly place with a real sense of community. That’s the beauty of the Collingwood Elvis Festival! Anyone who attends can let loose, release their inner Elvis and feel a little bit like The King.

This year’s theme is “Elvis: Celebrating Greatness”. It’s a chance to learn about the man his music, his attitude and his iconic image. You’ll find out what made Elvis a pop culture giant and how he continues to influence music and culture even today.

 

First Timer Welcome

We invite you to join us for a special ‘First-Timer Welcome’ meet and greet with Tribute Artists, a welcome from the Festival Manager, and special ‘First-Timer’ swag to welcome you to our festival family.

Tickets

Tickets are available here and many shows are already available!

Parking

With almost 30,000 attendees, finding parking can be challenging. In 2017, you can save yourself the hassle, and take our convenient Colltrans public transit. Check out our ‘Plan your Visit’ page to find out more about parking and shuttles.

Rock & Roll Express

Sing along on board the Rock & Roll Express as we help celebrate History‟s Greatest Entertainer of All Time, with pick up from 6 locations in Toronto, on your way for a day in the company of Elvis.
Sit back, relax and leave the driving to us! Arrive in Collingwood, home to the World’s Largest Elvis™ Festival, recognized and endorsed by Graceland and Priscilla Presley, herself. Benefit from pre-arranged seating for a concert featuring some of the best tribute artists from around the world, performing songs from Elvis‟ career and then, 30 minutes after the show, board the bus for the return trip to Toronto after having an incredible experience filled with music, fun, laughter and a glimpse into the past, right here in the future!

Accommodation

With more than 18,000 visitors attending from more than 100km away, accommodations are a hot commodity. Check HERE for options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Priscilla coming back this year?

We’d love to have Elvis’ former wife Priscilla Presley back and we’ve extended the invite to her and the whole family for a future visit. Unfortunately, we’re not aware of any plans for her to return in 2016.

How is the Competition winner selected?

Competitors perform for a panel of judges in three rounds of competition. The Qualifying Round begins with all competitors performing one song for the judges. The Top 40 scoring competitors move on to the Semi-Finals performing two songs each. The Top 3 competitors, in each division including the Youth, move on to the Grand Finals to perform two songs with our House band to determine the order of our winners and the new Grand Champions. Overall highest scoring competitor, professional or non-professional, will appear in Memphis, Tennessee as our representative in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest in August.

How are the Judges chosen?

Judges are selected based on their level of Elvis experience including choreography, musical knowledge, judging experience, personal Elvis experience (seen him in concert, worked with him etc.), extent of overall Elvis career knowledge and commitment to confidentiality and ability to complete all duties.

What is the judging criteria for competitors?

We have five judging criteria on our Collingwood Elvis Festival score sheets including Vocals out of 15 points; Performance out of 10; Stage Presence/Showmanship out of 10 points; Appearance out of 10 and Overall Tribute to Elvis/Authenticity out of 10. In the case of a tie, vocal score will be the determining factor. If a tie still remains, we compare the scores in each category until we can determine a winner. The score sheet used in the Grand Finals is the official score sheet from Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Can I purchase Elvis memorabilia at the Festival?

Absolutely! We’ve got a great selection of vendors offering Elvis memorabilia, as well as 50’s and 60’s items.

What are the dates for next year’s Festival?

The 2016 Collingwood Elvis Festival will be held Wednesday, July 20 to Sunday, July 24.

How to get here

The Town of Collingwood is ideally situated along the picturesque shoreline of Nottawasaga Bay in the heart of Ontario’s finest four-season destination area, in the northwest corner of the County of Simcoe.
From Toronto

Highway 400 northbound will get you to Barrie, and from there, take the Bayfield Street exit, following the signs to Highway 26 West, and into Stayner. At the main intersection in Stayner, head north on 26, and you’ll find your way right into the heart of Collingwood.

From Barrie

Head north on Bayfield Street, following the signs to Highway 26 West, and into Stayner. At the main intersection in Stayner, head north on 26, and you’ll find your way right into the heart of Collingwood.
If you’re looking for a more scenic route, take County Road 90 West to Angus, and head north on County Road 10/Brentwood Road. Once you reach Sunnidale Corners, you’ll join up with Highway 26, head west into Stayner, then follow Highway 26 north from the main intersection, right into Collingwood.

From Orillia

Take Highway 12 West to County Road 22, then continue west along Horseshoe Valley Road until it ends at Highway 26. Take Highway 26 West into Stayner. At the main intersection in Stayner, head north on 26, and you’ll find your way right into the heart of Collingwood.

From Owen Sound

Take Highway 26 East through Meaford, and right into Collingwood.

Avoiding Hwy 400

If you’re heading to Collingwood from the GTA, and you’d like to avoid Highway 400, there are a number of alternate routes you can check out.
The Gore Road (County Road 8) and Dixie Road (County Road 4/12/7) will both take you north to Highway 9, where you can join Airport Road just east of Orangeville. Going north on Airport Road will take you right into the main intersection of Stayner, where you can continue north on Highway 26 into Collingwood.
You can also head west on Highway 89 and join up with Airport Road just west of Rosemont, and head north into the main intersection of Stayner, where you can continue north on Highway 26 into Collingwood. Keep in mind there are a number of other festivals taking place in Simcoe County this weekend, and area roads may be busy.

Roundabouts

Highway 26 has several roundabouts in the Collingwood area. A roundabout is a circular intersection where two or more roads meet. Traffic circulates through them counter-clockwise, to the right of a centre island. All entering vehicles must yield to traffic already in the roundabout. For more information on roundabouts, visit the Ministry of Transportation website. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ontario-511/roundabouts.shtml

 

Accessibility

The Town of Collingwood is committed to providing persons with disabilities consistent opportunity and access to all Town goods, services and facilities while ensuring that policies, procedures and practices are provided in a timely manner that address integration, independence, dignity and equal opportunity.

Accessible Shuttle Service:

The Town of Collingwood’s Accessible Shuttle Service is now run under a new operation contract by Sinton Transportation. Hours of service are: 8:00 a.m. - midnight, seven (7) days a week. Users are no longer required to pre book the service from 6:00 p.m. - midnight. Rates will continue to run on a meter, as governed by the Town of Collingwood. All fares are to have a start or end destination in the Town of Collingwood.

Colltrans Public Transit

Busses are accessible for different levels of mobility. Please visit www.collingwood.ca/colltrans for more information.

If you require an accessible format or communication support:

Please contact the Clerk's Department at 705-445-1030 or by email at clerk@collingwood.ca. The Town of Collingwood’s documents are available in alternate formats upon request. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how best we can meet your needs.