When Elvis Shook Up Canada, eh

 I talked to a telemarketer in Georgia who called me to do a music survey

I told her that Canada was a county that was kinda like the 50s, but without the racist humour – that that was deemed offensive in Canada.

And I am telling the truth – Canada is being as conservative as the 1950’s under our most American of Prime Ministers – who is like your W Bush – and for my British Readers or Anglo History Buffs will understand  – Bush The Lesser.

You see – I am Canadian and a lesbian – both at the same time

I grew up in Canada – sang like an Angel in a junior choir in the 1970’s – to the toughest audience in the world:

Dour Staid Presbyterians who were too Canadian to respond with anything but smiles and nods.

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The toughest audience in the world wide world – around Vancouver BC – The Place that Rock Stars feared to tread for one very good reason

Beause there’s a reason that Vancouver is so hard to win over.

Vancouver BC was the birthplace of stadium rock concerts.

In 1957 – Elvis played in Vancouver’s beloved Empire Stadium

Where every testosterone sports or major community events took place

And Elvis played the very first stadium of his life and he had to run for it – concert interruptus

http://scottymoore.net/vancouver57.html

And when that stadium was torn down a few years ago within this past decade – after years of public “consulting” – the public protested with signs that read

“You are tearing down Elvis’ stage”

elvis_in_canada_on_stage images

Everyone knows how American Audiences reacted to Elvis and the world

But there is very little in the Elvis literature that you can read

Because I have around 500 books about Elvis – so I know how

Little Canada plays on the world stage by the coverage in those books.

But I know what impact Canada had on Elvis and Elvis knew what impact Canada had on Elvis.

It’s why Vancouver is the toughest crowd for any lesser rock star.

This staid small town nation hosted Three Elvis Concerts.

Back east – they made girls sign contracts that they couldn’t go to the show – and those contracts were enforced by suspending or expelling girls from school – and I don’t know what the American response to that is – but in Canada – it’s really unfair to not be allowed to go to school – so those girls did not make the decision lightly – I mean school and a stain on your immortal soul – or go to an orgy-revivial conducted by Elvis……

Hmm, probably wasn’t that difficult a choice – but there’s nothing like – just a tiny bit of worry and guilt – to make an orgy feel even more deliciously decadent.

But Vancouver – they let the kids go – we’re more Seattle – but Lotusland is the name for Vancouver

Hollywood North – Gateway to the Pacific

Elvis in Vancouver – right – lesser rock stars – you see – the reason why you all have such a hard time winning over Vancouver crowds – is because you see – Elvis played the first Stadium Concert in Vancouver in 1956 – and the kids were allowed to go without interference or threats – and Elvis show famously ended a scant 20 minutes into the show

Because every single teenager – grandmas and grandpas now – got out of their seats and rushed across the field to the stage – just to be closer to Elvis –  and Vancouver is the only time – when Elvis – the King of 1956 – Fled the stage in fear of his life…..

So, think about Elvis in 1957 and you’ll understand

(thickened breath, tongue darts out of mouth to moisten lips, bedroom eyes, husky voice)

you see, when your first is Elvis…….

prv082899robinson01--SEEEMMA POOLE STORY FOR CITY-- Aug. 28,1999 -- North Vancouver, B.C. -- Sunday is Red Robinson Day at the Pne. Robinson introduced the Beatles in 1964 and Elvis in 1957 at Empire Stadium. LES BAZSO/PROVINCE [PNG Merlin Archive]

prv082899robinson01–SEEEMMA POOLE STORY FOR CITY– Aug. 28,1999 — North Vancouver, B.C. — Sunday is Red Robinson Day at the Pne. Robinson introduced the Beatles in 1964 and Elvis in 1957 at Empire Stadium. LES BAZSO/PROVINCE [PNG Merlin Archive]

MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT: Collection of Red Robinson Vancouver, Aug. 16, 2007 Elvis Presley with Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson before his concert at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957. With John Mackie story. [PNG Merlin Archive] MAKING HEADLINES

MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT: Collection of Red Robinson
Vancouver, Aug. 16, 2007 Elvis Presley with Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson before his concert at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957. With John Mackie story. [PNG Merlin Archive] MAKING HEADLINES

Elvis at Empire Stadium – Our Daily Elvis

Nina Tryggvason give us this day August 31 our daily Elvis1957 Elvis performed at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia. 1962 Elvis reported to wardrobe fitting at MGM. 1976 Elvis performed at the Coliseum, Macon, Georgia. Vancouver DJ Red Robinson … Continue reading

Rock Star: Concerts vs Event Concerts

  Let me see if I can remember what famous bands that I saw in concert. I saw Bon Jovi perform on their Slippery When Wet Tour. the band Skid Row opened for them and Motley Crue did a cameo … Continue reading

Who is King DJ?

George Klein of Memphis and Elvis Memphis Mafia fame OR Red Robinson of Vancouver BC – the site of Empire Stadium – the first stadium rock concert in which Elvis ruined Vancouver for all other lesser lights to follow. the … Continue reading

see also:

Elvis last wore the entire gold suit in Canada!

Historicist: Elvis in Toronto, 1957 | culture | Torontoist

torontoist.com/2013/04/historicist-elvis-in-toronto-1957/

Apr 6, 2013 – Elvis‘ appearance in Toronto was credited, in the Toronto Telegram, to the efforts of Leaside’s Carol Vanderleck, who mailed off a petition with …

Elvis Presley Ottawa Canada : April 3, 1957

www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/1957_april_3.html

The night before in Toronto, Elvis wore his full gold lamé suit for the last time. The photos below show Presley wore only three elements of the gold suit in Ottawa …

Watch footage of Elvis Presley’s 1957 concert in Ottawa – CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/…/ottawa/watch-footage-of-elvis-presley-s-1957-concert-in-…

Jan 8, 2015 – To mark what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, CBC Ottawa dug through the archives to find some footage of his visit to the …

One night with you and Elvis fled – Canada.com

Aug 27, 2007 – Fifty years later, the Elvis show has achieved near-mythic status. Vancouver was one of only three cities he ever played outside the United …

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7 Responses to When Elvis Shook Up Canada, eh

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  3. Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello says:

    You may have been the greatest Elvis collector, but you failed to see, yes, Elvis, in a photo you yourself made available for millions to admire. But it has taken 62 years and my extraordinary 20 20 eye vision to find him, in fact, it is the only photo of Elvis taken in Vancouver with the crowd withih his reach And please dont tell me that you had already found it, because you wouild have made a mention of it, in the text. Incredibly, it was when my eyes fell on a policeman whose fist is too large foir it to be his hand only that I realized that he was holding Elvis by the arm,. the forehead, nose and hair falliig on top of the forehead of the most celebrated musician of the 20th country now easily identifyable. Look, lower right. The kids are looking elsewhere because the members if his band are also being led in,I guess, but there is blond canadian teenager who is looking straight at him, albweit her vision been partially blocked by the policemen,. . Warmest regards and thanks for the photo which I had never seen in my 62 years of being an Elvis fan. https://dykewriter.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/61271.jpg?w=300&h=231

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