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Elvis Presley in Canada : Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957

Elvis Presley performed in only one other country besides the United States, and that one country is Canada. Elvis made his first and last Canadian appearances in 1957. Young Elvis - having already released his first album and film in 1956, and had just purchased Graceland - arrived in Canada for the first two of these appearances in April 1957.

Elvis' first Canadian performances were at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 2, 1957. Elvis wore his stunning, sparkling gold suit for this show - and this was the last time he wore the full suit. For future performances, Elvis would only wear pieces from this suit, such as just the jacket, belt and shoes, and in some shows, just the jacket.

Elvis Presley in Canada : Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957.
Elvis Presley in Canada : Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957.

Elvis Presley in Canada : Backstage Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957.
Elvis Presley in Canada : Backstage Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957.

Elvis Presley in Canada : Backstage Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957.
Elvis Presley in Canada : Backstage Maple Leaf Gardens : April 2, 1957.

Many fans know Elvis' gold suit from the cover of his album, '50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong'.
Many fans know Elvis' gold suit from the cover of his album, '50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong'.

Elvis' famous gold lamé suit was made by Nudie Cohn.
Elvis' famous gold lamé suit was made by Nudie Cohn.

Elvis' famous gold lamé suit was made by Nudie Cohn, who made thousands of sparkling works of art for artists during his career.

Elvis' famous gold lamé suit was made by Nudie Cohn, who made thousands of sparkling works of art for artists during his career.

Elvis poses with Miss Toronto Judy Welch

Elvis poses with Miss Toronto Judy Welch.
Elvis poses with Miss Toronto Judy Welch.

At this performance, Elvis accompanied himself on piano for 'Blueberry Hill,' Fats Domino's chart-topping hit. Elvis loved Fats and owned several of his albums.

Elvis performed again in Canada the next day, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa. Elvis wore the gold jacket and shoes, but not the gold tie and pants.

Elvis' career was in full swing, but he was still a bit of controversial figure. Parents and religious officials were concerned about their kids listening to rock 'n' roll and the potentially dangerous influence Elvis had on his fans (a funny notion nearly 60 years later, huh?). A local girls' school, the Notre Dame Convent, forbade its students to attend the concert and suspended eight of its students who ignored the rule. Elvis was booked to perform in Montreal, too, but that show was canceled due to civic concern and pressure from local Catholic officials.

Elvis wore the full gold suit for the first time earlier in 1957 at a gig in Chicago, but as 1957 continued, he began only wearing pieces of the gold suit instead of the full ensemble. The pieces allowed Elvis to shine onstage but still maintain a more conservative look.

Elvis' next Canadian concert was at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver on August 31, 1957.

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January 1957

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Kennedy Veterans Hospital : January 4, 1957
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Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Show : His third and final Appearance : January 6, 1957 TV Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis, Monday evening, January 7, 1957 following his last appearance on the Ed Sullivan show
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Elvis may move into Graceland Newspaper article : 1957

March

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley displays the toy pistol that caused him some trouble : March 22, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Pfc. Hershel Nixon and Elvis Presley shake hands : March 26, 1957

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Buffalo, NY. Memorial Coliseum : April 1, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Maple Leaf Gardens Canada : April 2, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Ottawa Canada : April 3, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sports Arena : April 5, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Knox Phillips : Memphis, TN : Tuesday April 9, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with Yvonne Lime : April 19, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : New Music Gates at Graceland in 1957 : April 22, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos April 30, 1957 : Bill for Stone Wall Built at the front of Graceland

May

Elvis Presley Photos The Dog House That Frank Helped Build : May 17-19, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos May 1957 : The Jailhouse Rock Recording Sessions New page link

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with comic Lou Costello and actress Jane Russell : Russwood Park : June 28, 1957

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Vancouver, Canada. Empire Stadium : August 31, 1957

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Tacoma, WA. Lincoln Bowl (Matinee Show) : September 1, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Seattle, WA. Sick's Stadium (Evening Show) : September 1, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Multnomah Civic Stadium Portland, OR : September 2, 1957

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 1, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Joan Adams : Las Vegas, October 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 28 & 29, 1957 : Pan Pacific Auditorium

November

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hawaii : November 9, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hawaii : November 10, 1957
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December

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : WDIA Goodwill Revue : December 6, 1957
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Elvis Presley : December 16, 1957
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Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Colonel Parker : Isetta Sports Car : Saturday : December 21, 1957
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The Movies Of 1957

Elvis Presleys Movies 1957, Loving You, Paramount
Elvis Presleys Movies 1957, Jailhouse Rock, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Movies In Photos

Photos Loving You New page link
Photos Jailhouse Rock New page link

Video

Elvis Presley Video Video : Amazing new Hawaii 1957 footage

DVDs

 DVD. Elvis : The Ed Sullivan Show : The Classic Performances DVD
 DVD. The Milton Berle Show DVD
 DVD. Elvis : The King Of Rock n Roll 30 Hit Performances And More DVD

CDs

 CD. Elvis Live In The 50's : The Complete Concert Recordings 3 CD / 172 page Book
 CD. 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960 The Complete Soundtrack Recordings' 2CD/100-page set
 CD. Elvis Presley : FTD Special Edition 2 CD
 CD. Elvis
 CD. The Million Dollar Quartet
 CD. Loving You : FTD Special Edition Movie Soundtrack 2 CD
 CD. Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 : FTD Special Edition Movie Soundtrack 2 CD
 CD. Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 : FTD Special Edition Movie Soundtrack 2 CD
 CD. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong : FTD Special Edition 2 CD
 CD. The King Of Rock 'N' Roll : The Complete 50's Masters
 CD. Elvis' Golden Records CD
 CD. Elvis' Christmas Album CD
 CD. King Creole CD

Books

 Book. 'Elvis on Television 1956-1960' Hardback Book (in Slipcase) from Boxcar
 Book. The Elvis Files Vol. 2 1957-1959 : Hardcover Book
 Book. Elvis In Gold : 1957
 Book. King Creole : Frame By Frame : Deluxe Hardcover Book : 400 pages
 Book. King Creole : The Music : FTD Book & CD
 Book. Jailhouse Rock Hardcover Book : JAT Publishing
 Book. Elvis : The Hottest Thing That's Cool The '50s inc, Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen Shows
 Book. Flashback Book + 2 CDs

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