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.
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, 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.
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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