The organizers of the Toronto Elvis Festival were very fortunate to be able to call upon super Elvis fan Keith Kivell to join our panel of judges for the Annual Toronto Elvis Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Keith has been an avid fan of the King of Rock ’ n Roll ™ since 1963 when he was 6 years old. Keith has traveled to Graceland 6 times (3 tribute weeks 87, 97, 07 and for the 75th birthday celebration) and also went down in June of 2002 with his oldest daughter. He considers himself fortunate to have seen Elvis live in concert on April 22nd, 1977. Keith has been a member of the Love For Elvis Fan Club for 8 years and is recognized in Canada’s Elvis World as one of the most knowledgeable Elvis fans anywhere! Keith makes his home in Hamilton.
ECHO STARR PARKER
Echo has been surrounded by music her entire life, thanks to her Mom who was an ardent music lover and thanks to being married to an oldies radio personality. Her taste in music crosses many gendres from swing to blues, pop, rock and country, but her first and true love is Elvis. She has a full collection of Elvis movies, documentaries and a complete vocal library. She listens to, reads or watches something relating to Elvis on a daily basis and is considered one of the most knowledgeable of fans. Her love and respect of this great man and his music has lead her to judge many Elvis Festivals since 2006, including Toronto, Collingwood, Barrie, Windsor and Brantford’s Rock of Ages - many of these pre-qualifying rounds for the Ultimate in Memphis. As fans Echo and her husband have traveled to many festivals in Canada and the United States including the Ultimate in Memphis. In 2011 it was an honor and a privilege for Echo to travel to Memphis not just as a fan but also as a judge for the inaugural King Of the World Championship that was held during Elvis week.
Jeff Scott is no stranger to the world of tribute artists. As a keyboardist, he toured NorthAmerica with Canada’s most famous Beach Boys tribute, the Kokomo Beach Band.It was during a run at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas that the band first suggested heassume the role of Buddy Holly.The act won the attention of Toronto’s Rock and Roll Heaven and soon Jeff joined thecast, performing centre stage as Buddy and as an original member of “The Angels”.He would enjoy successful tours of Australia and Hong Kong, and has appeared inLegends in Concert along side Shawn Klush and America's finest impersonators.Ever the restless musician, when Jeff is not performing as Buddy Holly, he hascontributed to many Stage West productions, as well as accompanying any number oftalented musicians including some of North America’s leading Elvis Tribute Artists.
Burt Thombs is best known for his ten years at FM 108, hosting the "Gold and Great Revival", the "Record Review" and co-host of the "Elvis Hour". He also hosted the mid-day show, then the morning show on FM 92.9, and has been an announcer on several other radio stations in Southern Ontario and Western New York. Burt is widely considered an expert of the music of the 50's and 60's and has a great ear for vocal talent to enable him to accurately score Elvis Tribute Artists. When not involved with Elvis events, Burt is a stock trader /trainer and helps people invest in mutual funds as well as developing plans to assist clients with their retirement or to set up registered educational and tax free savings plans.
Bill Trombley lives in the Lake George area of New York state just 180 miles south of Montreal. He has been an Elvis fan most of his life and has been to Graceland, Sun Studios and Elvis' first home in Tupelo, Mississippi on numerous occasions. Bill continues to judge many preliminary rounds at several Elvis festivals in Canada and the U.S.A. each year and has attended the Ultimate championship competition in Memphis twice. This will be Bill's third year judging at the Toronto Elvis Festival 2013. "I can't wait to see the many friends I have met at Toronto", says Bill.
For ten years, Collingwood champion Marcus Wells was an award-winning Elvis tribute artist, garnering accolades and several top prizes, sharing the stage with, namely, the Jordanaires and the Imperials, both Elvis’ backup groups. Marcus decided to concretize his lifelong love for Elton’s music and artistry by paying tribute to this larger-than-life legend for the past two years. Marcus makes an experienced judge of Elvis tribute artists, drawing on his years of past service to the “King of Rock and Roll”. He has also judged Elvis competitions in Brantford, Windsor, Belleville and Kitchener.
MARY THOMBS - TABULATOR FOR THE TORONTO ELVIS FESTIVAL
Mary is a recently retired elementary school teacher who spent her career encouraging and educating children of all ages. Her goal was to bring the best attributes of all her students to the forefront. Her days now are filled with watercolour painting, cooking, reading, volunteering with lots of time for family and friends. She is pleased to again be delivering prompt, accurate, computerized results as the tabulator. Living with her husband Burt has her frequently enjoying the music of the king.