Bio

new-leather-elvis-mania2Wally has always loved the music of the “King” and Elvis Presley has always been a part of his life. At the age of six he was given his first guitar and began to learn and play Elvis tunes. The first one was “Little Sister”. As he got older he formed a band and played various kinds of music and even tried his hand at writing songs. It didn’t take long, though, for Wally to realize what his true calling was. Every time he sang or played any kind of music people always commented on how he looked and sounded like the “King”, so it only seemed natural that one day Wally’s career would take him down the path to being a professional Elvis Tribute Artist.

In 1999 Wally made a decision that would send him unquestionably down that path when he decided to attend the Elvis Festival in Collingwood, Ontario. He was to compete against eighty-eight Elvis Tribute Artists from around the world in various venues during a weekend. It was a great experience and he succeeded in placing as a grand champion finalist from the professional division. One unforgettable moment for Wally was when Marian Cooke, Elvis’ private nurse, made a comment to him as he stepped off the stage after singing “My Way” in front of about 14,000 people. She told him that the last time she heard anyone sing “My Way” with so much power and emotion was only Elvis himself!

That festival launched Wally into a career as Elvis Gold that has taken the country by storm. He has thrilled audiences from around the world with his musical tribute to the King of Rock n’ Roll. His uncanny resemblance to Elvis with his powerful voice, looks, authentic costumes and dynamic personality leaves audiences with an unforgettable, undeniable feeling of experiencing the magic that was the King of Rock ‘n Roll.

Some of the venues he has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and internationally include:

  • Las Vegas, Mazatlan, Cancun, Ixtapa, Punta Cana, Ft. Myers Florida
  • Various Club Med Resorts around the world, including Florida, the Dominican Republic and Mexico
  • Producing and starring in the “Story of Elvis” theatre shows. Starring in the “Legends of Rock’n Roll” show
  • The Pacific National Exhibition, Merritt Mountain Music Festival, The AgriFair, the Discovery Coast Music Festival and in 2002 he was the Official Spokesman and Professional Headliner for The first Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival
  • The Bell Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Centennial Theatre, Michael J. Fox Theatre, Terry Fox Theatre, Kelowna Community Theatre, Vernon Performing Arts Theatre, Vanier Theatre as well as the River Rock Show Theatre and Red Robinson Theatre
  • The Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and Whistler Convention Center
  • Radio and television commercials, TV appearances and features in many magazines and newspapers.

whitefringeHe performs at private, corporate and public events and generously donates his time for special fundraising events.

Wally always tells the audience that he is “not Elvis – there will only ever be one Elvis Presley” but his professionalism, dedication and sincerity in paying tribute to “the King” go hand in hand with the image of Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock ‘n Roll and this centuries’ greatest entertainer.”

• Winner: 2001 Keywest Elvis Tribute Artist Competition
• Grand Champion Finalist: ’99 Collingwood Elvis Festival
• Headliner “Legends of Rock’n Roll”
• 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Merritt Mountain Music Festival
• Festival Headliner “Elvis Elvis Elvis” 2003 PNE, Vancouver
• 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 Headliner Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver
• Headliner, Strawberry Festival, Richmond, BC
• Headliner “The Story Of Elvis” 2004, 2005, 2006 Tours