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Manitoba Elvis Festival

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Elvis may have left the building 36 years ago next week, but he was around many times over in the Gimli Rec Centre for the Manitoba Elvis Festival. Photojournalist Jessica Burtnick was there to take in the sights, sounds, and jumpsuits.

  • Elvis Presley was all about the spectacle, and the Manitoba Elvis Festival brought the lights, the sounds, and the jumpsuits to the Gimli Rec Centre Saturday evening.

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    Elvis Presley was all about the spectacle, and the Manitoba Elvis Festival brought the lights, the sounds, and the jumpsuits to the Gimli Rec Centre Saturday evening.

  • Dave Stiglmayr of Teulon, Man. transforms into 'John Davis' for the first time. Formerly known as 'Little Dave,' he created John Davis because he wanted to make more of a name for himself on the Elvis scene and be taken more seriously.

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    Dave Stiglmayr of Teulon, Man. transforms into 'John Davis' for the first time. Formerly known as 'Little Dave,' he created John Davis because he wanted to make more of a name for himself on the Elvis scene and be taken more seriously.

  • Stiglmayr sang his first Elvis song in a grain bin at age 16. Now 28, he's been singing ever since and professes he's only recently become a fan of Elvis' music.

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    Stiglmayr sang his first Elvis song in a grain bin at age 16. Now 28, he's been singing ever since and professes he's only recently become a fan of Elvis' music.

  • Stiglmayr adjusts his jumpsuit.

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    Stiglmayr adjusts his jumpsuit.

  • The King poses with fans.

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    The King poses with fans.

  • One must eat like a king to sing like one. Jon Baunsit of Winnipeg calls himself the 'Filipino Elvis.' Here, he chows down on fries and a Coke — no peanut butter and banana sandwiches in sight.

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    One must eat like a king to sing like one. Jon Baunsit of Winnipeg calls himself the 'Filipino Elvis.' Here, he chows down on fries and a Coke — no peanut butter and banana sandwiches in sight.

  • The Filipino Elvis gets up-close and personal with fans at the Gimli Rec Centre.

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    The Filipino Elvis gets up-close and personal with fans at the Gimli Rec Centre.

  • Gil

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    Gil "Gilvis" White of Regina, Sask. stops for a fan photo moments before he graces the stage.

  • Gil White (left) and Gerry Barrett pose for a photo in their nearly matching Elvis jumpsuits in the backstage area (a.k.a. the second floor of the Gimli Rec Centre). Everyone wants a photo with Elvis...

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    Gil White (left) and Gerry Barrett pose for a photo in their nearly matching Elvis jumpsuits in the backstage area (a.k.a. the second floor of the Gimli Rec Centre). Everyone wants a photo with Elvis...

  • Impersonating Elvis isn't just about the look. Gerry

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    Impersonating Elvis isn't just about the look. Gerry "Big Bear" Barrett practices a number in the stairwell.

  • A good-sized crowd was on hand at the Gimli Rec Centre for the Manitoba Elvis Festival Saturday night.

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    A good-sized crowd was on hand at the Gimli Rec Centre for the Manitoba Elvis Festival Saturday night.

  • Gerry

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    Gerry "Big Bear" Barrett of Winnipeg has been putting on his blue jumpsuit for the past three years. Here he belts out one of The King's hits.

  • Gerry

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    Gerry "Big Bear" Barrett knows what he's doing.

  • Dave

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    Dave "Blonde Elvis" Greene, an organizer of the Manitoba Elvis Festival, belts out a tune.

  • A fan pulls the scarf from around the neck of Gil

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    A fan pulls the scarf from around the neck of Gil "Gilvis" White while he performs his first set onstage. Some things never change.

  • An audience member is glowing after Dave Stiglmayr places a lei around her neck. Elvis Presley — Aloha from Gimli.

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    An audience member is glowing after Dave Stiglmayr places a lei around her neck. Elvis Presley — Aloha from Gimli.

  • Stiglmayr, a.k.a. 'John Davis,' sings in front of an Elvis backdrop at the Gimli Rec Centre.

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    Stiglmayr, a.k.a. 'John Davis,' sings in front of an Elvis backdrop at the Gimli Rec Centre.

  • Dave Greene leads the jumpsuit-laden Elvis impersonators in a rousing finale as a tribute to The King.

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    Dave Greene leads the jumpsuit-laden Elvis impersonators in a rousing finale as a tribute to The King.

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