TRIBUTE FESTIVAL: Visitors to the Coombs Emporium got a blast from the past May 23 when a parade of performers from the Vancouver Island Tribute Festival rolled in. Gord Rebel as Roy Orbison and Paul Romhany as Charlie Chaplan were among the stars that mingled among the statues. The annual festival, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, was held at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre May 22-24, featuring artists performing the music of icons including Elvis, Rod Stewart and The Beatles.
A group of local ladies have hatched a plan to bring renowned tribute acts to the area at the end of May, including Elvis, Cher, Alan Jackson, The Judds and many more, and donate the proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. Organizers of the event (a group of local Elvis fans, plus supporters from around the Island) have traveled near and far catching tribute shows. When they started talking about bringing a festival to this area they discovered that four of them were breast cancer survivors, so they settled on making the event a fundraiser.
Sherry Judson said tribute artists keep past eras of music alive for future generations and allow many people who might not otherwise have access to the music a chance to take it all in.
“These tribute artists are so talented and so entertaining, and they bring the music to us,” she said