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(Updated 7:30 a.m., Oct. 10)
Pete Paquette delivers memorable Elvis holiday tribute concert

By Chantal Désilets
Special to Orléans Online

Rockland native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Pete Paquette brought his holiday production Elvis : A Christmas Special to the Shenkman Arts Centre on December 8 and he did not disappoint.

Paquette was joined on stage by the Rockin’ Royals Band and The Tonettes who provide backing vocals at all of his concerts. As an added bonus Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline tribute artist Amberley Beatty was also on the bill.

Elvis tribute artist Pete Paquette performs with his backup singers the Tonettes along with special guest performer and Tammy Wynette tribute artist Amberley Beatty at the Shenkman Arts Centrre. PHOTO: PAQUETTE PRODUCTIONS

The air was electric as Paquette took the stage in a white jump suit with a red sash tied around his waist. Everyone was in a Christmas-y mood and ready to have a great time.

Among the many highlights was Paquette’s rendition of the Elvis classic Blue Christmas, The Wonderful World of Christmas, and I Believe. He was joined by the Tonettes and Beatty in singing The Drifters version of White Christmas which had everyone snapping their fingers and tapping their feet.

Some of my personal favourites were songs not normally associated with Elvis like the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. During the latter, a woman seated next to me started handing out Kleenex to her friends. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

For the encore, Paquette was once again joined on stage by Beatty and the Tonettes to sing Feliz Navidad which had everyone on their feet.

This is the second time I’ve seen Paquette in the last few months and during both shows I’ve been amazed at his ability to make members of the audience feel as if he’s singing directly to them.

I can honestly say that everyone who attended the Christmas Special show, went home with a smile on their face, a skip in their step and the lyrics to their favourite song running through their head.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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