Tribute fest nears

Alycia Dunbar to perform as Marilyn Monroe at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre May 23-25

Alycia Dunbar is performing as Marilyn Monroe at the first Vancouver Island International Tribute Festival in Parksville May 23-25.

Parksville resident Alycia Dunbar has been a Marilyn Monroe tribute artist since she was 19 but Elvis is the reason she’s on the program at the first Vancouver Island International Tribute Festival in Parksville this month.

“I know the ladies [putting it on], they are longtime customers of mine and they always sit at the Elvis table,” said Dunbar who is also a server at the Chuffin Cafe. “And it was because of our love of the Elvis impersonators that I got to know them,” she said.

The group of organizers were always jaunting to tribute festivals in places like Penticton, Graceland, and Las Vegas, Dunbar said, and they decided a couple years ago that they would endeavour to bring a similar festival to Parksville.

Dunbar grew up in Parksville and graduated from Ballenas Secondary School in 1999. She said people always told her she looked like Marilyn Monroe and then once she dyed her hair blond those comments increased. She’s also a strong singer and has won several karaoke contests performing as Marilyn. Dunbar has performed around the area and in a Las Vegas tribute festival in 2007. People can look forward to some of her signature moves at her performance on Saturday, May 24 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre (PCCC).

“Red kisses on their bald foreheads,” she said. “That’s what I do.”

The Tribute Festival runs May 23 through 25 and will bring a number of renowned tribute artists to the area who will be playing Elvis, Cher, Roy Orbison, Liza Minnelli, The Judds and many more.

The weekend kicks off Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the PCCC. Saturday a pancake breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. the Ocean Idlers Car Club will lead a Vintage Car parade. On Sunday a Tribute Artist’s Gospel Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A weekend pass is $85 per person and other passes are also available. Find tickets at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville or by contacting Sherry at 1-888-248-4525.  Visit the website at www.islandtributefestival.com.

 

Just Posted

$3.5M all-season turf field planned for Qualicum Beach

Town seeks grant for community playing surface upgrades

Car theft suspect arrested in Coombs

Vehicle and two motorcyles recovered on Jan. 16

Qualicum Beach council big on support for multi-use cinema proposal

Society asks for 10,000 square feet, gets recommendation to consider with strategic plan

Lincoln stolen from Parksville dealership found near Duncan

Vehicle was located three days later with minor damage

Ballenas student experiment going into space

Science experiment designed by five SD69 students will travel to International Space Station

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

B.C. government extends coastal log export rules for six months

Premier John Horgan talks forest policy at loggers’ convention

B.C. pair accused of ‘honour-killing’ in India to be extradited within days

Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha are accused of conspiracy to commit murder

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

FOCUS: Canada’s revamped impaired driving law brews ‘potential for injustice’

There must be ‘trigger’ for cops to come knocking, Surrey MP says

Barack Obama to speak at Vancouver event

Former U.S. president will speak with board of trade in March

Former welfare clients still owed money, B.C. Ombudsperson says

Investigation found 2,600 people docked illegally for earning income

Most Read