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Ottawa Union Station - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 25.476 W 075° 41.648
18T E 445697 N 5030354
Quick Description: Before he played at the Auditorium in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 3, 1957, Elvis arrived by train at Union Station, and stayed a few hours at the Beacon Arms Hotel to rest before his first show. The Auditorium has now been demolished.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 5/16/2013 6:36:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMH3N5
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 27

Long Description:
The following is from the City of Ottawa website:

"Perhaps there was no greater pop-culture event in Ottawa during the 1950’s than the Elvis Presley concerts held at the Auditorium in April 1957. Presley embodied the spirit of rock n’ roll, a new phenomenon unfamiliar to adults. His presence in the city sent thousands of teenagers and young adults into fits of impassioned hysteria.

The “King” arrived in Ottawa on April 3, 1957. Teenagers traveled from as far as Montreal to attend the shows. A special train, nicknamed the “Rock N’ Roll Cannon Ball” was packed with over 500 concert-goers. When Presley stepped onto the stage, the audience of over 9,000 were so loud it was almost impossible to hear Presley singing. The fans were in a frenzy of Elvis worship: “some wept, some moaned; some clutched their heads in ecstasy; everybody screamed, stamped, clapped hands, flailed arms, one person got down on all fours and pounded the floor” (Parmeler 13). The police were out in record numbers because there was concern that the screaming fans would rush the stage.

Elvis Presley was a controversial entertainer because his ‘suggestive’ pelvis thrusting and dance moves scandalized many parents and authority figures. The Notre Dame Convent, viewing Presley as immoral and un-Christian, forbade its students from attending the concert. Eight students were expelled after going to see the King, and controversy gripped the city. The nuns later nullified the expulsions, but at least half of the girls remained enrolled in different schools. Elvis Presley definitely made an impression on Ottawa."

Reference: (visit link)

The Beacon Arms Hotel is now known as the Capital Hill Hotel and Suites. As for the Union Station, it is now occupied by the Government Conference Centre: (visit link)

The Black and White photo uploaded to the Waymark page is from the City of Ottawa archives, and shows Elvis walking inside Union Station.
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