Dressed head-to-toe in Elvis’s signature jumpsuit, crooner Cameron Michael Caton serenades workers and residents in long-term care houses, one tune at a time.
The 55-year-old Hamilton, Ont. man used to sing inside long-term care houses throughout southern Ontario, however he moved his performances open air in March 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“I like it. It’s the best feeling ever to have the ability to do one thing and use your reward for a a lot larger function,” mentioned Canton.
Caton got here up with the thought to after he was pressured to cancel an eightieth birthday efficiency for a girl as a result of pandemic. Up till then, Caton all the time performed at long-term care residences nevertheless it was that second when he determined to completely undertake the Elvis persona.
Caton now carries out his reveals in parking heaps and driveways of residences. Utilizing a microphone, massive audio system and a conveyable energy generator, Caton is ready to safely placed on a present whereas reacquainting residents with a few of their favorite music. Caton has a lot of Elvis’ widespread hits pre-downloaded on a laptop computer that accompanies his singing.
“From there I went out and simply began singing within the streets,” mentioned Caton.
After a neighborhood radio host referred to as him “COVID Elvis,” he says the identify caught. His acts have garnered him a lot consideration that it wasn’t lengthy till he grew to become a neighborhood movie star amongst residents.
Not solely does Caton sing, however he additionally collects meals donations for households who need assistance placing meals on the desk. He says he has organized greater than 200 meals drives within the Hamilton space which he later donates to meals banks.
“And in 9 months we’ve collected over 32,000 kilos of meals,” mentioned Caton.
Caton says there’s something in regards to the pandemic that has individuals desirous to hearken to the rock-and-roll icon’s music greater than traditional. He even went so far as dying his hair black.
“Even my eyebrows — I’m that devoted,” mentioned Caton.