“Well, I’ve always liked Elvis,” says Kim Hadfield. For anyone who knows the Stayner woman that is probably the biggest understatement they have ever heard. They know that to Kim Elvis is something special.
Kim Hadfield is that special breed of Elvis fan that adds to the flavour of the annual festival in Collingwood. Her admiration of Elvis music and the life of Elvis goes far beyond gathering up the lawn chair every July and heading to Collingwood’s main street for opening night, or buying tickets to watch some of the world’s top Elvis Tribute Artists pay musical homage
to the “King” and for Kim everyday is an Elvis Festival.
For Kim this more than just about admiring the songs of an artist, she is enthralled with everything that made up the life of one of the music industries’ most enduring icon. There is something special about the memory of Elvis to Kim, and for her it is because he was much more than a musician.
“He was what a true star should be,” says Kim. “Elvis never forgot where he came from, and that’s rare. He was naturally gifted but also humbled by his gift.”
It saddens her that fame changed the way she felt Elvis wanted to live. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be so famous you can’t even leave your house without being mobbed.”
“Your child is a prisoner to your fame, so is your wife,” it is a high price to pay says Kim, “can you really be surprised when someone in this position develops what other says are eccentricities.”
For Kim the perils that faced her musical hero didn’t diminish the shine any, it helped her admire him even more. “ I admire his respect for his beliefs and staying true to them, no matter what was going on around him.”
Having the annual festival in Collingwood is a dream come true to Kim. It would be like a kid waking up and finding out that Santa Claus now had his workshop out in the backyard. For Kim having everything Elvis, is having everything you could hope for.
Visitors to her home don’t have to ask Kim who her favorite artist is, after all there isn’t a room that doesn’t have some for of tribute to the King. And at Kim’s home the King comes first, there is no question.
If you sit down to watch television with Kim and an Elvis icon just happens to block a bit of the view, don’t move Elvis. Everything Elvis in Kim’s home is as special as her memory of the music legend.
Kim does have one favorite souvenir, and it does get moved around a lot, especially on the weekend of the festival in Collingwood. It was something she received just three years ago. She has her own Elvis style Jumpsuit.
Kim and Matthews father Terry would often sing Elvis song’s together, especially in the morning when they did “If I Can Dream” virtually everyday in the lobby of the hotel where Kim was working.
“Thanks to Terry and Matthew I now had something I couldn’t wait to wear to the festival. It was a great feeling, I was in heaven.”
Kim says she is so thankful to the Lawrences for such a special memory of the King. “Every time I look at the suit or wear it I say a thank you to Matt and Terry. It is such a special tribute to Elvis.”
The Elvis weekend in Collingwood is like Christmas in July for Hadfield. “All Elvis ever wanted was for his fans to enjoy him and his music. We did, we still do and always will.”