Hamilton’s own ‘COVID Elvis’ leading food drives on anniversary of the King’s death


Published August 16, 2022 at 3:19 pm

The energy of Elvis Presley returned to the earth on this date 45 years ago, and Hamilton’s own “COVID Elvis” is channeling it into charity.

Strong-piped performer Cameron Michael Caton, also known as “the food drive king,” is headlining at a pop-up food drive at Eleanor Park that is slated for Tuesday night, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the public greenspace on the southeast Mountain. The park is located at 80 Presidio Dr., west of Upper Gage Ave., and the event is one of several food drives that Caton and others have been holding in Hamilton parks as part of the Covid-Elvis. Last year, the event garnered donations of 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds), nearly an imperial ton of food.

Residents can bring non-perishable food items and their chairs to the event, and enjoy an hour of entertainment.

Caton’s performing schedule can be followed via the Covid-Elvis Food Drive & Basic Human Essentials Tour group on Facebook.

If one is unable to make it out on Tuesday night, Caton is also scheduled for a two-hour show at Stonewalls restaurant (339 York Blvd.) at 7 p.m. on Thursday. There is a charitable component to that show as well.

“There will be a bin at the front doors for any non-perishable food you would like to give for a Hamilton food bank,” Stonewalls says.

One raffle prize that night will be for a 30-minute serenade by Caton. Along with channeling The King, he can also effect the vocal stylings of some 600 artists.

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