North Delta's Ellenton performs a tribute to 'old blue eyes'
For just about as long as he can remember, North Delta performer George Ellenton has been a Frank Sinatra fan.
"This came to me a few years ago when I was singing a Sinatra song," said Ellenton, 63. "I never had to learn the song. I knew this song. Why did I know this song?"
It was the Christmas Waltz, one of "Old Blue Eyes'" holiday hits.
"I realized I knew this as a five-year-old singing it at my mom and dad's kitchen table," Ellenton says with a chuckle.
So, it's only natural the former owner of the Delta Academy of Dance—"I'm one of the triple threat dudes—dancing, singing and acting,"—would develop a stage performance that pays tribute to the man and the show business legend.
The show is called Frankly yours... a loving tribute live with The Pack, and Ellenton has a pair of dates in Delta lined up (franklyyours.ca).
On Feb. 25 he will be at the North Delta Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave.) and on March 3 he will be at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre (1172 56th St.) The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for both shows.
"With my interest in music and bands I sort of gravitated to swing and the big band sound, the early Sinatra, the Sinatra in concert dude," he says laughing. "It's been a life-long love affair."
While he started singing Sinatra tunes seriously in his teens, Ellenton only began belting them out professionally about five years ago when he developed the tribute show.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Delta Park, Recreation & Culture Customer Service Centres.
For the North Delta Firehall show, you can go through Deltareg.ca using Barcode #270334. For the Tsawwassen show you can purchase by phone at 604-952-3020.
Advance purchase of tickets is recommended as seating is limited in these venues. Recommended dress is formal. Refreshments and light snacks will be available.