While performing on the streets, Toronto's ubiquitous busker Silver Elvis is a little less conversation, and a little more action. We caught up with the man between acts to talk about the virtue of patience and his historical inspiration (not who you might think)!
At Torontoist we love Q&As and profiles, but sometimes asking a whole bunch of people the same set of questions can be even more revealing. So that’s what we decided to do.
The real Elvis Presley may have (supposedly) left the building 34 years ago, but for more than a decade, Toronto’s own Silver Elvis—the alter ego of performance artist Peter Jarvis—has been performing outside of our buildings, most often at the corner of Yonge and Dundas, and annually at the Toronto BuskerFest. His well-honed, cash-activated, living statue impression of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll has taken him to festivals across Canada, and all the way to New Zealand, Ireland, and Malaysia.