Dave’s entertainment career began in London, England over 30 years ago as a young teenager, playing bass guitar and singing with various bands.
In 1981, looking for a way to "keep himself out of trouble", a friend persuaded him to audition for a London stage production of the musical Grease. Considering it bit of a joke & expecting to be thrown out, to keep the friend happy he auditioned anyway. He didn't get thrown out! In fact he landed the 2nd leading male role in show: “Kenicke”!
Almost immediately, Dave realised he had found his vocation in life. Lead and supporting roles quickly followed in theatre productions of “Alfie”, “Entertaining Mr. Sloane”, “Straight-Up” and more.
In 1984 armed with $500, a suitcase, ambition & street smarts; Dave moved to Canada. Full time work in the entertainment industry was not forthcoming. So for the next few years Dave worked in direct & retail sales. Selling everything from door to door vacuums & soda machines to new & used cars. Achieving success in several of these fields lead to promotion & management.
But the call of entertaining was too much. By 1990, Dave had returned to the theatre as an actor/singer. The addition of television & film roles, playing bass & singing with bands live & in studio. Singing “Oh Canada” at gala events, all meant that entertainment was now his full time profession.
When the recession hit the entertainment industry hard in 1991. TV, film & theatre work was scarce. However, the latest craze in the bars & clubs was karaoke. Starting first as a host for a busy firm. What started out as a means to make extra money, became Dave's full time gig. With a huge regular following Dave eventually started his own business. Using the name Bulldog Productions. Expanding later to include corporate disc jockey & audio video services. Bulldog Productions is very well known in the Toronto area & retains a very loyal corporate client base after 18 years.
In 2000, with Bulldog providing a comfortable & secure living. Dave decided it was time to return to life as a full time entertainer & musician. Originally sold to Bulldog's corporate client base, he produced a self-titled one-man show featuring comedic impersonations of music’s biggest stars. From Frank Sinatra & Elvis to all three Bee Gees & Freddie Mercury. In fact, over 200 different personalities!
After one performance, an agent made a comment that his “... Tom Jones was so bang on ...” that he should expand it into a serious stand alone tribute. And so it began.
Dave La Fame is now considered as one of the top 5 Tom Jones impersonators in the world. With a huge & growing following.
Recipient of 2012 Las Vegas Celebrity Impersonators Convention award: 1st place male entertainer. 3rd place overall.
In addition, Dave impersonates Elton John, Sting (The Police), Roy Orbison & Bobby Darin.
The popularity of both these shows, takes Dave to theatres, casinos, cruise lines & corporate events throughout Canada, the United States & around the globe.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 120 minutes
Genuine replication of Tom Jones voice, appearence, performance & stage characteristics in his mid-late 1970's heyday.
For the Elton John tribute, these values are repeated. The era impersonated is Elton's 1970's "Glam" period, featuring glittery costumes, platform shoes & over-sized glasses
Performances feature much audience interaction & total engagement.
Dave possesses a very entertaining personality, larger-than-life stage presence & creates lots of fun, memorable times & comedic moments.
He is available for audience meet, greet & photographs at every performance.
Dave is a regular several top venues including Stage West dinner theatres & Casino Niagara.
Secure & Private Dressing room with mirror, Sound System, Lighting, Wireless handheld microphone, bottled water
Stage plots & technical requirements available upon request.
Dave is committed to keeping his reputation as someone who is incredibly easy to work with when it comes to sound & light technicians.
He is affiliated with several technical suppliers including his own sub-contractors.These can be booked through him upon request.
For international bookings requiring the use of local musicians. Local AFM or similar competant musicians will be provided with charts & audio arrangements. On these occasions, (though not mandatory) Dave's preference is to travel with his own Musical Director.
Up to 90 minutes of material is available in both live band & track format. songs available:
It's Not Unusual
Green Green Grass
What's New Pussycat
She's A Lady
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
I Who Have Nothing
You Can Leave Your Hat On
Just Help Yourself
Daughter Of Darkness
Love Me Tonight
Hard To Handle
If He Should Ever Leave You
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Mama Told Me Not To Come
Burning Down The House
After The Loving
Quando Quando Quando
.... and many, many more. if you do not see your favourite song here, just ask and you shall receive!
Past Booked Dates:
09-08-2012 — Private Event, Toronto Ontario
07-14-2012 — Private Event, Caledon Ontario
03-31-2012 — Private Event, Toledo Ohio
02-26-2012 — Lancaster Opera House, Buffalo NY
02-25-2012 — Lancaster Opera House, Buffalo NY
02-11-2012 — Private Event, Waterloo Ontario
02-10-2012 — Private Event, Kitchener Ontario
01-28-2012 — Opera House, Orillia Ontario
01-10-2012 — Casino Niagara, Niagara Falls Ontario
12-31-2011 — Private Event, Oakville Ontario
12-17-2011 — Showplace Theatre, Peterborough Ontario
12-14-2011 — Carmens Dinner Theatre, Hamilton Ontario
12-10-2011 — Corporate, Aurora Ontario (unconfirmed)
12-09-2011 — Corporate, Orangeville Ontario
11-26-2011 — Private Event, Toronto Ontario
11-25-2011 — Corporate, Gravenhurst Ontario
11-18-2011 — Corporate, Woodbridge Ontario
11-15-2011 — Casino Niagara, Niagara Falls Ontario
11-12-2011 — Private Event, Brantford Ontario
11-09-2011 — Corporate Oakville Ontario
11-05-2011 — Corporate, Burlington Ontario
11-04-2011 — Milton Performing Arts Centre, Milton Ontario
10-29-2011 — Private Event, Rochester NY
10-28-2011 — Private Event, Oakville Ontario
10-27-2011 — Corporate, Oakville Ontario
10-26-2011 — Corporate, Mississauga Ontario
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Casino, Casting Call, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Parade, Private Party, Reunion, Seminar, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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