Capital Facts: Elvis’s pelvis scandalizes Ottawa

Jean-Marc Leger March 16, 2017 0
Capital Facts: Elvis’s pelvis scandalizes Ottawa

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Citizen is rolling out one fact each day for 150 days until July 1, highlighting the odd, the fascinating and the important bits of Ottawa history you might not know about.

Elvis sent 9,000 Ottawa fans into hysterics on April 3, 1957 when he took the stage at the Ottawa Auditorium. So scandalized were some by the suggestive thrust of Elvis’s pelvis that Notre Dame Convent forbade students from attending the supposedly immoral and un-Christian shows. Eight defiant girls were expelled, but the nuns eventually relented in the face of the controversy.

Presley played two concerts in Ottawa. For the evening one, only 37 of the 259 MPs showed up for the night session in the House of Commons. The rest had gone to see him perform.

Article written by Megan Gillis and Aedan Helmer on the Ottawa Citizen Website. Follow the link to the original article here.

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