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June 7, 2016
Toronto to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles final Toronto concert
  
Beatlemania will take over Toronto again this summer with an exhibit, concerts, walking tours, a fashion show and a film screening – all celebrating the Beatles enduring impact on the city – under the banner BEATLES 50 T.O.

“I was lucky enough to see the Beatles perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in the summer of 1966, and 50 years later, Beatlemania lives on,” said Mayor John Tory. "BEATLES 50 T.O. supports the City's new Toronto Music Strategy by celebrating our music history in creative and collaborative ways. I encourage Torontonians to hop on the yellow submarine and celebrate one of the most iconic bands in music history.”

Toronto is the only Canadian city where the Beatles performed three years in a row and is the North American city where they performed the most concerts, six in total. Mayor Tory will proclaim the week of August 13 to 21as BEATLES 50 T.O. Week in Toronto.

Complete event information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/beatles50. Users of social media can follow the excitement on Twitter at #Beatles50TO and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarketGallery/.

Highlights of BEATLES 50 T.O. include the following six features:

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto exhibit at the Market Gallery/St. Lawrence Market (June 18 – November 12)

This exhibit explores Toronto during the postwar, baby boom era when a vibrant music scene on Yonge Street and in Yorkville was emerging at the same time the Beatles were exploding on the hit parade. The exhibit includes a stylized recreation room from Don Mills and follow a map identifying the clubs and coffee houses of Yonge Street and Yorkville. Visitors will experience the Beatles through a presentation of rarely seen images by ground-breaking Toronto photographers, as well as displays of memorabilia and media coverage of their whirlwind visits. Tickets will be available online and at the Market Gallery.

Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens (August 17, 8 p.m.)
The City of Toronto, in partnership with Massey Hall, presents a reproduction of the Beatles’ last Toronto concert on the show’s 50th anniversary. Returning to the site of the August1966 concert, now known as Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre, the Toronto-based Classic Albums Live will perform the set list from that night, as well as hits spanning the Fab Four’s catalogue. Tickets are available from $50 online at http://www.masseyhall.com.

The Massey Hall Band Plays the Beatles (August 19, 8 p.m.)
The Massey Hall Band, a 15-piece alternative big band devoted to reinventing, reinterpreting and re-energizing great music; will put their spin on the Beatles with special guests at a free live concert at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Walking tours follow the Beatles and cover Yonge Street's music scene in the 1960s (July 14 to September 1)
Heritage Toronto presents walking tours developed by music historians Nicholas Jennings and Piers Hemmingsen. The Jennings' tour, Music History on the Yonge Street Strip, brings the Toronto clubs, halls and music scene to life, while Hemmingsen's walk, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, sponsored by the City of Toronto, traces the locations and stories that link the Beatles to Toronto. All walks are pay-what-you-can and require pre-registration.

Modern menswear fashion show on the Beatles style and era at Toronto Men's Fashion Week (August 20)
From their slim-fitting suits to their Chelsea boots, the Beatles and their iconic style continue to influence men's fashion today. Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM*), in partnership with the City of Toronto, will present a modern menswear look at the Beatles style and era featuring Canadian designers at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre at 6 p.m. on August 20.

Movies in St. James Park presents A Hard Day's Night and concert (August 25)
A free outdoor screening of the Beatles' first full-length film, A Hard Day’s Night (1964), will be presented by the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA at 9 p.m. on August 25. A Beatles tribute band, The Rattles, will play a pre-show concert at 8 p.m., sponsored by City of Toronto. The Rattles will also perform August 13 at the Feast of St. Lawrence on Market Street at 2 p.m. Admission to the performance is free.

"The Beatles made a tremendous impression on Toronto during a time of profound social and cultural change," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. "The City of Toronto and its partners are pleased to help residents and visitors explore the impact that the Beatles had on Toronto's culture and social development."

BEATLES 50 T.O is funded by the Province of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario. Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens is sponsored by TD Bank Group and the Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Massey Hall, Ryerson University, Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre and Westbury National. BEATLES 50 T.O's exclusive digital media sponsor is Cieslok Media, the exclusive radio sponsor is Q107 and the Toronto Star, Pattison Outdoor Advertising and Metroland Media are all valued media sponsors.

Program partners include Heritage Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, Massey Hall, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*), MusiCounts and Universal Music Canada. Travel partners are Visit Britain and DH Tours and the exclusive hotel partner is Omni Hotels and Resorts the King Edward Toronto.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Media Contact
Shane Gerard
Strategic Communications
416-397-5711
sgerard@toronto.ca

 

 

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