BEATLES 50 T.O. week at multiple concerts and events

beatles3The 50th anniversary of the final Beatles concert in Toronto will be celebrated next week by the City of Toronto. Mayor John Tory has proclaimed the week of August 13 to be BEATLES 50 T.O. Week in Toronto.

The City of Toronto has partnered with multiple organizations to celebrate the anniversary. Featured events are listed below and the City’s proclamation can be seen at

Highlights of BEATLES 50 T.O. week include:

Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens (August 17 at 8 p.m.)

The City, in partnership with Massey Hall, presents a 50th-anniversary tribute to the Beatles’ last Toronto concert. This rare opportunity to return to the former Maple Leaf Gardens, site of the 1966 concert and now Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, features Toronto-based Classic Albums Live performing the original set list as well as greatest hits from the Fab Four catalogue. Concert tickets are available at:

Beatlemania – a modern menswear fashion show on the Beatles style and era at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (August 20 at 6 p.m.)

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, will present a modern look at the Beatles era and style featuring 20 Canadian designers at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. More information about the show and tickets are available at

Beatles_with guitarsWhen the Beatles Rocked Toronto exhibit (running until November 12)

This Market Gallery exhibit explores the Beatles impact on the city through a display of rare images by Toronto photographers who were there in person to document the concerts and the fan’s intense love of the group. The exhibit also features rare Beatles artifacts and explores Toronto during the postwar baby boom era through its music scene, a stylized 1960s recreation room and an extensive timeline of Toronto events. Tickets are available online at and at the Market Gallery.

The Rattles at the Feast of St. Lawrence festival (August 13 at 2 p.m.)
Beatles tribute band, The Rattles, will perform for free at the Feast of St. Lawrence festival on Market Street (adjacent to the Market Gallery).

The Dreamboats play the Beatles (August 18 at noon)

The Downtown Yonge BIA, as part of the Play the Parks series curated by Massey Hall, will present a free concert with The Dreamboats – a young quartet that plays old fashioned pop and rock ‘n’ roll. This event includes Beatles tunes and will take place at the College Park Courtyard, 777 Bay St.

The Massey Hall Band plays the Beatles (August 19 at 8 p.m.)

The Massey Hall Band, a 15-piece alternative big band devoted to reinventing, reinterpreting and re-energizing great music, will put a unique and diverse spin on the Beatles with special guests including flamenco-soul singer Amanda Martinez, local legend Jay Douglas and many more at a free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Additional celebratory events will include Movies in St. James Park presenting an outdoor screening of the Beatles 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night on August 25 at 9 p.m. The Rattles will also play a pre-screening concert at 8 p.m. The free film and Rattles concert are presented by the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA.

Access to more information and tickets for all of these events can be found at Connect with the Beatlemania on Twitter using #Beatles50TO and on Facebook at

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. – CINEWS

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