‘When the Beatles Rocked Toronto’ show begins

beatles3When the Beatles Rocked Toronto exhibition will be launched on Friday  and run until November 12.

Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, is joined by the Mayor’s Arts Advocate, Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale) to launch the event at  the Market Gallery.

Date: Friday, June 17
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m., remarks at 6 p.m.
Location: The Market Gallery, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E., second floor.


The Beatles in Toronto, 1965

A performance by renowned Canadian musician and vocalist Greg Godovitz with his British Invasion band, The Dick Clark Five, will follow the remarks.

This exhibition is part of the BEATLES 50 T.O. program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the last time the Beatles played in Toronto. program events include concerts, walking tours, a fashion show and film screening.

Toronto changed dramatically in the post-war, baby-boom era. The vibrant music scene on Yonge Street and in Yorkville expressed the social, cultural and political upheaval that was in the air. When the Beatles came to North America in 1964, ’65 and ’66, their impact was electrifying. Toronto was Canada’s Beatlemania epicentre – the only city where they performed all three years.

The Beatles played Toronto for the last time on August 17, 1966. Twelve days later they announced they would no longer tour together.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the final Toronto concert, City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services is collaborating with curators, collectors, musicians, community partners and sponsors to create ’60s-themed exhibits and events under the banner BEATLES 50 T.O. – CINEWS

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