News Release - August 28, 2012 WELCOME BEATLES FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD! NEW LOCATION - ORILLIA MARKET SQUARE
ORILLIA - Visitors to The 6th annual Orillia Beatles Celebration September 14 and 15 will experience something new as the event is being held for the first time in the new Market Square beside the historic Orillia Opera House.
Located between the historic Orillia Opera House and the beautiful new Orillia Public Library, the Market Square was designed specifically to accommodate mid-sized community festivals such as the Orillia Beatles Celebration.
Beatles chair Joanne Pyke says, "We are very excited to be one of the inaugural events in the square. It's a great convenience for our visitors who will be able to visit all of the stages plus the events at the library and the opera house in one central location." Moving the event from Mississaga St. into Market Square means that vendors can be part of the event Friday night as well as Saturday and don't have to clear the street by 5:00pm. "It should make for a very animated event in a square that is designed to hold such community functions", says Marketing Manager Darcy Hoover, "And the British-style cobble stones in the square are an added bonus in keeping with The Beatles theme." Previous events held in Market Square include Streets Alive and the Bleeker Ridge Block party. Kicking things off this year is a rocking Double-Bill show featuring tribute artists Glass Onion and The Kings of Marigold starting at 8:00pm. Come early and enjoy the Beatles marketplace, beer garden and food vendors on site in the new location which the event is naming The Beatles Garden. Apart from the opera house shows, the Main Stage and the Cavern Stage, the Orillia Public Library will play host to several free film screenings this year including "A Hard Day's Night", "Help!" and Paul McCartney's poignant 9/11 documentary "The Love We Make". The Orillia Opera House will feature two performances of the theatrical production "Beatlemania Revisited" at 11:30am and again at 5:00pm. "Beatlemania Revisited" is an exciting production, which captures the energy and humour of The Beatles during their live shows. The cast consists of Canadian and International musicians with extensive experience as professionals in the music industry. Colum Henry (John) was nominated for a Niagara Music Award for Best Theatrical Appearance in 2011. Yuri Pool (Paul) has shared the stage with Mariah Carey and with Billy Joel's band. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, TV and Radio shows and has portrayed McCartney in a UK theatrical production. Sid Bernstein, one of the Beatles early promoters, has hailed Yuri as "The best McCartney vocalist in the world today." Rob Kay (George) has been an integral part of the Canadian Music scene, playing coast to coast in many 1960's tribute bands. Mark Matthews (Ringo) is a 2010 Juno award winning artist, and he was nominated for a Niagara Music Award for Best Theatrical Appearance in 2011. His uncanny portrayal of Ringo is always a crowd pleaser! This production consists of full costume, vintage instruments and complete character portrayals. There are over 30 songs performed LIVE, spanning the early touring days of The Beatles to the fantastic Revolver and Rubber Soul era. This is a must see for Beatle fans! The Main Stage is chock-full of performances starting at 10:00am on Saturday September 15 and features performances by tribute bands: Number 9, Blues Meany, Marc Stacyer, The Beagles, Across The Universe, Milton Beagle Review and Glass Onion! Later on Saturday night there will be an All Star Band of tribute artists together for a memorable concert and another rocking set by our headliners, The Kings of Marigold! Also on Saturday don't miss your chance to see performances by an array of other amazing tribute acts such as Christopher Clause, Yesterday and Today, Aaron Reid, Stink Beatles, Anwar Khurshid, Gaelen Henderson and more! All the elements you have come to know and love about the Orillia Beatles Celebration are back including appraiser Andrew Croft, Beatles art shows, a Kid Zone, The Hare Krishna Temple Singers and the ever popular Beatles Trivia Decathlon! It's a full day of excitement for Beatles fans of all ages so come visit the 6th Annual Orillia Beatles Celebration in its new home at Orillia Market Square. Wrist bands are only $20 which includes access to all events in the square Friday and Saturday and the Orillia Opera House presentations of "Beatlemania Revisited". Passes to the Beatles Garden, which includes the beer garden Main Stage events are $5.00 per person for the entire day! To purchase wristbands in advance visit www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! For more information contact: Darcy Hoover Marketing Manager Department of Culture and Heritage City of Orillia 705-325-4283 firstname.lastname@example.org