Beatles fans will have much to celebrate when the 7th annual Orillia Beatles Celebration returns for two jam-packed days honouring the Fab Four in downtown Orillia.
As usual the entire downtown will be closed to allow for vendors, buskers, street performers food stations and tribute bands.
All vendors and participants are Beatles and/or British themed. There will be street dances Friday and Saturday night featuring top notch Beatles tribute bands and a beer garden.
The Argues, Aaron Reid, The Kings of Marigold, Across the Universe and The British Invasion are just some of the bands that will rock Orillia on Friday and Saturday night.
Specialty programming at the Orillia Opera House will include 'Beatlemania Revisited', a new Canadian-based international touring show which recreates the look, sound and excitement of the fab four's live performances.
This unique musical and theatrical event features a combination of talented European and North American cast members in the roles of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Beatlemania Revisited is a family oriented, audience-interactive performance that will have fans laughing, singing, dancing and clapping along throughout the show.
Musically, the show features 'note-for-note' song recreations by the amazing cast who are further augmented with fullcostumes along with vintage instruments and equipment.
The show kicks off with their electrifying first appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show in February 1964, taking the audience through five years of the Beatles’ era, concluding with their famous January 1969 ‘roof top’ concert.
Along the way, the show will feature a total of 35 songs, including 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'Ticket to Ride','Yesterday'. 'Penny Lane, 'Hey Jude', ‘Something’, ‘Let It Be’ and many other timeless favourites.
There are several street stages spread throughout the event which include 'The Up and Coming" Showcase that is for musicians 16 and under. Audiences can thrill to the talents and advanced musicianship of ‘The Stink Beatles’, the youngest Beatles tribute band in the world.
At the Orillia Museum of Art and History, enjoy free screenings of the recently re-mastered and acclaimed “Rockshow” featuring Paul McCartney and Wings during their Wings Over America Tour from 1976.
Also, enjoy the seldom seen D.A. Pennebaker concert documentary “Sweet Toronto” featuring the first appearance of The Plastic Ono Band live on stage at Varsity Stadium.
Also at the museum, fans can meet Brian L. Forsythe, author of “Inside the Songs of the Sixties”, Beatles artist Mark Rehkopf, enjoy the films of award winning Italian cinematographer Andrea Nevi and see a vintage instrument display.
Tickets for Beatlemania Revisited are $25.00 and are available through the Opera House box office or on-line at www.orilliaoperahouse.ca
Enjoy our spectacular Street Attractions during the day for FREE on Saturday from 10am – 6pm. These include four locations hosting live bands, vendors, Beatle collectables, film screenings, and artistic displays.
Wristbands are available at the entrance to the Main Stage and Beer Garden for access into our Street Dances from 6:00pm – 12:00am Friday and Saturday night.
Guests who attend ‘Beatlemania Revisited’ can access the street dance for free by showing their ticket stub at the gate. Regular admission to the late night concert is $5.00.
This event is sponsored by Casino Rama, Sunshine 89.1, the Downtown Management Board and Brewery Bay.
For updated information, fans should frequent www.orilliabeatlescelebration.com or join the Facebook page and receive instant updates!