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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Downtown Orillia Beatles Celebration and Street Festival coming up

Ringo Starr appeared recently at Casino Rama (Jim Fox photo)



For Immediate Release

DOWNTOWN ORILLIA - The Orillia Beatles Celebration is partnering with The Downtown Orillia Management Board and moving the annual event to the weekend of July 25 & 26 to coincide with the summer sidewalk sale. Now in its eighth year, this festival will focus on the British Invasion.

"You can expect magnificent Beatles tribute bands, as well as other great performances with some Brit-Rock flare," says Chairman of the Downtown Orillia Management Board, Ralph Cipolla. "The sidewalk sale will have huge summer discounts, British-themed vendors, collectible appraisers, a beer garden and a Main Stage with outstanding headlining acts."

The Downtown Management Board has transformed their popular Leacock Sidewalk Sale into a Beatles theme, something both organizing committees found complementary and easy to do. “There are two simultaneous events happening”, explained Susan Willsey of the DMB, “Downtown merchants get to have their traditional summer sidewalk sale and the Beatles Committee gets to program their festival to a potentially new audience.” The downtown merchants will be out on the street amongst the Beatles and British themed vendors that will feature everything from food to collectables from Downton Abbey and Coronation Street.

Newly appointed Orillia Beatles Celebration chair Donald Porter is enthusiastic about the move. “We wanted to do something big for the festival this year as we believe it had reached its attendance potential for September. The DMB is very easy to work with and Beatles shouldn’t have too much difficulty attracting their usual crowd plus more. It’s a win-win situation.”

The event is two a full two days and is being dubbed as the “Orillia Beatles Celebration and Street Festival”. Opening at 10 am on Friday July 25, guests and visitors can shop locally, find Beatles and collectable vendors and listen to Beatles tribute artists and performers on a number of stages downtown. Friday night, the Orillia Opera House will host “The McCartney Years”, a professional touring production that recreates the authentic feel of Paul McCartney and Wings’ legendary Wings over America Tour from the 1970’s. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by via www.orilliaoperahouse.com.

There are also two street dances Friday and Saturday night both of which cost $5.The Casino Rama Cares Main Stage performances include:

The Willwinders - 8pm
Beatlemania Revisited - 10pm

Charlotte and the Dirty Cowboys - 1pm
Griddle Pickers - 2pm
Kayla Elizabeth - 3pm
The Beagles - 4:30pm
The Argues - 6pm
Shimmy Rabbitson - 8pm
The British Invasion - 10pm

Enjoy FREE PARKING on weekends in all Downtown Municipal Lots


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