Toronto is doing something REALLY COOL in the city this year: celebrating 50 years since the Beatles first performed here in the 60s. Throughout the city for a limited time, they have things like walking tours going on, exhibits, and tribute bands performing Beatles songs. Last week before Brian and I visited the Toronto Islands, we checked out one of the exhibits taking place at the St. Lawrence Market.
The exhibit was a great mixture of what Toronto was like during the music boom of the 60s, followed by the Beatles' influence when they performed multiple concerts at Maple Leaf Gardens. There were time lines showing you significant dates in Toronto (like the construction of the Gardnier Highway and the completion of the CN Tower) followed by replica's of 60s-inspired living spaces and the whole "teen-bob" music scene.
^ Isn't it funny how something like that would still apply to someone like me today? :)
Below, shows one of the album covers that was banned and the remake photograph they were forced to do. Can you guess which one was the banned cover? ;)
Towards the end of the exhibit was a series of beautiful photographs from the Beatles' stay in Toronto and their concerts. I had never realized before, but there were a ton of these pictures I'd seen over the years and never knew they were from my own city.
A few more displays of real autographs from the lads and "official" fan club member cards.
Below shows a huge canvas photo of one of their concerts at Maple Leaf Gardens.
One of the things we found the most interesting was Toronto was the only city in North America where the Beatles came back to each time during their three year world tours. What an honour that must have been for the city!
You can bet there are a few more events going on that I won't miss!
Be sure to check out more info at Beatles 50 T.O. here.