Beatles 50 T.O.

Beatles '66 and All That with Mark Lewisohn

Saturday, October 22 at the Toronto Reference Library Atrium (789 Yonge St.)
2 to 4 p.m.

The world's foremost authority on the Beatles, Mark Lewisohn, makes his only North American appearance in 2016 as part of BEATLES 50 T.O.  Lewisohn is the author of several essential books, most recently, Tune In, the first part of his three-volume history, The Beatles: All These Years.

When talk show host Conan O’Brien recently interviewed Lewisohn, he became an instant admirer of this U.K. author and Beatles scholar.  Lewisohn goes deep in his chronicling of the Beatles with exhaustive research and in-depth interviews. 

Join Lewisohn in conversation with Piers Hemmingsen, author, The Beatles in Canada: The Origins of Beatlemania, for a look at the Beatles' transformative year, 1966, when they stopped touring 50 years ago.

Photo credit:Piet Schreuders

Meet the Curators

Saturdays at the Market Gallery, 2 p.m.
Regular admission applies
Join us for informal, 45 minute talks with the curators highlighting details of their "room" in the exhibit.

Saturday, October 1 - From Toronto the Good to Toronto a Go Go with Wayne Reeves
Toronto's Chief Curator, Wayne Reeves, oversees the City's artifact, fine art and archaeological collections which consist of nearly 1.5 million objects. He also helps develop exhibits for the City of Toronto's ten historic sites.

His most recent curatorial expedition took him to exactly 50 years ago this summer, when the Beatles last visited Toronto, during a time that saw the city change from Toronto the Good to "Toronto à Go Go." Reeves' talk will explore the remarkable social and physical changes that took place in Toronto in the two decades after the Second World War – changes that made this place "suddenly cosmopolitan." 

Saturday, October 15 - How We Lived with Shauntelle LeBlanc
Join us for a walk through the exhibit's mid-century-to-1960s furnishings with Shauntelle LeBlanc, who has created the How We Lived environment from her own resources and local collections.

LeBlanc is owner-operator of Ethel-20th Century Living - where Mad Men meets your best friend's basement - a boutique retail shop specializing in vintage Mid-Century modern furniture & decor items (1930s to 1970s) with an emphasis on Canadian design pieces. She often acts as advisor to the Toronto film industry on period-appropriate furniture, lighting and accessories.

While LeBlanc’s personal mantra is that “Life Too Short For Beige” — indeed it is tattooed on her arm — she also believes that life is too short to treat your vintage furniture as if it were in a museum. She encourages her customers to put their feet up on their 1950s kidney shaped coffee table.

Saturday, October 29 - When the Beatles Rocked Us with Piers Hemmingsen
When Piers Hemmingsen agreed to be guest curator of the Beatles-focused room in the exhibit When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, he brought a depth of knowledge, a wealth of artifacts and a passion for the subject, some of which he'll share in his talk about When the Beatles Rocked Us. Hemmingsen will explore Canada's important role in the Beatles' story with a special focus on Toronto.

Author of the recently published, The Beatles in Canada: The Origins of Beatlemania! Hemmingsen also enriched the exhibit with his links to key players in the Beatles' story in Toronto, including Paul White, record executive at Capitol Records Canada, and Trudy Medcalf, founder of the original Beatles fan club in Ontario.  Both White and Mark Lewisohn wrote Forewords in The Beatles in Canada.

He has published four highly respected and pioneering reference books about the Beatles recordings in Canada, including the reference book series "The Beatles Canadian Discography 1962-1970." His books have sold to Beatles fans around the world and are found in music history library collections in Canada.  He has also done detailed archival research for EMI Music Canada and Universal Music Canada. Hemmingsen is currently working on his next book, The Beatles in Canada: The Evolution 1964-1970.

Saturday, November 5 - Where we Played with Nicholas Jennings
From the map outlining the clubs and coffeehouses of Yonge Street and Yorkville to Domenic Troiano's guitar, learn about Toronto's vibrant local music scenes in the 60s from guest curator, Nicholas Jennings. 

Music historian and author, Jennings will share legendary tales about Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Hawkins and many more of the emerging talents who defined Toronto's music locales.

A former editor and music critic at Maclean’s, a columnist at eye weekly and a contributor to the Toronto Star and other publications, Jennings is also the author of two books: Before the Gold Rush – flashbacks to the dawn of the Canadian sound and Fifty Years of Music: The Story of EMI Music Canada. He produced several CBC-TV documentaries chronicling Canadian pop from 1960-2000.  He also leads popular music-history walking tours of Yonge Street and Yorkville.