February 5, 2013 – When the Beatles landed at Montréal’s Dorval airport for what would be their only performance in the city, Beatlemania was already at a fever pitch. It had scarcely been more than a year since the supergroup’s breakthrough appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, but the “Fab Four” had already grown accustomed to the throngs of squealing, screaming, fainting fans who crowded around them at all opportunities. Their performances at the Montréal Forum on September 8, 1964 were no exception.
Scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of this historic event, The Beatles in Montréal, an exhibition at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, invites guests to (re)live Beatlemania and to explore its impact on both Montréal and the province of Québec. Drawing our attention to "yéyé" era musical acts like Les Baronets, Les Jaguars, César et les Romains, Les Classels, Les Sultans, Les Mégatones, the exhibition highlights the effervescent music scene that the Beatles helped to inspire across the province and delves into the group’s revolutionary effects on popular music. More than just a music history exhibition, The Beatles in Montréal also takes a broader look at the influence of the Beatles on Québec culture—from the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s to the present day.
Running from March 29, 2013 to March 30, 2014, The Beatles in Montréal has been produced by Pointe-à-Callière with the help of private collectors from across Québec.