On August 22, 1964, The Beatles played their first Canadian concert in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was the height of Beatlemania, and enthusiastic fans followed The Beatles from YVR Airport to Hotel Georgia to Empire Stadium, where the concert would open the 1964 Pacific National Exhibition. No one quite anticipated the unbridled enthusiasm of over 20,000 crazed fans who lined the streets and filled the stadium. The concert marks a seminal moment in Canadian rock music history, as well as an important cultural shift into the wild and rebellious sixties.
This collection tells the story of the infamous concert—from the ticket lineup to the performance to the subsequent press commentary—with photographs and articles from The Vancouver Sun and The Province. For a full narrative, view the photos in chronological order. You can do this by selecting Browse Entire Collection.
For those interested in the fashion and technology of the 1960s, there are plenty of examples of clothing, pin-back buttons, eyeglasses, and hairdos of the time, as well as cameras and binoculars. Use the suggested search terms to find these hidden gems.
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