Twist! Shout! Listen to CBC Music's British Invasion Stream While You Can!
April 24, 2013By Leah Collins
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The CBC was there when the British Invasion stormed Canada.
We're referring to the musical movement of the early '60s, not anything that went down in Louisbourg in the 1700s, you understand, though we expect there's probably a "Heritage Minute" TV spot about that kicking around in the archives someplace.
Take this clip from news program This Hour Has Seven Days. Nearly 50 years old, the footage - gathered during The Beatles's first trip to Toronto, in September 1964 - captures the Beatlemania phenomenon from the usual mobs of hyperventilating superfans to the historical concert itself.
Not that you can hear much of "She Loves You" in that archival footage. (Something to do with everybody in Maple Leaf Gardens flipping their Beatle-wigs over Ringo or something.)
If you want to actually enjoy the music that defined a generation, CBC can help you with that.
For more Beatles history, Toronto's Hot Docs festival will host the Canadian premiere of a new film about the original Beatlemaniac: Freda Kelly. She was the Beatles's secretary for 11 years, never mind they only stayed together for 10, and is credited with cultivating the kind of fandemonium we now associate with every pop sensation. And in Good Ol' Freda, debuting in Toronto Saturday, April 27, she shares previously unheard stories about her life with The Beatles.
If you're in Toronto, Tweet CBC Live (@CBCLive) for a chance to win 2 tickets to see your film of choice at Hot Docs. Be the first person to @reply us with the name of the doc you most want to see and win.