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I Want to Hold Your Hand- The 60th Anniversary of the British Invasion

I Want to Hold Your Hand- The 60th Anniversary of the British Invasion

Saturday, Apr 13 , 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Craig Morrison’s 24th Annual Roots of Rock & Roll Concert: I Want to Hold Your Hand – The 60th Anniversary of the British Invasion

The British Invasion is an era of music recognized by people of all ages; changing music and culture in general. For the Roots of Rock & Roll Concerts, the talented on-stage ensemble of 12 is a mix of younger and older performers of diverse backgrounds, including popular retro party band  Vintage Wine along with special guest vocalists, guitarists and multi-instrumentalists playing banjo and upright bass among others. 

Each year, the concert features a different theme and offers an overview of a particular phase of the development of music, with a mix of hits and historically important lesser-known songs. A popular aspect of these concerts is that along with the great tunes are Morrison’s introductions to the songs, offering tidbits and background about the era on a big screen behind the band. Each song is illustrated with a photo showing who performed and/or wrote it, often with a bit of a back story.

Past concerts have paid tribute to Bob Dylan, soul and Motown, movie soundtracks, ‘70s radio hits, legendary music festivals (Newport Folk, Monterey Pop and Woodstock), and music from California, Canada, Nashville, New Orleans and New York.

Craig Morrison is an ethnomusicologist, author, teacher and musician. At Concordia he taught courses on the Beatles; Soul Music; Rock & Roll and its Roots; Psychedelic Music; and British Popular Music. Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein wrote: “He may be the hippest prof around.”

This usually sold-out event takes place at the beautiful Oscar Peterson Concert Hall at Concordia University’s Loyola campus in NDG. New this year, I Want to Hold Your Hand- The 60th anniversary of the British Invasion is fittingly at teatime, 3 pm on Saturday, April 13.

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For tickets contact: Michael Cooper-, 514-934-0410

Date and Time

Saturday, Apr 13 , 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


$40 no service charge


Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Université Concordia, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC