The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury hosted its first Music in the Park event of the year on Tuesday night, featuring HELP! a Beatles tribute band from Montreal.
Locally supported and sponsored by Frank Caietta of Vaughan Chrysler, Music in the Park features live musical performances from a variety of bands, located in front of the BWG Public Library & Cultural Centre.
The four-man Beatles cover band did not disappoint at Tuesday's kick off performance. Complete with a 60s British rock attire, the band played all the familiar classic Beatles hits such as Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Twist & Shout, and Hey Jude, and encouraged the audience to sing and clap along.
“The event went extremely well,” shared Bethany Kuboniwa, BWG leisure events & marketing coordinator. “It was so exciting to have in-person events back this summer.”
The gated-off event offered two one-hour showings with white circles painted on the lawn for social distancing.
“We worked very hard to ensure we could offer events while meeting COVID restrictions and ensuring everyone was safe,” says Kubowina. "The feedback from attendees was very positive and so appreciative.”
Approximately 400 people came out to the between the two showings, with everyone maintaining adequate social distancing throughout the show.
“Though a much smaller and quieter experience than past years, it was just as enjoyable!” exclaimed Natasha Leskiw, who attended the event with her dog, Fredrick von Flooferton. “What a great return to Music in the Park!”
Although this year’s Music in the Park looked a little different from previous years, everyone seemed to be having a good time clapping, singing and dancing along to the music.
Band manager Pascal Tirapani says it was a great show.
"What a great eve(ning) x2!" he said. "Such nice people, the audience as well as our hosts from the town."
Music in the Park is every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and residents must pre-register for the event here.
Upcoming bands include tonight’s performance of Little Peter & the Elegants (50s and 60s music), Generation Gap on Tuesday Aug. 3, and Fleetwood Mac Mania (cover band) on Thursday Aug. 5.
Residents are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks. Dogs are permitted at the event. One ticket per household, with up to six people inside a circle.