Beatles Tribute show to benefit hospital campaign

Members of A Beatles Tribute, seen here at an Aug. 26 performance hosted by 4 Degrees Brewing in Smiths Falls, are, from left, Chris Must, Ian Jones, Doug Corneil and Mitch Gallant. Photo submitted.
Posted on: October 9, 2017

The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce A Beatles Tribute concert and dance Saturday, Oct. 14 with proceeds to the hospital’s Ultrasound Campaign.

The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall at 7 Main St. East.

The foundation began fundraising efforts for a new ultrasound machine in July, and has already succeeded in raising $150,000 to date. Foundation Executive Director Lise Smith said the equipment should be ordered before the end of this year.

“We have the best doctors and nurses,” said Smith. “But if we don’t give them the tools they need, they can’t do their jobs.”

Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses sound waves to produce images of what’s going on inside the body. Doctors employ ultrasound imaging in diagnosing a wide variety of conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body. Ultrasound images have many uses during pregnancy including determining due dates and screening for potential problems. In 2016-2017, 6,138 ultrasounds were performed at the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.

A Beatles Tribute was launched in 2017 by long-time musical partners Ian Jones and Mitch Gallant. In a two-year labour of love, Jones and Gallant recorded their own versions of 108 favourite Beatles songs, in what they called the “Fab 50 per cent” recording project. In a home studio, they recorded more than half of the complete Beatles catalogue. With 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the legendary Summer of Love, as well the anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Jones and Gallant decided to assemble a full band to present many of the songs to live audiences.

A Beatles Tribute has been performing select shows since May. On Oct. 14 in Smiths Falls, Jones, on lead vocals, will be accompanied by Gallant on lead guitar and vocals, Chris Must on bass and backing vocals, and Doug Corneil on drums.

“Smiths Falls audiences have been very good to us so far, and we are looking for an opportunity to give something back to the community,” said Gallant.

Tickets for the afternoon show are $10 each. Tickets are available at the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation office. Advance tickets can also be ordered by emailing c.must@sympatico.ca.