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All you need is love.

And love is what The London Beatles Festival will give, announcing Wednesday that proceeds from one of the main shows will be donated to The Canadian Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston, Texas.

The festival, which debuted in September 2016, is themed “peace and love” this year and director Paul Rivard said contributing to this cause fit right in.

“This is the love portion of what we’re doing,” Rivard said. “It was just perfect circumstances to put this together and reach out.”

The concert takes place on Sept. 9 and features the Basically Basie Big Band playing renditions of hit songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Ten dollars from every ticket sold will be donated but Rivard said he was open to keeping a donation box at the event as well for people who want to give more.

“My thought is if we sell 1,000 tickets then that’s $10,000,” Rivard said.

Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston, claiming lives, turning streets into rivers and flooding homes. Rivard noted that although the rain has stopped in Houston, the need for support is just beginning.

“The damage is done,” Rivard said. “(But) people need to live down there. They need clothing, accommodations, food, beds…hopefully this little event in Canada will make a big impact.”

shmehta@postmedia.com

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IF YOU GO

What: The London Beatles Festival. Proceeds from Sgt Pepper’s Big Band concert going to Hurricane Harvey relief

When: Sept. 9, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington St.

Tickets: $35 for VIP, $25 regular, kids under 12 years old free

Purchase tickets online: https://tickets.ticketwindow.ca/?category=107


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