About the Ottawa Beatles Site

Music on this site courtesy of Bryan Anthony

Photo by John Whelan on location at "Louis Tussaud Wax Museum" in Niagara Falls, Ontario

If you are a fan of the Beatles, this site is yours to explore, enjoy and support. We keep in touch with other Beatles organizations in Canada, and are happy to publicize their activities. We specialize in historical information and interviews with the Beatles and their associates. Some of the historical information was culled from a few local newspapers, most noteworthy are The Ottawa Citizen and The Ottawa Journal. We would like to thank the good folks at The Ottawa Citizen for allowing us to reprint many of their articles as reported in their paper over the years. As of late, the Ottawa Beatles Site has also contributed several news leads to the Citizen (see one example listed below). While the Ottawa Journal has been defunct now for several decades, their articles were as equally impressive and entertaining to read. Their reports are listed under "Articles of Historical Interest".

The origins of this site are in Ottawa in 1995. There was a group of fans, like you, who felt that it was about time that Ottawa had its own Beatles Convention. Led by Alan Chrisman, and with the help of over 80 volunteers, the first Ottawa Beatles Convention was held September 9, 1995 at the Ottawa Congress Centre. The most gratifying part was that the convention brought together so many Beatles fans of all ages. It proved that there were a lot of Beatles fans in this area, and a potential for future events. Of course, 1995 was a good year to start a Beatles Convention, because this was a very big Beatles year, with the release of the long-awaited Beatles Anthology discs and videos, and the major TV specials.

We welcomed even more visitors from far as well as near at the 1996 Convention at the Ottawa Museum of Science and Technology, where John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce was also on display (see photos on our home page).

From the enthusiasm for the conventions grew this Web Site, as a platform for a continual exchange of ideas and comment on the Beatles. It was opened on 31 March 96.

Ottawa Beatles Site proprietor Tony Copple was interviewed by Jeff Brown of CHEZ 106 FM in Ottawa on 8 December 2005, the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death:

 We put up a counter on the site home page on June 5, 1999,
which reached:
           10,000 visitors on Aug 18, 2000
           30,000 on Dec 9, 2001
           50,000 on May 27, 2003
          100,000 on Dec 30, 2005
Meanwhile, The Beatles Timeline,
opened on 1 Jan 2000, had racked up:
75,000 visitors by Jan 31, 2004
150,000 by Dec 25, 2005

The Beatles Timeline was launched with the new millennium, January 1, 2000. The Beatles Timeline is the brainchild of our chief researcher John Whelan, and provides accurate history and key events.

Take some time to check out the Ottawa Beatles Site, which will give you the opportunity to become more directly involved and exchange your thoughts with us and other Beatles fans. We also provide links to our favourite Beatles web sites.

The Beatles are appreciated all over the world. We are based in Ottawa, Canada, and receive feedback from Beatles fans internationally.

Please help us publicize this site by telling your friends. In fact, why not send an e-mail today to two music fans you know and tell them the site URL: beatles.ncf.ca


Annmarie Wilhelm chats with Louise Harrison at the 1996 convention


You can access either of the two discussion groups: the local discussion group run by this site, or rec.music.beatles, the huge worldwide forum for Beatles news and comment. Only Ottawa National Capital Freenet (NCF) members may post to the local group.

To access the discussion groups, Freenet users should "go beatles" to enter the NCF Beatles IP Area. The Web Site is on the IP area main menu. The IP area also allows a more user-friendly access to Site information for Lynx browsers. If you are not an NCF member, the discussion groups may still be accessed from the web site though it's a bit more of a pain.


There was a major Beatles Fan club and Newsletter published in Ottawa: The World Beatles Forum. We maintained contact with publisher Brad Howard until his operation merged with Beatlology magazine in late 2005.

Site owner and webmaster: Tony Copple, E-mail
Tel: (613) 591-3903
Chief researcher: John Whelan,  jwhelan_01 (@) msn.com
Tel:  N/A

Site Inaugurated 31 March 1996

Historical Interlude

The remainder of this page contains a shortened version of the text of the historic first (short) newsletter of the original Ottawa Beatles Fan Club.

Spotted by your webmaster in a store
-front in New Orleans, city of music


The first Ottawa Beatles Convention was held September 9, 1995 at the Ottawa Congress Centre. Over 1200 people attended that day from as far away as Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and the U.S.A.. There was a Beatles museum and gallery, a video room, a dealers' area and live Beatles-influenced bands performed throughout the day. In keeping with the theme, "Cavern Days", Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer and his band from Liverpool, performed and made a personal appearance. Also, there was a kickoff show at a local club, much like The Cavern, called The Cave. Beatles films were shown at the Mayfair Theatre that weekend. It was a great success and there have been many requests to do it again next year.

Therefore, The Ottawa Beatles Convention committee members have decided to do just that. We are already planning next year's convention with many exciting surprises. We're really just a group of fans, like you, who felt it was about time that Ottawa had its own Beatles Convention. With the help of over 50 volunteers, we succeeded in putting on the first Beatles Convention in Ottawa. For us, the most gratifying part was that we were able to bring together so many Beatles fans of all ages (we were surprised at how many teenagers and young adults participated and attended, which proves just how timeless The Beatles and their music are); a cross- section of people and how we were able to connect with each other. We proved that there were a lot of Beatles fans in this area and the potential for future events.

Of course, 1995 was a good time to start an Ottawa Beatles Convention, because as you know, this is going to be a very big Beatles year with the long-awaited Beatles Anthology being released (with several television specials) the week of November 19. The Anthology will include the first new songs by the remaining Beatles with John Lennon's voice. This will be truly a remarkable and historic Beatles event.

Therefore, we thought it would be an appropriate time to launch a BEATLES FAN CLUB and a BEATLES NEWSLETTER in this area. Now that we've proven that there are hundreds of Beatles fans in the area, this would be a good way to keep in touch with you and inform you of our plans and events. As well, this would give you the opportunity to become more directly involved and exchange your thoughts with us and other Beatles fans. The BEATLES NEWSLETTER would carry Beatles news, local and otherwise, etc.. It would come out on a regular basis and may eventually turn into a full-fledged Beatles magazine with reviews, articles, collectors' contacts, upcoming dealers' shows, letters from fans, contests, and special offers.

DISCUSSIONS by Brad Howard

This column will review interesting Beatles recordings. We will examine both mainstream and underground releases; past and present.

"TO BE EXPECTED" - The Beatles Strawberry Records SAMPLER 001 (PROMO)

Well, it had to happen: a promo release of a bootleg! The good folks at Strawberry Records have provided the Beatles collector with some incredible listening, in the past. George Harrison's "Songs For Patti: The Master Tape Version" and "Beware Of ABKCO"; Paul McCartney's "Unsurpassed Masters Volume One" and "Unsurpassed Masters Volume Two" are four superb studio quality discs. The Harrison recordings are especially clear and crisp. One gets the impression that George is in the room demonstrating his songs, personally, to you.

"TO BE EXPECTED" is not at all what I expected. It is a Beatles sampler disc; a 'best of'' from recent and upcoming "Yellow Dog", "Yellow Cat", "Orange", and "Strawberry" releases. But, it gets worse. Despite the interesting, colour Beatles cover, it really is not a Beatles CD at all. It is mostly a collection of excellent sounding solo stuff and a few snippets of "Let It Be" film rehearsals. The selections are a nice representation of ex-Beatles efforts. If you have never heard any of the songs, then this disk might be a pleasant purchase. BUT, the main problem with this disc is that it truly lives up to be what it says it is - a sampler. That's right, each song is sampled! If you want to listen to a CD of half songs, then this CD is for you. Some of the sampled songs are from the four Strawberry releases mentioned above. Seek these out and get them, if you can. Other songs are from pending releases. If you are like me, you probably will try to find these CDs, too!

In summary, "TO BE EXPECTED" was a disappointment. It clearly had the potential of being a highly desired disc, but proved only to be a dud and a tease.


01.  Beware Of Darkness - George Harrison
02.  Cosmic Empire - George Harrison
03.  The Mess - Paul McCartney & Wings
04.  Long Haired Lady/Love Is Long - Paul McCartney
05.  Rode All Night - Paul McCartney
06.  Shanghai Surprise - George Harrison
07.  One Way Love Affair - Ringo Starr
08.  It Don't Come Easy - George Harrison
09.  Slippin' & Slidin' - John Lennon
10.  Mucho Mungo - John Lennon
11.  Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
12.  What A Day For A Daydream/You Are My Sunshine - Beatles
13.  If Not For You - George Harrison & Friends
14.  Laugh - Plastic Ono People          

"HELP" - Various Artists Go! Discs 422 828 682-2 (proceeds go to "War Child" - a Bosnia/Croatia Children's Relief Charity)

Unless you read about this release in the Beatles fanzines or saw the British news coverage, you might have missed this Beatles- related release. The CD covers and the CD are very simple and contain virtually no information about the music inside. In fact, many well-known artists contribute tracks to this benefit CD and their names are duly listed on an information sticker. However, one name is missing: Paul McCartney. You will not find his name in the hastily written insert notes, nor is he mentioned in the song lineup. When I purchased my copy, a fuzzy photocopy of the CD song contents was given to me by the store. McCartney does not even receive a songwriting credit for his track contribution: "COME TOGETHER." Together with Paul Weller, he has recorded a new version, of this mostly Lennon-penned song, under the name: THE MOJO FILTERS. Weller assumes the lead vocal throughout, with McCartney reprising his famous Beatles' backing vocal.

Eighteen dollars is a lot of money to spend on one CD for one track for a backing vocal. But, buy this CD to help innocent children survive. There's good music on this disc, too!

TRACK LISTINGS:                     

01.  Fade Away - Oasis & Friends
02.  Oh Brother - The Boo Radleys
03.  Love Spreads - The Stone Roses
04.  Lucky - Radiohead
05.  Adnan - Orbital
06.  Mourning Air - Portishead
07.  Fake The Aroma - Massive Attack
08.  Shipbuilding - Suede
09.  Time For Livin' - The Charlatans
10.  Sweetest Truth (Show No Fear) - Stereo MCs
11.  Ode To Billy Joe - Sinead O'Connor
12.  Searchlights - The Levellers
13.  Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - Manic Street Preachers
14.  Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt - Terrorvision
15.  The Magnificent - The One World Orchestra
16.  Message To Crommie - Planet 4 Folk Quartet
17.  Dream A Little Dream - Terry Hall & Salad
18.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Neneh Cherry & Trout
19.  Eine Kleine Lift Musik - Blur
20.  Come Together - The Mojo Filters

"FOR THE LOVE OF HARRY: EVERYBODY SINGS NILSSON" - Various Artists Music Masters 01612-65127-2

Tribute albums often suffer from questionable interpretations or inferior, carbon-copies of known hits. But, this is not the case here. Listening to this CD, one gets an understanding of the meaning of the title: For The Love Of Harry. Everybody here loves Harry. The guest list is impressive; from Randy Newman to Jimmy Webb and Victoria Williams to Jellyfish. Ringo is here too! This time he sings a previously unheard Nilsson song, "LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS" in a duet with Stevie Nicks. Unfortunately, this combination just does not work. Ringo and Stevie hit all the right notes, but their vocals are wooden. The song is not one of Harry's best efforts, but the message in the lyrics is a worthy one.

However, this disc is definitely worth owning. Randy Newman singing, "REMEMBER" and Peter Wolf's version of the expletive "YOU'RE BREAKIN' MY HEART" make this album a must.


01.  Remember - Randy Newman
02.  Turn On Your Radio - Marc Cohn
03.  One - Aimee Mann
04.  Coconut - Fred Schneider
05.  Joy - Joe Ely
06.  Lay Down Your Arms - Ringo Starr/Stevie Nicks  
07.  Without Her - Beckley/Lamm/Wilson
08.  Jump Into The Fire - Lavern Baker
09.  The Moonbeam Song - Steve Forbert
10.  You're Breakin' My Heart - Peter Wolf/Houseparty
11.  Mournin' Glory Story - Jennifer Trynin
12.  Salmon Falls - Al Kooper
13.  The Puppy Song - Victoria Williams
14.  Don't Forget Me - Marshall Crenshaw
15.  This Could Be The Night - Brian Wilson
16.  Think About Your Troubles - Jellyfish
17.  The Lottery Song - Bill Lloyd
18.  Good Old Desk - Ron Sexsmith
19.  Me And My Arrow - Adrian Belew
20.  I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City - Richard Barone
21.  Spaceman - The Roches/Mark Johnson
22.  Don't Leave Me - John Cowan
23.  Lifeline - Jimmy Webb         

In case you missed this year's Convention or would like to re-live this exciting event, we have souvenir photographs and a video available for separate purchase. Please write for details. Also available, are limited quantities of our LIMITED EDITION Ottawa Beatles Convention '95 T-shirts ($12 each) and "Cavern Days" posters ($5 each).