The Closest I'll Get To Seeing Janis Joplin in Toronto

musicJanis Joplin passed away on October 4, 1970, almost four years before I was born. I own Pearl and her Greatest Hits, but to truly appreciate Janis Joplin you had to be there. I remember taking a pop culture history course at U of T and the professor attempting to convey the raw sexuality and importance of that distinctive voice.

Festival Express was a legendary 1970 tour across Canada by some of the world's biggest rock bands, including The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Band. It stopped at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto on June 27 and 28 that year before moving on to Winnipeg Stadium.

This is the closest I'm going to get to seeing Janis Joplin play my city. Here she is in Toronto singing "Cry Baby".

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It is 6 in the morning and I am off to do some work on the house but I had to reply about the amazing influence Janis Joplin had for me from age 17- 20. I got through hard teenage years with her music and Me and My Bobby McGee was probably my favourite song to cry the blues to when teenage years let me down. She was amazing and it might have been her own tumultuous life that made her music so amazing. You felt her pain in every song.

March 31, 2007 @ 5:54 AM


Janis Joplin is one of my daughters favorite singers. She enjoys her album: Janis Joplin - Farewell Song.

March 31, 2007 @ 10:40 PM

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