This festival was part of a series of concerts in Canada that became known as "The Festival Express". Instead of the artists flying between show, they all got on a train.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Sat Jun 27, 1970 - Mon Jun 29, 1970
The Festival Express
Eaton-Walker Associates (consisting of Thor Eaton, George Eaton, and Ken Walker) and the Industrial and Trade Shows of Canada (ITS) division of MacLean-Hunter Publishing Company
"Festival Express" (2003) by Bob Smeaton.
- June 24, 1970, (St. Jean-Baptiste Day), Montreal, QC. Originally planned for June 20-21, but was changed to June 24; show was cancelled by the city in mid-June, 1970, a few weeks prior to event.
- June 27-28, 1970, Toronto, ON. CNE Stadium (aka CNE Grandstand and CNE Exhibition Stadium)
- July 1, 1970, (Canada Day), Winnipeg, MB. Winnipeg Stadium
- July 4-5, 1970, Calgary, AB. McMahon Stadium
- July 4-5, 1970, Vancouver, BC. PNE Empire Stadium Venue could not be secured from the city and Vancouver was dropped from the tour in mid-April, 1970.
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In the summer of 1970, some of the era's biggest rock stars took to the rails for Festival Express, a multi-artist, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and let loose aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. The entire experience was filmed both off-stage and on, but the extensive footage and sound tapes of the events remained locked away for decades, only recently having been rediscovered and restored. The film Festival Express is a momentous achievement in rock film archaeology which combines the long-lost material with contemporary interviews that add important context to the event nearly 35 years after originally being filmed.