Festival Express and the Canadian Rock Music Scene

Rock music festival-goers in Canada and the United States are today familiar with events such as Edgefest, Osheaga, and Lollapalooza. These events draw crowds of thousands who are willing to empty their wallets for a chance to experience a shared appreciation for artistry and music in an unconventional atmosphere. It is this same experience that was first fostered five decades ago, in what was hailed at the time as the definitive nexus for a large cultural and generational movement. But the music festival of the late 1960s and early 70s garnered a vastly different social response than most are accustomed to today. Counterculture was the order of the time, and music festivals became definitely representative of social lore. In today’s post we take a brief look at a unique Canadian foray into this world, famously known as the Festival Express.

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