Three days of celebrating Janina's lifetime achievement in classical music that started with a reception on Parliament Hill in Canada's Capital Ottawa and a private luncheon with the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Prime Minister Harper, the cabinet and the other MPs gave Janina and the other recipients of this year's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards a standing ovation.
The other lifetime recipients were the members of the Canadian iconic rock band "Rush", film maker Deepa Mehta, comedian Mary Walsh, choreographer and dancer Paul-Andre Fortier as well as Quebec director Denis Marleau.
Next came the official ceremony at Rideau Hall, seat of Canada's Governor General, His Excellency, David Johnston. Janina's speech in French and English brought tears to the eyes of the audience. It was a moving tribute to the music and the composers loves.
Janina and Governor General David Johnston (photo from the Ottawa Citizen)
On day three of the celebrations there was a lavish brunch, pleasantly informal, back at Rideau Hall and in the evening there was the big Gala at the National Arts Centre with many celebrities present.
It was a touching moment when thousands cheered Janina giving her a long standing ovation. There were heartfelt contributions via video on screen from her fellow pianist Jackie Parker and from Oscar winning (friend, cousin and Connecticut neighbour) Christopher Plummer as well as a very personal and moving tribute from Canadian radio icon and dear friend Shelagh Rogers.