5 Things to do with a Stampede Virgin

5 Things to do with a Stampede Virgin

Being born and raised in Alberta, I am a Calgary Stampede veteran. So I always get a little twinge of pride when someone new to the city asks the question “what is this Stampede thing all about?” This year I have the pleasure of playing Stampede guide to someone who has never experienced the World’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Meet Michael.   Michael comes to Cowtown all the way from London (England, not Ontario). And the whole concept of Honky Tonk and hay bales for 10 days straight is a little foreign to him to say the least. So I have committed to show him the best of what a traditional Stampede has to offer from the perspective of someone that has done it 30 some odd times, clichés and all. But before we can hit the town we had to make sure that we looked the part. So I took Michael out for a True Stampede right of passage, I took him to Lammles. Coming up with this Stampede itinerary for Michael and I got me thinking about the Stampede experience, and how to show someone a well rounded, untypical, enjoyable time while avoiding the boot blisters and port-a-potties (well, most of them). Here is my list of the top 5 for any first Stampede Experience: Start at the Beginning Starting your Stampede week by watching the parade is like bowing to your partner before you Dosey Doe. It is a wholesome way to take in all that Stampede is about to offer you over the next 10 days. You can take your new boots for a...
Stampede is Popping Up!

Stampede is Popping Up!

  Stampede is just around the corner. I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean it literally.  They just dropped 4 barrels in front of the Starbucks around the corner and covered the entrance in barn board and hay bales. It is here. This city can sometimes get a bad rap when it comes to Stampede. Maybe it is the overwhelming amount of beer cozies, cheesy window paintings or gingham outfits that resemble tablecloths that can leave an impression that Calgarians are hicks. But as a born and raised Calgarian I know that this is not the true spirit of Stampede. The real stampede is about celebrating our rustic sensibilities and the pride of being a pioneer of the prairies. I also know that genuine Calgarians are showing these ideals all year long. Over the weekend I was invited to a preview event for the CSMercantile Pop Up Shop at the Paul Hardy Design Studio to find out what our good friend Paul has been up to. Paul Hardy and the Calgary Stampede have been in cahoots over the winter months to come up with a new sense of style for Stampede. The collection is less cowboy costume and more Urban Wrangler (as in one who Wrangles, rather than the popular denim line). The Paul Hardy Studio is rustically beautiful on it’s own. Paul took a space just off the railway line in a tucked away corner of Ramsay and transformed it into the elegantly industrial warehouse space of my event venue dreams. It is against this backdrop that Paul has set his meticulously curated collection of Western inspired fashion...