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#YYCBIKE Culture Goes Into High Gear

Recent years has seen a huge expansion of the YYC Bike culture in the city. New pathways, downtown lanes, bike racks and more now line the city streets and parks and more cyclists join the movement every day.     In the last 2 years, the Calgary Stampede wanted to find new ways to accommodate…

A Chat With a Stampede Tent Bartender

We’ve all thought it. Who would actually WANT to bartend the Stampede, aside from the cash? Well, it’s about time you think about all the reasons why you should. That is, if you can handle what it will throw at you. What we found out is that the money is a pretty big deal. And a few other…

A Visit to Alberta Boot Company

We had the pleasure of visiting the world famous Alberta Boot Co. and were blown away at the process, materials and true Calgary heart that goes into making a pair of cowboy boots. Our resident Stmpdr Founder – David Wald – got a chance to try some one, take a tour of the factory, and purchase…

Calgary Stampede for LGBTQ

The Calgary Stampede has strong, old-time roots in Calgary. There’s a ton to do. From trying the latest and greatest in concession (um, I need that magical looking Crazy Cone situation in my hands immediately) to taking in the Chucks, you’re bound to have all 10 days jam packed. But the question recently came to…

Being A Rodeo Clown Is Hard Work.. And That’s No Bull!

Contrary to popular belief, being a rodeo clown is no joke. While the face paint, wig and mismatched plaid overalls might throw you off, rodeo clowns were introduced to bull riding as a means to protect thrown riders from being trampled or maimed.   In honour of this misunderstood profession, we thought we’d go over…

The 2015 Stampede Coca-Cola Stage Line-Up Revealed!

  Only 41 days left until the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth hits the city once again and we could not be more ready. The Coca-Cola stage is one of the highlights for the average Stampede goer, as the line-up is usually pretty great and you don’t have to stand in a sweaty gross line…

The day I spent sampling food on the Calgary Stampede Midway

Meet Darren. He’s a volunteer Calgary Stampede Midway food sampler. Yep. You heard that right. He’s volunteered to put as much midway food in his gut as he can in one day, judge it on taste, presentation and whether he’d recommend it or not, then do it again the next day, for five days. I’m…

Cowboy Flair: Jewelry to Complete Your Stampede Outfit

Sometimes the perfect outfit falls short without the right accessories. Cowboy hat, check. Boots, check. Necklace, missing. Look no further than local jewelry company Cinder & Sage for all your Calgary Stampede accessory needs. You may recognize company owner Lindsay from Market Collective, that is if you could get anywhere near her booth. Always a…

Songza Playlists for Stampede 2014

With Stampede 2014 only ten days away (TEN DAYS!!!!!!!), here’s a list of the best Songza playlists to put you in the mood (as if you weren’t already, I know).   GNO (Girl’s Night Out) These contemporary country ladies know how to party! http://songza.com/listen/girls-night-out-country-songza/   Hillbilly Body Building Work out like a real cowboy. http://songza.com/listen/hillbilly-bodybuilding-songza/  …

Tipping Our Hats To The Ballsy Women Of Stampede

This week we’re going to get a little nostalgic and talk about the early beginnings of the Calgary Stampede. When you hear about the very first Stampedes you hear names like Pat Burns, A E Cross and of course Guy Weadick, the entrepreneurial cowboy whose vision for the Stampede was to “make Buffalo Bill’s Wild West…

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