What are your fondest childhood memories of the Calgary Stampede?
As kids, we absolutely loved going to the Calgary Stampede. Our parents were divorced, so it meant we got to go twice a year, once with our mom and step dad, and once with our dad. It was our big summer treat after school let out. For me, Stampede felt a bit like a second Christmas. For our family it was a big expense and our parents saved to take us and made a big deal out of treating us to ride passes and games and all the good food. Our Grandma would also host a Stampede breakfast every year and everyone would dress western.
Do you have any favourite recollections of seeing live bands perform on the Coca-Cola stage?
As teenagers, we were allowed to attend the Stampede with our friends, a totally different, but equally thrilling experience. We’d take the C-train down and wander the grounds like the mall or our high school halls, our arms over each other’s shoulders. I believe it was in 1996 that Rhymes with Orange and 54-40 played and we and all our friends went to see the show. We moshed and crowd surfed, tearing up our jeans, a friend even lost a shoe! Rhymes with Orange were all over the indie am radio station Mix 1060 and we were obsessed with them. I think part of the appeal was that it was a Canadian band and we felt proud of that.
How did the Coca-Cola Stage shows compare to your other concert-going experiences?
We’d been to punk shows at Carpenters Union Hall in the afternoons without parents before, but this was really our first time going to a concert without an adult chaperone and I just remember us getting completely wrecked physically in the crowd. The audience was older and mostly male and we were all so little. But we loved it.
Which midway rides made you scream the loudest?
Oh gosh, it’s been 20 years since I’ve been, so I have no recollection of a specific ride. But as young people, I remember Sara and I loving The Zipper, and the boat and going on both a zillion times.
All-time favourite midway food indulgence?
We loved mini donuts! Still do in fact!
Our Coca-Cola Stage 2022 Picks
Thursday, July 7: Renforshort
Friday, July 8: Half Moon Run
Saturday, July 9: Cartel Madras
Sunday, July 10: Milky Chance
Monday, July 11: Alexisonfire
Tuesday, July 12: The Beaches
Wednesday, July 13: Tash Sultana
Thursday, July 14: Apollo Suns
Friday, July 15: New Pornographers
Saturday, July: 16 Miesha & The Spanks
Sunday, July 17: Alessia Cara