Thursday, August 2, 2012


Ask Someone Who Recently Visited Calgary

Jane, you recently went to Calgary for a folk festival. Is that a sentence I never thought I'd be saying to you?

Ha! Is it? Well, the lineup looked half "huh" and half "Beirut/Iron and Wine/Blitz the Ambassador," you know? Like, I get it. Plus, you already know this about me, but I go iiiin for a music festival. It is my natural habitat, or was. This one was very, very different! "Countries are Different" could be the slogan for this trip.

So yeah, I spent four days in and out of the Calgary Folk Music Festival. There were six stages spread out over the lovely little Prince's Island situated just north of downtown — and by "just" I mean yards. Calgary is a totally walkable city. Anyway, they made the festival kind of interesting by not only having everyone do one or two solo shows over the course of the long weekend, but also most musicians participated in multiple "workshops" which were basically jam sessions with other acts. I liked those the best since you could sit in one place and see a handful of musicians you've never heard of rather than running from tent to tent. Here's a terrible-sounding video I took of my favorite workshop. Rae Spoon is the singer, this dude Shad is a guitarist and rapper, Shooglenifty is the unfortunately named duo with the fiddle and I think mandolin over on the end? And then there were a few other people whose names I didn't catch. Oh, but first, why is the sound so bad? Well, there's a "no standing" rule at the festival so that everyone can see — which is like WHAT? NO STANDING AT A CONCERT? Countries are Different. — and I had to perch off to the side which was near the speakers. Some tents had tiny, signed, gated "Dancing Areas" on the sides. Anyway, listen to Rae Spoon's voice (and here's a studio version of this incredible song):

I could just listen to this all day. Rae was definitely the best thing that happened to me in Calgary.

Were there hot guys? Hot girls?

I actually fact-checked this with other out-of-towners, and we all agree: Yes. I theorize that folks in Calgary are generally taller and more fit that the rest of the planet. Not sure if or why that's true, but it seemed true. If you'll allow me to make some more oversimplified, judgy, sweeping generalizations: I've found in my Canadian travels/living that there are two "looks" up there that really stand out to a foreigner: "Big Oil Money" and "Funky Activewear." The former are rich, beautiful women in proper suits and heels — but wearing a little too much makeup — and men in dress shirts and boot cut jeans with those big embroidered pockets. That kind of kills it for the dudes, who are generally chiseled, broad-shouldered, and well-groomed. The accent can be confusing. I met a number of straight, married dads that I had pegged wrong at first, ifyouknowwhatImean. And then the latter look is like when you wear Lululemon to the office, and everywhere else. And cropped cargo pants. And backpacks. And Crocs. Very active! There are definitely regions of other countries where you see these looks side-by-side, but it's a Canada-wide phenomenon, according to this unaccredited anthropologist.

Best/worst things you ate?

Calgary, along with every other large city (they have a million people in Calgary!) in North America, is on the whole "farm to table" bandwagon. (Dear Servers Everywhere, Especially LA: You can stop saying "Have you visited our restaurant before? No? Well, we do things a little differently from other restaurants: we're what's called "farm to table" and...blah blah blah.") So I had some damn good salads, like this beet one at Charcut with house-made goat cheese and a free shot of beer that I can't remember what it was called but the Beer Sommelier (a thing?) told me it would be great and it was. Nothing revolutionary, but delicious and fresh.

The broccoli and quinoa fritters and the bison burger at this restaurant called River Cafe that everyone kept saying was a "good place to lunch when someone else is paying," were delectable. And I loved a newish tapas joint called Ox & Angela, even though they put this in my drink:

Like a lot of cities in Canada, Calgary goes kind of INSANE with the outdoor seating during their short summer, so it feels hustle-bustley because everyone is sitting outdoors and waits for those tables can take hours. It stays light out in the summer until nearly 11 P.M., too. I looked up the average sunset and technically it's more like 9 P.M., but I think that's just when the sun hits the horizon. After that it sort of hovers there feeling like dusk until you are drunker than you meant to be. And in Canada most drinks are very carefully measured, which can be annoying, but cocktail lists at the better restaurants offer a few different sizes along with the number of ounces of liquor or wine in each.

At the other end of the spectrum, Calgary recently permitted food trucks, so those are a big deal right now. There were a bunch at the festival and someone recommended I try the pulled pork sandwich on a maple donut at Jelly, but it came out on an un-sweet, unglazed donut, so that was a let-down. Still delicious, if only I hadn't been expecting frosting on my sandwich.

Describe one person there who kind of epitomized the entire experience. Like what were they wearing, how were they BEING, etc.

Everyone at the folk festival kept talking about what a young city Calgary is, but how it's kind of expensive to live there, so people hustle. And also the attendees at the fest were so nice and humble and unassuming and earnest. And a lot like the show Portlandia. (Don't worry, I ran that by them and they mostly agreed.) So I'm going to choose Kelsey Fraser who was a delightful person to talk to — very quietly and giggly — while she drew and painted my portrait.

Kelsey is a recent art school grad from another town, which is why Calgary is such a youthful place: apparently everyone from surrounding areas moves here after graduation because there are jobs. It was the last day of the festival when I met her and I was wearing a T-shirt I'd gotten for free at another festival — I'd given up by this point and just wore jeans and sneakers IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT — and of course she focused on the message of the free T-shirt. Adorable. She wanted me to tell you that the rosy cheeks are her signature and not my actual makeup. And that she's in an arts collective galled Magpie & Friends. They put birds on a lot of things.

Did you know where Calgary was before you went? BE HONEST. I ask because I thought it was ... somewhere it is not. Haha. (I'm an idiot.)

I did, because I've lived in Canada. If you had asked me if I knew where any other city on Earth was, I'd have said, "I did, because I'm a geography wiz," which is also true, but the reason I answered the way I did is because if you spend a significant amount of time in Canada, you spend a significant amount of time talking about Canada. Everyone there knows everything there is to know about all the other major Canadian cities: all the industry, all the politics, all the dramas. I think that's because of the size: Canada contains a manageable amount of people and information. The flip side is that then Canadians assume folks from the States care as much about our politics and stuff, and we don't, so we seem stupid and disinterested. Which we are? Anyway, so yeah, I'd heard a thing or two about Calgary. (Which is, if you didn't know, a bit north of western Montana in Alberta. It's where the dudes in Lonesome Dove would've ended up if they kept going north for a few more months.)

Briefly summarize Calgary's history. 

I'm not looking it up; this is all what I gathered/assumed from talking to people: Calgary is a very young city in another sense: it was formed sometime in the 1880s or 1890s? Alberta is oil country, so that's the foundation. That and cattle. There's a festival every summer called Stampede which is all about cowboy stuff — they celebrated their 100th anniversary this year. And Calgary has a young, hip, Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi, who has a donut named after him. According to everyone, he's the best and the opposite of Toronto's mayor who is supposedly "a dumb Chris Christie." Ta-da! Calgary.

Did you make any new friends?

I think this shy girl Caitlyn who is from Brooklyn would maybe meet me for a glass of wine if I asked her next time I'm in New York. You can see her in this DRAMATIC FOOTAGE I captured during a rafting trip. We were prepared for rapids, but instead it was mostly calm and a family of ducks followed us the last few miles.

What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you while you were there?

[See above.]

When I picture Calgary I picture like a very clean field with nice clean buildings around it. That's probably stupid. Tell me something TWISTED about it.

That's not far off. It's super clean and the city part is new and shiny and compact and then there is green stuff everywhere, for now. See?:

And also they have these nice things on the sidewalk grates so your heels don't get stuck in them:

But, okay, you want twisted? Everyone and everything in Calgary has a major guilt complex about the oil and natural gas industry. The money makes the city lovely and gives everyone jobs and houses — though those cost a ton — but it also just feels terrible to be a part of it, you know? Like to the Earth and humanity and whatever. So, for example, the Folk Festival accepts funds from these energy companies, but they do their best to make the festival super eco-friendly to offset it. There was no bottled water sold at the fest, just refilling stations. Some of the tents were solar-powered. There were trash and recycling and COMPOSTING bins. The neatest thing were the plates: you gave a $2 deposit for a real plate and then got your money back upon return.

So yeah, everyone was extra-proud of how eco-friendly and sustainable everything was and that was really nice. The closest I've seen here in the states is that "50 empty cups for a cup of beer" cleanup program they have at Lollapalooza. I'm not sure they still do that though because no one in the U.S. brags about that sort of thing for very long.

The best thing about Calgary is:

They have a huge Holt Renfrew and it is glorious.

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I think that "standing only" thing is not a Canada-wide thing. I mean, I haven't been to a LOT of music fests, but none of the ones I have been to did not have that.
Also does their airport still suck?

Coal Tar Epoxy

@Megano! As someone who lives in Calgary, yes the airport sucks balls.

Cat named Virtute

@Megano! Is it maybe a folk fest thing? Winnipeg is the same.

Coal Tar Epoxy

@Cat named Virtute Probably! It makes sense, they restrict the height of chairs you can bring in so everyone can see so why not have a no standing rule as well. Edmonton folk fest has the same rule.

Cat named Virtute

@The Angels Have the Phonebox Yeah, and the height rules generally make sense, since folk fests attract a wider cross-section of the population that includes older folks and families with little kids who have more sitting down needs than your average able-bodied 16-40 crowd.


@The Angels Have the Phonebox I have been there a couple of times and both have been a horrible experience.
Maybe it's a folk fest thing? I haven't been to a folk fest, though my hometown's (Orillia) has a pretty big one and I don't think they have that?

mousie housie

@Megano! It's a Folk Festival thing. The main stage at Ottawa Folk Festival has one side for standees and one side for lawn chair folkers.


@mousie housie I thgouth I had been to that one but then I remembered it was Bluesfest (which is really, really horrible if you are claustrophobic and sensitive to the smell of cigarette smoke)


@Megano! I remember Lisa Loeb, at the first Lilith Fair in Calgary, commenting that it was so nice that everyone kept sitting so politely when she came on stage. I think it kind of perplexed her. Is it something that's a result of coming early to claim a spot and hanging out all day?


Busted! I know who you are and where you live!


@Megano! Hillside in Guelph does both that and the dish reclamation thing. It is also great.


@mousie housie The only folk fest I've ventured to is Newport (every year), but they have big sections for lawn chairs and roped off sections for standing. This was the first year I've seen the standers really take over, though.

Which honestly, I agree with. People get there early to set up their chairs and blankets and then disappear to leave them empty all day. I'm all for sharing space, but not so much for hogging it so your chair can get a nice view.


Rae Spoon, Shad, Shooglenifty & Mercedes Peon performed a Workshop at Calgary Folk Music Fest 2012@n


Eeek Jane, Rae Spoon is a trans man! Check your pronouns.


@Penny http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rae_Spoon


@Penny ahh I just did the same thing but in email form!

Jane Marie

@Penny Checked, thank you so much!


@kickupdust Hahah oops me too! Sorry to bombard you Jane!


@Jane Marie thank YOU!

Coal Tar Epoxy

The Edmonton folk fest has a no standing policy as well. Also, it's Stampede, not Stampeded :) And Calgary is not really a walk-able city, just the downtown area, but we do have lots of parks!


@The Angels Have the Phonebox
Yeah, I was like "walkable city??" Walkable downtown, yes. And... the +15 system makes it tolerable in -40 degree winters! (but only downtown).


@suchagoodone I assumed it was a typo and she meant "city completely divided by highways but at least their rail transit is better than Edmonton's." Maybe Word autocorrected it or something. ;)


@The Angels Have the Phonebox haha yeah, I spend the winter holidays with my cousins in Calgary and I am always the Most Trapped Person Alive because I can't drive on ice and it's too FREEZING to walk if I even wanted to walk and cross a whole bunch of wide streets and maybe get hit by giant pickup trucks. The best years are the years I bring my cross-country skis and make use of all those flat parks!


and after one drink all of us think we're funny



Our national mascot's a damn beaver. Oh Canada, we love our beaver.

Had to register just to say that. <3 you Canada!

The Lady of Shalott

Hahahahaha, my first-year roommate from undergrad totally finished school and moved to Calgary! It's a very popular thing to do, apparently. Regardless, my boyfriend and several of my friends are from Edmonton and thus contractually obligated to hate Calgary, so I have actually never heard of the nice parts of it before.

But secretly I do want to attend the Stampede. Yes yes I know that everyone in Calgary hates it and leaves the city, and I know that some parts of it have come under fire for being Bad (chuckwagon races), but I STILL REALLY WANT TO GOOOOO!

But also Stephen Harper and all his besties are from Calgary, which makes me feel kind of icky about the University of Calgary's economics department.

The Lady of Shalott

@The Lady of Shalott ALSO, the sidewalk/patio thing is THE BEST and I miss it about Canada. When I lived in Ottawa "patio season" was HUGE and as soon as it was even mildly non-freezing outside we would all be out there. Although this often has bad effects. Once one of my undergrad profs was sitting on a patio in Kingston celebrating passing his doctoral defence, with his wife and his defence committee and supervisor and Important People and stuff. And they were all sitting around enjoying the nice weather and some beer. And a seagull came along and SHIT INTO HIS BEER. With splattering. Then the waitress brought a different beer and a DIFFERENT seagull shit into his WIFE'S beer. Then they moved to an indoor table but the mood was....different.


@The Lady of Shalott one of my friends went to university in thunder bay. at -10 they would all be busting out their barbecues and patio chairs. it's amazing what you get used to.


God, I'm from Victoria but went to university in Ottawa and totally got Stockholm syndrome from the weather. When it gets to like 5C it's time for patio season!

Coal Tar Epoxy

@The Lady of Shalott Stampede is fun! 10 days of drinking and wearing jeans to work! And the rodeo is crazy.
I also moved to Calgary after university to work, I went to school in Edmonton and kind of prefer that city but living somewhere for school and living somewhere for work gives up to different experiences. And everything is better than New Brunswick.

The Lady of Shalott

@Interrobanged Where did you go to uni in Ottawa? Me too!!! Also, 5C is totally the start of patio weather.


@The Lady of Shalott University of Ottawa, graduated in June. I will miss October weather, the park behind my house, and the $1 table outside All Books and basically nothing else!

(Oh God ignore me, I'm just in a post-grad malaise.)

The Lady of Shalott

@Interrobanged Aww, you are a baby! I did my undergrad at Carleton a....few years ago. (But I adored Ottawa and I can't wait to move back someday.)


@The Lady of Shalott I did my undergrad at Carleton! I am from Central Ontario and also got Stockholm syndrome from the winters there. I don't know why, but EVERY YEAR Reading Week was so cold that you couldn't go anywhere.


@The Lady of Shalott guys I think Harper is actually born in Toronto (confirmed by wikipedia, which also told me that he lived here til he dropped out of U of T). Maybe he was from the same high school as Rob Ford?

The Lady of Shalott

@Megano! I remember mentioning at some point that you used to live not far from where I lived!!!

@robyn.andrews Yeah, I know he was born in Toronto, but his "private home" is in Calgary and that's where he went to university and started/gained prominence in politics, so.

mousie housie

@The Lady of Shalott Winter isn't any worse than in Montreal.... it's just more boring here for the 0.01% of us who aren't into freezing our faces off during winter athletics. :)


@Interrobanged OMG You are 10 years younger me! I grew up in Vic and went to Carleton 99-03! God the weather is so horrid in Ottawa.


@The Lady of Shalott
STAMPEDE! YES! Go - you will not regret it. Everything awesome happens there. Make sure you watch the rodeo, which, IMHO, is better than the Chucks.
I live in Edmonton now. They are mostly the same, but my heart belongs to Calgary....


@The Lady of Shalott
Don't be icky about the University of Calgary's economics department! My mum used to be head of the University of Calgary's economics department! But she once tried to get Stephen Harper to send a signed picture of himself to sell the department to incoming students (yes, I know, she doesn't agree with his politics but she thought it would draw people in) and he never responded. So do be icky about Stephen Harper.

Also, my parents' riding in Calgary IS HARPER'S RIDING. So voting has absolutely no impact :(.


@robyn.andrews yup... harper went to richview in etobicoke. and... rob ford's niece went there at the same time as my bf, and apparently the family presented a convertable to her on her 16th bday while she was at school (way to brag about your wealth!), which i think is ridiculous!


@catparty The Fords are just trashy, imo.

loren smith

@Interrobanged I'm also from Victoria AND also went to uni in Ottawa. Getting used to the temperature in Ottawa was the worst - I was like "whatevs, I ski".... not the same. Small world though! I had to delurk to tell you that.


@ElizaBird My best friend lives in Harper's riding so he votes for the Marxist Lenninist guy. He likes the idea of being one of the maybe 18 votes that guy gets. He figures his one vote probably makes more of a difference for the ML guy than it would for anyone else.


@redheaded&crazie Oh, for sure it's patio weather! It's also time to pull out the shorts! Shorts when it hits 0 degrees in the spring, because, "hey, it's 40 degrees warmer than it was when it was -40, so that's warm enough for shorts"


@loren smith SCREAM Canada is like this | | big.


the Winnipeg Folk Fest is better! (I actually don't know this for SURE.) but a lot of the things Jane mentions are standard for it too: no standing, plate thing, composting! and I actually like the no-standing? bring a blanket and relax with your smuggled-in alcohol!

Cat named Virtute

@kickupdust High five, fellow Winnipegger!


@Cat named Virtute I mean... the party campground! Pope's hill firedancing! Castle Boys! the giant mechanical light up dragon they had one year! ahhh so great.

Cat named Virtute

@kickupdust *whispers* I have never actually camped at Folk Fest, but I have done day-pass trips and they're great. The workshops! The food vendors! Sitting in a pile of friends on a blanket! The time I saw Iron and Wine and the sky was orange and black and amazing to the west of the stage (and then Neko Case! But getting rained out sucked)!


@Cat named Virtute oh dear! I actually couldn't go this year so my recollections seem EVEN MORE EXCITING than they probably really were at the time. but yes, camping at the fest is super fun! I didn't go the year that you're talking about, but Iron & Wine and Neko Case are among my very top top favourites!

Sarah Ellis@facebook

@kickupdust AHHH I was there that year! I kinda liked the rain 'cause everybody ditched so the BF and I slowly kept walking forward until we were 5-ish feet away from Neko!


@kickupdust WPG Folk fest is the happy place of my twenties, reading this article made me pine.


@kickupdust All that stuff is standard at the Vancouver Folk Fest too! This year they actually had volunteers at the waste stations to make sure everything possible was composted!


@Sarah Ellis@facebook Neeeeeeko! she is SO GREAT.


@ all - hey, if I am right in assuming there might be other Winnipegers in this thread, stop by the open thread where we're talking about having a wee mini Winnipeg pinup! yay!


@kickupdust i can't describe how much i love that woman.


I was in Calgary once for a four-hour layover which happened to be from 9PM-12AM on the last night of Stampede. My friends met me at the airport, we went to bars full of cowboys/girls, everyone bought me shots since I only had 4 hours in the city, and when I hustled back to the airport in time for my plane they wouldn't let me on because I was too drunk. So I ended up staying in Calgary for another 8 hours, the first three of which I spent wandering drunk around the airport alternately losing almost everything I brought with me and passing out on rows of chairs, and then I remembered that I had friends and they came and picked me up and gave me a bed for the night. The next day I was able to recover some of my lost items (including my entire suitcase, which I had apparently left just lying around the airport somewhere) and took the most hungover flight of my life.

Calgary is probably the place where I have had the most consequences from a party but it's also probably my best story. And now I have to ask: has anyone else ever not been let on a plane for being too drunk??


@thenotestaken apparently it can happen even if you're not actually drunk!

Cat named Virtute

@thenotestaken I have not (I don't like travelling intoxicated--a glass of wine in an airport bar if I have a really gnarly delay is about my limit), but my brother picked me up from the airport last night and told me about the time he was coming back from Calgary and the guard at security wouldn't let him through until he could walk through the metal detector in a straight line. And I laughed a lot because I am a bad sister.


@Cat named Virtute CALGARY! Who do they think they are, the party police?

I laugh a lot at my story still (as does everyone else) so don't feel bad!


@thenotestaken hilarious! Still drunk the next day is my new fav way to travel - but I've only tried it within/leaving from Mexico soooo not sure it would fly (ha ha) in Toronto

Cat named Virtute

@kickupdust High five, fellow Winnipegger!


@Cat named Virtute High fives to both of you fellow Winnipeggers!

Reginal T. Squirge

So what's the verdict on Blitz The Ambassador? I remember catching this Unplugged-ish song he did with John Forté a while back that was... underwhelming. John Forté killed it, though. He always does.

Jane Marie

@Reginal T. Squirge underwhelming about sums it up.


SHAAAAAAAD I love him.

On Vancouver Island the cousin to "Funky Activwear" is "Rich Quasi-Urban Hippie Surfer." When I lived in Ontario, at a party someone once recognized me as a fellow British Columbian from my Sitka hoodie.


@Interrobanged YES, Shad is the greatest.


Wait, Jane, did you... interview yourself?

Jane Marie

@shiv nope, edith did. it's alllllwayyyyyys edith :)


Oh my godddddd Calgary 'Pinners represent!

I read this article with my hands partially over my face because I wanted you to say nice things about my city, because quite frankly I love it here.

Calgary: like nowhere else, seriously. I get such a strong feeling of civic pride when I think about this city. I love the Stampede! I love Charcut (I have dreams about their fries), I love our food scene, I love our politics.

It has some issues, like any city with growing pains, but....oh man. Calgary = best.

I'm glad you had a good visit!


@antipretty I miss Calgary!! Calgarians REPRESENT


@antipretty CALGARY PINUP!?!?


I was the same - please love my city as much as I do, everyone! Also - message to everyone in Edmonton: please drive faster!
That is all.

Chesty LaRue

@suchagoodone Dear Lord, I agree! Stupid Edmonton drivers


@Chesty LaRue Your city is stupid and so are your hats and Jasper is better then Banff.
(jk xoxo)

Chesty LaRue

@gobblegirl But we live in the same city! I still think our drivers are too damn slow. I commute from downtown to south common for work, and it can take 15-35 mins depending on who's driving around me.

Girl in orange glasses

@antipretty I'm less than 3 hours south of Calgary, can I be counted in too? Love Calgary, and have been meaning to do Stampede for years.

Two-Headed Girl

I looooooooove the Calgary FF (and was super jealous of the lineup this year: Mangum AND Mangan in one night? AAAAAAH), but my favorite still has to be Edmonton's, because of the community and how nuts the whole city goes for it -- stand on the hill at dusk, when people start lighting their candles, and you'll understand. (I also volunteer, and it's always the best weekend of the whole summer.)

That said, last year at the YYC one, dancing in the rain to BRAIDS, was one of the best things ever.


@Two-Headed Girl ONE WEEK FROM TODAY HOLLLLLLLAAAAAA. I have been going to the EFMF since I was a babe-in-arms.
Yellowknife's folk fest is also pretty great! When I went, we shared a flight out of town with Sam Roberts and half the performers from the festival.

Two-Headed Girl

@gobblegirl I AM SO EXCITED AAAAHHHH. This is only my third year going at all (I only started when I started volunteering), but it is the Most Fun. My crew had our meeting earlier this week and I've basically been stoked ever since, so.

I have never been to Yellowknife's! But I hear Dawson City's is also good.

This is my new username

@gobblegirl Oh man! So, so excitied! Although, I just had an amazing relaxed wine filled weekend at Interstellar Rodeo last weekend, so I have had a music festival fix. Still super excited for Folkfest though, 'cause it is great!

happy go lucky scamp

I want to know what 'farm to table' is?
I'm imagining some sort of specialised ploughman's lunch?
Where they bring out a whole heap of fresh produce, ham, cheese, beetroot relish, and you can just pick at a plate?
so many questions?


@sparkles "Farm to Table" is the locally-grown food movement. Restaurants and markets boast that they know the farmers who grew the food / raised and butchered the animals, and the food is usually organic. It's always very fresh, because it was grown locally and is brought in as soon as the food is harvested.

happy go lucky scamp

@CoffeeAddict204 thanks!

so it's more of an ethos than an actual dish.

I can see this taking off in australia very soon.


I was so nervous/excited to read this because I live in Calgary and I actually love it here!

I don't know if I agree about the hotness of dudes here though. I mean, Calgary is seriously full of hot girls, but finding tall, hot guys is a challenge. Maybe I have weird taste though.


Had you never been to a folk festival before, or are American folk fests different?
All the folk fests (many) that I've been to in Canada, including the Mother Of All Canadian Folk Festivals (Edmonton, 7 days away wooooo!), have workshops.
It's how they work, and they're generally the best bit.

Jane Marie

@gobblegirl I've been to a bunch of bluegrass and other types of folk (non-American) festivals and yeah, the jams are a huge part of it but they're not usually on the bill as such, you know? Like, they happen in a more informal way.

Ivona Poyntz@twitter

Calgary looks amazing

Chloe Lum@facebook

The oil industry there IS awful, so many underground spills, so much destroyed wildlife, so many first nation people getting poisoned from run-off. Seriously , get rid of your tar sands , they are disgusting.

Hiroine Protagonist

Oh my - NO, the rest of Canada doesn't dress anything like the Dallas-wannabees. Also, only 1 vegetarian restaurant and serious case of the rednecks. I think the Folk Fest is where you're going to find the people sad about the Tar Sands. The Koch Bros recently targeted Alberta for their next #DestroyDemocracy campaign so that should be fun. They're only 3 hours from Lake Louise, though, so, bygones? maybe.

Johanna Schwartz@twitter

It was a total pleasure to host @Jane Marie at our festival. Jane, you are a peach.


I was so confused! I read that the fest was in Prince Island and immediately changed that into Prince Edward Island. Then when Jane said it was above MT, I was like, "Um, no, that is not where PEI is." It took me quite a while to figure out where I had gone wrong.


Aw, I loved this! I'm Canadian (not from Calgary, though, from Ottawa/Toronto). and I thought this was such a nice moment in time you captured with "my people." However, I hope that I can disagree on the fashion front and say that in Toronto at least, one of the main man looks was hipster. Hipster/lumberjack: collared shirts, geek glasses, and beards. So many beards!

carly mary@twitter

i totally saw you at folk fest (with the hairpin cfmf id badge) and i was going to say hello... but i chickened out.

Lindsay Joy

Hey, I know Kelsey! Neat.



I registered just to say that. I have bounced back and forth between Edmonton and Calgary and just landed back in Calgary again - the summer really is the best time for Calgary, the trees and green and food trucks and sun. After Stampede of course - not a fan.


I visited Calgary and a lot of towns in california recently, it was an amazing experience. I would love to live in Calgary, it is such a beautiful city and in summer it looks great, I will definitely go to Calgary again this summer.


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