Calgary Stampede. The annual 10 day Rodeo competition that brings in over a million people through the gates and is probably the best time of year to visit Calgary. Some of the locals may be sick of the festival and big bar set ups around town, but I always find a couple good days to enjoy the scene. This year was the 100th year of the event which really put it all in prospective. I even learned about the "Big Four" which were the men who started the event, Patrick Burns, George Lane, A. E. Cross and Archie McLean. This was a good year with the usual fun, but still nothing has beat Stampede 2009 for me. http://thelifeofbrad.blogspot.ca/2009/08/july-2009-calgary-stampede.html
Let's begin at Cowboys on the First Friday...that's what everyone else does.
No sound in the video which I think helps me come off a little smarter than usual, haha. Cowboys as Billy Dog and I go up the stairs and in to the VIP area.
|How did that get in?|
|That's a lot O Beer!|
|That's a lot O Shots!|
|Yep, Stampede has Beer Tub Girls|
More consuming and bar action..
|Roof top stampede party with Chad|
|Country Cover band of course|
|Bathroom attendant at Roadhouse|
capitalizing for the past 10 years
Midweek I crashed The Three Streams party prior to going back to work with them in August as an Engineer. Thanks to my inside connection Pedro...Que pasa?
|After being one during stampede 2000 I have the right to |
tell you this guy is referred to as a "Tub Tart Tool"
who is the lackey getting the girls beer
|Can she get her tongue to the |
bottom to light the glass?...ah no
|what a beauty|
|Probably my favourite. Just a really nice girl to chat with.|
|This sign says it all. I refused to buy from this girl.|
|CK was upset too|
|Even worse this girl short changed|
us. I told her and she corrected it.
When we walked away I told guys
in line and they said she had been
doing it all day!
|Joined by the infamous Algernon|
|CK, Alge, BC|
|Fake tattoo artists, yes.|
|Alright, I'll have another|
|I love this! As I was strolling by I felt I should ride this|
photographer's coat tails and steal his composition
|It's still fun at Wild Horse I guess|
First on top of Scotchman's Hill with Tom A. watching the Chuck Wagon races.
|Good view of the Hockey arena|
|Reminds me of "Nam" or the time|
we toured the Predator set in Mexico
|spot of rain thinned the crowds|
But let's be honest it is a lot about the beer drinking and the two stepping eventually as CK and I found ourselves at Nashville North in the heart of the Stampede Grounds. Recommend!
|Big line, that goes fast. Unlike the other bars in town|
cover charge is included in park entrance
|Looks pretty dangerous|
|Drinking team for the night|
Cool girls from Ontario
Sweet Two Stepping!
|Awesome young two steppers|
Don't forget the firworks! Check out my link on Youtube to see a 10 minute firework display I recorded one of the 10 nights of Stampede. They ran 3 displays of fireworks in 3 corners of the city so everyone could see it from anywhere in Calgary. http://youtu.be/6HOb64FGJxA
|Love this shot location which I found while working on|
a film called "Scar". Tell me if you find this movie!
|Rogan and the crowd|
The second and final outing in the month was to see the world famous Slash in concert. Who's Slash, if you don't know you are likely born before 1965 and / or you never heard of Guns N Roses. He was the lead guitarist for G N R in the late 80s and early 90s before they broke up. Slash is still considered one of the best guitarist of all time and continues to play with multiple singers when he isn't headlining his own projects.
Sweet Side story: I hooked up a $200 ticket from Kijiji for $50. My buddies, Chad, Dave and Ajax were already going so I met them before at a bar and then we walked up to the concert together. Unfortunately on the way in the guy who was meeting me with his ticket texted that he sold it for more to someone at the door. Bastard!
Since my friends were connected with VIP tickets because they know Slash they told me to follow them in and the plan was to work something out. Looking back it seemed childish, but when Dave said, "Brad, don't you have to pee?" as they stood in line to get their tickets passed security I took off and walked in to the show as Slash's band had just begun.
Note: I happily would have bought the kijiji ticket, but when that opportunity slipped away I went as far forward as I could until my path was holted. The road block finally came when the show was over and the boys went back stage with their passes. Unfortunately they did not get to meet Slash this time nor did anyone with Back Stage passes as he took off straight away (disappointing for all who paid a pile of money).
Truly a great show and I recommend picking up one of his new albums. 2010 Album of the Year, I believe.
NOT Recommended: An artist that wants to perform in Calgary, Don't go to the Jubilee! They do not even allow water inside!!! A Thirsty 2+ hours for sure.
|Myles and Slash|
|The other Man! Yeah right!|
|Ripping it up|
|The crucial Back Stage Pass|
Bootlegged version of Communication Breakdown by Slash's Band featuring Myles Kennedy shot by someone I know ;-P ...http://youtu.be/Ixn33gKydhg
|It ain't easy getting cowboyed up!|
|Can carnage at Nashville North|
|Wave rider for your basement?|