This Is My Vancouver

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In the light of the riots in Vancouver this week, a collective has gathered online to reclaim their city. They are trying to take back what it means to live on the west coast and reset the image the riots have made to the rest of the world. Vancouverites have done it by spontaneously gathering to clean up the mess and by sharing their idea of what Vancouver means to them.

I live in Calgary now, but in the weeks before I left, I took some pictures. They now adorn my phone, my computer, my home.

This is my Vancouver.

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This Is My Vancouver.

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Getting Dressed For Stampede Is A Truly Religious Experience

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A funny thing happens in Calgary in June every year. Just as people go shopping for outfits to wear to weddings, showers and reunions – people also go shopping for their “Stampede oufit.”

Even the most refined of fashionistas will be seen ditching their Dolce for gingham. Plaid, denim, hats and boots are a must.

When building your outfit at Chinook Centre‘s newly opened True Religion start with the jeans and work from there.

True Religion has an entire denim bar in their stores where you can quickly scan the cuts, seams, stitches and styles. There are literally dozens of combinations of wash and seam stitching that can take your style from understated to very very bold.

And don’t be shy about trying something a little more flashy than you’re used to. You never know until you try it!

The different denim styles all have male names associated with them, but the inspirations for the 2011 season come from – famous rodeo bulls.

Perfect for Stampede!

Once you have your jeans, toss on a button up poplin shirt. Buttons are best because they’re easy to rip open and roll up to be more casual in the beer garden (or pancake breakfast).

The biggest pancake breakfast during all of Stampede happens at Chinook Centre and the True Religion gang will be there flipping with the rest of them for the 51st edition.

Calgary’s Summer Cultural Food Festival Calendar

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Like Transit says in his great new tribute to Calgary, we are not all cowboys. Actually, Calgary is one of the most multicultural cities in the country. I hate to trot out our Mayor as an example, but yeah, Naheed Nenshi can be the poster boy of the diversity of our city.

Summer is festival season in Calgary and while your Sunfest, Sun and Salsa, Lilac Festival and Marda Gras celebrate neighborhoods and business districts of Calgary, if you really want to dig into the different cultures in Calgary, you need to hit an ethnic festival.

The costumes, the dance, the food. It really is all about the food.

Perogies, rotis. dolmades, jerked chicken, samosas, and more. All, most likely, hand made by someone’s grandmother working a back kitchen to help and raise money for the local community. You can’t get more authentic than this.

Here’s a rundown of the cultural (food) festivals happening in Calgary this summer:

Calgary Ukranian Festival – June 4, 5 – Acadia Recreation Complex

Carifest – June 11 – Shaw Millenium Park

Calgary Greek Festival – June 17, 18, 19 – Hellenic Centre

Calgary Turkish Festival – July 9, 10 – Eau Claire

Fiestaval Latin Festival – July 23, 24 – Canada Olympic Park

Afrikadey – Aug 8 – 13 – Prince’s Island Park

Globalfest – Aug 19 – 27 – Elliston Park

Expo Latino – Aug 26 – 28 – Prince’s Island Park

IndiaFest – Aug 28 – Shaw Millennium Park

Calgary Highland Games – Sep 3 – Springbank Park

It’s a chance to travel around the world almost every weekend of the summer without ever leaving home! Which festival is your favorite?

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