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Originally meant to be posted to [livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads :-D

Back in the day Tim Horton's was mostly just coffee and donuts - now you can get lunch, soup, sandwiches and more fast :-D I think sometimes it was mostly a regional thing - I grew up in Western Canada where you were most likely to see Sir Donut and Robin's Donuts. Now you can't find either.



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[livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads is having a hometown ad event, so I was pleased to share this gem!

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] calzephyr77 at Hello Calgary!
OK, here's an ad from where I have called home for the past 20 years. I guess when you've lived in a place that long, it becomes home. Why I never moved back to Edmonton is kind of a mystery, but I feel like a tourist when I visit now. My husband has lived here all his life and once shared with me one of his favourite childhood memories. Watch the video and then I'll tell you the rest of the story...





I accidentally crushed my husband's feelings when I discovered that "Hello Calgary" was not unique - although it was one of the first "Hello" spots used around the world in the 80s from the US to Toowomba. If you want to learn more about the Hello campaign, it was featured earlier on an episode of This American Life :-)
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Friend my art LJ, [livejournal.com profile] purpleponyart, if you find you're just not getting enough posts from me ;-)

Canada celebrated it's 147th birthday on Tuesday, and the family and I went down to Fort Calgary to celebrate. I didn't grow up in Calgary, but I am celebrating my 20th year here, so it's a little embarrassing to admit that there are tons of places I haven't visited or things that I haven't done yet. It's easy to take a lot of things for granted when you live in a place. Canada Day activities are a little tricky as Calgary is now a city of over 1 million people! That means it seems like half of Calgary is everywhere in one place, and Fort Calgary was no exception.

Along with a show and shine featuring over 100 classic cars, there were food trucks, Lord Strathcona's Horse Mounted Troop, a free pancake breakfast and half price admission to the museum. I will have to go to the museum again. It's small, but there's still so much to read. It's better than Heritage Park in some ways, as it is far more informative and historical, instead of just being a great place to stroll around with an ice cream cone :-) It's hard to believe that the Fort Calgary site used to have warehouses on it, until a new roadway threatened the site and steps were taken to save the site and recreate the barracks. Archeological digs took place too! Calgary loves to reinvent itself, and it's fortunate that forty, fifty years ago, someone could see the need to save it for the future.

Sadly, the only photos I took of the celebrations were with my cell phone. I had packed up my camera kit, remembering an SD card, but completely forgetting the battery on the charger. Ah well! Pam of Always Artistic gave me a great simple tip - buy a second battery :-D Here are a few snaps - the yellow shaggin' wagon was my favourite - it reminded me so much of our family van from the 80s :-)


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So, a few years ago, the unimaginable happened and it made national headlines - Calgary voted in a Muslim mayor! Shocking, because despite Alberta being home to Canada's first mosque, and an amazingly diverse population, it's easy to be characterized as a bunch of rednecks with a big mall, a big rodeo and a big oily hole in the ground. A lifetime of living under this stereotype has its effects, so I think I'm justified in feeling a little smug these days. As if we were living in some strange, parallel universe, around the same time a few years ago, Toronto voted in the oafish Rob Ford. He has constantly been in news for bad behaviour, the latest of which alleges that he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine.

But, you don't have to take my word for it, here's our mayor, doing what he does best - simply being awesome!



calzephyr: (Canada)
[Error: unknown template qotd] It's a bit of a toss-up for me between 1990, 1991 and 1992 because they were such solid years for good Canadian alternative/rock music when so many bands were at their peak and broke away from the sound of the previous decade (Corey Hart...Bryan Adams...ugh...) and it was lucky for them because CanCon regulations had increased by then, so you couldn't help but listen to them. If I feel nostalgic for the early 90s because I was in my teens then and it also marked the end of the Progressive Conservative era...for a while anyway!

The Northern Pikes always had prairies written all over them...





Blue Rodeo is always a class act, but Casino (1990) and Lost Together (1992) are my favourites...for the longest time they were the only Canadian band that could make a decent video...





And then it's hard to believe The Hip polished their sound enough in one year to go from Road Apples (1991) to Fully Completely (1992). All my friends were captivated by the strange darkness of this song (everyday I'm dumping the body) and it marked the end of their crappy videos.



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I stopped in my usual spot on the 10th Street bridge in Calgary, Alberta to scan for ducks and geese on the river. Rafting on the Bow River is a popular summer past time, but I have never seen such a home made raft before! I originally thought it was garbage. It was well hidden from view on the promenade - only someone really searching for it would find it :-) Bit of a mystery!
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[Error: unknown template qotd] Canada must be fairly unique in that it did not gain its independence through violent means (*cough* polite means *cough*) but my family and I usually go out to Banff National Park on July 1st. There's lots going on in the townsite and admission to the park is free. I posted a few pictures in the past - I'll have to go back and retag them.
calzephyr: (Canada)
[Error: unknown template qotd] Canada's national dish is often said to be poutine - french fries covered in cheese curds and gravy. Literally it looks like a heart attack on a plate and I'm not sure it would be too appetizing to many people. You can get poutine at most fast food restaurants here; I like New York Fries. New York Fries is a Canadian company, much the way that Boston Pizza is also a Canadian company! Shawinigan Fries or Edmonton Pizza just don't roll off the tongue that nicely!

For Canada, Wikipedia suggests Poutine, Pancakes with maple syrup, Beaver tail (pastry), Butter Tarts, Nanaimo Bar, Salt cod, Pemmican, Macaroni and Cheese.

If I recall right, Canadians are really big fans of Kraft Dinner. Now Nanaimo bars...those I heartily recommend. They're total sugar bombs, but so good.

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