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Calgary Stampede: Day 7 – Octi-Lollipops and Fantastic Dream-Pop

All Photos by Ceilidh McQuillan

On July 10, 2019 individuals from all over the world headed over to day 7 of the Calgary Stampede to eat a variety of unique foods such as the Octi-Lollipop, an octopus tentacle on a stick (sounds disgusting but apparently it is to die for according to stampede go-ers), ride their favourite rides, play their favourite carnival games and most importantly watch live performances at various venues across the stampede grounds.

I headed over to the Coca-Cola Stage to catch a performance from local Calgary art rock band Braids (no not the hairstyle as one may expect.) Although Braids is from Calgary, Alberta, they are currently living their lives to the fullest in Montreal, Quebec. The local band is currently formed of members Raphaelle Standell-Preston (Vocalist), Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith. Braids formed their group way back in their highschool years during 2006, releasing their debut album Native Speaker in 2011.

The art rock band came back to their hometown to perform a quick set at the Calgary Stampede Coca-Cola Stage and enjoy all the festivities that come along with the Stampede. It was a chilly evening but that did not scare Braids away from putting on a captivating performance at the Coke Stage. The band took to the stage to put on a mesmerizing performance for the crowd with their dream-pop sound. The Calgary band performed songs such as “Letting Go,” “Lemonade,” and my personal favourite “Miniskirt”

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