By Mark Reid
Each Canadian understands a handful of dates that modified our country—July 1, 1867; November eleven, 1918; September 28, 1972—but our nation’s background, now greater than 50,000 days lengthy, runs a lot deeper than these iconic moments. From politics and wars to usual mess ups, innovations and activities, this hugely readable and wonderfully designed album deals an enticing and insightful portrait of lifestyles in all components of Canada. that includes a beautiful array of color and black-and-white photos, a hundred Days that modified Canada is a sublime memento and a vital addition to each library.
Contributors contain Michael Bliss, Stevie Cameron, Adrienne Clarkson, Tim cook dinner, Charlotte grey, Ken McGoogan, Dick Pound, Bob Rae, Peter Mansbridge, Rona Maynard, Peter C. Newman, Margaret Wente and Brian Williams.
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Making Rodeo Popular and Respectable The development of ranching in southern Alberta began tentatively in the 1870s but grew signiﬁcantly after the arrival of the railway in 1883. The Calgary Stampedes of 1923 and subsequent years were built on about forty years of cowboy sporting events in southern Alberta. 2 Nevertheless, they spread quickly from the ranches and into the broader culture to create a public taste for cowboy sports that would ultimately take the form of rodeos. Local ranchers, for example, were heavily involved in the horse races held in conjunction with the Fort Macleod fair in 1886, and in addition to participating in the conventional races, they put on what was called a “cowboy race” between the ﬁrst and second heats of the meet.
6 Such shows doubtless stimulated popular interest in rodeo and helped legitimize local contests as fashionable and attractive mass entertainment. Even so, the occasional lapse into vulgarity at these events conﬁrmed a view that they were only marginally respectable. 7 When animals were involved in sport, the picture was further complicated by notions about the proper relationship between people and animals. ”8 Much the same reaction arose relative to the “cowboy sports,” probably put on by travelling showmen, in Victoria Park (the site of the annual Calgary agricultural exhibition) 26 MAKING TRADITION: THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, 1912–1939 in 1905.
33. Farm and Ranch Review, 20 June 1923. 34. Farm and Ranch Review, 5 June 1913 (advertisement). 35. Farm and Ranch Review, 25 June 1927. 36. Dempsey, Golden Age, 129; Gray, Brand of Its Own, 100; Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Exhibitions, Toronto, November 24 and 25, 1949 (pamphlet), copy in PP, ﬁle 1768, PAA. 37. LeCompte, “Home on the Range,” 324–25. 38. Ian McKay, The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth Century Nova Scotia (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994).
100 Days that Changed Canada by Mark Reid