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Where Calgary - - CONTENTS - —In­ter­view by Mandi Haasen

Brett Kissel (page 35) Photo Cour­tesy Warner Mu­sic Canada

July 4 Cana­dian coun­try singer Brett Kissel will get you danc­ing in your cow­boy boots at the Cal­gary Stam­pede Coca-Cola Stage (page 20) with up­beat hits like “It Started with a Song” and new mu­sic—his catchy new sin­gle “Air­waves” was re­cently re­leased from his new al­bum that'll be out this fall. Kissel says guests can ex­pect the show to be “en­er­getic, ex­cit­ing, and un­pre­dictable—I’m bring­ing a spe­cial guest, and I'll per­form with as much gusto as I pos­si­bly can.” When you’re not busy two-step­ping, check out Kissel’s rec­om­men­da­tions for Stam­pede fun:

Mid­way Food: Brett loved the deep fried peanut but­ter cups at pre­vi­ous Cal­gary Stam­pedes, and this year’s menu is packed with peanut but­ter good­ies in­clud­ing the PB & J fun­nel cake and PB & J skew­ers (page 20).

Stam­pede Spirit: If you’re not at the grounds for the main event, Kissel rec­om­mends vis­it­ing Cowboys Casino (page 36) “for the Stam­pede at­mos­phere 24/7” or the “vet­eran coun­try night hall” Ranch­man’s (page 55). Kissel says Cow­boy’s Dance Hall is also one of his favourite places to go in Cal­gary for “the Stam­pede at­mos­phere all year-round.” Dur­ing Stam­pede, of course, it's a leg­endary night­club spot and are is also host­ing a plethora of con­certs.

Un­wind from Stam­pede: Need a break? Kis­sell likes to visit FARM Res­tau­rant (page 58) when he’s in town: “they have the best wine and cheese, it’s my favourite spot [in Cal­gary] to eat.”

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