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Spaghetti Western firmly on Calgary’s musical menu
By Mike Bell,
August 1, 2012
To say the Spaghetti Western Festival has been quietly working its way into the city’s cultural fabric for the past half-decade would be somewhat misleading: there’s nothing quiet about the rip-roaring good time.
But still, the free festival on Olympic Plaza which features some of this area’s finest country and western artists alongside national and international names, has grown incrementally over the previous four years. This year, it celebrates its milestone with its first two-day outing (Aug. 18 and 19) with its biggest event, yet — surprising even its organizer Matt Masters.
Spaghetti Western Festival: a down-to-earth affair
By Sebastian Buzzalino
In stark contrast to the endless, grandiose glitz and gluttony of the Stampede, the free Spaghetti Western Festival is a much more modest, down-to-earth affair, primarily designed to showcase and celebrate country music in Calgary and beyond.
For the past five years, the Spaghetti Western Festival has humbly called Olympic Plaza its home for a day in August, open and free to the public. This year, however, with the help of Calgary 2012, Matt Masters, curator and director of the festival, is pleased to report that they are able to expand their line-up across two days, making a weekend out of it.