"I think there’s fear out there that Calgary is rich, successful and sophisticated, and Toronto doesn’t want us to be the hotbed of culture that we are. They deal with it by slapping the old cowboy hat on us."
-- Aretha Van Herk, reacting in Swerve to the cover story about Calgary in the current issue of The Walrus. Apparently, Toronto-centrics can't resist the cowboy icon. (Van Herk will be a member of a forthcoming Walrus Glenbow debate June 7 at 6:30 at the Max Bell Theatre about Calgary’s cowboy culture.)