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Calgary celebrates its roots as a global oil capital

For a week every year, Calgary, the city at the heart of Canada’s oil patch, pays homage to its wild west roots. Shaun Polczer dons his Stetson and joins the party

It’s close to midnight at Calgary’s Palace Theatre, but the party is just getting started. The so-called “First Rowdy”, is the unofficial kick-off to a week of boozy celebrations coinciding with the Calgary Stampede rodeo, an annual summer festival tapping the cowboy culture and frontier past of an emerging global oil capital. Even as other oil-producing regions of the world struggle with wars, rumours of wars and volatile oil markets, Calgarians are partying like it’s 1912 - the year the Stampede officially began. With its oil production poised to double to 6.2 million barrels per day (b/d) by 2030, it has plenty to celebrate. A packed house of oil-company executives, investment bankers

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