by Kevin Gould
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Opposition to the plans for a rodeo this summer is growing, the SPCA having spoken up against it and launched a website against it. Website may have points to make but is graphic in places.
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These issues, like bull fighting or running of the bulls, are always very controversial. But at least in Spain or out West they have a long tradition and strong cultural connections. Here it’s just a gimmick.
But, I thought somehow “cowboy culture” made a mark in Quebec. There are some rodeos here, “Lucky Luke” may be from Belgium but it has some presence here. We had the first French language country-western station just outside if Montreal. It’s a vague thing, since I’ve not paid any real attention, but something seems to be in Quebec.
That said, it’s not something that seems to be part of Montreal.
There’s a thing called the Festival Western St-Tite but that’s some considerable distance from the metropolis.
St-Tite has tried to hold a satellite event here in Montreal for a few years and it never really catches on.
You can go back all the way to Drapeau and the Expo (at the defunct Autostade) for attempts at getting rodeos to catch on in this city. It never works. Just like baseball, some people keep trying to push it as something we are. I don’t understand why, it’s simply not a Montreal thing.
Some people I know go to the real St-Tite every other year. They go see it as outsiders. To them it’s a tourist festival to visit, not a celebration of their culture. They’ll listen to Paul Daraiche and don cowboy boots for a week. Then they come back to their real life where cowboy hats are a costume, not actual clothing.
I’d say if it’s a “vague thing”, it’s preservation doesn’t trump ethical considerations.
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