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Tate McRae Performs First Hometown Concert at Calgary Stampede: 'I Put Off Doing This Show For So Many Years'

The breakout Canadian star took the stage to an excited audience for renditions of hits like "Greedy" and "You Broke Me First," as well as performing her song "Calgary" in its namesake city.

Tate McRae
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One of Canada's buzziest stars was just welcomed home with open arms — and screaming fans.

Tate McRae performed her first hometown show on Friday (July 5) during the Calgary Stampede. The L.A.-based musician, who had a major breakthrough year in 2023 with her Canadian Hot 100 No. 1 "Greedy," sang chart hits like "Exes" and "You Broke Me First" for a crowd that knew every word.


Surrounded by backup dancers and outfitted in a glam miniskirt, fringe-heavy arm bands and, of course, boots, McRae brought pop star confidence to the Cowboys Music Festival stage.

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She also took some time to speak frankly with the audience.

"I put off doing this show for so many years because I felt like I was gonna shit my pants," McRae said. "We're finally here, we're doing it," she continued, "It's really crazy — I feel so proud to be from Calgary."

But coming back to Calgary can also be disorienting for McRae. "There's so many memories, and you know things in my brain that I associate with this place, so many songs I've written about this place," she said. "Every time I come back home I feel like the annoying little sister, a f--king pain in the ass to my parents, and I go back to all my old high school traits," she continued, guessing that some in the audience could relate.

McRae channeled those feelings into writing "Calgary," off of her 2023 album Think Later, and after the vulnerable introduction, she performed that song in its namesake city for the first time — to an audience that was glad to have her back.

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Norman Wong

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Happy Anniversary, Archie: Alvvays' Debut Record Gets a 10th Birthday Re-Issue

The Canadian jangle pop group's first album will be available on a new cerulean blue vinyl with an unearthed bonus track, as well as the ten original songs — including breakout single 'Archie, Marry Me' — that launched their career in 2014.

A major Canadian indie rock album turns 10 today (July 22), and the band is celebrating with a special re-issue.

Alvvays' self-titled debut helped the group break through on an international scale, propelled by jangly guitars, aloof vocals and an expertly catchy single. "Archie, Marry Me," with its soaring chorus and pleading lyrics, became a wedding song for a generation of ambivalent millennials, earnest and sardonic at the same time.

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