So last year I was the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess. What that means is that I attended 350+ events in the city of Calgary, around Calgary, Germany (twice), Toronto, Pendleton, and Regina (2014 grey cup) all to promote my unique First Nations culture and the connection of the stampede and the Indian Village for one whole year. It was an unforgettable year and I met so many great people, travelled to beautiful places, and learned so much more about my culture.
This year, it happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Indian princess program! It’s also the last year that the Village is in the same location. Next year it’ll be on the opposite side of the park.

So with that, I’ll be back at it for the 10 days of the 2015 stampede and I couldn’t be more excited! This time around, most of the princess alumni members will attend events together, or divide into groups and attend multiple events, making it more exciting because it’ll be a first for the program to have more than one princess there. So starting with Canada day up until the 12th, I’ll be all around the city celebrating my culture and western heritage. I also may post more about it on here as the days go by.

If you see me in the parade (July 3rd) feel free to give me a wave as I ride by! :)

Lexington High School Alumni: musician, composer, and New York Times Best-selling author, Amanda Palmer:

“What is the most significant thing that happened to you in high school?”
“Oh my god, that’s such a hard question to answer cause there’s so many answers. Probably, there’s so many answers, but significant one of the biggest things to form and mold me we was the drama department. Steve Bogart our crazy, weird, risky drama director who treated us like adult artists and then made it really disappointing to go out into the real world because I thought that everything was just going to get better from there and it didn’t. So that was a big one.

Also dropping out in 10th grade and striking a bargain with my parents that if I could drop all the classes I hated and take them in summer school at minuteman tech then
then I would stay in Lexington High School. So my 10th grade year I dropped Chemistry, World History, and god, whatever my math class was… I just dropped all the boring shit and
and took French, English, drama, and gym… and music. And then i had to make all the shit up at minuteman teach over six weeks but i was like six weeks of hell is is way way less bad than seven months of hell or however long a school year was.“

“What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a stranger.”
“A stranger?”
“Which stranger, depends”
“If you’re walking down the street and you see someone and they look kind of like… sad?”
“Ummm ‘you’re not alone.’”
“What happened that made you learn that?”
“Umm… feeling it myself, you know, really struggling a lot through high school and college in my early 20s with a lot of identity crises and loneliness and depression and starting my band and traveling the world for years and years and realizing that everyone is just as fucked up as I am. I mean in the relative scale of fucked up-ness none of us are alone it’s not like pain happens in isolation. Everybody is suffering with their own issues and I think the hardest thing about being a teenager is you look out and you think it’s just you and it’s just not true. Everyone out there is struggling and suffering, it’s just everyone is very good at hiding it.”

Photographer: Amanda Lin — with Amanda Palmer.

Alumni Update: Adrian Daniel 

Brooklyn based R&B artist Adrian Daniel makes slow burning, effects-coated torch songs. He’s been rising in the local scene for a minute now - and his newest single was recorded in February at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn.

Stream “Wildfire” below, recorded by Converse Rubber Tracks engineer Geoff Sannhof and out now on Tommy Boy Records: