WHEN THE REALITY TV SHOW SURVIVOR FIRST burst onto my tube in 2000, I was immediately hooked. The combination of the personalities of the contestants, the athleticism of the challenges, and the strategy of the game itself was enthralling to me and I have never missed an episode of Survivor in its 25 complete seasons since. (Yes, for those of you who haven’t been following the show, there have been 25 seasons!)
Bringing us to the world through song
The ground in Fort McMurray is fertile. Not in a traditional sense, of course, as it is difficult to grow much when snow covers the ground for three quarters of the year.
For songwriters, however, Fort McMurray is fertile ground with inspiration all around them.
Perhaps the band that most taps into the heart of growing up in Fort McMurray is The Rural Alberta Advantage.
There are two salvations of my morning drive. One is a smoothie. The other is a radio spot promoting NorthStar Ford, which is owned by Marty Giles.
In a market fraught with lackluster radio spots, the NorthStar Ford commercials are smart, compelling, and original. Giles writes the ads himself, which proves that you don't need an MBA to be a marketing hero (you don't even need a degree-Giles is a self-described "University of Calgary drop-out").
Want a real man’s haircut? Hit up Tommy Gun’s and take advantage of their great services. Free drinks, snacks, and arcade games to boot, plus a wide selection of men’s grooming products. It’s a win-win. They also own Fat Franks. What a company!
SO, AM I A TOWNIE YET?
A guide to becoming a true McMurrayite
I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN FORT MCMURRAY FOR SEVEN AND a half years. Sometimes I joke that I am now technically a “townie.” This usually gets a chuckle from people, except actual townies who don’t seem to find it humorous at all.
For the most part, we are from somewhere other than Fort McMurray. I believe that is the reason we have such a friendly city, because everyone is from somewhere else. We all have fewer people to rely on so we have to rely on each other.
The Tavern on Main
Great service, great location and basically any beer in the world at your disposal. If you haven’t been there yet, check it out. Also, it’s Fort McMurray in a nutshell. A place where blue collar meets white collar and everything in between.