One Day in Calgary: Tara McLeod of Nice Horse and Kittie

After coming on the professional music scene in 2005 with the world-acclaimed, all-women metal band Kittie, guitarist Tara McLeod has garnered a reputation in the music world as one of the best at her craft.

Aside from touring the world and recording three albums with Kittie, she has also toured with Canadian music icons Fefe Dobson and Shawn Desman, as well as recorded with No Joy and, more recently, One Bad Son. Her most active project of her these days though is being a member of the award-winning country band Nice Horse.

Comprised of four members (Katie Rox, Brandi Sidoryk, Krista Wodelet and McLeod), collectively Nice Horse is nominated for five 2022 Canadian Country Music Awards including Music Video of the Year for their self-produced video for “High School”. McLeod herself is up for Guitar Player of the Year.

We’re crossing our fingers for the guitarist and the rest of the band when the CCMA Awards announce their 2022 winners on location in Calgary on September 10 and 11.

After spending years living in Toronto, McLeod moved to Calgary to be in the same city as the majority of her Nice Horse bandmates and has since fallen in love with Calgary food scene. Here’s some of her top spots for eats and drinks.


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