Moose Jaw to be known as 'Canada's Most Notorious City'
Published Monday, February 4, 2019 6:11PM CST
Last Updated Monday, February 4, 2019 6:35PM CST
The city of Moose Jaw is adopting a new slogan.
"Canada’s Most Notorious City" will become the defining line in March.
There have been a number of slogans throughout the years: first "The Band City", paying tribute to an old band festival and parade held in Moose Jaw.
It was then labeled "The Friendly City" – a nod to the city’s friendly citizens.
In 2009, it was "Surprisingly Unexpected".
The goal of the new slogan is to grab people’s attention.
“In our clickbait society, it’s really important to get that word out,” said Jacki L’Heureux-Mason of Tourism Moose Jaw. “You’ve got two books in front of you – do you want to read about the friendly person, or do you want to read about the notorious person?”
Although some people may think of the word ‘notorious’ in a negative light, it’s supposed to be an acknowledgement of the city’s history.
Kelly Carty, who works for the Moose Jaw Tunnels, said Moose Jaw was once known as the red light district of the Prairies.
There were also rumours that Al Capone once called the city home.
“You can’t change your past, so we’re taking a light hearted look at what happened, but we’re telling some real history,” said Carty.
The city chooses to embrace it.
“We are not embarrassed of that history. We have built an entire tourism industry on that fact, so why not promote it?” said L’Heureux-Mason.
Mayor Fraser Tolmie said the word ‘notorious’ is open to interpretation, and it’s up to the people to make it a positive.
“We are notoriously friendly, we’re notoriously generous in this community,” said Tolmie. “We’ve got an interesting story here in Moose Jaw, so come and hear.”