The 2014 Calgary Stampede TransAlta Grandstand Show, Barnburner, will celebrate the heritage and stories of chuckwagon racing by inviting the audience to come home to the excitement and celebration of a distinctly western party.
Each evening, after the final heat of the GMC Rangeland Derby, legendary chuckwagon driver Tom Glass will bring the party from the barns to the stage of the Grandstand. The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede will be joined on stage by an international cast who will bring the stage to life through musical performances, extreme acrobatics and urban, stomp and freestyle dance.
The most technological show ever created by the Calgary Stampede, Barnburner is a tribute the long-standing tradition of chuckwagon racing. For nearly a hundred years, every summer, families loaded up their horses and drove across Western Canada to race their chuckwagons around the tracks. Once a summer, they got ready for the biggest race and the biggest payday in the sport: The GMC Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede.
“This year, the TransAlta Grandstand Show celebrates those families,” says creative producer, Dave Pierce. “Every night, once the races had finished, if you took a walk around the track to the barns and waited for the chores to be finished, if you were lucky—they’d let you stay for the party and you’d be part of a real Barnburner.”
New creative producer Dave Pierce won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on the Opening, Closing and Victory ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Pierce has assembled a creative team of internationally acclaimed directors, choreographers, costume designers, script writers, production designers and event specialists.
Tickets for the TransAlta Grandstand Show, Barnburner, begin at $56. Every ticket includes a seat to the GMC Rangeland Derby and an amazing vantage point for the biggest fireworks show in Stampede history. You can purchase your tickets online at calgarystampede.com/tickets.