Check Out the Western Legacy Awards Finalists

The Calgary Stampede’s 6th Annual Western Legacy Awards will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony on Stampede Park on October 13th.   These awards recognize the contributions of members of our community based on the four core values of the Calgary Stampede; Integrity, Hospitality, Commitment to the Community and Pride of Place.

This year the Western Legacy Awards Committee was delighted by the number of exceptional nominations.  Leading up to the Awards, I will be posting some of the stories of our finalists from this year’s roster of nominees. 

Finalist: Child and Youth Friendly Calgary

Category: Group – Innovation

Child and Youth Friendly Calgary (soon to be called Youth Central) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1992 and currently runs 10 programs for youth.  Their mission is to engage youth in community participation and philanthropy and to involve youth in the planning and execution of these projects and programs. Last year 2,400 youth donated an astounding 32,000 hours of volunteer work through the CYFC.

In addition to many school satellite programs which organize volunteerism and projects at the community level, the CYFC is committed to removing barriers to public service that youth face.  They have programs to enable young single mothers to contribute to their community.  They have engaged immigrant and ESL youth, whether by providing translators or additional supervision like teaching them to use public transit. They set these newcomers on the path of social involvement and help them take ownership of their communities.

The group has taken part in the development of many City and community building initiatives like the construction of Millennium Skate Park, building community playgrounds and cleaning parks.  CYFC also runs the Mayor’s Youth Council, which engages youth in our municipal political system.  They research issues concerning youth in Calgary and make presentations to staff and Council with their findings.  They offer youth-designated funding through the Calgary Youth Foundation to projects focused on or led by youth in the community.  They empower youth to have an impact on decisions in this city that will ultimately impact them. 

At every level and every step, youth are empowered, employed and engaged in CYFC’s activities.  The Western Legacy Awards Committee is honoured to present Child and Youth Friendly Calgary (Youth Central) as one of this year’s Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Awards Finalists.

If you know of someone in the community who is demonstrating Integrity, Hospitality, Commitment to the Community and Pride of Place, please nominate them for the 2011 Western Legacy Awards.

Spotlight on Calgary Stampede Foundation

You might not be aware of the fact that the Calgary Stampede itself is a non-profit organization.  And, a lot of what you see on Park happens because of the effort of a huge volunteer base and a dedicated staff that work hard all year long.  But, did you know that many of the talented performers that you see during the Stampede are part of programs offered by the Calgary Stampede Foundation, which is a charitable organization?

The Foundation has a commitment to develop the potential of young people in the community and when you see these young people perform, I think you’ll agree that they are doing a pretty great job of it!

So, you might be asking yourself, which groups does the Foundation support?  Well, here’s a brief blurb on each group and what they do.

The Stampede 4-H on Parade Program is an integral part of the education and the development of young people in agriculture. It’s a show that invites youth aged 10-19 to show their steers, heifers, sheep and horses, and to have them evaluated by industry experts. 4-H Rodeo brings together 120 competitors from the Calgary region. Last year there were 450 entries in 9 rodeo events. As an annual program, it is becoming another Calgary Stampede tradition.

Each year the Youth Speech & Debate committee sponsors both the Stampede Invitational Debate for junior and senior high school students and the annual 4-H debate.

The World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband offers musical training to young Calgarians. Currently the Band is 130 members strong and travels around the world entertaining thousands each year.

The Young Canadians School of the Performing Arts is our largest community youth program. The troupe of 173 receive training in the disciplines of voice, dance and gymnastics. We provide scholarships and academic tutoring for those who require them. If you’ve ever seen the Grandstand show it’s obvious how hard these young people work.

The Foundation also supports two other events:

Each spring during Roughstock, the Aggie Days Program provides a “Day on the Farm” to school children aged 6-12. The program presents tours, exhibits and hands-on demonstrations, and is designed to increase the children’s appreciation for and understanding of agriculture in Alberta.

The Stampede Youth Talent Showdown is dedicated to the discovery, development and encouragement of young amateur entertainers across southern Alberta. These young people are awarded the opportunity to perform at the Stampede, to win cash prizes, and often, to embark upon a career in the entertainment business. The winner of this event competes each year at the youth talent contest sponsored by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions where they are eligible to receive further scholarships.

So there you have it, another peek into the inner workings of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and some of the programs and activities that fall under the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, visit our website, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: September 27 – October 3

Rock and Heavy Metal are the main themes this week at Stampede Park as both Slash and the UPROAR Festival highlight the week ahead. Plus this week also features the Calgary Baby & Tot Show, the ABA Beauty Show, and the continuation of Cirque du Soleil KOOZA.

Details here:

  • Slash: Ranked #2 in 2009 by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time and #21 on Gigwise’s list of the 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist and now solo performer Slash will be making an appearance this week at Stampede Park along with Bad City. Monday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stampede Corral. Tickets for this show are available through Ticketmaster.
  • UPROAR Festival: A new annual hard rock/heavy metal tour, this year’s UPROAR Festival features many bands and activities taking place throughout an entire evening. Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, HELLYEAH, Airbourn, Hail The Villain, and New Medicine are just some of the bands featured at this year’s festival. Wednesday, September 29 at the Saddledome. Festival doors open at 3 p.m. and for more information, visit the UPROAR Festival Calgary website. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
  • The Calgary Baby & Tot Show: A fun and interactive event specifically designed to put everything you need all under one roof, here you can learn valuable insights on raising a family. Featuring educational workshops, play areas for the kids, and over 100 exhibitors, this year’s show should offer everything you need to assist you from babies to school age and everything in between. October 2 – 3 at the BMO Centre. Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Allied Beauty Association Beauty Show: Canada’s largest beauty exhibition and educational event, the ABA Beauty Show provides the beauty professional with the best way to keep in touch with everything happening in the industry with workshops, seminars, exhibitors, and much more. October 3 – 4 at the BMO Centre, with tickets available at the door and advance tickets available for purchase on-line. Note that this show is for beauty professionals only and baby carriages and children under the age of 12 will not be allowed on the show floor.
  • NHL Hockey: Calgary Flames pre-season action continues this week at the Saddledome as the Flames take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, October 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets for both games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • WHL Hockey: The Calgary Hitmen take on the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday, October 2 at the Saddledome. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Cirque du Soleil – KOOZA: Cirque du Soleil makes its way back to Calgary, and this time it’s at Stampede Park! KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. KOOZA runs from September 16 to October 24, and the Cirque du Soleil Grand Chapiteau will be located in Parking Lot 6, just south of the Big Four Building. Tickets for the Calgary show are available on-line.

For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, visit our website, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: September 20 – 26

A little bit of everything this week at Stampede Park as the Calgary Hitmen hold their WHL home-opening game of the season on Friday, while the NHL’s Calgary Flames start pre-season action this week as well. That, plus a few concerts, a couple of trade shows, and of course: BIEBER FEVER invades Stampede Park!

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Farewell and THANK YOU!

My reign as 2010 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess has been an unforgetable experience filled with adventure and excitment. The year has definitely had a positive impact on my personal growth and maturity. I am very happy with my contribution towards the Calgary Stampede and the Indian Village. I am feeling very complete as my year comes to an end.

Twelve months ago, I was unsure what I was stepping into as Indian Princess but now that the year is over, I have gained a new understanding of my world. The royalty program prepared me with great leadership and public speaking training – I feel confident stepping into the world as a mature young lady.

It was such a wonderful and humbling experience to represent the Indian Village and the First Nation people of the Treaty 7 area. I have many more great friends as a result and I thank all the people who welcomed me into their lives and alowed me to share my Blackfoot culture with them. I walk away with great memories that I will hold dear to my heart.

In my year as Indian Princess I wanted to represent the Calgary Stampede and the Indian Village with as much pride and enthusiasm as I could create. I believe I did this. I will continue to encourage all young cowgirls and young native girls to compete in the Royal Trio and the Indian Princess competition. It was such a great experience where you grow as a person, meet wonderful people, attend world class events and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

I want to send my gratitude to all my supporters, new friends, the Calgary Stampede, the Indian Princess Committee and Indian Events Committees and most importantly, my family. I wish each of you the very best.

I’m confident the next Indian Princess will have an equally rewarding year.

Farewell and THANK YOU!
Sahvanne Weasel Traveller
Calgary Stampede Indian Princess 2010

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: September 13 – 19

This week features a sneak-peek at potential future “stars” in the sport of Rodeo as the Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo runs this weekend. The Calgary Home & Interior Design Show and the Body, Soul & Spirit Expo make their return to Stampede Park along with the Addison Travel Trade Show, and this week also sees the start of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA performing here at Stampede Park from September 16 to October 24.

All the details here:

  • Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo: Come enjoy a weekend of watching 4-H youth rodeo “stars” as the Calgary Stampede presents the 12th Annual Stampede 4-H Rodeo. Competitions include Junior, Intermediate and Senior Barrel Racing, Thread the Needle, Pole Bending, as well as Intermediate and Senior Breakaway Roping, Cow Riding, and Goat Tying. This exciting two-day format will also include arena safety seminars, sports medicine, and conditioning demonstrations. September 18 and 19 in the Big Top Tent.
  • Addison Travel Trade Show: Addison Travel Trade Shows are the most popular and effective way to discover what’s new and what’s hot in the Canadian travel industry. If you’re a travel agent, you’ll have the opportunity to meet face to face with some of the world’s leading travel suppliers and discover the latest about destinations and travel products. Tuesday, September 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the BMO Centre, Palomino Room. Note that this is a professional trade event only; spouses and children will not be permitted into the show.
  • Cirque du Soleil – KOOZA: Cirque du Soleil makes its way back to Calgary, and this time it’s at Stampede Park! KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. KOOZA runs from September 16 to October 24, and the Cirque du Soleil Grand Chapiteau will be located in Parking Lot 6, just south of the Big Four Building. Tickets for the Calgary show are available on-line.
  • Calgary Home & Interior Design Show: For four days only, find the latest in innovative products and new ideas. Get help from top industry experts like Ty Pennington, HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler and Hometown Hero Alykhan Velji. Plus, shop and save with over 350 of Calgary’s favourite retailers at the Calgary Home & Interior Design Show. September 16 – 19 at the BMO Centre. Advance tickets are available on-line, and tickets will also be available at the door.
  • Body, Soul & Spirit Expo: The Body Soul & Spirit Expo is Canada’s Holistic & Spiritual Lifestyle event, and showcases products, services and resources for growth, and fosters the individual quest for wholeness and self understanding. In representing such a diverse field, the show seeks out extraordinary individuals, businesses and organizations that offer products and services that facilitate this quest. September 17 – 19 in the Big Four Building. Tickets available at the door.

That’s all for this week. For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, visit our website, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: September 6 – 12

Aerosmith, Diana Ross, and the Calgary Bridal Expo highlight the week ahead at Stampede Park.

  • Aerosmith: “The Bad Boys from Boston” along with very special guests Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be making an appearance this week at Stampede Park as part of their Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock 2010 tour. The action begins Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Tickets for this show are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Diana Ross: American singer and actress Diana Ross will be making her way to the Stampede Coral this week as part of her More Today than Yesterday tour. The show will feature Diana performing her greatest hits along with a live string and horn section. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Stampede Corral and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary Bridal Expo: Featuring fashion shows, a wedding gown sale, and over 100 top wedding specialists from Calgary and the surrounding area, the Calgary Bridal Expo is one destination that any upcoming brides-to-be will want to make sure they hit before planning their big day. Sunday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BMO Centre. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, or advance tickets can be purchased before September 10 from any Calgary The Bay or Home Outfitters locations.
  • Stampede Casino: The Stampede Casino is now a part of the Stampede Family! Open all year-round and featuring all your favourite slots, tables, a 24 hour poker room, as well as excellent food and special events throughout the year, there’s always something going on down here, so why not drop by for a visit? For example, Sunday Brunch is served at the 1912 Bar & Grill every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only $10.99, or redeem points from your Stampede Rewards card for free admission. Come check it out!

That’s all for this week. For updates and info on everything Stampede, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede, on Facebook through our official Facebook fan page, visit our website, and stay tuned to the official Stampede Blog to learn more about some of the things happening Here. All Year.

World Renowned Cirque du Soleil – KOOZA coming to Calgary!

Hey everyone, I have got some super exciting news – in case you haven’t heard, famed Cirque du Soleil is making another appearance in Calgary this fall to the Grand Chapiteau, at Parking Lot # 6 on Stampede Park.

KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: it combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

The show will be running from September 16, 2010 until October 10,2010. This is a must see performance for any age, so be sure to purchase your tickets before your preferred show date and time sells out!

I remember in 2005 when Alegría came to town under the Grand Chapiteau (“The Big Top”) set at the Currie Barracks. It was an unforgettable evening of awe-inspiring talent; words don’t even begin to do these performers justice. While I had seen previous shows at their home theatres in Las Vegas, the Grand Chapiteau still provided the exact same feel as if you were in a home theatre. Honestly, you will not even believe that this once bare parking lot has now been transformed into a fantastic arena for the show.

Truly do not take my word for it…read some reviews, watch some of the multimedia videos on the Cirque du Soleil websites, and most importantly – book your seats now to what is sure to be one of the most exciting evenings of your entire year! (Aside from perhaps the Sunday Rodeo Finals at Stampede.)

Enjoy KOOZA !

Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.