Calgary Stampede Talent Search live auditions return to Boyce Theatre

For over 35 years, the Calgary Stampede Talent Search has been finding and nurturing young amateur performing artists, seeking the brightest talent from across Canada. This weekend, May 5 – 7, 2017, auditions once again begin in search of young entertainers seeking the limelight, at the Boyce Theatre located on Stampede Park.

Taking the stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search

Taking the stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search

Billed as a unique experience helping talented Canadian youth expand their artistic passions, young performers 6-21 years of age are invited down to Stampede Park to give it their all, taking the stage to impress audiences and judges alike. Performers 6 – 12 years of age will compete for a spot in the Stampede Week competition and development opportunities. Performers 13 – 21 years of age will compete for a spot in the Stampede Week competition, the chance to win the Grand Prize of $10,000 cash, a one-of-a-kind belt buckle, and a customized performer development package. Continue reading

TransAlta Grandstand Show promises to deliver a uniquely Canadian experience

There’s only one way to tell Canada’s story: big! As Canadians celebrate the nation’s milestone 150 birthday, the annual TransAlta Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede joins the party this week, announcing the creative spectacular Together. Together is an exhilarating spectacle that promises grand imagery and breathtaking performances only available at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

One of the many talents performing front and center at the TransAlta Grandstand Show

Produced by Dave Pierce, Emmy Award winner for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Together is a force of creativity with outstanding voices and talent coming together from coast-to-coast-to-coast to bring audiences an unforgettable experience.

“The Olympic ceremonies set a benchmark for showcasing Canada. Together will be the biggest, most visually spectacular show yet, an extravaganza not to be missed — made right here at home just for the Calgary Stampede,”says Pierce.

Hosted by Canadian icon, Jann Arden and backed by an all Canadian creative team, the TransAlta Grandstand Show also features the talents of the Alberta Ballet, The Young Canadians, Calgary’s adult choir Revv52, Inuit throat singers, Cailyn DeGrandpre and Samantha Kigutaq, among many other inspiring performances by musicians, acrobats and dancers of all ages. Continue reading

Looking Forward Toward Summer 2017, Calgary Stampede Announces Reverse Parade Route

Taking the stage Thursday, March 28, 2017, Calgary Stampede president & chairman, David Sibbald, gathered the city’s local media in the Boyce Theatre, making a special announcement about the 2017 Stampede Parade. Before making it to the end of the speech, the five-time world champion Calgary Stampede Showband and arrived on stage doing what they do best, playing their heart out and adding to the air of mystery in the room.

Calgary Stampede president & chairman, David Sibbald on stage with the Calgary Stampede Show Band

Calgary Stampede president & chairman, David Sibbald on stage with the Calgary Stampede Showband

Always a man for detail, the Stampede’s fearless leader asked the band to turn about-face, reversing the formation, aptly matching the announcement of a new direction for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Parade route! “The Stampede is now, and always will be, a gathering place for the community to celebrate western traditions and enjoy western hospitality with friends, family and guests.” Said Sibbald, “Today is about an invitation to come watch the iconic Stampede Parade …travelling in a reversed direction on the same route…” Continue reading

2017 Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction: Perspectives from a Newbie

Four months before guests gather to watch the chuckwagons race at the Calgary Stampede, potential sponsors for the chuckwagon canvases gather on Stampede Park to place their bids. The 2017 Canvas Auction, presented by GMC, took place Thursday, March 23 and set the stage for the always long-awaited and much-anticipated GMC Rangeland Derby. As a born and raised Calgarian, I’ve been to the races plenty of times, but seeing the other side of it at the Canvas Auction put a whole new perspective on the build-up to, and community pride of, the drivers and support for the sport.

Left to Right: Princess Brittany Lloyd, Queen Meagan Peters, Indian Princess Savannah Sparvier, Princess Lizzie Ryman

Left to Right: 2017 Stampede Princess Brittany Lloyd, Queen Meagan Peters, Indian Princess Savanna Sparvier, Princess Lizzie Ryman

 As folks gathered on Stampede Park, hearty handshakes were given between bidders and drivers, while naturally curious fans gathered in a separate viewing area to see how it would all play out. In the Boyce Theatre where the action was happening, drivers were led onto the stage one-by-one by the 2017 Stampede Royalty; Indian Princess, Savanna Sparvier, Stampede Queen, Meagan Peters, and Stampede Princess’ Brittany Lloyd and Lizzie Ryman. The drivers were put under the spotlight, with the highest bidder winning the right to sponsor the driver and have their brand advertised on the canvas of the particular sponsored wagon.

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