Artist Shannon Lawlor tells us the story behind the 2017 Calgary Stampede poster

Shannon Lawlor, an artist based in Nanton, Alberta, painted the original artwork for the 2017 Calgary Stampede poster. The Calgary Stampede is excited to participate in the first annual #LoveYYC Day! On Saturday, November 5 we are offering 2 for 1 pricing on select Evening Show tickets for Stampede 2017. Use promo code LOVEYYC to get yours here on November 5.

If you would like a 2017 Stampede poster, you can pick one up at Stampede Headquarters Reception, 1410 Olympic Way SE. Read on to learn more about Shannon’s journey as an artist and the story behind the 2017 Stampede poster.

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A baker’s dozen of ideas for how to spend your Final Sunday at Stampede

Ok, guys, tomorrow is final Sunday. It’s free admission from 10 a.m. to noon. Stampede Park is jam packed with fun rides, great food, crazy adventures, dazzling shows, agriculture, culture and much, much more. Not sure where to start? Here’s a baker’s dozen of ideas. Come celebrate – and have fun!

1. Take a free WestJet Skyride! (Yes, free! All day!)

2. Visit Indian Village. It’s one of the most interesting, vibrant & peaceful places on Stampede Park. Have a bite at the Bannock Booth and browse the arts and crafts fair. Indian Village Closing Ceremonies, 7:30 p.m.

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The Artist Ranch Project: incredible art inspired by the western way of life

Each year the Stampede funds a small group of selected contemporary artists to spend a weekend in Longview to experience the western way of life on an authentic working ranch. The artists will then create a body of artwork inspired by their ranch experience, culminating in a unique exhibition and sale of work in the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase art show.

This program is called the Artist Ranch Project.

2016 Artist Ranch Project by Michelle Atkinson

Glass piece by Michelle Atkinson, inspired by the red barn at the OH Ranch

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We farm to support a brighter, better future for our children

Kassie O’Brien and her husband Kent, who is a 4th generation farmer, and their two daughters Klair and Karla, started 4K Farms in 2013. Their farm is located in Southern Alberta near the small town of Swalwell.

They started their farm with goats, alpaca and chickens. Wanting healthier lifestyle options for their family they purchased a sow Ezmerelda, then a boar Zuckerman and their pig adventure started!

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4K Farms is presenting Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11AM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about 4K Farms

Kassie O’Brien:  4K Farms heritage pigs are BC SPCA Certified and are raised without the use of antibiotics.

With over 60 humanely raised breeders 4k farms sustains a complete farrow to finish farm! 4K sows are bred ONLY once or twice a year, Moms have months in between births to allow some relaxing time.

All the pigs at 4k are given clean paddocks with trees for shade and wallowing holes, we rotate paddocks frequently to prevent boredom and allow rejuvenation of the land.

We give our pigs enrichment items that change all the time, tires, frozen treats, balls, forage and scattered treats to dig up and sniff out! 4K pigs are fed a diet of wheat, peas, barley and fodder.

Fodder is grown year round so the pigs are fed grass in the winter months.

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Baa is the new moo

Their name says it all – Lambtastic! Ray and Nancy Nolan, partners in life and business, own and operate Lambtastic Farms near Vulcan, AB. Lamb is low in fat and full of protein so you can actually feel good about what you eat! Their lambs are raised in a healthy environment without the use of hormones or animal by-product feeds.  Lambtastic is presenting with Grainworks on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 3PM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.
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Calgary StampedeBriefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

Ray Nolan:  Born and raised on a sheep farm in Ireland, where the family farm still operates today. Before returning to the a agriculture career, I was a chef for over a decade cooking in Ireland, England and finally Canada. During my culinary career I was fortunate enough to work at some great establishments. meeting some great people and cooking for the likes of HRH Queen of England at her royal state banquet to Nelson Mandela which was my personal favorite. Also during that time I met my wife, Nancy while working at the Dorchester hotel on park lane London.

Today we reside in Vulcan AB with our two boys Brayden 4, Charless 2. We run a flock of 350 ewes and grain farm. Our typical day is never a dull one varies from meeting chefs to butchers and the daily business of running a farm which is highly demanding. Our livestock require care 7 days a week, a farmers work is truly never done.
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Chili Chili Bang Bang

For the last seven years, one day each Stampede, the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage has been the scene of the great chili cook-off among 3 teams from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. This year the competition takes place on Wednesday, July 13th at 11AM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage in BMO Marketplace Hall A.

Boys and Girls Club 2014

The kids are incredibly creative and draw on their own culinary experiences (and maybe some advice from mom and dad) to come up with various themes on the traditional chili. We’ve tasted “Jamaican Me Crazy” , “Cha Cha Chicken”, “Chili, chili, bang, bang” chili and many more. It is so much fun to watch these kids embrace the Stampede experience .

Kids chili cookoff Nenshi 2015

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Combining two loves – cooking and firefighting

Jean-Pierre Galli wears two hats – a firefighters helmet and a chef’s hat. A Calgary firefighter who is also a classically trained chef, J.P. is competing in the 7th annual Police and Firefighter cook-off Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7PM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.

JP and fellow firefighter Todd Nabozniak will meet Constables Karen MacLeod and Dean Moody to determine which team takes home the coveted Police and Firefighter Cook-off cup.

Angela Knight of the CBC Eyeopener is the MC, Jon Cornish, former Calgary Stampeder is joining the panel of celebrity judges and Mayor Nenshi will be dropping by to show his support for the competitors.

Group shot 2015Pictured from 2015 Competition: Sean Lynn, Karen MacLeod, Angela Knight, Barry MacDonald, Jean-Pierre Galli

Calgary Stampede: What came first – firefighting or cooking?

J.P. Galli: I grew up in South Africa and left for Switzerland when I was 18 to do a three year culinary apprenticeship. When I came to Canada I worked at Emerald Lake Lodge as a chef and became involved with the Field, BC volunteer fire fighters.  I moved to the Alberta Wildland Firefighting Rappel Crew and then the Calgary Fire Department. Firefighting is my profession but I still love to cook.
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How to be an Arts Champion

Fiddlers. Break dancers. Painters. Sculptors. Singers.

130 young people armed with brass and kettle drums.

Calgary Fiddlers

The Telus Youth Arts Showcase was an inspiring start to the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions.

As the Calgary Stampede Showband, joined by the Stetson and Round Up bands thundered “Jubilateo” (commissioned for the Showband as part of the 2012 Stampede Centennial celebrations) to open the lunch, I couldn’t help but feel a little humbled by all the time and passion that these young people, their instructors and their parents invested to bring them to that moment.

Stampede Showband

The Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions “celebrates the transformative power of the arts, building momentum for the future.”

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If we believe that arts are a vital part of any vibrant community, how can we support? How can we be an arts champion?

In her welcome message, Patti Pon, president & CEO of Calgary Arts Development and chair of the Stampede Community Projects and Development volunteer committee writes:

“[Arts champions] see the arts as a good thing, as something of value, as a way to make discoveries to connect with others, to celebrate life, and to make meaning about what it is to be alive. They see arts as a way to develop youth into their best selves and to help tell our stories in the world.”

Youth Showcase

Did you know that Calgary Arts Development invested in 150 arts organizations on behalf of the City of Calgary in 2015 alone? Wow.

When I started working for Stampede, I had no idea how invested the organization is in the arts.

Stampede invests in youth development programs like the Stampede Showband and The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede. Did you know that every one of the participants in these programs is given a scholarship by the Calgary Stampede Foundation?

The new Youth Campus will be a hub for creativity—as home to the Calgary Opera, Calgary Arts Academy in addition to the aforementioned youth programs.

The Public Art volunteer committee works to bring public art works that tell the story of our western heritage—they have brought works like Outlaw to the community, and By the Banks of the Bow to Stampede Park. They will unveil a new artwork in ENMAX Park this May.

Western Showcase committee brings Western Canada’s largest Western Art Show to Stampede each year, showcases crafts, culinary arts and runs an artist-in-residence program throughout the year.

Youth Talent Search gives young people the chance to showcase their craft and winners get access to incredible resources, including a $10,000 grand prize.

The great takeaway? There are infinite ways to be an arts champion and we all have the capacity to be one.

The Stampede is honoured to work with artists of all ages – to invest in the next generation of creatives and patrons. And to live in a city where arts and arts champions abound.

Kitchen Theatre’s 30 foot long kitchen island

Those of you who have visited Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theater may have been wondering about our wonderful 30 foot long cabinet island where our presenters cook and our dueling chefs compete.

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It came to us courtesy of Kim Lund at  Silver Bow Woodcraft who became involved with Kitchen Theatre through Stampede director Jill Cross. Initially it didn’t seem like too big an undertaking until Kim discovered we required a 30 foot long cabinet island – perhaps the longest in Canada!  Working with committee members and Fabio Centini Silver Bow got a good idea of how the kitchen was supposed to function.

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It’s never a good thing to have your food all over the front of your shirt

Words to live by courtesy of Emily Richards, a professional home economist who has a passion for all things food. Emily, presenting for Canola! Eat Well, was on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage Monday night.

Emily Richards

This is going to make you hungry when you read what she cooked and served to the lucky crowd who watched her show:

  • a crostini with ricotta cheese and roasted red peppers, garlic, Italian parsley red wine vinegar and basil on top
  • ricotta cheese with a wonderful honey drizzled over it
  • a variety of olives heated in the frying pan with some canola oil and fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme.

Fortunately for us she provided the recipes for everything she cooked during her 3 day visit to the Calgary Stampede. Emily Richards Recipes

Don’t miss her next 8:30PM shows  Wednesday, July 8th, following the 6PM Police and Firefighter cook-off, and Thursday, July 9th, following our 6PM 2nd Dueling Chef competition, in the BMO Marketplace, Hall A.

We pour our hearts into every cup

What is latte art? Always up on the latest food trends,  Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre welcomes Latte Art Love, a pop up coffee catering and café to our stage in the BMO Marketplace, Hall A. on Saturday July 11th at 8:30PM. Their hand crafted coffees are almost too beautiful to drink!  Elle Nguyen and Allison East are co-owners of Latte Art Love.

For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

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Elle Nguyen: A Latte Art Love day varies depending on the day – sometimes Allison & I are popping up with a full service espresso bar at Arche Loft; some days we are delighting coffee lovers with freshly made drinks at a local event. Allison and I experiment with coffee grind size and milk foaming technique – changing temperature and pressure from the weather have an effect on the coffee and the equipment needs to be adjusted to ensure perfect espressos are pulled from the machine every time.

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS STAMPEDE EXECUTIVE CHEF DEREK DALE?

With only a few days until the start of Stampede, Executive Chef Dale is probably everywhere  on the grounds but on Monday he dropped by Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre to  check out our new digs in the BMO Marketplace, Hall A. Chef Dale is doing two special event cooking shows for Kitchen Theatre during Stampede. Derek and Suzanne

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Calgary top chefs prepare for their Stampede duel

The Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre Dueling Chefs are back!  Sharpening their knives are Rogelio Herrera, Owner and Corporate Chef Alloy Restaurant and Candela Lounge, Ceci Gutierrez, Chef de Cuisine, Pasta at Centini Restaurant & Lounge, Kelly Palmer, Executive Chef, Vintage Chophouse and Tavern, and Pierre Lamielle, Illustrator and Chef. It’s fun, it’s inspirational and you will be amazed at what these local chefs can create when the heat’s on.  Don’t miss it!

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For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.

The endless topic of food

Chef Darren Nixon has been a regular on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage and this year he will be back presenting for Grainworks, a family-owned farming operation which grows, mills and distributes certified organic, non-GMO grains and legumes near Vulcan, AB. As the former chef/owner of the aptly named Divine Restaurant in Okotoks, AB, Darren knows the importance of great and wholesome food.

Come by and see Darren on the Kitchen Theatre stage Friday, July 3 at 7PM and Saturday, July 4th at 1PM.

For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

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Darren Nixon: My day starts early. At 5 am. I manage the seafood and gourmet department in a local grocery store. My day is filled with good production and talking with customers about food ideas and general foodie conversation. When it comes to food I have a gift for gab. In the evenings I teach in home cooking classes for 6 – 12 people. This allows me to continue to research and develop good ideas and feed my passion. Previously the chef/ owner of Divine restaurant in Okotoks, AB.

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