O Canada!

Breathtaking, incredible, inspiring– these are just some of the terms used to describe the 2015 TransAlta Grandstand Show: Canadian Classic.

The 2015 TransAlta Grandstand Show - Classic Canadian

The 2015 TransAlta Grandstand Show – Classic Canadian

It’s hard to say what made this year’s show so amazing; between the tribute to Canadian innovation, allusions to our nation’s natural wonders, The Hockey Song and electrifying pyro technic displays, each set was just as astonishing as the last. But what made me tear up every single time without fail, was the nightly citizenship ceremony.

For 10 nights, live in front of an audience of 20,000 people, 13 immigrant families came onstage with The Young Canadian’s of the Calgary Stampede to take their citizenship oath and were celebrated in spectacular Stampede style.

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Lucky Stampede Lotteries Winners announced!

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Prizes for the 2015 Stampede charity lotteries were valued at $1.3 million! Tonight, a lucky group of people became Stampede Champions. Notable prizes up for grabs were a $864,000 dream home, almost a quarter of a million dollars cash, as well as a pickup truck with a boat.

 

This year's Stampede Champions are Paul Allred (Rotary Dream Home), Mike Burnyeat (Truck & Fifth Wheel), Ken Pierson (Truck & Boat), Mike Moore (Truck & Toys), Kevin Willerton (Corvette Stingray), Lal Perera (GMC Yukon), Andrew Pike (Harley-Davidson), Frances Henrickson (Split’em 50/50 - $242,055 Cash), Marty & Gloria Jurgens (Early Bird Winner - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe 1LT) and Linda & Paul Thomas (VIP Prize Winner - $10,599)

This year’s Stampede Champions are Paul Allred (Rotary Dream Home), Mike Burnyeat (Truck & Fifth Wheel), Ken Pierson (Truck & Boat), Mike Moore (Truck & Toys), Kevin Willerton (Corvette Stingray), Lal Perera (GMC Yukon), Andrew Pike (Harley-Davidson), Frances Henrickson (Split’em 50/50 – $242,055 Cash), Marty & Gloria Jurgens (Early Bird Winner – 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe 1LT) and Linda & Paul Thomas (VIP Prize Winner – $10,599)

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Why Nestlé the miniature dachshund is so SUPER

Nestlé Silo Charman, and her human handler Erin Mizzoni, are quite the dynamic duo—after a fantastic introduction into the glitz and glamour of the President’s Choice SuperDogs show last year, this pair is back and better than ever for 2015!

Nestle is a three year old, chocolate miniature dachshund

Nestle is a three year old, chocolate miniature dachshund

I recently had the chance to interview this SuperDog competitor and her human—we went for a walk in Bowness Park and I learned all about Nestlé’s preparation for Stampede time.

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Treats were had and hard hitting questions came flying at the hound and handler. How did Nestlé become so super, I asked?

“Aside from being a SuperDog, Nestlé is certified as a Canine Good Neighbour (CGN), Agility Novice Selected (AGNS), Agility Jumper Selected (AgNJS) and Scent Hurdle Dog Champion (SHDCh)” says Mizzoni, “she’s also a therapy dog!”

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Quarter horsing around at Horse Haven

The Calgary Stampede is proud to once again partner with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)! The AQHA has impacted the lives of horsemen and women around the world–ensuring the unique qualities of this breed does not parish. The AQHA strives to provide beneficial services to both their members and their American Quarter horses.

If you’ve been to Stampede Park during Stampede time, you may have seen the AQHA booth in Horse Haven in the Agricultural Barns!

Pictured: Working Cow Horse Classic Open Bridle Champion 2014– Maximum Echo, ridden by John Swales, owned by Flo Houlton

Pictured: Working Cow Horse Classic Open Bridle Champion 2014– Maximum Echo, ridden by John Swales, owned by Flo Houlton

AQHA members are passionate about the care of the American Quarter Horse and the vast lifestyle created by the world’s most popular horse. The Stampede shares this passion for horses by presenting exceptional equine experiences year-round and during the Greatest Outdoor Show in July.

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Stampede update from president Bill

So lots of things have happened or are currently going on since my last blog:

  1. The Election: the outcome was a surprise to most including me. However I am very optimistic that the Stampede can have a great relationship with the new government. We have a great story to communicate as our organization touches the works of many government departments or ministries – Education, Tourism and Culture, Agriculture, Aboriginal and  Environment to name just a few – and our Youth Campus development is a project that members of every political party can get behind and support. So we will be inviting and hoping to see the new Premier and other members of the government here during Stampede this year.
  2. Calgary Flames: it was fabulous to see the City but in particular Stampede Park and 17th Avenue come alive again during this year’s exciting Flames playoff run.  Congratulations to that organization for a great year and hopefully we can now make Flames’ playoff games an annual event to look forward to for a number of years in a row.

    Calgary Flames 2015 Playoff Run

    Scotiabank Saddledome during the Calgary Flames 2015 playoff run

  3.  Stampede is Coming: time is going by fast and at time of writing this less than 50 days until Stampede. New announcements coming out almost daily it seems. Stevie Wonder now added to concert line up for final Sunday, love the concept of outdoor patio and Stoli Lounge for Nashville North along with great music line up, an expanded Bud Zone at south end of park will be very popular and though not allowed to share any details yet, there is  a great new show performing in the Corral during Stampede which will be a big hit and unbelievable that it is being provided as part of the free entertainment on Park.

    Calgary Stampede Midway

    Calgary Stampede Midway

  4. Parade Marshal: I am very excited about this year’s parade marshal – expect an announcement in early June.
  5. People: apparently April 12 to 18 was National Volunteer Week and for some reason it looks like we missed sending out any messaging to our volunteers. Sorry about that as in my view the Calgary Stampede is blessed to have the most passionate and hard-working volunteers of any organization in Canada and in my position I think about and am thankful for that every day on the job.

    Promotion committee volunteer at 2014 Door Open YYC on Stampede Park

    Promotion committee volunteer at 2014 Door Open YYC on Stampede Park

  6. People 2: don’t want to forget about and also thank our hard working employees who are now literally burning the midnight oil to ensure that Stampede 2015 will be one of the best ever. Special congrats to our newly appointed Vice-President and CFO Shelley Flint who is doing a great job on the numbers side and Sarah Hayes Vice-President, Foundation who was so very instrumental in the success of the Calgary Stampede Foundation’s Capital Campaign.

    CEO Warren Connell and COO Paul Rosenberg helping out CS employees at the recent Riverbank Clean-up event

    CEO Warren Connell and COO Paul Rosenberg helping out CS employees at the recent Riverbank Clean-up event

  7. Being President: We are a large organization with many moving parts and a few thousand brand ambassadors in the form of volunteers and employees. As President, I receive many compliments and the occasional criticism (but happy to say the compliments far outweigh the complaints) about something we have done or are doing either on Park or in the community. I certainly don’t know all the details of every CS decision and program so I’m just getting more comfortable with saying “thank you” on behalf of our entire organization of volunteers and employees. (The complaints I just send down the hall to Warren – only partially kidding about that.)

6th Annual Coca-Cola Covert Concert

There are just 42 days left until 2015 Stampede time!

We could hardly contain our excitement to announce the July Coca-Cola Stage line up. Tonight we celebrated our 2015 line up announcement with more than 1,200 music enthusiasts at Flames Central. In true rock-star fashion, we partied to live performances by July Talk and Brett Kissel, chatted up local celebrities and feasted like kings.

A great time was had by all.

Pictured: Brett Kissel performing for fans at the Covert Concert

Pictured: Brett Kissel performing for fans at the Covert Concert

Lucky members of the public (you had to win to get in) were the first to know who will be headlining the Coca-Cola Stage this July– the suspense is now over.

(Drum roll, please….) The complete 2015 Coca-Cola Stage line up includes:

Thursday, July 2 (Sneak-A-Peak): Beat Drop Fest

Friday, July 3: Kiesza

Saturday, July 4: Brett Kissel

Sunday, July 5: Vance Joy

Monday, July 6: Lights

Tuesday, July 7: Ok Go

Wednesday, July 8 (8 p.m.): Scott Helman

Wednesday, July 8 (9:30 p.m.): Francesco Yates

Thursday, July 9: Moist

Friday, July 10: July Talk

Saturday, July 11: Arkells

Sunday, July 12: Magic!

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2015’s New Midway Foods Are Waiting For You – THE MIDWAY CHAMPION!!

 

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We’ve spent the last year seeking out the best and craziest foods from all over North America to bring you the best new Midway foods out there!

Think your taste buds and your stomach are up to the challenge? 2015 is shaping up to be another Champion year. Don’t worry – all your favourite classic fair foods are still as popular as ever and will be waiting for you.

Check out our newest additions below and try these tasty treats on the Midway this July!

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