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The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and the Centre for Newcomers take centre stage at Dave Kelly Live – Home: A Calgary Christmas!

After months of preparation, The Young Canadians, together with children from the Centre for Newcomers, spread their holiday spirit as they performed in Dave Kelly Live – Home: A Calgary Christmas on December 9 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The Young Canadians practicing for the big show! “This is the second year The Young Canadians have been a part of this special holiday celebration and it’s something they look forward to every year,” said Mark Eriksen, manager, The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts. The special evening featured stories, songs and laughs with Dave Kelly, along with special guests Paul Brandt and The Young Canadians, with: The Flat Whites and Mandy Stobo. The Young Canadians take centre stage. Photo by: Benjamin Baird The Young Canadians have been hitting the rehearsal studios at the TransAlta Performing Studios for weeks in preparation of the big performance, and this year was extra special, as they invited children from the Centre for Newcomers to come rehearse and perform alongside them. The Young Canadians practice for the big finale with children from the Centre for Newcomers “Our goal is to work with organizations that are mainstream and bridge communities. We wouldn’t be able to […]

Stampede bucking stock ready to rock at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas

Where do you stay in Las Vegas if glitz, glamour and gambling just aren’t your thing? Oh… and you just happen to be one of the world’s best bucking horses. Reckless Margie, Stampede Warrior and Tootsie Roll relax in their home-away-from-home in Las Vegas Just like any elite athlete, the horses invited to compete at the National Finals Rodeo need to be relaxed, comfortable and eating and drinking well in order to be able to perform at the top of their game. Finding that comfort zone can be a challenge – especially smack dab in the middle of the bright lights of Vegas. The horses also need to be close to the Thomas and Mack Center, where the nightly performances of the NFR take place. And that’s where a nearby football field comes in very handy. Fourteen horses and one bull made the trip to Las Vegas from the Calgary Stampede Ranch For a few weeks in December, yard lines are replaced by fence lines. The grassy gridiron is sectioned into pens and exercise spaces. It’s a unique space in the middle of the city, and the Calgary contingent settled in quickly. Their comfort level shows in the success of their […]