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At the culmination of the performance season, the Stampede Showband prepares to compete in Indianapolis

The 2018 Calgary Stampede festival has come and gone for the year but the Stampede Showband is still in full swing as they prepare for the SoundSport International Music & Food Festival in Indianapolis. The festival takes place on a smaller spatial scale than what the Showband has been performing in Calgary and with shorter song length requirements. To accommodate their performances, the approximately 150 Showband members have been working hard to compress their 45 minute Saddledome Steps show to seven minutes, while tightening their field movements. This challenge includes learning new songs and new choreography, and both tasks have kept Showband members busy all week. Members of the Stampede Showband rehearsing outside of the TransAlta Performing Arts Studios field. Although the requirements for the SoundSport Festival are tighter, the competition is big. More than 35 ensembles from the United States, Canada and around the globe will be competing in various categories including the full ensemble and events like the DrumLine Battle™. Showband Drumlime members prepare additional songs for the DrumLine Battle™ Preparing for a world-class competitions right after the Stampede festival is to be expected for Showband members as it`s the last month of the group’s annual performance cycle. […]

What does a historical collections assistant do?

Holly Flegal & Jake Sawyer, 2018 Historical Collections Assistants As the 2018 Historical Collections Assistants, we were lucky to spend two months working with Stampede artifacts and learning a lot about collections management.  Today we’re going to share with you some of what we learned, and some of our favourite objects from the Stampede Archives. At the very beginning of our time with the Calgary Stampede, we learned a lot about the basics of archives and collections including how to handle, inspect, and properly catalogue and store artifacts. We were able to assist in the development of an exhibit about the Calgary Stampede Archives that was displayed in Quirk Cabin in Weadickville during the 10-day festival, and we assisted with media events as part of the Community Engagement and Communications team.  We definitely didn’t anticipate how much we would be involved in, but we loved the chance to learn and broaden our horizons! During our time at the Stampede, we also discovered some really interesting objects, so we decided to share our top four favourites with you: A can of ‘Cayooscrap’. A literal can of dirt to give your boots that worn-in look. A letter from Guy Weadick, founder of […]