Summer is right around the corner, which only means one thing to Calgarians: Stampede season is coming.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is the Grandstand Show that ends off the night for 10 days straight, and this year’s is looking to be a can’t-miss event.
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A release from the Calgary Stampede states that the theme of the 2019 Grandstand show will be “Trailblazer,” taking inspiration from the travelling shows of the early 20th century yet being performed on the most technologically advanced outdoor stage in the world.
“Each year we try to top the last,” said Dave Pierce, the Grammy and Emmy award-winning creative producer who organizes the performances.
“This year we are creating a spectacle that sees multiple individual acts on stage all at once, performing in unison with 130 Young Canadians. A show of this scale has never been seen at the Calgary Stampede and will only be here for 10 nights.”
The entire show will be led by show master Onalea, who will be joined by what the release refers to as “Calgary’s own travelling band of musical pirates, the Polyjesters.”
Music, acrobatics, and dance will all come together for a fiery tribute to the South American cowboy, according to the release.
The 2019 show will also include a participatory pre-show for all in attendance, thanks to this year’s title sponsor, Bell Canada.
“Bell has been a proud Stampede partner for over 15 years, and we are honoured to present the 2019 Bell Grandstand Show,” said Loring Phinney, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Bell Canada, in the release.
“We look forward to finding different ways every year to enhance the Grandstand Show experience for the audience and the broader Calgary community.”
Tickets to the Grandstand Show can be purchased online, and if you grab a seat for the premiere performance on Friday, July 5, you’ll be able to buy it for 40% off (if you do so before May 11, that is!).
Tickets start at $49 and include a seat at the GMC Rangeland Derby as well as admission to Stampede Park for that day.
Standing tickets can also be purchased for just $17.
The Grandstand Show: Trailblazer
When: July 5 to 14
Time: 7:45 pm
Where: Stampede Grandstand – 1410 Olympic Way SE
Tickets: Online, $17 for standing, $49+ for seats