Calgary Stampede: Grandstand Show

Stampede dates: July 7-16, 2018

The Grandstand Show is put on every night of Stampede. But there's more to it than that! The evening begins with the "Rangeland Derby" chuckwagon races. After all the winners are announced, the Grandstand Show begin.

The 90 minute stage show features stage entertainment, skits and musical numbers, featuring the Stampede's own Young Canadians for their 35th year. Hundreds of Calgary performers, who have worked together since their auditions months before, put on this spectacular western-flavored show.

“If Stampede die-hards think they have been there, done that - they haven't seen anything yet,” says Bill Avery, producer/director of the Stampede's Evening Grandstand Show. “Our show blends martial arts, Bollywood moves and junkyard scenes with exceptional acrobatic, dance and vocal performances that will give our audiences something they've never seen or heard before on a Stampede stage.”

Stampede Bands Warming Up Behind the Grandstand The Grandstand Show's world-class line-up for 2011 has seven surprises that will delight guests at this year's Grandstand Show:

  • Canadian rock singer Suzie McNeil, who will perform her own composition “Believe” from the Olympic inspired video and “Let's Go,”
  • hometown dance duo Allie Bertram and Miles Faber, finalists in the television hit So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
  • The new “Dream Flight” cable system creates magic in the air as performers ranging from drummers to acrobats soar 80 feet above the audience.
  • Inspired by the musical sequence that closed the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the Grandstand Show serves up its fusion of dance from Bollywood to electric boogaloo and old school hip hop.
  • With all the fantastic artists and singers performing, it's no secret Calgary's got talent! The Grandstand Show and the 2010 Olympic Ceremonies share the same musical director – our own Dave Pierce.
  • New for 2009 is acclaimed comedian, Sugar Sammy. The Montreal native is well-known for spontaneously improvising with the audience in four languages: English, French, Punjabi and Hindu.
  • Punctuating the evening at various intervals is the perennial favourite TransAlta Lights Up The Night, where for the first time visitors to Stampede Park will be able to enjoy the fireworks display from their seats or from special viewing zones throughout the Park
Stampede Fireworks happen nightly

Just as the crowd applauds, the fireworks begin to finish off the night from the best seats in the Stampede.

Insider's Tip:
The Grandstand Show has in the past been enjoyable and family friendly, but for those in their 20s may find it "lame", not being interested in canned entertainment for tour bus groups (Young Canadians - Canadian Idol group songs - can you tell the difference?). Head off to the Nashville North tent and enjoy great country bands (though there wil likely be a line to get in); but listen for the fireworks portion of the show (they're so close you'll hear them over the loudest bands) and then head outside again.

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