You may have heard Calgary Stampede Talent Search contestants sharing Stampede spirit at a Caravan committee event, or singing on stage at “Windows on the West” during the 10-day Stampede. Past-winners have even taken the Coca-Cola stage, Nashville North and the Grandstand. Do you remember Paul Brandt hosting the centennial TransAlta Grandstand Show? He is the 1992 Stampede Talent Search Grand Prize winner.

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The 2014 Stampede Talent Search auditions take place May 2 to 4, 2014. Qualifying contestants will then compete during the 10-day Stampede for their share of more than $10,000 in cash prizes.

From September to August, the Stampede Talent Search committee works hard to discover, encourage, develop and showcase talented performers. That means providing performance opportunities for many of our finalists and past contestants at venues across Calgary and the surrounding area. From office parties to grand openings and celebrations, we are continually seeking stages to show off our exceptional young talent.

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The Stampede Talent Search program and committee is a little known yet integral part of the spirit and hospitality that the Stampede provides. We are dedicated to developing and showcasing some of the best young talent. This year is the first year that our audition call is Canada-wide – and so far, we have contestants coming to show their stuff from BC to Ontario. You can be certain that the diversity and quality of our performers will only get better and better in the coming years.

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Sign up for auditions is still open. If you know a talented young performer between 13 and 21 years of age, information on submitting a video audition or to sign up for a live audition can be found at www.stampedetalentsearch.com. We are even looking for talented Junior performers between ages 6 to 12.

The Stampede Talent Search competition starts Saturday, July 5 and runs nightly until July 12. All shows start at 6 p.m. in the Boyce Theatre. After the first five nights of the competition, the initial field of 70 Senior performers is narrowed down to 28 for the semi-finals and then to 14 for the final night when the Grand Prize winner is announced.