For 34 years the Stampede Talent Search program has been one of the first to shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s most talented young performing artists. At this year’s Stampede, many of our Champions will take on some of the biggest stages and dazzle the largest crowds with their talent, showmanship and outstanding personalities.

Our 1999 Champion, country artist Trevor Panzcak, will be on stage at Nashville North almost daily inspiring thousands to get into the Stampede spirit.

Trevor performing on the Stampede Talent Search stage in 2010.
Trevor performing on the Stampede Talent Search stage in 2010.

2008 Champion James “Peterpot” McInnes and 2012 Champion Annika Odegard will take the stage nightly during “Barnburner” – the 2014 Grandstand show in front of an audience of over 187,000 over 11 nights.

2013 Canadian Beatbox Champion “Peterpot” introduces himself.

2012 Champion and dynamic entertainer Annika Odegard.
2012 Champion and unique entertainer Annika Odegard.

Our current Champion, 2013 winner Michael Bridge will be onboard a float during the Stampede Parade! He is an accordion virtuoso who will energize all 350,000 people along the parade route and 550,000 people watching the live TV feed at home with his lively music.

The Stampede Parade will be just one performance for accordion virtuoso Michael Bridge during the ten days of Stampede.
The Stampede Parade will be just one performance for Michael during the ten days of Stampede.

And back on stage at the Saddledome, Friday July 11th, 1992 Champion and Juno Award winning Country artist Paul Brandt will entertain over 18,000 in a much-anticipated arena concert.

Paul accepting our Champion's trophy in 1992.
Paul accepting our Champion’s trophy in 1992.

The Stampede Talent Search committee takes great pride in providing a stage for young aspiring performing artists from across Canada to showcase their talent. Seeing so many of our exceptional Champions experience success in their chosen careers is an important tip of the hat that this program is successfully living up to its mandate to discover, develop, encourage and showcase top young artists. To see the list of all our 33 Champions, visit

You can watch the talented contestants ages 6 to 21 from across Canada in this year’s Stampede Talent Search competition, nightly at 6:30 pm in the Boyce Theatre, during the Calgary Stampede. No shows July 3rd, 9th, or 13th.