The Juno Awards are this Sunday, April 3! Since it’s the Year of Music in Calgary and our fine city is hosting the show, we thought we’d look back at fond memories of some of the nominees playing here on Stampede Park.

Brett Kissel (nominated for Country Album of the Year) played at Nashville North in 2014 and the Coca-Cola Stage in 2015. But wait, 2014 was far from Kissel’s first appearance on Stampede Park. His first was in 2001 at the ripe old age of 11-years old, when he sang at the Suncor Family Day Breakfast.

Photo Credit: Bill Marsh / Calgary Stampede

Shortly after “Call Me Maybe” exploded in the world, Carly Rae Jepsen (nominated for the JUNO Fan Choice Award) performed on the Coke Stage in 2012. She made her first performance at Stampede in 2009.

Photo Credit: Tye Carson

Paul Brandt (nominated for Country Album of the Year) won the Calgary Stampede Talent Search in 1992. Twenty years later, he found himself on stage at the TransAlta Grandstand Show for 10 nights to celebrate the Stampede’s centennial. He also performed at the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series in 2014.

Paul Brandt 2012

Dean Brody (nominated for the JUNO Fan Choice Award & Country Album of the Year) performed at Nashville North in 2010 and 2011. Here he is on the Coke Stage in 2013.

Photo Credit: Tye Carson / Calgary Stampede

The beloved Sheepdogs (nominated for Rock Album of the Year) on the Coke stage in 2012!

Photo Credit: Bill Marsh

Many, many more of this year’s nominees have performed at Stampede over the years including Walk Off the Earth, Hedley, Marianas Trench, Three Days Grace, Francesco Yates, Matthew Good, Scott Helman, Nickelback, k-os, Splash n boots and more. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees! We’re so lucky to live in a country full of great music to celebrate.