After eight days of competition, 67 contestants, and 10 judges, Lizzy Munson came out on top as the 2016 Stampede Talent Search Champion. With her own mash-up of “Heart Shaped Box/Smells Like Teen Spirit” her unique vocals, combined with a moody and dramatic cello performance, stood out from the field.

2016 Champion , Lizzie Munson, on stage Saturday night. (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)
2016 Champion , Lizzy Munson, on stage Saturday night. (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)

Lizzy takes home the President’s Trophy, a custom-one-of-a-kind silver belt buckle, a performer development package, musical instrument and recording prizes–and $10,000 cash.

“The caibre of talent in this year’s competition was extremely high,” says Andrew Bunka, Chair, Stampede Talent Search Committee. “We will look back on today and realize how privileged we were that Lizzy, and many other outstanding finalists, chose Stampede Talent Search as a stop on their creative journey.”

The first runner-up is Craig Henderson of Victoria, BC.

Second runner-up is Zasha Rabie of Okotoks, AB.

Third runner-up is Kate Stevens of Calgary, AB.

The Don Welden Most Promising Performer award was presented to Jana McDonald of Calgary, AB.

Don Welden Most Promising Performer Award winner, Jana McDonald (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)
Don Welden Most Promising Performer Award winner, Jana McDonald (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)

Although the competition is over, the Stampede Talent Search provides development opportunities by nature of its scope and professionalism that can propel the careers of outstanding young performers. As Stampede Parade Marshal and Country Music Superstar Paul Brandt, and Grandstand headline performer, Annika Odegard, demonstrate, the Stampede Talent Search is an excellent platform for launching great careers.

Canada-wide registration for the 2017 Stampede Talent Search will begin in March 2017 and auditions will be held in May. Additional information and online registration is available on the Stampede Talent Search website: www.stampedetalentsearch.com