2012 is a milestone year here in Calgary as it marks the centennial year of many organizations around town, including the Calgary Public Library, City of Calgary Recreation, and yes, the Calgary Stampede.  As such, our city has also been designated the Cultural Capital of Canada, and last night, the folks over at Calgary 2012 threw a big bash in the BMO Centre to celebrate!

Entitled the Sweet City Opening Celebration, named after the 2012 theme song for this year, Sweet City Woman by the classic Canadian (and Calgarian!) rock band The Stampeders, the entire city was invited to attend a free concert and party to help kick things off.

Many groups from all over representing a wide variety of culture were invited to perform and participate, giving Calgarians a taste of the diverse cultural makeup of this city.  Performers included luchadors, performance artists, hip-hop dancers, burlesque troops and so much more.  Mayor Nenshi and Premier Redford were in attendance, and our very own Stampede Royalty were on hand to participate as well.  The headlining act:  A full musical set (with encore!) from none other than The Stampeders themselves.

As a Stampede volunteer and a Calgary 2012 Cultural Ambassador myself, I have to say that 2012 is going to be a BIG year, not just for the Stampede, but for Calgary as well.  We truly are Greatest Together, and if you’d like to learn more about what 2012 has in store for all of Calgary, stay tuned to Calgary 2012 where you can find out everything there is to know about how we’ll be celebrating all aspects of culture in our great city throughout the year.