While the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede are a busy time of year for the Calgary Stampede Showband and The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, these young musicians, singers and dancers are just as busy year-round, impressing spectators with their award-winning performances, with the holiday season as no exception. Here’s a look at all  the festive events the Showband and The Young Canadians have been involved in leading up to Christmas.

Optimist Festive Showcase

On November 27, 2019, the Showband and The Young Canadians took to the stage at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for an evening of song and dance at the Optimist Festive Showcase. The annual event also featured performances by the Calgary Stetson Show Band, the Calgary Round-Up Band, Band of Outriders, St. Jerome Handbell Team, Cochrane High School Choir and the Heebee-Jeebees. The Young Canadians performed a holiday medley of favourites: That’s Christmas To Me, We Need a Little Christmas and Christmas Swing. The Showband showcased their incredible talent, playing a unique concert piece titled Gandolf.

Members of The Young Canadians performing at the Optimist Festive Showcase.

Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade

The Showband wasted no time packing up their instruments and heading to Fort Macleod, where they performed in the 38th annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade on November 30, 2019. Said to be the largest Santa Claus parade west of Toronto, the Showband was in good company with nearly 100 entries featuring a variety of marching bands, floats, mascots and, of course, the guest of honour himself, Mr. Claus. It was an unseasonably chilly day, but the Showband kept parade-goers in good spirits with upbeat performances of Winter Games, the iconic theme song for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, and Get On Your Feet, by Gloria Estefan.

The Calgary Stampede Showband kicking off the holidays in Fort Macleod at the Santa Claus Parade.

The Tenors Wonder of Christmas Tour

A unique opportunity presented itself to The Young Canadians’ intermediate singers, when the multi-platinum selling, JUNO Award-winning musical trio, The Tenors, rolled into town on December 5, 2019. These youth singers, ranging in age from 11-14 years old, spent nearly 30 extra hours on top of their regular rehearsal schedule preparing to sing alongside Victor, Fraser and Clifton. The performance was part of their Wonder of Christmas Tour, celebrating the holidays with their signature take on classic carols and holiday hits.

Holiday Tuba Fest

Performers at this year’s Holiday Tuba Fest decorated their instruments for the occasion.

Tuba, euphonium and baritone players gathered at William Aberhart High School on December 7, 2019, for the 12th annual Holiday Tuba Fest. The event gives low brass musicians the opportunity to learn and play music specifically arranged for the tuba, alongside professional musicians. The day began with the musicians, including members from the Showband and Band of Outriders, learning and practising the songs, followed by a festive evening performance to the public.

Dave Kelly Live Christmas Special

The Young Canadians set to deliver two stellar performances with Dave Kelly for his Christmas Special.

Rounding out their holiday performances, The Young Canadians are set to dazzle audiences and get everyone in the holiday spirit on December 14 and 15, 2019, as part of the Dave Kelly Live Christmas Special, a variety show with a festive twist. Members of The Young Canadians varying in age from 7-19 years old will fill the stage to perform their medley of holiday numbers, which include well-known songs Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride and Hit the Road Jack. If you want to see The Young Canadians live in action with Dave Kelly, tickets are available here.

From our Stampede family, we’d like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season!