Calgary – The 2017 Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction, presented by GMC, is set to take place this Thursday, March 23, in the Boyce Theatre at Stampede Park.  We invite you to join us for this exciting, annual event to gather interviews and visuals through the evening, as well as broadcast live.

The Canvas Auction offers advertisers the opportunity to team up with one of 36 talented chuckwagon drivers for the Stampede’s annual GMC Rangeland Derby. Successful bidders are able to offer clients, employees, family and friends a unique behind-the-scenes experience at the Calgary Stampede, while also gaining extensive exposure.  In turn, the auction proceeds support the drivers in caring for their horses throughout the entire racing season, and allow them to carry on the long-standing western tradition of chuckwagon racing.

Please note: you will need a wrist band to enter the Boyce Theatre for the auction. Please coordinate in advance with Kristina Barnes to arrange entrance, as well as request any assistance you may require with technical requirements and on-site interviews.

WHAT:           Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction, presented by GMC

WHEN:           Thursday, March 23

                             Doors open: 3:30 p.m.

                             Auction: 5 p.m.                                                       

WHERE:         Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park


Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction – by the numbers:

5 pairs of brothers.

4 sets of fathers & sons.

3 members of the Gorst family -  Father Gary will compete against his sons Logan and Dustin. 

2 rookies - Cody Ridsdale and Dustin Gorst

1 final auction for Kelly Sutherland. After a remarkable 45-year career which includes12 Calgary Stampede Championships, the ‘King’ will be retiring at the end of this season.  

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

Community Engagement & Communications

T. 403.261.0382

C. 403.585.4706