Christian Hudson / Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo
Christian Hudson / Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo

Announcing the 2015 Stampede Talent Search Champion: Christian Hudson

Calgary – The Calgary Stampede Talent Search named their 35th Champion on Saturday night. Christian Hudson, 19 years old from Airdrie, AB stood out from the final group of 12 performers with his take on a Nina Simone classic, “Be My Husband” recently updated by Ed Sheeran. Hudson received the President’s Trophy, a custom-one-of-a-kind silver belt buckle, a performer development package, a musical instrument and recording prizes, and $10,000.


Upon being presented with his cash prize, Hudson promptly announced that he would be donating it all to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre. During the week-long competition, Hudson spent a few nights on the banks of the Bow River instead of driving back to Airdrie to save money. He was inspired to donate his winnings after connecting with one person in particular whose story touched him.


“Christian’s decision to donate his cash prize is a reflection of his values and overall attitude as a performer,” says Andrew Bunka, chair, Stampede Talent Search committee. “The Stampede Talent Search is more than just a competition; it’s a community of exceptional young people, like Christian.”


The first runner-up was Emma Rose, from Calgary, AB. Braden Pole, from Balzac, AB, was the second runner-up. The third runner-up was the duo of Vincent and Celine, from Airdrie and Calgary, respectively.


The Don Welden Most Promising Performer award was presented to Brad Fleischer of Airdrie, AB.


This year, over 300 amateur Canadian youth performers demonstrated their singing, dancing, acting, musical and variety performance abilities during auditions for this annual showcase of talent. Fifty-eight senior performers (aged 13 to 21) were selected to compete in front of a panel of professional judges. In addition, twelve junior performers (aged six to 12) were showcased during the eight days of competition.


The mission of the Stampede Talent Search is to discover, develop, encourage and showcase young amateur performers. This program is just one of the ways the Calgary Stampede fulfills its commitment to provide youth with the opportunity to develop strong roots in their culture and heritage through programs that enhance personal growth, citizenship and education.


Registration for the 2016 Stampede Talent Search will begin in March 2015 and auditions will be held in May.


Additional information and online registration is available at


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 promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


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