Calgary – For the past two nights, 24 of the top performers - selected from 67 Canadian amateur performers at the start of the competition - have been chosen for the final round of the Stampede Talent Search. As scored by a panel of professional judges, the 2016 Stampede Talent Search finalists are:

Annie Pattison

Calgary, AB

Craig Henderson

North Saanich, BC

Devin Cooper

Innisfail, AB

Jill O’Connell

Calgary, AB

Kaleigh Jo Kirk

Cochrane, AB

Kate Stevens

Calgary, AB

Kristian Sadio

Calgary, AB

Lian Croome & Brandon Haddow

Calgary, AB

Lizzy Munson

Calgary, AB

Ryan Gazzola

Burnaby, BC

Tayte Mitchell

Vulcan, AB

Zasha Rabie

Okotoks, AB

“The calibre of acts competing on our stage continues to increase each year,” says Andrew Bunka, Chair, Stampede Talent Search committee. “These contestants moving on to the finals represent a some of the most talented young performers we’ve ever had on our stage.”

For the final night of competition, a panel of five judges will be responsible for determining who will become the 2016 Stampede Talent Search Champion. This panel includes:


Tamara Beatty – Voice Coach Consultant from NBCs “The Voice”

Spencer Cheyne – award-wining musician/producer

Jean Grand-Maitre – Choreographer/creative director

W. Brett Wilson – Entertainment/Entrepreneur


The final night of competition is Saturday, July 16. The show takes place at 6:30pm in the Boyce Theatre on Stampede Park and it is free with Park admission. Come early to make sure you get a seat to see who will be crowned champion and receive the $10,000 cash Grand Prize, the President’s Trophy - a custom, one-of-a-kind belt buckle - plus a unique performer development package from the Stampede.


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 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.


For more information, please contact:

Shawna Robinson

Stampede Talent Search committee