It's a tradition as integral to the event as rodeos and mini donuts, but this year, the kick-off to Cow Town's world-famous carnival is more than an opportunity to break bread (or fried dough?) with Mayor Nenshi.
This year, CBC Calgary
is turning the breakfast into an all-day block party -- one all of Canada's invited to enjoy. And in partnership with The Calgary Foundation, the flapjacks and entertainment (and, you know, your donations) will help rebuild Southern Alberta from the summer floods' devastation.
It starts at 7 a.m.
on July 4
at CBC Calgary, and they'll keep their doors open 'til 6:30
that night. Just days ago, their team was both reporting on the Bow River's rising waters and experiencing the catastrophe first-hand. Check out this photo of their evacuated newsroom, taken June 21:
But they're ready to welcome stars including Heartland
's Amber Marshall
, Dragons' Den
's Arlene Dickinson
and Olympian Kristina Groves
to the CBC Calgary Broadcast Centre on Thursday. Those ladies are just three of the bold-faced names appearing at the "CBC Back in the Saddle Block Party."
Highlights and live updates from the scene will be shared with the nation; watch for them all day on CBC News Network
. And if you're in Calgary, your local CBC Radio and TV teams will be broadcasting all day from the site.
No matter where you are, though, you can support the cause. To donate online, visit thecalgaryfoundation.org
. (More info on the cause can be found at CBC.ca/calgary
According to CBC Calgary, their fundraising efforts with The Calgary Foundation have already brought in more than $ 1 million in donations. But they aren't the only members of the CBC family reaching out to the community. Heartland
, the long-running family drama, calls the Calgary area its home -- with much of filming done in the hard-hit community of High River
. Saturday, July 20 they'll open their Heartland
Calgary studio to the public, as a way to raise money for those affected by the floods. More details are expected to become available in the coming days.
For general coverage of the Calgary Stampede, though -- which may or may not pertain to pancakes and/or fundraising efforts -- visit CBCSports.ca/calgarystampede
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Nothing, not even a flood, can keep Calgarians from the Stampede pancake breakfast.