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CBC is your home to the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" as Ron MacLean dons his Stetson for special show on opening and closing Saturdays along with all the
championship action from Showdown Sunday


Calgary will be buzzing with festival-like atmosphere and celebrations


For 100 years, the Calgary Stampede has been Canada's annual celebration of the West. As a longtime broadcast partner, CBC is marking the Calgary Stampede's centennial by bringing the event to Canadians as never before, with exclusive comprehensive coverage of the milestone year across CBC-TV, CBCSports.ca and bold from July 6 to July 15.

CBC's extensive multiplatform broadcast plan continues the proud Canadian tradition of connecting viewers across the country with their inner cowboy or cowgirl by bringing the Calgary Stampede into their homes. Live chats, blogs and social media integration will further connect CBC with a passionate world-wide audience.  

In addition to all the exciting action broadcast across the CBC platforms, Calgarians, and those traveling to take in the action, will be treated to a lively line-up of events and celebrations starting with CBC's Calgary Stampede Breakfast on July 5 from 7:00 -9:00 a.m. Hosted by CBC Calgary at their Broadcast Centre, this annual free breakfast event celebrates cowboy culture and heritage.  The Breakfast has many surprises in store including live music, dancing, western-style performers, special guests and contest opportunities all broadcast live on The Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One and portions aired on CBC TV news.

Join Kids' CBC as the Caboose heads west to the Calgary Stampede.  From July 7 to the 13, Kids' CBC will be airing segments featuring the people, places and activities that kids (and parents) can see and do at the Stampede.  Plus, each morning during the Stampede, Kids' CBC will air a unique Western Heritage segment, showcasing parts of the Stampede that make the west what it is today.  Meet a 6 year-old horse-show contestant, gigantic horses or smart dogs and learn the history of the Calgary Stampede.  For those in Calgary, join Patty, Sid and Mamma Yamma on the Stampede grounds for three live shows, Saturday July 7 on the Coca Cola stage.

In honour of this important anniversary, CBC-TV will offer Canadians an in-depth look at the history of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth as well as features on the talented men and women who dedicate their lives to the rodeo. Along with a daily wrap-up show, a new Saturday night tradition takes to the airwaves on July 7 and 14. Stampede Night in Canada features live Rangeland Derby coverage and showcases the rich history of the Calgary Stampede and the world of professional rodeo.

In addition, a special Showdown Sunday broadcast on July 15 hosted by Ron MacLean will have live coverage as champions are crowned in six major events: saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. With more than $1 million to be won throughout the day, Showdown Sunday is known as "rodeo's richest afternoon."

CBC's Scott Oake hosts the Calgary Stampede Daily Wrap Up as well as Rangeland Derby coverage alongside veteran analyst and four-time Calgary Stampede champion, Tom Glass. Also returning to CBC's Calgary Stampede broadcast team is Doug Dirks, as the play-by-play voice for coverage of Rodeo events.

The Stampede on CBC kicks off Friday, July 6 at 11 a.m. ET/9 a.m. MT on CBCSports.ca and bold, and for Southern Alberta viewers on CBC-TV, with live coverage of the opening Calgary Stampede Parade - a two-and-half-hour celebration of the event and its special place in the hearts of Calgarians. A special national encore presentation will air on CBC-TV on Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. ET/12 p.m. MT. Tune in for a special appearance from CBC's Dragons during the broadcast. (Please see complete broadcast schedule attached.)

Live High Definition coverage of the Calgary Stampede on bold is available on Bell 1730, Rogers 548, Cogeco 759, MTS 449, Telus OPTIK 655 and EastLink 642. bold is also available on Bell TV 641; Rogers 277; Shaw 96; Shaw Direct 512/156; Cogeco 166; EastLink 150; MTS 303; SaskTel 65 and Telus OPTIK 178. For more information on how to subscribe to bold, viewers can call their local television service provider or visit boldtv.ca.


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