Calgary Stampede Ice Show

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  1. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know more about this? I just heard about it today. Virtue & Moir have Stampede as one of their scheduled events: http://www.virtuemoir.com/events.php.

    From the press release (link):

    “It’s what you get when you mix world-class figure skating, a modern rock concert, a camera crew and huge video screens, acrobats suspended from the ceiling and an abundance of lights and lasers in one show...”
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  2. overedge

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    I think it was just announced today along with the rest of the Stampede events. It sounds like it could really awful and cheesy, Virtue and Moir notwithstanding. I hope at least it isn't in a venue that smells like manure and corndogs, like the rest of the Stampede :lol:
  3. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the info was just released today. It's going to be in the Stampede Corral, which normally has other events going on, like sheep shearing and Super Dogs. It's on the grounds, so there's no escaping any smells. It comes with the territory. :)

    I love skating and I love Stampede, but my initial reaction to this was that it's going to make me want to commit suicide.
  4. FGRSK8

    FGRSK8 In Search of a Lost Chord

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    I want to know how they get figure skates on the horses? :p
  5. OlieRow

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    Poor Tessa's gonna be a little out of her element!
  6. geoskate

    geoskate Well-Known Member

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    It's good publicity for figure skating in Canada, if it's done well. The demographic of people who attend the Stampede is probably a little different than the demographic for people who normally attend figure skating events, so it could widen the audience for figure skating a bit.
  7. missflick

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    I read this and I was...what? At the Stampede? Hmm. Not sure what to make of it. But I will check it out. (I live here, after all).
  8. key65man

    key65man New Member

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    I most definitely agree with you on this.

    Figure skating needs a different mind-set (along with changes in the aesthethic of figure skating) if it wants the infusion of younger demographic and new fans.
  9. sap5

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    Never having been to the Stampede or the Stampede Corral, could they set up an ice rink (and good ice) and have sheep shearing and Super Dogs (whatever that is) going on right next to it?

    The whole thing sounds crazy -- figure skating, laser show, aerial acrobatics, and now sheep shearing all in one place? I'd think I was on an acid trip....
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  10. overedge

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    But I am not sure that competing with corn dogs and sheep shearing on the Stampede Midway is the way to achieve this.....
  11. robinhood

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    What kind of name is Stampede for an Ice Show? My mind can't process the idea:confused::confused:
  12. WildRose

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    The Corral is an old hockey arena close to the Saddledome & one of many buildings on the Stampede grounds. It seats about 7000, and was the practice arena for Worlds 4 years ago. I've been to skating shows there - and formal receptions afterward - I'm sure it will work just fine.
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  13. sap5

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    That makes more sense.
  14. missflick

    missflick New Member

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    The Calgary Stampede is an annual event here.

    http://cs.calgarystampede.com/
  15. key65man

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    Granted, I don't know the venue well. From what I read in the article, the ice show is tailored for the event and the folks. At least, it is worth a try IMO.

  16. robinhood

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    Well, thanks... that even makes my point stronger, no?:scream:
  17. WildRose

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    Not really. It's one of many events that are being held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede - why wouldn't they call it that?
  18. piano18

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    An ice show at the Calgary Stampede?? :lol: :lol:

    Last time I went to CS horse feces were a common sight (or smell), even in the public washrooms. How will they all survive?
  19. robinhood

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    Sorry, I can't see any connection with an ice show and horse races or buffalo riding:gallopin1...maybe I'm just too classic:p
  20. jp1andonly

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    I guess SC is getting ready for their move to Calgary....
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    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    Of course, if people could just put their biases against Calgary and the Stampede away for a few minutes, and give something new a chance...
  22. DynamicMutation

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    If I am still living here I am definitely going to check it out....and I will drag all my skating and non-skating friends along.

    And of course, I will also give y'all a review afterwards :D
  23. luna_skater

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    I've heard that's no longer happening. :sekret:

    It certainly will expose figure skating to new demographics. The Stampede is the largest rodeo in the world and brings 1 million visitors to Calgary every July. Every show I've seen at Stampede has been world-class, but given the high cheese factor most non-competitive skating shows have, I'll be going into this as a skeptic. I'm sure it will be entertaining, but it won't necessarily be a good representation of the *sport* of figure skating, whereas the other shows and demos at Stampede are great representations of their field. I might be a bit more optimistic once a cast list is out...
  24. OlieRow

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    Do you mean Skate Canada headquarters or an event? The only thing left to give out was the Worlds bid, right?
  25. luna_skater

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    Skate Canada headquarters. Last I heard, the move to Calgary is off.
  26. merrywidow

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    If you can have figure skaters performing on cruise ships & in theme parks over the summer why not the Calgary Stampede? I live in Montana & rodeos are a big part of entertainment in the western states & provinces. I watch the chuck wagon races faithfully on my TV every July from the Stampede.
  27. key65man

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    One of the issues, I think, is that figure skating has become defined a little narrowly, which I suspect has something to do with the decline of it.

    Many different approaches and aesthetics can be and should be explored and presented in figure skating. Programs could emphasize athleticism for competition or, if necesssary, contain it in order to achieve certain effects for gala/ice show. They can do ballet, modern dance emphasizing self-expression, jazz dance, square dance, etc., and skate to whatever music including blue-grass as long as done creatively and enjoyably.

    Of course, the trick is to correctly identify the aesthetics of the target audience and accordingly make figure skating more palatable to them. I mean, the success of it depends more on creativity, artistic and business-wise, than on the nature of figure skating IMO.
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    Some of my friends are skating in it. I should ask them for some info, haha.
  30. LilJen

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    Bring in Samuelson/Bates and Pechalat/Bourzat for guest spots. . .
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    Think of the costumes and props one could use! They could dress up as cowgirl/boy and dance to a western theme that covers all the other activities in an ice interpretation, they could pretend shearing, stepping into manure, riding a horse, roping calves all on ice etc. :hat1:
  35. Winnipeg

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    well, the audience is likely to have had a lot of beer..............

    That's the other nice smell - spilled, stale beer.:hat1:
  36. Winnipeg

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    How about Harding for calf roping on ice :rofl:
  37. geoskate

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    I chuckled at the Calgary Herald article when I read it this morning. It must have been written by someone who isn't a skating fan. The writer mentions Elvis Stojko, and Vaughn Chipeur (presumably because he trains in Calgary) but not the reigning world and Olympic ice dance champions, from Canada.

    It's a bit of an oversight, to say the least. However, when I consider how well-researched some of their articles on the oil and gas industry (my area of expertise) are, it's not surprising that some of their articles about skating would be equally poorly researched.
  38. luckiest1

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    Sounds similar to the ice show that Elvis skated in at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto last summer, with Maxime-Billy Fortin as well. It was twice daily, and included aerial acts and acrobatics as well as skating.
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  40. missflick

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    Definitely going this evening!