University of Calgary

Singing with the masses

UToday HomeJuly 5, 2012

Faculty of Medicine communications advisor Aisling Gamble will be part of the Stampede 100 choir singing O Canada nightly at the Calgary Stampede before the chuckwagon races. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Medicine communications advisor Aisling Gamble will be part of the Stampede 100 choir singing O Canada nightly at the Calgary Stampede before the chuckwagon races. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of Medicine If 20,000 listeners are considered an intimidating audience, at least Aisling Gamble will be part of a crew of 100 singing in front of it.

This year’s Calgary Stampede is giving Gamble a chance to pursue her passion in front of a massive crowd – the largest Gamble has ever performed in front of.

The Faculty of Medicine communications advisor has been selected to be part of the Stampede 100 choir, a group of 100 Calgarians who will sing O Canada every evening at the Stampede prior to the chuckwagon races.

Gretchen Castronuovo of IT is also part of the choir.

“I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to be part of the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial celebration.” says Gamble, who moved to Calgary from Winnipeg 12 years ago. “My favourite Stampede memory has to be the first year we lived in Calgary. I didn’t really know that much about the Calgary Stampede when we came here and going down to the grounds, taking in all the sights and sounds, and then watching the Grandstand show was quite exhilarating. I think that was when I thought maybe someday I could be a part of it.”

Gamble is no stranger to performing in the community. She has previously performed both the Canadian and American national anthems before Calgary Vipers games, at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, various Hockey Calgary tournament feature games and, most recently, she sang the Canadian anthem at the Calgary Stampeders pre-season game against the Edmonton Eskimos.