The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite line up of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet Wacken Metal Battle to Canada. Recruiting 37 independent Canadian bands after hundreds of submissions to compete, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will select one true champion to represent the nation with highest honour at this summer’s 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany.
Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.
The Wacken Metal Battle Canada line up for the qualifying rounds in Toronto & Montreal is as follows and will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives.
Qualifying Rounds – Toronto
April 28th @ The Rivoli
May 5th @ The Rivoli
May 15th @ Hard Luck Bar
The Unborn Dead
Laugh At The Fakes
May 22nd @ Hard Luck Bar
May 26th @ The Rivoli
This Is Death Valley
Qualifying Rounds – Montreal
May 9th @ Katacombes
May 15th @ Katacombes
Demise of the Crown
May 22nd @ Katacombes
Powered by Death
May 31st @ Katacombes
Semi Finals – Toronto
May 31 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
June 7 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
Semi-Finals – Montreal
June 7 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC*
* 2 MONTREAL BANDS MOVE TO FINALS – June 22 at Opera House, Toronto, ON
Finals – Wacken Metal Battle Canada
June 22 – Opera House, Toronto, ON
The W:O:A Metal Battle was founded by in Wacken Open Air 2004 to encourage future generations of heavy metal and rock as the festival believes in supporting the future of metal music and its musicians.
Promo Video – Wacken Metal Battle Canada
All bands that wish to participate in the Metal Battle must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.
- Your band doesn’t have a record deal and isn’t about to sign to a record label in the near future.
- Your band must be able to play a 30 minute set consisting of your own original material.
- PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands by Metal Battle Canada.
- Backline arrangements TBA.
- The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
- To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
- Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.
If a band overruns its allotted performance time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.
Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is a summer open air heavy metal music festival that takes place annually in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-
The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. By 1998 the event had become the major festival on the European metal calendar and has included over 70 bands from all over Europe, North America and Australia. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts three days, during which the festival-goers camp on several large camping grounds surrounding the actual festival area. The 70 or more bands perform across four separate stages over the course of the event.
Since 2002, the Wacken Firefighters, the local volunteer fire department band, opens the festival.
The 2009 edition set a sales record when it sold out its 70,000 tickets by December 30, 2008, just 200 days prior to the festival. However, the 2012 edition broke this record; when it sold out on November 29th, 2011, 8 months before the opening of the festival with 75,000 tickets sold. The W:O:A 2012 took place with 137 bands, performing on seven stages.
For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Official Website: www.