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What Are You Doing Here? Author Laina Dawes Crushes Metal Stereotypes at “Women in Metal” Event, 9/19 at Noctis Festival, Calgary; Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool to Perform

September 13th, 2013

Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970 it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?

Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, answers to stereotypes during a free “Women in Metal” seminar at 7PM, Thursday, September 19, at the Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference in Calgary, Canada. She will be joined by metal photographer/journalist Sarah Kitteringham and special guest Dr. Deena Weinstein (author of Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology). The event will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen of San Francisco State University.

The ambitious three-day Noctis festival will also feature performances by top-tier metal bands including Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Pagan Altar, Blasphemy, and Possessed.

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Women in Metal: Author LAINA DAWES and Metal Scholar SARAH KITTERINGHAM to speak in Calgary as part of the NOCTIS METAL MUSIC CONFERENCE – Sept 19, 2013

August 13th, 2013
Bazillion Points Books: "What Are YOU Doing Here?" New Book Delves Into Black Women in Metal and Punk

Bazillion Points Books: “What Are YOU Doing Here?” New Book Delves Into Black Women in Metal and Punk

Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970, it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?

Keeping in tune with this notion, Scarab Productions, organizers of the Noctis 666 Metal Festival, are pleased to announce presentations that suggest otherwise, from author Laina Dawes and metal scholar Sarah Kitteringham, on Thursday, September 19th,   from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  at the Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary (708 8th Ave S.W.).  Entrance is free and open to the public. Debate and dissent is welcomed!  The session is being presented in conjunction with the festival, which runs in Calgary from September 19 to September 21 and will present bands as diverse as Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Possessed, Blasphemy, Gorguts, Exciter, Pagan Altar, and others.

 

Dawes is best known as the race, gender and pop culture writer responsible for 2012’s WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Touching and shocking, Dawes book explores her experience in heavy metal, and black women’s contributions to the genre, while simultaneously discussing the intersections of race and racism within the metal scene. Dawes book has received praise from PopMatters, Vice, The Guardian, Revolver, and more.  Recently, Dawes presented as one of three keynote speakers at Bowling Green University’s “Heavy Metal and Popular Culture” Conference. Her book is available at http://www.bazillionpoints.com

 

Also presenting will be University of Calgary Graduate Student and Mount Royal University alumni Sarah Kitteringham, who is currently wrapping up her Masters thesis entitled “Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses: The Rise of Women in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, and Grindcore.” Writing from a uniquely Canadian perspective, her research entailed interviewing 15 musicians from the subgenres, and asking about their experiences, opinions, and the challenges of being a woman in extreme metal. At times hilarious, contradictory, and surprising, her research aims to explore the notion that extreme metal is the exclusive domain of males, and will also discuss the treatment of female performers in those subgenres. Kitteringham is also a freelance metal journalist and photographer, and drummer in a metal band. You can see her photography at https://www.facebook.com/SarahKitteringhamPhotography

 

Special guest at the session will be Dr. Deena Weinstein from DePaul University, who wrote the first academic book on heavy metal, “Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology”. Facilitating the session will be Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen from San Francisco State University who is currently conducting research on “Cultural Capital vs. Socioeconomic Realities for Touring Metal Bands.”

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Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival & Conference 2012

December 9th, 2012

by Monika Deviat, JP and the Thrashmaster

Over the last few years, the Noctis Valkyries metal festival has become one of the more well-known and respected metal festivals and conferences in North America. The unique blend of bands with the conference portion has established Noctis as a destination for many discerning metal fans. A week before the festival the Friday night had sold-out to the disappointment of many, and Saturday night sold out within minutes of doors opening. 

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Noctis V: Interviews with ANCIENTS, GRAND MAGUS, SCYTHIA, etc

August 26th, 2012

Noctis V

 

Interviews by JP & Monika Deviat

This Sept. 27-29 2012, Calgary, AL, Canada is the epicenter of a great metal festival and conference – NOCTIS. Full details on the event are here. This feature will continue to grow in the coming days with several interviews.

  • Part 1 is with the band ANCIIENTS.
  • Part 2 is with Terese Fleming, the mastermind of the Noctis festivals and owner of Scarab Productions.
  • Part 3 is with the band GRAND MAGUS.

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