Deadline Dec 21st – Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2019 Band Submissions

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Deadline Dec 21st – Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2019 Band Submissions

National Final In Calgary

One Unsigned Canadian Band To Play Wacken Open Air 2019

National Final Winner Will Receive $2,000 CAD Towards Travel!



One band to rule them all! Going on its sixth year, Wacken Metal Battle Canada returns to present one unsigned Canadian band to conquer hundreds and perform at the world’s largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air. The 2019 line up includes Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more. Full details here.

Bands interested in participating in 2019 battles can apply at

Deadline to submit December 21st.

Year six of these battles is a very exciting one because, for the first time, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be expanding to St. John’s, NL and Halifax, NS to make the competition officially coast to coast. A full list of participating regions listed below.

ON – Toronto
ON – Hamilton
ON – Ottawa
QC – Montreal
QC – Quebec City
SK – Saskatoon
AB – Calgary
AB – Edmonton
BC – Vancouver/Lower Mainland
BC – Island
BC – Interior
NL – St. John’s
NS – Halifax

In addition to the expansion to the East coast, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be hosting the 2019 national final for the first time in Western Canada. The host city will be Calgary, AB, moving it from Toronto, ON, where the national final has been held for the last 5 years.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia comments:

“I think these new changes for 2019 will be a big help in keeping Metal Battle Canada exciting for both the bands and the audience. The idea of moving around the national final has been tossed around for a while now, so holding the finals in Calgary this year will be a refreshing twist on the structure. And the East Coast! As a Maritimer myself, I couldn’t be happier with the addition of Halifax and St. John’s, now making these events truly coast to coast.”

Winner of this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada national final will receive $2,000 CAD towards airfare to travel and perform at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 1st – 3rd, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The Canadian champion will also have the opportunity to win monetary and gear prizes from the international Wacken Metal Battle. International prizes listed below plus more info can be found here.

Winners of the International Wacken Metal Battle will receive cash and other prizes (2019 prizes still to be announced).

2018 Prizes were the following: 

1st Place
– Slot to play at the Full Metal Holiday Festival in Mallorca including flight and accommodation
– 5000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!

2nd Place
– 4000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!

3rd Place
– 3000€ from the company Pohl-Boskamp and more!

4th Place
– 2000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!

5th Place
– 1000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!

List of previous Canadian winners:
Centuries of Decay (2018)
Profaner (2016)
Vesperia (2015)
Mutank (2014)
Crimson Shadows (2013)


Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing Canada in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 29 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle Canada will perform at the 2019 festival taking place from August 1st – 3rd.

For more info:

Official Website:


Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Instagram: @MetalBattleCan


For more info on Waken Open Air, please visit


2018 Battles Sponsors:
Rehearsal Factory
Pearl Drums
Boonsdale Records
Los Cabos Drumsticks
The Invisible Orange
Big Nate Productions
Rose Management
Indie Week
Sunrise Records

2018 Battles Media Partners:
Absolute Underground
Asher Media Relations
Beatroute Magazine
Broken Neck Radio
Bucketlist Music Reviews
Metal Master Kingdom
Metal Nation
Ondes Chocs
Pure Grain Audio
Pure Rock Radio

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