Often under-estimated, but always a force to be reckoned with, Canada has forged such heavyweights as Exciter, Annihilator, Skull Fist, Devin Townsend, Voivod, Anvil, Razor, Into Eternity and more. The Quebec region, re-known for their love of extreme metal, has spawned the likes of Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Martyr, Gorguts and Quo Vadis. Not to mention an impressive new wave of modern metal including Alexisonfire, 3 Inches of Blood, Protest The Hero, Cancer Bats, Baptized In Blood and Despised Icon.
Canada continues to be a strong supporter in the global metal scene by offering such contributions as the Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles publication, filmmaker Sam Dunn’s series of Metal documentaries including the critically acclaimed Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, and the Heavy MTL festival.
In 2013, Canada’s own Crimson Shadows were crowned the Metal Battle international winner. A feat not easily achieved, and one of which we take much pride. It launched the band to an international level and earned them a record contract with Napalm Records.
In 2015, Canada re-lived that success with Vesperia, once again taking the 1st place at Wacken.
The year 2016 will be Canada’s 4th annual participation in the Wacken Metal Battle and will include 10 major cities in total: Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Only the strongest of contenders will be chosen to participate, to yield one true champion, and represent their nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.

Metal-Battle Tourdates in Canada

Canada

Schedule City Venue Date
qualifying Calgary Distortion 29 JAN 2016
qualifying Calgary Distortion 12 FEB 2016
qualifying Calgary Distortion 26 FEB 2016
qualifying Montreal Piranha Bar 26 FEB 2016
qualifying Winnipeg The Windsor Hotel 27 FEB 2016
qualifying Vancouver Red Room Ultrabar 02 MARCH 2016
qualifying Toronto Bovine 04 MARCH 2016
qualifying Winnipeg The Windsor Hotel 05 MARCH 2016
qualifying Toronto Rivoli 11 MARCH 2016
qualifying Saskatoon Vangelis Tavern 11 MARCH 2016
qualifying Edmonton The Mercury Room 11 MARCH 2016
qualifying Hamilton This Ain't Hollywood 12 MARCH 2016
qualifying Regina The Exchange 12 MARCH 2016
semi-final Winnipeg The Windsor Hotel 18 MARCH 2016
qualifying Toronto Hard Luck 19 MARCH 2016
semi-final Calgary Distortion 19 MARCH 2016
qualifying Edmonton The Mercury Room 20 MARCH 2016
qualifying Vancouver Red Room Ultrabar 20 MARCH 2016
qualifying Vancouver Red Room Ultrabar 23 MARCH 2016
qualifying Toronto Bovine 25 MARCH 2016
semi-final Regina The Exchange 25 MARCH 2016
qualifying Montreal Piranha Bar 26 MARCH 2016
qualifying Edmonton The Mercury Room 31 MARCH 2016
qualifying Toronto Rivoli 01 APRIL 2016
qualifying London Call The Office 02 APRIL 2016
qualifying Montreal Piranha Bar 03 APRIL 2016
qualifying Montreal Piranha Bar 08 APRIL 2016
qualifying Ottawa House of Targ 09 APRIL 2016
qualifying Edmonton The Mercury Room 09 APRIL 2016
semi-final Edmonton The Mercury Room 15 APRIL 2016
qualifying Montreal Piranha Bar 16 APRIL 2016
semi-final Calgary Distortion 16 APRIL 2016
semi-final Toronto Hard Luck 16 APRIL 2016
semi-final Toronto Rivoli 22 APRIL 2016
semi-final Vancouver Red Room Ultrabar 01 MAY 2016
semi-final Montreal Piranha Bar 07 MAY 2016
final Toronto Opera House 11 JUNE 2016

Metal-Battle Winner in Canada

Canada
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