Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Calgary Final – Friday February 23rd 2018 at Dickens Pub

The preliminary rounds have concluded leaving us with an epic battle between six worthy bands for one spot in the Western Canadian Final!

Featuring (in alphabetical order):



Gales of Avalon

Hammerdrone (WINNER)


World Class White Trash

Doors 8pm ~ Show 9pm ~ $10 cover ~ 18+

Running order determined prior to show start.
One band will move on to the Western Final.

Come out and support your favourites! We track who you are there to see, which may be factored into the scoring in the event of a tie!


Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1648096

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Western Final: Friday, April 6th at Dickens Pub in Calgary

Canadian Final (East vs. West): Saturday, June 9th in Toronto

The winning band in Toronto will receive:
– A slot at the 2018 Wacken Open Air Festival. Full professional backline provided.
– Return flights to Germany, including VIP camping at the festival.

Black Metal Sunday w/ Vile Insignia, Cell, Ossific, and Black Sacrament – Sun Feb 18th at Dickens Pub



Big Nate Productions Presents: Black Metal Sunday

Vile Insignia

Cell (Winnipeg)

Ossific (Winnipeg)

Black Sacrament

Doors 8pm | 18+ | $10

We will have our ghoulish friend Nekro doing corpseface painting during this show!

$5 for basic and $10 for extensive. Get grim!

Wacken Metal Battle Canada – Calgary Preliminary Rounds – January and February 2018



Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY: Round 1
Friday, January 12th at Dickens Pub

Blackest Sin


Hammerdrone (WINNER)

King Mammoth


Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY: Round 2
Friday, January 26th at Dickens Pub

Beneath the Wicked


Gales of Avalon (WINNER)

Nuclear Oath

Subsume (WINNER)


Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY: Round 3
Saturday, February 10th at Distortion – Live Music Venue

Accostal (WINNER)

Heyoka’s Mirror

Red Cain

To The Mountains

World Class White Trash (WINNER)


Calgary Final: Friday, February 23rd
Western Final: Friday, April 6th in Calgary
Canadian Final (East vs. West): Saturday, June 9th in Toronto

The winning band in Toronto will receive:
– A slot at the 2018 Wacken Open Air Festival. Full professional backline provided.
– Return flights to Germany, including VIP camping at the festival.

August Burns Red “The Phantom Anthem Tour”

August Burns Red with Born of Osiris, ERRA, and Ocean Grove

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
The Palace Theatre, Calgary
Doors 6:30pm ~ Show 7:00pm

General Admission ~ 18+

Tickets ~ www.myshowpass.com/august-burns-red-the-phantom-anthem-tour/


Wacken Metal Battle Canada returns for 2018! Submissions open until December 29th, 2017.





The winning band will receive:
– A slot at the 2018 Wacken Open Air Festival. Full professional backline provided.
– Return flights to Germany, including VIP camping at the festival.



Submit your band here: http://www.metalbattle.ca/apply.html

Submissions close December 29th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.


Wacken Metal Battle Canada: “We’re all very excited about the 2018 Metal Battle. After the pause from last year, we expect a good batch of quality submissions from across the country, both from existing bands that have been honing their craft, and from new bands that have emerged during the break. We’ve also made some tweaks to the round structure which will include a Western Final and Eastern Final leading up to the grand finale in Toronto. So it will be more of a hockey playoff style, which I think will work out better, with the Final being technically on neutral ground.”


Wacken Metal Battle CALGARY Rounds and Western Final TBA. https://www.facebook.com/metalbattlecalgary/ 


Canadian Final (West vs. East) June 9th, 2018 at The Opera House in Toronto.


“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, renowned 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. In 2016, Canada followed up with Profaner taking the 2nd place win.


The year 2018 will be Canada’s 5th participation in the Wacken Metal Battle and will include 13 major cities in total: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and BC Interior. Canadian Final to be held on June 9th at The Opera House in Toronto.


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. Let the battle begin!”

In the studio with CMF V Charity Auction winners Concrete Funeral – October 2017


At the CMF Charity Auction during Calgary Metalfest V, the rapscallions in Concrete Funeral scored the deal of a century via a winning bid for 80 hours of studio time at Ghost Iron Studio. Last weekend we nailed down the drums in one day! Good job Connor! We are pumped to be working on this album and look forward to upcoming bass, guitar and vocal tracking. The proceeds of their bid went to Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and I am excited to be adding production and engineering duties to the album. Stay tuned, this record will be a crusher! Big thanks to James Stanley for goin in on this with me, and for all of your help.

Divinity and Expain Dual Album Release Tour – September 2017



Now that I don’t feel like I got hit by a truck, I wanna send out my utmost gratitude to the boys in Divinity and Expain. They had the confidence to take me out on the road for the first time! Needless to say, everyone killed it and I feel lucky to have gotten to know all these gentlemen better. It was really refreshing and inspiring to work with people who see no problems, only solutions; and were constantly looking for feedback to improve the experience for them and the fans. 4/6 of the shows were in smaller markets, which was really cool! The promoters were all killer, the venues were great and the fans really go off. My pappy was a trucker so I really feel at home on the road. Not only did I mix front of house for both bands, but I was entrusted with tour managing, which is fun for me. I mean, who doesn’t wanna google “Innisfail rv dump”??!! My job was to make everybody’s life easier so that they could focus on playing and I really feel like I nailed that from their performances. Pretty amazing to go out on the road with 13 guys, for 6 days and not have a problem with one of them. It was literally a laugh a second and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I must give them credit that they made my job SUUUPPERRR easy by being such high caliber acts that know what they want and destroy stages when they get it. FFS Sean Jenkins planned a darn light show for their set?!?!?! How cool is that??! I’ve know Brett and James since early 02 and I didn’t even know there’s was a 3rd Duncan, Kirk, so that was a surprise. Thanks for all your help and for not taking my resting, in-the-heat-of-the-moment setup face personally! I’ve mixed Ye Goat-Herd Gods a few times locally and met Gord a few times, but there’s nothing like getting to know someone better on the road, absolute pleasure man! The Divinity boys truly are consummate professionals of the highest order and take what they do very seriously, but still manage to stay grounded and not get in their own way and enjoy themselves. Expain is fun as hell and stupid high energy. It was really nice to meet Alexander Giles and watch him shred tf outta that fender every night. All in all, this was work. I was sweating, we were loading, there were a million variables, but when you’re doing something you love and have worked towards most of your life, it just seems effortless. After mixing probably 1000’s of acts now from only a few places its a whole new perspective to be doing it in a different place every night. Thanks Everybody! The Divinity / Expain Dual Release Tour! was great success!!

GWAR “The Blood of Gods Tour”

The Scumdogs of the Universe return to Calgary with Ghoul, He is Legend, and U.S. Bastards!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
The Palace Theatre
Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:15pm
General Admission / 18+

Advance Tickets: $30.00 + s/c: https://www.myshowpass.com/gwar-the-blood-of-gods-tour/


Run as One Music Festival – August 2017


On August 10th and 11th, 2017 Big Nate Productions had the honour and pleasure of providing production for the Run as One Music Festival, a free youth event put on by Siksika Health Services for the people of the Siksika Nation but open to anyone. I want to thank Siksika Councillor Carlin Black Rabbit for the recommendation, opportunity and trust with an event of this scale and importance. This event is put on in conjunction with their yearly PowWow at the Gordon Yellowfly Memorial Arbor.


It was a true honour to meet and work with new Siksika friends, while at the same time affording the opportunity to hang with old ones, in such an amazing setting and atmosphere. I was able to have my wife and daughter attend the festivities and it looks like we will be making it a yearly family event. Truly amazing to witness such a beautiful and vibrant people’s celebration of their amazing culture and traditions. Being the stage manager I didn’t get to see the PowWow at all this year, (I did last year, it was moving to say the least), but one performer performed in full traditional fancy-dancing regalia, and he was great. All the performances were. My family did get to see it all of the festivities however, and Dahlia cried that she couldn’t go back today. I kinda feel the same way.


Ethan and Von were a real surprise to meet and I am extremely glad I did. These guys were super-helpful, and not only did they bail me out constantly, they actively busted their humps to make the best possible show. Garrett was all out great tech, and Richard was my go to guy throughout this whole process. Thank you for your hospitality.


We had a real A-team happenin’ as far as crew went. Dave keeps paying attention, and is really gettin’ this stage thing nailed, very attentive; yer the best buddy. Michael and Jake were great and I didn’t think we’d be doin’ the round dance at the end. That’s a memory I’ll never forget. WOW am I a terrible dancer, but I can’t say I didn’t warn anyone haha.


Rad to be able to see Our Old Ways, Frightenstein, No More Moments, Iron Tusk – Band and The North Sound perform from the side of the stage rather than hearing them from behind a board! All the acts I had never seen before were killer too and great people. I will never forget your name again Buddy, I swear!


Sorry I whined about the rain during your Iron Tusk – Band set Carlin! I was paranoid about lightning!


Everyone needs to ask themselves what, who, when and where are/is a Tomahawk Bomb. They are the most exciting new band I’ve seen in years. Lets do a show!


I really felt energized and anew after this event. I don’t know if it was the challenge and complexity of this event, all the sun and amazing landscape, being around the best people I’ve ever met, or all of the above (it is), but this show was a milestone for me personally. I would gladly do this gig til I drop if they’d have me back.


To the Chief and Council, the people of Siksika Nation, Siksika Health Services, all the organizers, volunteers, attendees and anyone else who help put this event on:



June 16 – Eating Annihilator’s Rider Tour 2017 with Mason, Mutank, W.M.D, and Dethgod at Dickens Pub




Annihilator’s bus broke down this morning on the side of the mountain.

The show must go on and I’m getting hungry!

Big Nate Productions and ConcertWorks Present…

Mason Official (Australia)

MUTANK (Montreal)

With local support from:



Lets give these touring acts a great show!

Doors 8 PM – Bands at 930 – 18+ No Minors – $10 at the door – ID required


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