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2nd November 2011

blankfest calgary

It's about the homeless, nothing more, nothing less - that is the simple message Blankfest Calgary presents in its first annual clothing fundraiser for Calgary's homeless shelter The Mustard Seed on November 5th at Blind Beggar Pub.

With that inspiration said, the bands who will be performing at the event have come together to release a free digital compilation, which can be downloaded by clicking here. We urge you to please spread the link and the awareness of homelessness and poverty.

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The event is spearheaded by Leanne Harrison of SIN Agency, a national booking agency based in Calgary, that has brought together the local music scene for the great cause that will support those in need during Calgary's below zero winter months and are exposed to dangers such as frostbite.

The Mustard Seed who will be receiving the proceeds is a non-profit organization that has been caring for the needs of the less fortunate since 1984, through its three centres across Alberta, it delivers basic services, housing and employment programs to those in need and partners with in the community to address the root causes of poverty.

Tickets or reservations are not required. Simply bring one or more blankets to the event.

Date: Saturday 5th November 2011
Time: 2.00pm to 2.00am
Venue: Blind Beggar Pub, 5211 Macleod Trail Southwest Calgary, AB
Cost: Admission to the event is a donation of a blanket or winter clothing, or pay what you can monetary donation. All proceeds collected will be donated to The Mustard Seed.

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Band Line Up:

Grime House (Airdrie AB) – Hip Hop/Metal -
Stella (Vancouver BC) – Alternative/Metalcore -
All Else Fails (Edmonton AB) – Metalcore -
Inside It Failed (Vancouver BC) – Alternative Hard Rock -
Dreams of Reason (Calgary AB) – Alternative Rock -
Alkatine (Calgary AB) – Hard Rock -
King Dylan (Calgary AB) – Pop/Hip Hop -
Jung People (Calgary AB) - Progressive -
Bloom (Calgary AB) – Reggae/Dub/Blues -
Septembryo (Calgary AB) – Pop Alternative -
Million Dollar Fix (Calgary AB) - Rock -
Same Monkey (Calgary AB) - Alternative -



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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