For 10 years running, Armstrong Metalfest has not only fostered the talent of hundreds of local bands but brought in well-known, international acts to the sleepy, little Canadian town of Armstrong, British Columbia. The longest running metal festival in Western Canada has been a labour of love for a decade and now they are asking their fans and supporters for a little push to ensure that the festival can continue into 2019 and beyond.
Each year up to 700 metalheads from Canada and USA descend into the picturesque Okanagan Valley and under the blistering sun they spend 3 days camping, taking in over 40 bands, participating in wrestling events and scavenger hunts and catching up with their metal family. The festival has seen such renowned headliners as Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, and Beyond Creation as well as emerging artists from across North America. At the end of the revelry, the festival disappears without a trace, leaving the landscape as pristine as it has always been.
Co-Promoter Jesse Valstar, who has been part of the festival since day one, explains their situation:
“Each year our costs have steadily grown and, even with our planning throughout this year, it has become more than we can handle. In the past, we were able to recoup any losses through fundraising and personal contributions, but this year it is not enough. Because of various upgrades, such as the stage, and unexpected costs, we are here, asking for your help.”
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West Metal Entertainment is a non-profit society that not only puts on Armstrong Metal Festival every year in Armstrong, B.C. but gives bands opportunities to play different venues throughout the region including all ages shows, to encourage musical passion in kids as well as adults.
"We have played Armstrong a handful of times, and every year it's gotten better. The lineups, the attendance, the production; this is really the type of festival that B.C. needs. We hope to play again! Please support this crowdfunding campaign.” - Archspire
Armstrong Metalfest's GoFundMe campaign ends on September 1st with a goal of reaching $5,000 and for those interested in supporting the festival can make donations at the following link:
You can also watch their promo video explaining the need of the GoFundMe campaign at:
For more info, please visit www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca
Kelowna Now: Armstrong Metal Festival Co-founder reflects on a decade of metal - Video Interview here.
Vernon Morning Star: Armstrong MetalFest bigger than ever for 10-year milestone - Read here.
Vancity Rockers: INTERVIEW: Jesse Valstar, Co-Founder of Armstrong MetalFest - Read here.