The Conference portion is hosted at The Mercury Room, Saturday May 13, 2017, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM and is open to all-ages. Admission is $5.00 or free with the purchase of a Shredpass.


12:30 – 1:00 pm – Guitar and Bass Clinic

Grant Truesdell and Nikko Whitworth

Learn about some of the wizardry features in Unleash The Archers, and how you can incorporate it into your own playing. Entertainment and education guaranteed!

1:10 – 1:30 pm – Drum Clinic

Tim Waterson

As one of the fastest double bass drum players in the world, watching Tim Waterson play is something that cannot be described, but has to be witnessed to be appreciated. Noting key points from his instructional DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”, Tim will demonstrate how to improve a skill that has proven to be a notable backbone of heavy metal music.

1:40 – 2:00 pm – Vocal Clinic

Kody Cecotka and Britney Slayes

Being a successful vocalist in one of the most demanding genres is a huge challenge, to say the least. To help remedy that, we’ve brought together two of Western Canada’s most well recognized powerhouses from different ends of the stylistic spectrum to reveal a secret or two.

2:00 – 2:30 pm – Stage Moves

Jesse Valstar

One bass guitar. One stage. One band. Plus Jesse Valstar.
Learn the importance of visual entertainment during a live performance, and how to get the most out of your stage time.
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

2:30 – 3:00 pm – Promotion and Festival Clinic

Jesse Valstar
Ryan Semchuck, Geoff Bourie, Tyson Travnik, Tyson Boyd, Justin Shadows, Kaje Annihilatrix & Dustin Ekman

Addressing the current state of the western Canadian metal scene, and brainstorming what needs to be done as a community to improve it. Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about promoting events, metal festivals, promoters, or venues will be talked about. This segment will prove to be a huge eye opener for many, and will prove to inspire!

3:30 – 4:00 pm – Live Sound/Recording Clinic

Tyson Travnik, Greg Wright, James Seabrook, Greg Pack & Ryan Semchuck

Want to learn how to save money to record your next album? Still on that hunt for the “perfect” guitar tone? Want to get into recording or doing live sound professionally, but don’t know where to start? Here’s a chance to hear from professionals from around the globe, who will address these questions, and many more!

Conference Guests

Cara Ashbey (MC)

Cara Ashbey is an Alberta-based aggressive music publicist who has been performing at, booking, and promoting concerts since she was 16. After attending the Arts and Cultural Management Program offered at Grant MacEwan University, she joined forces at Asher Media Relations in 2013, geared on supporting the development and promotion of independent aggressive music. She plays drums in a grindcore band called Preschool Shooting and has been an active publicist specializing in various types of aggressive music (Metal, Punk, Rock,etc.).

Tyson Travnik (Festival Manager, Promoter, Freelance Recording Engineer, Live Sound Technician, Prairie Fire Events Ltd.)

With over a decade of experience in both the live and studio realms, Tyson Travnik is best known for his work with bands stemming from heavier genres. Also the festival manager and creator of the highly regarded Farmageddon Open Air heavy metal festival, and Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference, Tyson has at some point been behind a behind the scenes for many metal bands in western Canda. Having played in various bands throughout his musical career, his most recent playing is noted with speed metal band, Ironstorm.

James Seabrook (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Two Bodies of Water Productions)

After over 15 years as a musician, vocalist, songwriter and engineer, James Seabrook has toured with the likes of Trooper, World Champion Elvis tribute Robin Kelly, & Wide Mouth Mason. In the studio he’s worked with over 100 artists including international gospel recording artist Nancy Unsworth, Canadian touring artist Laura Bachynski, and international best selling author Troy Payne and band Aside From Sorrow.  James is also a published and award winning Lyricist (2008 – Gunslinger’s Lament), and songwriter, currently co-writing with singer Jessica Lana McLean.

Jesse Valstar (Armstrong Metal Festival/Promoter)

After spending much of his youth in various bands, along with gathering inspiration from Wacken in 2008, Jesse founded the not for profit society West Metal Entertainment Society. He is a recognizable icon in the western Canadian metal scene through the booking and promoting of events for touring and local bands. Jesse has had success working with the AMF team planning and executing each year of Armstrong Metalfest (established 2009). Jesse currently actively plays in the group Odinfist.

Justin Shadows (Owner/Operator @ Shadows Productions, Promoter)

Between putting on shows for his company and being involved with various bands around Alberta, Justin possesses over a decade of experience in the music industry. Being a go-to for many touring bands and festivals alike, he has proven his value in the central Alberta area.

Kaje Annihilatrix (Owner/Operator @ Annihilatrix Productions, Promoter)

Kaje is well known in the Canadian metal scene as a combat ready lady that wears many hats. She has operated Annihilatrix Productions for the past 7 years, promoting local punk and metal bands as well as devoting energy to bring acts in from all over the country to share their talent with Calgary. An avid supporter of bolstering the growing metal and punk scene, she not only helps lay the foundation for bands to showcase their talent yet she also works as a journalist for Extreme Metal Television, offering a fresh perspective and network for musicians to connect with their fans.

Ryan Semchuck (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Recording Engineer, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)

Ryan is known well throughout the Drumheller area for his participation in many events, retail endeavors and mixing duties. Out of high school, he played in a few local classic rock cover bands, and taught guitar lessons at the local music store. In 2009 Ryan joined the FM radio station in Drumheller, earning an assortment of titles from radio personality to station manager. This allowed him the time during weekends to run his own production company. Ryan is Geoff Bourrie’s counterpart in the established “Loud As Hell” heavy metal festival, which is now going on its 6th year. As a member of the WCMFA, the “Loud As Hell” festival team are proud supporters of Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference.

Geoff Bourrie (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Promoter, Tattoo Artist)

A lifetime metalhead and a musician. Geoff has a high passion for the metal scene and that passion is demonstrated by the hosting of Drumheller’s Loud As Hell Metal Festival. In addition to this, Geoff is an active member of the (WCMFA) Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance.

Tim Waterson (Drum Clinician)

Tim Waterson is a Canadian drummer who holds the world record for the fastest number of double strokes on a bass drum, with a record of 1,407 in one minute (January 22nd, 2002).His Record for Single stroke is 1057. Tim is one of the most dedicated drummers when it comes to advancing and pushing the boundaries of our feet. It is mindboggling to imagine even some of the creative possibilities of drumset application from learning the foot techniques presented in his video. In a very friendly and personable demeanor, World’s Fastest Feet Champ Tim Waterson shares an abundant amount of foot and bass drum techniques in his new DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”.
George Kollias of Nile quotes, “Drummers use to Complain about Tim Waterson using doubles to achieve super speed. NOW they are using his techniques to play faster.”

Kody Cecotka

Best known for being the frontman for Sherwood Park band Eye of Horus, Kody has multiple releases under his belt, and is recognized for his vocal prowess and stage dominance.

Brittney Slayes

A four-octave mezzo-soprano from Vancouver Brittney is the lead singer of Victoria-born heavy metal band Unleash The Archers. She has toured the world both with her band and with the Juno award-winning UVic Chamber Singers, and has had some amazingly unique experiences, including singing Ave Maria at mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and singing traditional Chinese folk songs for the cabinet at the Great Hall of The People in Beijing. Brittney has been singing for over twenty years and continues to strive to make music the foundation upon which she builds her life.

Dustin Ekman

Since 2009, Dustin has been recognized for his involvement in the international metal community through his promotion/publication company, Crown of Viserys, not only as a promoter, but as festival organizer, music reviewer, and a seasoned interviewer.