Radium Hot Springs Headbanger Festival

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Calling all wildlife enthusiasts and families to the 2019 Headbanger Festival! 

The 2019 Headbanger Festival is set to be a fun-filled weekend with workshops, exciting presentations, and an opportunity to learn from local experts. If you enjoy learning about the cool parts of nature, you will love this weekend’s lineup of experiences.


Headbanger Festival Highlights

☑ Stories told by world traveler and conservationist, Brian Keating, which celebrate life and shed light on world-wide conservation issues.

☑ Family-friendly interpretive walks by local experts.

☑ Intro workshops to wildlife photography and nature-inspired works of art.

☑ A culinary experience: vegetarian cooking workshop.

☑ The 2019 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival travelling films tour. 



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Bighorn Sheep

Often seen walking through the Village of Radium Hot Springs, November brings on BIG excitement as male bighorn sheep enter their rut (breeding season). Watch rams fight for the right to breed with jaw-dropping force, as they clash heads to fight for dominance.


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2019 Headbanger Festival Event Schedule




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2019 Headbanger Festival Speakers & Tours


Keynote: Brian Keating 

Alpine Highlife

Brian uses the mountains as a metaphor to creatively illustrate some of life’s exciting options and possibilities. It’s a story that passionately illustrates the pure joy of life in high places, illustrating with a buoyant pace, and highlights the importance of taking time out for number one…..you.

Brian Keating is currently the Head Naturalist of Going Wild with Brian Keating, an Honorary Conservation Advisor for the Calgary Zoological Society, and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Calgary

As a well seasoned guide, Brian had led groups on nature-based travel for over three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet.  Brian is also a weekly guest on Calgary’s CBC Radio and frequently appears on multiple media platforms.  In high demand as an international speaker while presenting at 40 events a year, he is excited to assist in making the 2019 Headbanger Festival one to remember. 




Paint with Light Photography Workshop

Rick Leger

Learn, explore, experiment and most importantly love your photography.  This workshop is designed to spark your inner creativity and help you make the most of the light you have.  

For this two-day workshop, bring a camera (any camera), including a cell phone, Mirrorless Camera, DSLR or anything in between. The goal is to learn and have fun. 

Rick Leger is a professional photographer who has been sharing stories, having fun and making people smile with his photos since his father gave him his first film camera back in the mid-’80s.  Rick always brings at least one camera everywhere he goes to capture and document his adventures.  One of Rick’s favourite “toys” is light and is continuously experimenting with new ways to use light, shadow and other tools to make subjects stand out from the crowd. 

His work is focused on the joy of photography and its ability to get people out of the house and into nature.  Rick has been to the Arctic wandering the tundra, spent countless hours in our great Boreal forests, wandered through our national parks and has stumbled through the dark while painting with light at night.




Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (Viewing) 

Each year, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) takes award-winning and other selected films on tour around Canada and to various locations throughout the USA and around the world. On November 1st, 2019 our mountain town is proud to host this incredible and influential one-day event.

VIMFF is an annual international 10-day community festival, featuring mountain film screenings, live multimedia presentations, photography exhibitions, workshops, seminars & other special events. They are also a travelling show with awarded films, visiting 50+ communities across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia each year, every Fall in North Vancouver & Vancouver.

Driven by a passion for film, culture, and the outdoors, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) Society seeks to advance appreciation of films and film-making while inspiring, informing, and educating the public in these areas. More about VIMFF – https://vimff.org/about/




Eat Like a Sheep - Andrea Salzbrenner

“Eat Like a Sheep” Culinary Workshop

Andrea Salzbrernner 

Join us for a morning of fun, as we prepare and cook a delectable vegetarian feast together. With an emphasis on local ingredients, learn how to create several delicious meat-free dishes that will make even a dedicated meat eater salivate. With a partner (participants will be paired up), create Indian spiced Kale Burgers with cheese, freshly baked buns, and more during this completely cooking and eating experience. Each group will contribute to the feast which we will enjoy as a group. All participants will receive copies of all recipes, including helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions. Be sure to bring some containers for leftovers!

*NOTE: Any allergies, etc. should be disclosed in advance to allow for accommodations and/or substitutions.





The Bighorn Experience

Kent Kebe

Get the VIP bighorn experience and meet the area’s favourite herd members. Hear stories about Ram 528, Broomer, and Ralph the One Horn Bighorn during an interactive learning experience. 

Discover the habits of bighorn sheep, what makes the Radium heard so unique and the importance of this species to the village of Radium Hot Springs and the local ecology.   

Interpreters will provide a hands-on learning experience with props, tools and incredible storytelling techniques. The Bighorn Experience also includes video, take-home information, and a small gift. 

Join us at the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre to learn about Radium’s most love population – the Radium Bighorns.




Forest Therapy 

Pat Bavin

We all feel better after spending time in nature, but did you know that the benefits are also proven by science? Discover the ancient practice of Shrin Yoku (Forest Therapy) by joining local artist and Forest Therapy Guide, Pat Bavin for a rejuvenating and calming experience among beautiful surroundings.

Learn techniques proven to lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, improve sleep, generate a positive mood and many more benefits. This is an easy and enjoyable, one kilometer walk, which will take about 3.5 hours. Dress for sitting in the forest and local weather conditions. 

Pat Bavin has been an artist for 38 years. In 1991 he became a Feng Shui practitioner and has engaged in many spiritual adventures and workshops around the world (including in Peru, Baffin Island, Japan and the American SouthWest). Bavin is fully committed to a life that inspires and promotes passion and creativity. 




Paint it Wild Workshop

Black Star Studios

Black Star is a unique art space that inspires visitors to get creative.  Featuring handmade creations of over 70 talented Canadian artists, the diverse gallery space includes three working artist studios and workshop space with art classes daily.  During your weekend visit, get inspired and make your own masterpiece to take home. Located in the heart of downtown Invermere, BC. 






Kalista Pruden

Animal Tracks & Signs   

Join local naturalist, permaculturalist and environmental educator Kalista Pruden on this family friendly light hike along the Columbia River to discover and learn about animal tracks and signs, and what they tell us about animal behaviour. You’ll learn about the survival strategies wildlife use, how to identify animal tracks, scat, territorial markings and feeding signs, and how to interpret the stories they tell!


Wildcrafting: Foraging for Wild Food & Medicine

Explore the art and science of wildcrafting, wild foraging and ethnobotany. Learn where to look for and how to use wild plants for food, medicine, tools and other uses.


Kalista has a background in Renewable Resource Management, Permaculture, and Environmental Education. She has been working in the valley in the field of environmental science, education, and sustainability advocacy since 2007, and has been building and improving an urban permaculture-based homestead in Invermere since 2011. Kalista has a passion for the outdoors, gardening, health and fitness, traditional skills, and sharing knowledge. She is the owner of Avalily Permaculture and The Earthskills Institute, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to nature, ecology, self sufficiency, homesteading, healthy living, and regenerative and biophilic design in landscapes, buildings and communities.



 Legends of the Forest – White Bark Pine 

Darcee O’Hearn, Author 

If you love learning about the wonders of nature then join author, Darcee O’Hearn for an exploration surrounding her beautifully written educational series, “Legends of the Forest”. Featuring her most recent release, “Wendy the Whitebark Pine”, O’Hearn will celebrate the personality of trees, and their individual offerings to the forest ecosystem.   








Urban Wildlife – How to Minimize Conflicts with Wildlife & Humans  

Wildsafe BC Community Coordinator  

To keep both people and animals safe, it’s best to know how to effectively share our home. Learn fascinating facts about local wildlife, discover current trends and issues surrounding wildlife in urban spaces and gain tips and tricks to help you reduce conflict at home. 




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Follow the links for Media Coverage for the 2018 Headbanger Festival:

Toque & Canoe

Vancouver Sun 

Bighorn Sheep Showdown

Hello BC’s 10 Don’t Miss Festivals in BC  

Experience Mountain Parks – Headbanging in Radium Hot Springs 

Hello BC’s Wildlife Watching in BC 

Eknow – East Kootenay Online Weekly
Columbia Valley Pioneer 

Bighorn Sheep are the Stars of the Weekend in Radium Hot Springs 

Follow the links for Media Coverage for the 2017 Headbanger Festival:



Calgary Herald – Travel Notes 

Times Colonist 



EKnow East Kootenay Online Weekly

Follow the links for Media Coverage from the 2016 Headbanger Festival:

Festival Seekers 

CBC Calgary 

My Itchy Travel Feet 

Vacay.ca – Story by Carol Patterson

Calgary Herald 

Travel Columbia Valley 

Eknow – East Kootenay Online Weekly