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Headbanger Festival

Calling all wildlife enthusiasts and families! 

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.



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. 





Bighorn Sheep

Often seen walking through the town 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.





2019 Event Schedule




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2019 Speakers


Brian Keating

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…


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 - Rick Ledger

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 hands-on 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.



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.




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. 




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For featured Headbanger Festival rates, please contact our partners directly 








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 – Story by Carol Patterson

Calgary Herald 

Travel Columbia Valley 

Eknow – East Kootenay Online Weekly