Vancouver, Canada – February 17, 2017 – Blackrock Gold Corporation (“Blackrock” or the “Company”) (TSXV: BRC) is pleased to announce that it has closed the non-brokered private placement that was announced on November 21, 2016, January 12, 2017 and February 8, 2017. The private placement was originally intended to raise $200,000. The Company has issued 5,451,666 units (the “Units”) at a price of $0.075 per Unit for gross proceeds of $408,875.  Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one share purchase warrant.  Each warrant entitles the holder to acquire one additional share in the capital of the Company at a price of $0.15 until February 17, 2019.  If during the exercise period of the warrants, but after the resale restrictions on the shares have expired, the Company’s shares trade at or above a weighted average trading price of $0.30 per share for 15 consecutive trading days, the Company may accelerate the expiry time of the warrants by giving written notice to warrant holders that the warrants will expire 30 days from the date of providing such notice.  Finder’s fees of 7% were paid to Canaccord Genuity Corp. ($6,475).  The common shares comprising the Units and any shares issued upon the exercise of any Warrants are subject to a hold period expiring at midnight on June 17, 2017.

The following insiders of the Company acquired an aggregate of 2,000,000 Units:  Deepak Malhotra (200,000 Units), Alan Carter (333,333 Units), Hendrik Van Alphen (1,000,000 Units), Thomas Bruington (66,667 Units) and Michael E O’Connor (400,000 Units).  These transactions constitute “related party transactions” under Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”).  The related party transactions are exempt from the formal valuation requirements of Section 5.4 of MI 61-101 pursuant to subsection 5.5(a) of MI 61-101, and exempt from the minority approval requirements of Section 5.6 of MI 61-101 pursuant to subsection 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101.  A material change report was not filed more than 21 days prior to closing as contemplated by the related party transaction requirements under MI 61-101 as the insider participation was only recently confirmed.

Michael O’Connor commented, “Our Board and management team are very pleased that our investors and shareholders continue to demonstrate their support for the Company’s business plan of acquiring low cost, high value near term to production gold and gold/silver projects. The proceeds from the private placement will be used for general corporate purposes and to evaluate certain projects that the Company is currently reviewing. One project is a smaller high grade currently producing gold mine; another is a potential open pit operation; and the third is a high grade potential underground operation. The Company has not yet entered into any agreements respecting these projects and will update shareholders as material developments arise.”

For further information, please contact:
Michael E. O’Connor, CEO
Blackrock Gold Corp.
Telephone 604-317-6197