Nishikaze 2014

Dear fellow Otaku,
It has come to my attention that Nishikaze, meaning "west wind," is once again upon us. Yes, Lethbridge's very own anime and Japanese culture con is happening on Saturday, June 28 at the University of Lethbridge.

Expect nosebleeds this time, because there will be a maid café! Not to mention a cosplay competition…I'm betting on Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuyGQJV5U4s

See you there.

Lethbridge in spotlight: Craig Ferguson on growing for Lethbridge

He's the host of CBS' The Late Late Show and he's literally coming to Lethbridge. Our little city is getting a mention, along with a few chuckles on air:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB42z2lUpgM

Just For Laughs is thrilled to announce that Scottish comedian and festival favorite Craig Ferguson will be hitting select Canadian cities this fall with his witty and hilarious stand up performance aptly titled Craig Ferguson Live! Don’t miss the star of The Late Late Show when he performs in Lethbridge at the Enmax Centre Theatre on Sunday, October 20 at 8PM.

Sugoi! Japan Film Festival comes to The Movie Mill

Now that Word on the Street and Arts Days are finally over, here comes some real culture.

Japan Film Festival

The Consulate General of Japan in Calgary and the Japan Foundation present the 2013 JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL in Lethbridge, featuring 2 contemporary Japanese films at the Movie Mill on October 19th. Both shows are in Japanese with English subtitles and are free to attend, though seating is limited.

For full details, check out the Nishikaze website.

I finally discovered what “CASA” means!

"Creating Arts in Southern Alberta" – Who wants to bet they thought of this after the backlash?

Anyway, the grand opening for the new arts centre is from May 14-18.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKl21jcJrcw

“Date Night”

My "buddy" Shawnis Maximus made a film short of what could essentially be considered a documentary of my dating life:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxW54hVRm1E

Getting to know Lethbridge, just a bit more

I've met quite a few people whose first impressions of Lethbridge were from Lethbian Love. Some even because good friends. If you're moving to Lethbridge, a student coming to college or university, or just a tourist passing through, chances are you want to soak up as much information about the city and surrounding areas as possible. That's kind of what my blog is here for, so you don't have to watch decrepit tourist videos (however informative).

Here's a short video about our city that shows off the landscape and activities around here. I even caught a glimpse of Shaela Miller, one of our city's musicians, playing at The Word on the Street festival from 2011. Must have been hard to find more recent footage. But I kid, I kid.

It's a short watch:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y1v_s0CEP4

“East blown west,” or “Lethbridge’s anime festival returns!”

Nishikaze 2013

Nishikaze, Lethbridge's anime convention, is back for 2013 after a brief hiatus. Coming June 15:

Nishikaze is an annual convention held in Lethbridge, Alberta at the University of Lethbridge. Nishikaze is striving to become the premiere anime and Japanese pop culture in event in southwestern Alberta, bringing together anime fans to celebrate the best in Japanese culture and entertainment.

The word nishikaze means "west wind" and either refers to how much it blows here or our chinooks. The event brings together fans of Japanese animation, comics, videogames, artists, exhibitors and (most importantly) cosplayers. For those otaku into the latter (who isn't?), here's their promo video: 

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmymNMGyEHE

If you know who there is cosplaying as "Alexander the Great," props to you!

More info can be found on their website or Facebook page.

nishikaze.ca