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.


See you there.

I heart Sidney York

Sidney York

I got an email from a publicist the other day giving me a heads up that Calgary electro-pop duo Sidney York is playing at The Slice on January 25th. I always am happy when bands call on little ol' me for exposure because I get to listen to new albums before they're out!

Today, in fact, Sidney York's latest album <3s drops and it's a treat! But that's because I'm a connoseur of the genre. You can listen to a few tracks on CBC Radio 3, or check this out:


And according to them, "It's not often an navy reservist turned opera singer (Brandi) meets up with a classically trained bassoonist (Krista) to create a electro-pop band, after all."

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:


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.

Oscillations Korg Kaossiltaor & Monotron Delay

So there was this one time where I was big on Twitter and it just so happened that I won a contest. Courtesy of the National Music Centre in Calgary, I won this weird music contraption called a Korg Monotron.

However my doppelganger, Bonnaventure James, also entered this contest and was insanely jealous. To the point that if I gave it to him, he would write a song in my memory. He actually makes music.

Starting as an experiment in digital composition for a music class at the University of Lethbridge, Bonnaventure James has evolved from “computer lab avant garde” in to a name in Alberta electronic music. Now, Bonnaventure James’ patented sound combines Pop, Electronica and New Wave in unexpected ways. Pushing pop songs to raucous and experimental new levels, crushing bits and dropping beats.

Have a listen:

Scenic Route to Alaska to play The Slice this Saturday

Scenic Route to Alaska is an indy-folk rock band from Edmonton, and they're set to play at The Slice tomorrow evening.

Sarah writes:

Hello lovers! I'm writing to you today on behalf of Scenic Route to Alaska, Edmonton favourites! They will be touring through Lethbridge on Saturday, April 6th playing one of their last shows on the road. I am hoping to spread the word as they are playing The Slice with Calgary's Bleachers.

You can listen to their music on Bandcamp, while The Bleachers' EP is available for "free" there as well.

“Embarrassing dad” rivals Daft Punk in talent*

Dr. Len Ferguson – optometrist by day, electronica musician by night. You might remember him as the "embarrassing dad" at the Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF) in August 2012. But for those who don't, here's something to jog your memory:


Since the video went viral, Len has been featured on sites like Huffintgton Post, Gawker and Reddit. Many of us in Lethbridge know him either as our optometrist or through church, where he plays guitar for the congregation. But despite Dr. Ferguson's cool dance moves, he hides an even greater talent – his mad keyboard skills (except us patients who've seen him type) and a love for electronic music!

He even shared a few tracks with Lethbian Love:

Len told me that he's arranging a 70 (yes, SEVENTY) track composition. Unbelievable guy, great music. Someone sign him to a label.

Dr. Len on Soundcloud

*might be slightly exaggerated

Peter Katz and Emma-Lee to play The Slice

Southern Souls

Occasionally, I get emails from band publicists to help promote Canadian artists on tour. I'd always pleased to see folks from around our country taking interest in our city and spending the time to reach out to me.

Tara writes:

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more talented pair than Toronto’s Peter Katz and Emma-Lee. Both are singer/songwriters with many credits to their names- be it JUNO or Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations, multiple film and television placements or sold-out shows, between the two of them, they’ve got it all covered.

Recently, Peter and Emma-Lee got together at the Toronto Zoo to film and record their inspired banjo and guitar cover of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It”. The video is a glimpse into what audiences on Peter Katz and Emma-Lee’s upcoming tour of western Canada and Ontario can expect to see and hear from the pair. Each artist will perform their own material, sometimes accompanied by the other, as well as some unexpected covers and new originals, which they will perform together.


Peter Katz and Emma-Lee will be playing at The Slice on May 6.

“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: 


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.