“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.


Small town, big party

Small Town Saturday Night

Foremost is a town in Southern Alberta, and are vying at a chance to win a "Big Valley Jamboree" of their very own, but need our help. We 'Bertans need to stick with one another. Lana writes:

Foremost (my hometown) is in the finals for the Big Valley Jamboree’s “Small Town Saturday Night” contest. It’s the only town in southern Alberta still in the competition and we have the chance to win “…a “mini” Big Valley Jamboree in one lucky rural Alberta community. All the excitement of the festival, including some of Canada’s finest country musical entertainers could be coming to YOUR small town!  We call it “Small Town Saturday Night,” you’ll call it “one incredibly unforgettable, amazing, mind-blowing experience!””
We’re in 3rd place, and in order to get moved up, we need some new people to vote for us. You can vote once per day from as many email addresses as you have. Please click the link and help us out J Proceeds from the event will be going to our local community rec centre (a Quonset that houses the ice arena, curling rink and swimming pool).

Click this link to vote, and also make sure to watch their entry video:


Best of the Best – Euro Physical Therapy

In a stunning display of multiple fonts and sizes, the Sun Times is running an ad featuring 2013's "Best of the Best" for physical therapy business – Euro Physical Therapy. I'm really close with the place; mum works there, I'm currently a physio patient and get brutalized massaged there regularly. The proprieter also donated the largest chunk of cash for my Movember campaign, and won my Moustache Mitten content a few months back.

Sun Times

I'm really glad to see the place win the honour, and wholeheartedly recommend their services any day! Good work.

CONTEST! Win tickets to the Movember Gala Parté in Calgary.

That's right, another contest. This time I'm giving away 2 tickets to the Movember Gala Parté!

The wrap-up party will feature live shows, prizes and general moustache mania. It's being held on November 30, 8PM at Cowboys in Calgary, so tell your fellow Calgarians about this too.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, or send a shot out on Facebook or Twitter, and you're entered to win. I will email the winner e-tickets on the 29th.

And if you haven't checked out my Movember Moustache Mitten contest, check it out here. Together, we've raised $1200!

UPDATE: @TRajcic27 won the tickets. Enjoy the party!

Celebrate local growers at the Galt aka FREE FOOD this Thursday

Photo by Rod Leland

My gastronomically-talented friends, the Lethbridge Personal Chefs, are holding an awesome free event at the Galt celebrating local producers. You’ll find yours truly there stuffing his face.

Amanda writes:

Hey foodies and fans!

Well, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is nearly upon us, and we’ve teamed up with our friends at the Galt to bring you “A Night at the Museum“, a community-inspired holiday event to kickstart your Christmas shopping and holiday meal planning!

We’ve been all over Southern Alberta, visiting farms, meeting farmers and taking notes to make sure we bring you all the information you need to put a little more Lethbridge in your Christmas cooking. You’ll taste products from and learn more about:

  • Vital Green Dairy and Sheep Farm
  • Broek Pork Acres
  • Pura Vida Beef and Poultry Farm
  • Fairwinds Goat Farm
  • Driview Lamb Farm
  • J&M Farms
  • Leffers Brothers Organics

…including where in town you can buy their stuff for yourself! You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to support your community and help Lethbridge grow (and just how good it tastes!). We’ll also have recipes for you to take home of all the goodies you’ll be trying!

The gift shop will be open, so check out its awesome selection of works from local authors, artists and artisans. Passholders get 20% off all gift shop sales for the one night only, so it’s a pretty great night to come in and consider getting yourself a Galt pass 🙂

It’s open to the public and there will be food, drinks and fun- what more do you need?? Tell your ma and pa, aunties and uncles, and come help us celebrate our amazing community!

Facebook event page

Lethbridge Personal Chefs

FNMI Awareness Days at Lethbridge College

FNMI Awareness Days are a chance to celebrate the pride, history and knowledge that are at the heart of Canada’s FNMI communities. The celebration begins today at 9 a.m. with the raising of the college tipi. This event will be followed by opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. in Centre Core and a feast of traditional stew and bannock at the Piita Pawanii Centre. Other events include a traditional fashion show, drumming and dancing, as well as a hoop-dance demonstration. A full schedule of events is available online. Artisans and craftsmen will be exhibiting their wares from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily in Centre Core.

Here’s a quick clip of what’s happening right now at Lethbridge College:


FNMI = First Nations, Metis & Inuit

Jazzerwocky jazz & poetry festival

Back in 2001 or so, I worked with Gordon Leigh (from the John Howard Society) and local author Richard Stevenson to advertise a  jazz & poetry festival. The logo above is some of my old work. Anyway, I hadn’t heard much on that front in a few years and am pleased to see that Jazzerwocky 2011 will be held at Whispers Restaurant & Lounge on October 22.

From Whisper’s blog:

Saturday, October 22, Whispers will host Jazzerwocky. Confirmed thus far are the Scott Davidson Trio, the Naked Ear, and poets Jay Gamble (U. of L. faculty) and Richard Stevenson (Leth College faculty), both well published poets.

I’ve enjoyed about a few of these events in years past. The lineup looks excellent!

Whispers Restaurant & Lounge

The Word on The Street

I took in a bit of “The Word on the Street” festival this afternoon. The streets around the Lethbridge Public Library were closed off for presenters, booths and FOOD. I ate a hot dog.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 marks the day that Lethbridge joins Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Kitchener and Saskatoon in hosting the national Word On The Street Festival and celebration of literacy.

Hosted by the Lethbridge Public Library, the Lethbridge festival is designed to be a playful, all-ages, spill-out-into-the-street community event with something for everyone to see, hear, do, and of course, eat!

More photos after the jump. Continue reading ‘The Word on The Street’

Convocation at University of Lethbridge

Today, I had the pleasure to attend the University of Lethbridge’s convocation to celebrate my sister’s graduation. She received her bachelor’s degree, with an honour’s thesis, in English. I’m really, really proud 🙂

During convocation, we were shown some memorable clips from past honourary degree recipients, one being Chava Rosenfarb, Yiddish writer and Holocaust survivor. She received an honourary degree in 2006 and was invited to give the convocation address.

Thanks to keepmethoton on YouTube, I was able to find her full speech. You might want to grab a box of Kleenex for this one…