“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:

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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

Helena Bonham Carter…in Lethbridge?

Old news to some (happenened back in August '12), though news to me. It's like when Lady Gaga was in Lethbridge…but who knew? Anyway, Helena Bonham Carter somehow took a wrong turn down some street in Hollywood and ended up in our city, at Silla Designs. I don't know if she actually bought anything, or maybe just had to use the restroom.

Helena Bonham Carter

So aside from that, and because I don't have anywhere else to tell this story, my sister once was a table or two away from Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Calgary, while the couple was filming "Brokeback Mountain." That makes me cool too. Does anyone know if they dating before or after the movie, because I still wonder who is better in bed – Michelle or Jake Gyllenhaal?

Helena Bonham Carter goes shopping in Lethbridge (Calgary Herald)

Little Locavore Liam loves the Lighthouse

I got a buddy named Liam who goes around Lethbridge as the The LIttle Locavore. He's only 10-years-old, but is already pursuing his passion of becoming a chef.

Liam maintains a Blogspot that journals his adventures in our local culinary sphere, such as learning to make meat pies at the Urban Grocer, understanding the tools-of-the-trade at The Sous Chef, and creating his own sushi masterpiece at the Lighthouse.

The Little Locavore will be featured in the near future on Lethbian Love, but here's an appetizer to whet your palate:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMU-cvpHkkc

Kim Siever is engaging us

Seems like nowadays there's always at least one person I know featured in the Lethbridge Living magazine.

This month, it's Kim Siever. He's the mastermind behind the popular user-driven news outlet Lethbridge News, as well as Lethbridge Traffic, the most comprehensive source for traffic updates our city has. Check him out:

Kim Siever

Nice work, Kim.

On another note, ever notice that Lethbridge Living has a cover price of $5.95? Has anyone EVER had to pay for a copy of this magazine? I sure haven't

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.

Whose cuisine reigns supreme?

Remember my friend, World Culinary Olympian Iron Chef Doug? He's still winning big-time, and is featured in January's issue of Lethbridge Living:

Lethbridge Living - January 2013

Whipping Up a Win
There were only two gold medals awarded at the 2012 World Culinary Olympics. One of those medals went to Culinary Team Alberta, the youngest team our province has ever sent to the event. Local Chefs Doug Overes and Tyler Ivey are members of that gold medal-team.

Bonus: The photo work was done by my buddy Glenn at PureMojo Studios. He even shot me once upon a time, before I lost my fingers trying to cook.

Base jumping from the High Level Bridge; the ballsiest stunt we’ve seen in awhile

Old news to some, but here's a news report about Johnny Korthuis's base jump from the Lethbridge Viaduct (aka High Level Bridge):

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdhbp3EDj34

Dude got charged with trespassing, which satisfies me since I know someone who knows someone else who jumped off the bridge, but forgot their parachute. The video is now private on YouTube, but if you still need something to make your palms sweat, watch this:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAJR1M8-MRs

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival

My best friend Martin Warszawski has a piece in Calgary’s only animation festival, “Animated City!”

GIRAF Animation Festival is pleased to announce a brand new project literally animating the streets of Calgary! Animated City is a two part initiative: a series of large-scale projections on the sides of buildings in downtown Calgary, and a collection of rear projections in the windows of cool community businesses along 17th avenue and in Kensington. Hitting the streets in early November, Animated City promises a series of psychedelic, experimental and mind-blowing animations, with many made by local animators.

He’s an incredible artist, talented as he is tall, and his animation will be projected at the Jubilee Auditorium, North Wall, November 5th from 7PM to midnight.

GIRAF