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New this year: Iron Cosplay

Do you love cosplay? Think you have what it takes to be the next IRON COSPLAY champion? You will be pitted against the highest degree of duct tape and paper plate masters (ie. your fellow congoers,) in this contest of skill, resourcefulness, creativity, and FUN! All Judging will be by our cosplay guests Azuma Cosplay and Hyoken Seisou Cosplay, and sign up is limited to 18 participants.

What is Iron Cosplay, you ask? Iron Cosplay is a mini cosplay contest where participants make an entire cosplay costume in all of 15 minutes! Instead of fabric, teams will be given a bunch of random household materials to tape, tie and tangle pre-determined character’s costumes together! In Nishikaze’s Iron Cosplay, we will be pitting three groups of three together for two rounds of chaotic costume design.

If you’re a participant, get ready to quickly throw together a costume with the materials we give you! Choose a teammate to be the mannequin and get designing! You can yell, toss, tape, and tumble while making these costumes but don’t run with scissors! After the 15 minutes, we’ll grab your picture and run the next round. The judging will end off the hour, so be sure to stay to find out the results!

If you plan on coming as an audience member, your job is to help the teams on stage with ideas if they get stuck! If a team needs tips, be sure to let them know by giving them a helping shout! And of course, be sure to hype up and cheer for your favourite costumers, but be sure you stay until the very end; the top teams receive prizes for their hard and frantic work!

Guest Announcement #4

18 days till Nishikaze and we’re still working on bringing the best one yet!


HIBIKIYA is a dynamic,high energy group known for their unique choreography and exciting music. Currently supported by the Southern Alberta Taiko Society, HIBIKIYA has the cultural approval of The Japanese Consulate – General of Japan in Calgary for their dedication to the active promotion and education of Taiko, the traditional Art of Japanese drumming. HIBIKIYA is also fortunate to have the support of The Lethbridge Twinning Society.

HIBIKIYA has been entertaining audiences with authentic Japanese Taiko for many years. Music Director, Bryan Pereverseff, was instrumental in bringing the art of Taiko to Southern Alberta in 2002, through his relationship with 2 Japanese Taiko groups in Japan. Besides performing at many events and festivals, HIBIKIYA also offers workshops and instruction to the public.

Check out their Facebook page!

Guest Announcement #3

With 23 days until Nishikaze, we think it’s time for another guest announcement!

Lucas Gilbertson
Lucas started working as a voice actor in 2001. With many animation voice-over credits to his name, Lucas’s most notable roles have been “Zero” in MEGAMAN X8, CM, MHX, “Antares” in SCAN 2 GO, “Sir Percival Sadlygrove” in WAKFU, “Finn” in DELTORA QUEST, “Chow” in D.I.C.E., “Hanzo” in HUNTER X HUNTER and “Morikawa” in Cardfight!! Vanguard.

When he’s not performing in animated projects, video games and numerous Indie films, Lucas is also a prolific painter, creating large colourful canvases. And he also enjoys playing music with his alt-rock band. Most recently Lucas is loving his job working in radio making silly online videos and doing voice work for Country 105, Q107 and QR77 in Calgary.

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