Archive for ◊ April, 2011 ◊

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• Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

By- Taylor Lachance

Spring has finally arrived in our capital, and you know what that means? Festivals, events and happenings galore! We here at the Lord Elgin are looking forward to the major launch of the festivals. The line-up for all the major festival are being announced, and what a summer it will be  Robert Plant, KD Lang, Elvis Costello and more

Every year, our friends over at Ottawa Festivals throw a start up of the festivals shindig, in May. CEOÔÇÖS, managers and other very important people are invited to the rather posh event. Last year I had the opportunity of volunteering for the party, and what an experience it was. The event featured food, beverages, entertainment of all sorts and speeches from local celebrities. You couldnÔÇÖt ask for a better way to bring festival season to life.

My fellow employers at the hotel work closely with a few of the biggest festivals in Ottawa. Bluesfest, Jazz Festival, the Folk Festival and the Tulip Festival are our main partners this season.

OttawaÔÇÖs Bluesfest is the largest Blues festival in Canada, and attracts music lovers from all over the world. Artists from diverse genres make their way to Lebreton Flats to perform to fans, and of course the Bluesfest volunteers. Each year fans anticipate the launch of the line-up, which is due out later this month.

OttawaÔÇÖs Folk Festival is another main addition to the festivals. This not-for- profit, volunteer based event now run by Mark Monahan of Bluesfest, celebrates the creative side of dancers, artists, musicians, and storytellers at HogÔÇÖs Back Park in Ottawa. ItÔÇÖs sure to bring its own unique zest to our city this summer.

And last but not least, the one and only Tulip Festival. As a prestige partner, the Lord Elgin has a long-standing partnership with this festival. In itÔÇÖs early years the founder of the Festival, Malak Karsh and Don Blakslee, the General Manager of the hotel at that time, worked together year after year locally and at international trade shows to promote the Tulip Festival as OttawaÔÇÖs biggest tourism event of the year. It continues to be known internationally as the main draw for Ottawa. 300,000 tulips will be on display at this festival! ItÔÇÖs a spectacle of natureÔÇÖs you wonÔÇÖt want to miss.

Even if you donÔÇÖt receive a handwritten invite to the launch of the festivals, you are welcome to take part in the events that each festival has in store. Whether youÔÇÖre into flowers, volunteering or music: thereÔÇÖs something for everyone.

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• Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

By-Taylor Lachance

Big things are happening for us down here at the Lord Elgin this April. Our partners, the Ottawa Convention Centre, have just hosted their grand opening of the newly renovated building. Ottawas Bluesfest, Folkfest, Capital Hoedown, and the Tulip Festival are all just around the corner. And, we cannot forget one of the highlight events of the century  we are proud to say the Royal couple are paying our city a visit!

I think itÔÇÖs safe to say we are ecstatic about Kate and William coming to Canada. Our hotel is almost booked solid, the inquiries for this much anticipated visit are creating such excitement and demand for our Canada Day weekend. Everyone, including residents and out of towners, are making sure they get a room reserved for the festivities.

Down here on Elgin Street, we ourselves are getting involved in the celebrations! We are setting up a special wedding package for a ÔÇÿroyalÔÇÖ stay at the hotel and are also presenting our own giant wedding cake right on Elgin Street! We are secretly hoping the newlyweds stop by for a slice.

During their stay in Canada, the couple will be nothing but busy. On Canada Day, they will be visiting Parliament Hill, and say hello to our Governor General David Johnston. After departing from Ottawa, they have a few other stops in store. William and Kate will make their way to the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Canadians everywhere are preparing themselves for the April 29th wedding and the special visit. The wedding is set to air at 3 A.M. Eastern time.

We are hoping the Royal pair enjoys their time here in Canada. We want them to enjoy everything our country has to offer- beautiful sights, lovely people, and of course, poutine.

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• Wednesday, April 06th, 2011

By- Taylor Lachance

The day we have all been waiting for, has finally arrived folks. The brand new Ottawa Convention Centre is due to open its doors on April 13th. We have been watching out our windows with anticipation as they put the finishing touches on this remarkable building ÔÇô so great to have exciting architecture such as this in our city!

The former Ottawa Congress Centre suited OttawaÔÇÖs needs in its early years, however OttawaÔÇÖs needs outgrew its capacity very quickly. The new centre will almost triple its hosting capacity, and draw delegates from all over the world to the nationÔÇÖs capital. We are finally on the radar for those large conventions and can showcase our great city to groups that we could not accommodate before.

The centre will have four different levels and we hear the view from the top floor is sensational – overlooking the Rideau Canal with sensational views of the Parliament Buildings and downtown Ottawa. They also have turbo speed elevators to get you to your meeting in record timeÔǪ they have not overlooked anything. They worked very hard to incorporate the latest in ÔÇÿgreenÔÇÖ technologies and practices and will be a model for the rest of us to follow ÔÇô kudosÔÇÖ to them!!

We are so excited to finally have a world class facility on our doorstep! LetÔÇÖs celebrate the opening together and let the new Convention Centre take us for a ride!

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