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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 ‘«Ű 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. CEO‘«÷S, 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 couldn‘«÷t 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.

Ottawa‘«÷s 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.

Ottawa‘«÷s 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 Hog‘«÷s Back Park in Ottawa. It‘«÷s 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 it‘«÷s 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 Ottawa‘«÷s 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! It‘«÷s a spectacle of nature‘«÷s you won‘«÷t want to miss.

Even if you don‘«÷t 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 you‘«÷re into flowers, volunteering or music: there‘«÷s something for everyone.

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