Putting on a festival is not an easy task…… it takes massive planning and an army of volunteers and some very savvy strategizing and marketing.
Ottawa’s Jazz Festival and Bluesfest are an incredible example of how to expertly put on an amazing show. Our Jazz Festival just ended with another amazing year. Bluesfest is about to open it’s gates (July 8th) and each year we are stunned with how smoothly this incredibly large and diverse festival goes. Mark Monahan and his ever faithful team works all year long to come up with an amazing line-up… not easy to get the likes of Van Morrison or Kanye West. They have the logistics down to a science, the food and beverages, a special lock up area for cyclists which helps alleviate traffic and being right near the transitway makes it so easy to leave your car at home. Years ago, Bluesfest was at our front door – outside City Hall, but they outgrew that quickly and it had to find a bigger home. We were so sad to have it leave, but hey, the bigger the better for all of Ottawa.
Festivals create a vibrancy for our city for those of us here and for those that visit. This hotel has always supported the festivals and the arts in our city. Because we are locally owned and operated, we like to support our community. Doing so enriches the culture here and creates excitement…. which we need. Good luck to Mark and his team and thank you!!
You know summer has arrived in Ottawa when you see the yoga mats being carried up to Parliament Hill on Wednesdays for the free noon hour yoga session on the front lawn of Parliament Hill. Lu Lu Lemon sponsors what has become a hugely popular yoga session. Every Wednesday is led by a different yoga studio/teacher or team of teachers, which is fabulous, as you get to experience a variety of different styles and approaches and because there are all levels attending… and really…it is not terribly difficult. Last year, Justin Trudeau jumped in to join one day.
I have a teacher names Ichih Wang, who is one of many fabulous teachers at Pure Yoga here in Ottawa (http://www.pureyogaottawa.com) who lives and breathes yoga. She was instrumental in getting Yoga on the Hill started and while it took a while to catch on, now, the lawn is almost totally covered in colorful mats each Wednesday. The pics below were taken this week. Kudos to you Ichih and to LuLu Lemon and everyone who makes this possible!! It’s become such an “Ottawa’ thing, which I love to brag about!
Annie – Lord Elgin Hotel