World’s Largest Tulip Festival Blooms in Ottawa

World’s Largest Tulip Festival Blooms in Ottawa

Ottawa (Vocus) May 1, 2009

From May 1-18, 2009, three million tulips bloom in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, during the Canadian Tulip Festival – the largest festival of its kind in the world.

The Canadian Tulip Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who come to explore the 15-km (9.3 mile) Tulip Route that winds throughout the Ottawa region and along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What springs up along this colourful Tulip Route?

A lavish art nouveau Tulip Festival Mirror Tent hosts the award-winning Chinese Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe (think: elaborate juggling and human balancing acts), live musical performances by jazz singer Kellylee Evans, folk singers Ian Tyson and Lynn Miles, as well as a thought-provoking speaker series called Celebridée, a Celebration of Ideas, which brings together thinkers, artists, writers, and political figures to debate and discuss issues. Canada’s political satirist Rick Mercer, Booker-Prize winning author Margaret Atwood and Sister Helen Prejean whose story turned into an international best seller and Oscar-nominated film Dead Man Walking, will all appear;
An International Pavilion to house representatives of 23 embassies and high commissions to share food, explore traditions and crafts from their respective countries;
5 vintage carnival rides, an interactive circus school that teaches festival-goers circus skills, as well as a Green Tulip Showcase to share ways for visitors to lessen their environmental impact;
Commissioner’s Park – home to 300,000 tulips alone – shines even more with street performers, school music programs, local painters as well as the outdoor Tulip Legacy Exhibit that started it all.

The Canadian Tulip Festival traces its roots to a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs sent to the people of Canada by the Dutch Royal Family at the end of World War II. During the war, the Royal Family took refuge in Ottawa and Princess Margriet was born here. Canadian troops played a pivotal role in liberating the Netherlands, which led to the original tulip gift. Even today, the Royal Family and the Dutch Bulb Growers Association send tulip bulbs to Ottawa.

Want to make the most of your tulip experience? Ottawa Tourism offers a Tulip Celebration Package. To find out more about this package or to book, visit or by calling 1-888-OTTAWA-8 (1-888-688-2928).

Summer Festivals

From June to August, Ottawa reverberates with music festivals including:

The Ottawa International Jazz Festival (June 25-July 5);
The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8-19) – the world’s second largest blues festival after Chicago’s;
The world’s largest Chamber Music Festival (July 25-August 8);
The Ottawa Folk Festival (August 21-23).

Couple music festivals with Canada’s biggest birthday bash (Canada Day on July 1), the world’s largest beach volleyball tournament (July 11), a green and eco-friendly Rideau Canal Festival (July 31-August 3), the eclectic ByWard Market neighbourhood, the pomp of the Changing the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill and you have an action-packed summer.

For information on Ottawa’s festivals and events, restaurants, attractions, neighbourhoods, or to book packages and access Ottawa videos and images, visit

Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.


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Left-Handed FrogPad™ Hops Into the Hearts of the World’s Lefties

Left-Handed FrogPad™ Hops Into the Hearts of the World’s Lefties

HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) July 19, 2004

FrogPad, Inc. and its strategic solutions partner, Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND), announced today the immediate availability of the left-handed version of FrogPad’s one-handed keyboard. Past United States Presidents such as Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton have all been left-handed and now the FrogPad has joined this illustrious group with its new product, Lefty! FrogPad does not discriminate between right-handed, left-handed or ambidextrous people – all are welcome to Frog.

“We are excited to offer a keyboard uniquely designed to fit the needs of the world’s lefties. Consumer electronics manufacturers have continually ignored this group, but not FrogPad,” stated Linda Marroquin, CEO of FrogPad. “With the left-handed FrogPad, typing, for lefties, is now simple, easy to learn and fitted for the left-handed lifestyle.”

To further support FrogPad’s involvement with the left-handed population, FrogPad will be sponsoring Lefthanders Day in the UK on August 13, 2004. Left Handers Day goal is to raise awareness of the challenges caused by living in a right-handed world as well as educate manufacturers and designers to accommodate left-handers’ comfort and safety.

Lefties Left Out Through History

Through analysis of cave drawings, it was historically thought the population of right handed and left handed people was equal in the Stone Age. When tools became more sophisticated, a preference toward the right hand became prevalent. For example, knights once carried a shield to protect their hearts with the left hand but weapons were carried and made for the right hand. With time, left-handed people became buried in history.

Since the beginning of tools, the world has been biased toward right-handed individuals. The average left-handed person finds day-to-day activities harder and uncomfortable. Many everyday tools – such as corkscrews and light bulbs – require a left-to-right wrist turning motion, which is more comfortable for right-handed people. Other tools are designed specifically for use in a right-handed fashion: scissors, can openers, golf clubs, etc. FrogPad now makes living left-handed a little easier.

About FrogPad

FrogPad has been overwhelmed with the interest in its left-handed keyboard. Even right-handed people are learning to use their left hand to type so they can multi-task and solely use their right hand to move the mouse or draw on a drawing tablet. The FrogPad is available today via overnight shipping from offices around the world. FrogPad’s offices in Surrey, England, Tokyo, Japan, Burlington, Ontario, Canada and Hamburg, Germany make the delivery of the FrogPad speedy.

The FrogPad keyboard is the ONLY one-handed, ergonomic keyboard that is 1/5th the size of a traditional keyboard, yet easier to use because it is designed around the 15 most-frequently-used letters in the Roman alphabet. Unlike a traditional QWERTY layout, whose design was derived from the limitations of 19th Century typewriter technology, the FrogPad offers a logical key layout and design that encourages correct ergonomic posture. After an average of eight hours of training and practice, most FrogPad users can achieve input rates of the standard 40 words per minute, as compared to the average of 10-20 words per minute by the fastest thumb typists. Additionally, the FrogPad can be ordered with Bluetooth compatibility for the mobile professional on the go.

About FrogPad Inc.

Houston, Texas-based FrogPad Inc. is an innovator in data entry methods for mobile computing and communication. Founded in 1998, FrogPad is a private company delivering its products through global partners. For more information, please visit FrogPad Web-site at:

About Gennum

Gennum Corporation is a leading producer of silicon integrated circuits and hybrid circuits for the video and hearing instruments markets, and is a growing provider of the data communication market. The company has offices in Burlington and Ottawa, Canada, and subsidiaries in Japan and the United Kingdom. Gennum (TSX: GND) has been in operation since 1973, and its shares have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since 1982. For more information on Gennum please visit:

This document may contain forward-looking statements, relating to the Company’s future financial results and operations or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on Gennum’s operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond Gennum’s control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include those set forth in other public filings. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. Gennum disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. FrogPad is a registered Trademark by FrogPad, Inc.

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