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Month: January 2011

The Art of Architecture: Filling you in on infill

Hintonburg resident Phil Castro writes about the intersection of urban development, architecture, and the artistic impulse for Apartment613. In this post he looks at a subject recently studied by the city: the effects of infill housing. This post is also available on Spacing Ottawa. At its most basic definition, infill housing is the addition of […]

Eugene and the Eugenics launch their come back with two reunion shows!

Good news for fans who have been missing Eugene and the Eugenics since they broke up: They’re back! After three years, Ottawa’s rawk band is reunited and is ready to rock out at their comeback show. The band’s musical style, especially lead singer Tanya Janca’s vocals, have clearly been influenced by riot grrrl bands such […]

Ottawa’s urban poverty and the need for more social housing

By Stephan Telka “Health problems among Ottawa’s urban poor are similar to those found in sub-Saharan Africa.” So began Canadian Medical Association President Jeff Turnbull in his opening remarks to a recent gathering of graduate students, poverty elimination advocates, and government and community representatives at Carleton University last weekend. According to Turnbull, tuberculosis, hepatitis, sexually […]

Dirty Laundry: lap dances explained, text messages decoded and relationship psychic powers

A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine Thornhill is used to airing out other people’s unmentionables. Her new sex column, Dirty Laundry, runs the last Friday of each month on Apt613. To ask your questions, or to say hello to Nadine, contact her at For the full smorgasbord of […]

The Lab: Inventing the perfect play at undercurrents

Andrea Grant is a volunteer facilitator for The Lab, and she is looking forward to colLABorating with Apt613 readers before and in-between undercurrents shows. If you led a theatre company, how would you design the perfect play? Is it even possible to create such a “perfect play”? If so, how could you incorporate a whack […]

2011 Carleton Cup – Skate! Run! Drink!

SKATE! The Rideau Canal RUN! through Byward Market so that you can DRINK! the beverage of your choice at The Aulde Dubliner/Pour House $20.00 per person (entrance fee includes first beverage of the night) Raise $100 in pledges for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and race for free! There is no pre-registration for the Carleton Cup! […]

The Flamingo: for the gay and fabulous

Post by Lauryn Kronick For social media enthusiasts who an affinity for local events and hot new happenings, chances are your eyes have landed on either The Flamingo’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account. The folks behind Ottawa’s latest gay bar have mastered the true art of utilizing social media tools to their utmost- building […]

Weekend roundup: stuff to do in Ottawa!

Strawberries in January? Okay, so they’re not your farmer’s market fresh variety, but this show will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy – no matter how cold it gets outside. The undercurrents festival also continues at the GCTC, with some of the best Fringe shows returning for another run. Now for the lowdown on the […]

Wed By Hand returns – plus, win free tickets!

Head to the end of the post to discover how you and your sweetheart (or your best person) can win two free tickets to the Wed By Hand show! While the weather outside may crush any dreams of summer sunshine and fragrant bouquets, there’s a chance for a sneak preview of the summer wedding season […]

Canned goods, canned music with Andy Swan

These days, Andy Swan’s Ottawa is a quirky, quirky place. The one-time Torontonian, who in 2007 penned a well-received musical paean to his adopted home, has come up with an off-the-wall idea for announcing the release of his new EP, Lou Reed. This Sunday at Raw Sugar, Swan will be hosting Canned Goods/Canned Music: an […]

Strawberries in January at the GCTC

From the GCTC website: Is happiness closer than we think? And less complicated than we make it? Strawberries in January is a fizzy, delightful comedy about four romantically challenged singletons stumbling through Montreal in search of love. As their paths comically intersect and overlap, they find the shortcut to a happy ending. A play to […]

Venus Envy Turns Ten! Sale and epic party this weekend

Cities have personalities, even sex lives. Montreal is seductive fun. Toronto is bold and brash (if a little uptight).  Vancouver is all about hippie love or hard bodies. But what about Ottawa? If anyone knows what the NCR gets up to under the sheets, it’s Shelley Taylor, owner of Ottawa’s favourite sex-positive store and book […]

Thimble Cakes: Gluten free never tasted so good

Post by Natasha Mooney The latest cupcake shop to pop up in Ottawa is Thimble Cakes at Bank and Gilmour. In the last year, a few other ‘cupcakeries’ have opened their doors, so Thimble runs the risk of being lost in the crowd. But here’s the catch – it caters to allergy-prone foodies! All of […]

Scotch Irish Brewing Co. gets the Kichesippi treatment

Kichesippi Beer continues its expansion in the Ottawa beer market concluding the purchase of Scotch Irish Brewing Co. This in itself is a simple asset transaction. Two thirds of Scotch Irish were owned by Heritage owners Ron Moir and Donna Warner while the other third was owned by Heritage Head Brewmaster, Ancil Hartman. Hartman remains […]