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Month: May 2011

This week on the Apartment613 Live podcast: Music all the time

Happy heatwave Tuesday, Ottawa. Hopefully these 30C+ temperatures haven’t melted your iPod headphones into your eardrums, because then how would you be able to listen to our most recent Apartment613 Live podcast? (Also, if that’s the case, you may want to see a doctor. Just throwing that out there.) Once again this week, it’s a […]

Le Festibière de Gatineau – a paradise for microbrew lovers

My experience this past Saturday convinced me that Gatineau has a few beer lessons to teach Ottawa. It was under a dark sky that my friends and I headed on the other side of the river, near Lac Leamy to participate in the first edition of the Festibière de Gatineau. Despite the weather, the yards […]

Paul Wells pitches Chopin at the French Embassy

Post from special guest contributor Paul Wells, columnist for Maclean’s magazine and classical music enthusiast. Those of us who work to spread the word about Ottawa’s  Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra are pretty excited about our annual fundraising gala, Friday June 3.  Here’s the short version: Chopin. In the French Embassy. That’s all most people will […]

Weekly News Review: Entrepreneurial Ottawa, Race weekend, Empire Theatres and more!

Could Ottawa’s entrepreneurial core be considered stuck in a holding pattern? Yes, according to the Ottawa Sun, and City Hall may be to blame. However, Saad Bashi, head of economic development for the city hopes to change this. “I would like to see economic development getting a lot more involved with businesses expanding in Ottawa, […]

Puppets are for everyone! Win passes to the Ottawa Children’s Festival.

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] Childless people in their twenties to early thirties have entered the awkward age: way too old to enjoy children-oriented activities without feeling self-conscious, but often too young to have spawned a plausible excuse. Luckily,  those of you unable to procure a child for the Ottawa Children’s Festival have an alternative cover: you […]

Murder Plans release video for Tell A Lie. It’s true! (And awesome.)

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] Ottawa’s Murder Plans are on a role! Those lucky enough to have caught them live this past Friday probably learned the band will be playing their first Bluesfest in July.  They also released their first official music video for the single, “Tell a Lie” this past week. The video features 30+ of […]

Get your bid on at le pArty!

Calling all blossoming art-collectors! It’s time for the Ottawa Art Gallery’s (OAG) annual fundraiser, le pARTy – a chance for art enthusiasts to simultaneously support local artists, assist the OAG in the funding of their youth programming, as well as (potentially) bring home your very own original work of art! For sixteen years running, organizers […]

Dirty Laundry: The default setting; foxes silver, brown or bald; and the best part about ORW

A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine Thornhill is used to airing out other people’s unmentionables. Her sex column, Dirty Laundry, runs once each month on Apt613. To ask your questions, or to say hello to Nadine, contact her at Dear Dirty Laundress, A couple months ago, I started […]

Dancing, not rowing: An interview with Silkken Laumann

Post by Lidija Rozitis There are few pop bands in Ottawa that can simultaneously channel both a rower and dance party. But Silkken Laumann – the band, not the athlete – does just that. Silkken Laumann is a brand new three-piece electro-dance project in the city, featuring members of The Acorn and solo artist Adam […]

What’s all the COmotion about? Spins and Needles hosts collaborative stop motion project

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] Spins and Needles, the people behind the music-fueled crafternoons that have become a standby of the Ottawa scene, are making a move towards becoming enablers of collaborative art. Winterlude 2010 saw their urban cozy project, a large scale art project where crafted cozies from across Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa and […]

Weekend Roundup: Things to see and do in Ottawa

Hey all, since Karen’s away for a bit, I’m stepping in this week and next to share my time-tested recipes for a delicious, mouthwatering weekend in the capital. They’re healthy, filling, and perfect for people with allergies (unless, that is, you’re allergic to fun). Nothing says spring like clearing out the unwanted crap cluttering up […]

For the love of fashion and innovation: meet the folks behind the Deckster

A friend of mine is currently working on a documentary on Ottawa’s creative side. After meeting with Dom Coballe last week, I’m convinced he should be featured in this documentary. Coballe and his partner Chrystale have a mind for the chic, retro and cool. Their most recent creation is the Deckster, a high end time […]

The Whalesbone’s 4th Annual Bytowne OysterFest

Chefs’ cup oyster shuck off – Ottawa valley oyster shucking competition Entertainment: – Soul Jazz Orchestra – DJ L T Ruck – Greenfield Main Food: oysters, walleye burgers, refreshments Tickets on sale at The Whalesbone Oyster House (430 Bank Street) and Sustainable Fish and Oyster Supply (504A Kent Street) Location: Whalesbone Oyster Supply (504A Kent […]

Shop! Donate! Volunteer! It’s the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale this weekend

Post by Sabrina Bowman, who – disclaimer alert! -is also the co-chair of the GGGGS, along with being an Apt613 contributor. Do garage sales remind you of velour pants and ugly dishware? If so, you’ve never experienced the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale, happening this Saturday from 8am-4pm at 99 Glebe Avenue. The sale is […]

Duelling Chefs Round 7: Gourmet Giving!

By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline After covering this event for almost four months, we’d be remiss in our reporting if we didn’t let our readers know a bit more about the beneficiaries of this wonderful series. This is the second year for Duelling Chefs and, as last year, several local charities were selected to […]