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Month: August 2011

Restaurant Watch: Les 3 Brasseurs coming to Sparks Street?

Looks like the soon-to-be-opened Mill Street outlet isn’t the only major beer news bubbling in the nation’s capital. If this menu is to believed (and yes, I’m pretty sure we’ve never used a menu to support our reporting before) it looks like international microbrewery chain Les 3 Brasseurs has plans to open a location on […]

This week on Apartment613 Live: Talkin’ Bahá’í with The Hidden Words, plus a bunch o’ tunes

[podcast][/podcast] Hey there, audiophiles! Welcome to another edition of Apartment613 Live, one inspired largely by the now-concluded Ottawa Folk Festival. It’s mainly a music show this time around, although we do chat with James Farr of The Hidden Words about the band’s Bahá’í-inspired music and raising money for east Africa. (Farr clearly felt bad that […]

Urban Craft: Ottawa gets a monthly craft market

Ottawa’s burgeoning craft scene pops up every now and again at various craft shows – most of which fall in late November or early December, when gift-giving season starts sneaking up on us. But what about the rest of the year? While a few stores around town carry bits of local creativity, it’s always seemed […]

Weekly News Review: Memories of Jack, gay pride parade, revitalizing Rideau St. and more!

The country wished farewell to NDP Leader Jack Layton this week. OpenFile shares 7 moments, memories and musings of Jack Layton’s Ottawa. After years of opposition by merchants, it appears that Bank St. between Nepean and James may finally be known as the gay village. Mayor Jim Watson and councillor Diane Holmes are currently working […]

Live from the Ottawa Folk Festival: Day Three

We’re back with another podcast live from the Ottawa Folk Festival! Last time we chatted with you, it was just me and Ryan Saxby Hill, waxing eloquently about our plans for the four-day music fest at Mooney’s Bay. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from mid-1980s gum commercials, it’s that you should always […]

Basia Bulat at the Ottawa Folk Festival

I quickly fell in love with Basia Bulat after her Polaris Prize nomination in 2009. I’ve seen Basia Bulat play several times in Ottawa (and Wakefield) and it’s always a great show. Tonight’s performance at the Ottawa Folk Festival had the familiar technically-precise tone that Bulat seems to demand of herself and her band. There […]

Folkfest day two: Steve Earle, City and Colour, and regrets over driving

When I was transplanted to Ottawa about twenty years ago, I landed by Mooney’s Bay. At that time I was of prime biking age, and bike I did, from Mooney’s to Parliament Hill and back several times a week. I drove, however,  to the 2011 edition of the Ottawa Folk Festival last night to see […]

Indie folksters The Hidden Words play famine relief show for east Africa

Post by Jessie Willms. Editor’s note: check out the Apt613 Live podcast this weekend – not only do we spin a few tracks off The Hidden Words’ forthcoming album Free Thyself From the Fetters of this World, but guitarist James Farr comes in for an interview and sticks around as our co-host. The Hidden Words […]

Live from the Ottawa Folk Festival: Day One

It’s that time of year again: the Ottawa Folk Festival is back, this time a bit more centrally located at Hog’s Back Park. It’s a short bike ride down either by the canal or the river. The line-up looks great and, if this first evening is any indication, there seems to be a great crowd. […]

Weekend roundup: What’s going on around O-town

We at Apartment613 are big fans of the Maritimes. This blog was itself was sparked by a love of this little rag, and some of us will head out there whenever we’ve got a chance. But when the Maritimes come to us, it’s even better – which is why this kitchen party, this show, and […]

It’s Pride week in Ottawa!

It’s interesting, but when I sat down to write this post, it occurred to me that part of the reason I’ve never believed the old saw that Ottawa’s a blase government town is due to Capital Pride. The annual parade is actually one of my formative Ottawa memories – I was walking in front of […]

Apartment613 and Open File Ottawa are apologizing for Ottawa

Andrew Cohen’s piece in the Ottawa Citizen last week certainly struck a nerve. At our latest “Urban drinks” at Shanghai, a few fellow bloggers spent some time discussing our annoyance at the suggestion that despite our “education and affluence” we were all working so hard to make a creative and interesting life in a city […]

Weekly News Review: La Nouvelle Scène expands, Skateboarding Championships and more!

La Nouvelle Scène, one of Ottawa’s pre-eminent franco-theatre homes, will be renovated at a cost of $5.4 million. The space will be 30% bigger meaning more space for artists to create, build and prepare for plays says DG Richard Lebel. Great news for French theatre lovers in the region! With Friends of Lansdowne appealing the […]

Ottawa gets its very own night market

We’re a bit behind on posting this one, but last night was the first of two nights for Ottawa’s very own night market in Chinatown. If anyone has been to the epic Vancouver night market (let alone markets in Asia) you can surely understand why people are excited about this idea. The combination of street […]