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Month: March 2012

Photo courtesy of MonkeyJunk.

Reinventing the blues with MonkeyJunk

It’s about time MonkeyJunk got a Juno nomination. The Ottawa trio have nine Maple Blues Awards, a Canadian Independent Music Award, were only the second Canadian artist to win a Blues Music Award, and placed third at the International Blues Challenge in 2009 — all in four years. Titles aside, frontman Steve Marriner, lead guitarist […]

Photo courtesy of Ming Wu on Flickr.

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

Hey, Ottawa: those extra strains of music you’re suddenly hearing? That haunting melody and those catchy beats? They’re the result of the latest national event to stop by our city. The Junos are in town, bringing along Deadmau5, City and Colour, Feist,  Austra, Socalled and yup, a few hockey greats too (our money is on […]

Photo courtesy of blakie on Flickr.

Time to apply! Critical Blogging Residency with Artengine & Apt613

This year, Apt613 will be partnering with Artengine for the 2012 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will pen in-depth posts on the Artengine blog and Apt613 throughout the year. The Critical Blogging Residency was originally conceived by Artengine as a creative space […]

All photos by Jessica Sims

A Day in the Life of Zest Café and Catering

A day in the life, a series cooked up by Jessica, offers a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the National Capital Region’s favourite food related businesses. Gil and Janet Roberge are the husband and wife team behind Zest Café and Catering, a business they started in their house doing a few orders here and there […]

A Tribe Called Red

Download A Tribe Called Red’s First Album NOW!

Electronic music seems to be on the cutting edge of musical innovation these days. The flexibility of the medium encourages experimentation which, I’m sure we can all agree, has resulted in some of the most interesting albums of the last few years and even, dare I hyperbolize, of all time. The cream of this new […]

Scribel 01 (2010). Esther Simmonds-MacAdam. Image courtesy of La Petite Mort Gallery.

Men at Work at La Petite Mort Gallery

For the first time, award-winning Toronto artist Esther Simmonds-MacAdam has brought her paintings to Ottawa. The series, entitled New Paintings: Men at Work, is being shown at La Petite Mort Gallery until Thursday and is comprised of a grouping of large-scale oil paintings depicting intimate moments with men. Working from a background in sociology and […]

Photo courtesy of tcp909 on flickr

Announcing the Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club

Remember books? Sometimes known as Kindles that you don’t need to plug in, those nice paper objects were useful for filling up bookcases and, as an added bonus, sometimes contained useful information or great works of art. In partnership with Collected Works, Hintonburg’s favorite independent bookstore, we’re launching a club to celebrate books and the […]

Shit Bureaucrats Say…

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] It was only a matter of time before this popped up. Love it.

So Much Theatre: East of Berlin

[youtube][/youtube] One doesn’t expect there to be so many opportunities for laughter at a tragedy about the personal legacy of the Holocaust, but that’s what makes Hannah Moscovitch an outstanding playwright, and East of Berlin a thought-provoking, entertaining play. East of Berlin is a memory play, told from the perspective of Rudolf (Rudi) Klausner (Simon […]

Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.

Apt613 exclusive: Loon Choir presents Fire Poems

The folks behind Ottawa’s Loon Choir have been hard at work for the past months completing their second record, Fire Poems. The album’s due for release in May but Apt613’s got an exclusive sneak peak and will be sharing one new track a week for the next weeks. We’re excited to be partnering with the […]

Bytowne Movies

Apartment613 at the Movies

Photo courtesy of jonschofield from the Apartment613 Flickr Group At this week’s Apartment613 Editorial meeting we invited some of our contributors to make suggestions for what to see at the Bytowne and Mayfair over the next bit. They scanned the calendars and came up with the following suggestions. Check and for showtimes. A Separation: I’ve […]

Benjamin Rodger

The sacrifice of an artist

Being an artist isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Regardless of the medium, getting started and getting known is difficult. Just ask Ottawa painter Benjamin Rodger. “I work 10 to 12 hours a day seven days a week,” he says. Benjamin doesn’t paint as a hobby; he’s serious about his career. His work ethic […]

Photo courtesy of tcp909 on Flickr.

Goodbye Nostalgica, the life and death of a café

It was during the unreasonably warm spring of 1995 that Café Nostalgica opened its doors and fittingly, it is during the intemperate spring of 2012 that it will close for the last time. The move comes after a referendum in 2011 which planed to demolish the original Café Nostalgica to make way for a transformed […]

Photo courtesy of blurasis on Flickr.

FREE BEER – for those who support Apartment613 Live (some restrictions apply)

As many loyal readers of Apartment613 have likely noted, for the past year or so we have been putting together a weekly radio show for CHUO called Apartment613 Live. We’re interviewing some great artists, foodies, bloggers, musicians, and newsmakers each Thursday from 4-5pm. You can tune in at 89.1FM or keep an eye on the […]