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Month: June 2012

A business fair for Lovely Ladies who make

I first heard of Magida El-Kassis a couple of years ago, when she was still at SPAO – the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. She had been recognized by her peers and the staff at SPAO for her great photography. Little did I know she was a country girl from Richmond, Ontario, just outside […]

Jazz Festival kicks off tonight

We like to fill our schedules up at Apartment613, so when it’s festival season here in Ottawa (read: summer time), we get out and about as much as we can. This weekend, we’re juggling a few things, but are pretty dang excited about the Jazz Festival. We’ll be camping out there for the coming week, […]

PSY is a Wild Ride

Last night PSY, the new circus project from Les 7 Doigts de la Main, opened to an enraptured audience at the NAC theatre. The show features a dynamic and engaging mix of theatre, circus, and dance (not that kind of dance; the cool kind), and while the founding members of Les 7 Doigts are alumni of […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

For those of you sweltering out there today, we’ve got good news – while we can’t control the weather, we can suggest oh-so-cool things for you to do this weekend. And if all of these activities sound like too much work in this heat, just park yourself at Feverfest or the Jazz Festival all weekend […]

Silkken Laumann celebrates summer solstice with House of Common Problems

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] Silkken Laumann gives lots of love to Ottawa in their latest video for House of Common Problems. Featured in the video – Galerie Saw Gallery,  Oz, Victoire, Raw Sugar Cafe and a whole lot of dancing! You can download the song for free at

Wanted: Home for Bridge to Gatineau

Post by Olivia Crossman Seldom do issues ignite passion in suburban residents like the plan to build a sixth inter-provincial bridge linking Ottawa and Gatineau in the city’s east end. On the evening of June 12th, large crowds gathered at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans. A public consultation was hosted by the National Capital […]

Apartment613 readers can take 25% off tickets to Janelle Monáe at the Jazz Festival

[youtube][/youtube] We’re getting pretty excited for the Jazz Festival this week, and we’ve got a promotion that we hope will get you in the mood to enjoy some jazz under the stars, too. Saturday night promises to be a good time with Janelle Monáe, Adam and the Amethysts, and wrapping up with Slim Moore and the […]


Hey guys – we’re sort of checked out for the weekend. We’re going to be spending most of our time over at reviewing every single play at this year’s Fringe Festival. This is our third year taking the project on and it’s a great time. We hope that Fully Fringed can help make the […]

Ottawa Explosion begins!

The weekend is but hours away, and I really, truly, hope you are excited for this as I am. Actually, for many in Ottawa the weekend started last night. The reason? Ottawa Explosion. I’ve gotta admit I’ve been looking forward to this period in June for months. During the dreary lull of mid-winter days, when […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

So tonight you’ll find a bunch of us Apt613 editors hunkered down at the Fringe tent, madly editing reviews so you can discover the not-to-be-missed theatre at this year’s festival. Stop by to say hi! You can check out the fruits of our labour at the Fully Fringed site, where reviews of all the Fringe […]

Dog Day does the Explosion

Ottawa Explosion, the city’s underground music festival, officially kicked off last night for a second year with a rapturous performance by Pregnancy Scares, Metz and The Men. Organizers Luke Nuclear and Emmanuel Sayer have expanded the festival for its second year to include even more sweet garage and punk bands from Ottawa, Canada and the […]

Ask the interweb: What to do with those pesky (but lovable) parents?

Ottawa is a town with a lot of young professionals and students who hail from elsewhere in Canada. Therefore, Ottawa is a town where on any particular weekend there are a ton of out-of-town parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents or in-laws descending upon the city’s guest rooms and pull-out couches demanding to be entertained. While a few of them would be happy to tag […]