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Month: July 2012

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Au Café Show adds a spoonful of drama to your coffee

A new coffee shop infusing a little theatre into its lattes recently opened its doors at 161 Promenade du Portage in front of the Portage IV Complex in Hull. This humongous coffee shop, once home to Presse Café, provides a warm and enjoyable setting to unwind and enjoy theatrical shows while serving local products. “We […]

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Gigspace Ottawa – A unique way for audiophiles to listen and practice

It can be easy to forget that communities take work; that those restaurants, social centres, murals and parks don’t just appear on the scene like resolute clovers popping up in the corners of our sun-fried fields. No, dynamic communities need people with the drive and determination to grow ideas into fruition. Located on Gladstone Avenue, just […]

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Paper Kindle Club: The Horse that Leaps through Clouds

Welcome to the Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club! Hosted by Collected Works, Wellington West’s favourite bookstore, we feature works and authors with an Ottawa connection. This week we are featuring the author of The Horse that Leaps through Clouds, a non-fiction work by local author Eric Enno Tam. Join in the discussion below.


Hey carnivores, this one’s for you: Trailer Pork Boys serve up slow-cooked to go

You know it’s good when you wake up the next morning craving more. I guess you could say the Trailer Pork Boys’ pulled pork sandwich is good, then. Into its second week, Ottawa’s newest food truck is all about the pig. The menu is short, sweet, and to the porkalicious point: sandwiches (pulled pork & […]

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Is Ottawa Ready To Roll The Dice On A Downtown Casino?

In March of this year, talks of bringing a casino within Ottawa city limits were back on the table after the Ontario government announced a decision to begin accepting private-sector bids for the establishment. The news made headlines, and it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the whereabouts of the casino and if having one in […]

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Apt613 Live for July 25th, 2012

Listen here, or on iTunes. Note: the Paper Kindle Club is this Sunday, not Saturday as is reported in this podcast.  This week on Apt613 Live, Jared hosts the entire show by himself! In addition to his unreasonably strange antics, we were able to snag two interviews this week. The first is with Gerry Paquette, Professor of […]

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Weekend Roundup: Get out and do stuff Ottawa!

Start your Friday right with the second edition of Creative Mornings with Chef Matt Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop up. He’ll talk about the pop experience, his future ventures and the development of the food scene in Ottawa. It’s at the Ottawa School of Art (but you have to get a ticket first). Who […]

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Ottawa’s Youngest Farmers’ Market Serves Little Italy & Beyond

Situated in the heart of Little Italy, the Preston Farmers’ Market considers itself a neighbourhood destination for all of central Ottawa. From swiss chard, sauces, and sausages to soaps and sock moneys … the PFM offers “everything you could want in one delicious stop”. Saturday shoppers can find fresh produce & meats, hand-roasted coffee, sweet […]

Paper Kindle Club: The Horse That Leaps through Clouds–An Update!

[youtube][/youtube] You know, I remember a time when books were books—when reading a book meant flipping pages, when the phrase “cracking open a book” made sense, and when sniffing the pages of a new book gave you that giddy, lightheaded feeling that only glue can provide. But this is the future. We live in a […]


Chef Matt Carmichael talks Mello’s love and new projects

This is my first article and restaurant review for Apt613; as an avid foodie I volunteered my blogging services to editor and soon-to-be-father François over one too many glasses of wine one Friday night at HUB Ottawa. Full disclosure: it has turned into more of a story than a review and is also a bit […]

Video of the week: Whiskey by NDMA

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] NDMA is Nilton de Menezes, a music producer and all-round artistic entrepreneur living in Ottawa. Having been raised in Angola and Brazil, his style has been described as a fusion of  contemporary hip hop with Portuguese influences. Menezes has also been busy as a promoter on the Ottawa scene, with his most recent project being Blue […]

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Union Local 613, where class meets southern comfort

There is no shortage of fine dining options in our beloved Capital City. Foodies can get their fix in virtually any neighborhood, and while we’re often accused of playing catch up to trendier Montreal or Toronto, Ottawa is (almost) always on point with keeping up with restaurants fads and new concepts. Recently, a few Southern-style […]


327 Wine Bar: Somerset’s newest classy addition

The mysterious closing of Benitz Bistro down on Somerset last year brought disappointed sighs from around the city. For Tim Barton and Brad Henderson, though, that close resulted in one of their biggest opportunities to date: opening their own restaurant. But things are never as easy as they sound – from the start, this duo […]