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Month: January 2013

Weekend roundup: Winter thaw edition

Here we go again. Another January thaw to get our hopes up about the return of warm weather. But it’s just a ruse, Ottawa. Before you know it, you’ll be dealing with eye-watering windchill as everyone goes about their business in bundled-up, genderless masses. You know what’s not toying with you? This weekend roundup, of […]

Creative Mornings takes on Happiness

This Friday, Creative Mornings is taking on the issue of happiness. John Zelenski from Carleton University is the director of the happiness lab, a facility devoted to testing what makes us happy and how we can control and manage our happiness. If Ottawa’s long (and cold) winter is getting you down, this morning lecture might be […]

Inspiration comes from the other side of Lake Erie

Print-making, comparing Cleveland to Ottawa, and a new perspective on the United States. Guillermo Trejo talks to us days before the opening of his solo exhibit at La Petite Mort. Guillermo Trejo has been calling Ottawa home for the last 6 years already and has been in a number of group shows at La Petite […]

#BustOutYOW… it’s Maker: Nigel Vezeau

Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Blogger Residency, click here. This month I caught up with Nigel Vezeau, an Ottawa-based maker. This post is part of the #BustOutYow […]

BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and […]

Game Summit grows, moves to new venue

Here at Apartment613, we like our digital media. Heck, for all you know we could be computers, sent from the future to enslave all humans with our blog posts. But as enamoured as we are with the world of ones and zeroes, it still doesn’t eclipse our love for clunky, physical board games. Nothing beats […]

Taxidermy, meteorites and flashy duds: An evening at Nature Nocturne

This past Friday, Ottawans in the know sought out an unusual destination for their  socializing: the Canadian Museum of Nature. See, they didn’t need some cheesy Ben Stiller movie to know that the inaugural Nature Nocturne, their after-hours dance party, was going to be cool. First conceived of in New York City, Nature Nocturne brought […]

Apt613 tours the local blogosphere: An introduction

Ottawa has an incredibly large blogging community. To help publicize this amazing body of work, Apt613 will provide a weekly round-up of some of the best posts in the city. To get things rolling, here are some websites worth reading. With our recent Arctic-like weather, it’s easy to be overcome with January blues. Andrea from […]

Foodie Friday: Royal Wood reviews the Back Lane Café

Welcome to Foodie Friday at Apartment613 — a new feature in which we slice through the many layers of Ottawa’s food scene with the dexterity of a master chef.  Our first post  is particularly special: we got Juno-nominated musician Royal Wood to review the Back Lane Cafe, one of Ottawa’s most well-regarded new dining spots. […]

Apartment Crush: Sarah and Gregg’s mid-century bohemian labour of love

Take a peek into the apartments and homes of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. Post by Katie Marsh, pictures by Katie Marsh and Gregg Blakely. If you would like us to feature your place in Apartment Crush, let us know by emailing For Sarah and Gregg, the arrival of baby Martha was, among other things, […]

Weekend roundup: How to stay warm edition

Even though the temperatures are set to warm up ever so slightly this weekend, we know you might still feel the winter chill. So here are our top five ways to stay warm this weekend: 1. Go dancing! We all know it’s a great way to heat up the night – a little samba, a […]

Our proposed name for Ottawa’s new CFL team

A couple of weeks ago, we heard that the OSEG is contemplating the name Red Blacks for Ottawa’s future CFL team. However, it doesn’t look like residents support the proposition. A recent Ottawa Citizen Internet survey asked readers if Ottawa Red Blacks is a good name for the city’s new CFL team? An overwhelming majority, 91%, disapproved. Over 3,700 […]