About UsMeet who makes Apt613 possible
Ottawa’s pretty awesome. From New Edinburgh to Old Ottawa South to Westboro and beyond, artists, musicians, boutique stores, and culture abound. In fact, Apt613 suspects the town’s staid and serious reputation may be nothing more than a convenient cover for its wild and crazy alter ego. Committed to connecting people to their neighbourhoods, the site is a place where we can learn and talk about new and exciting people, places, and goings on.
We hope Apt613 will be a platform for participation and community building. Everyone is welcome, so come on over!
Who we are
Apt613 is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization. Our main activity is apt613.ca, an award winning blog dedicated to uncovering the best of Ottawa’s arts and culture. All of our editors, photographers and contributors contribute their time and talents for free to help spread the word about all the great events happening in our city. If you’d like to help out, please visit our contact us page to find out how you can get involved.
Apt613 was conceived in October 2008 at the Manx Pub over a few too many pints of beer. A group of eight friends plus a mysterious Colombian were remarking that while Ottawa had an active arts and culture scene, it took the right connections and a bit of work to get plugged in. We decided to do something about it. After three months spent debating whether or not to go with a sans serif font, the official site went live in January 2009. We held our launch party on 6/13 at Raw Sugar Cafe (R.I.P.) – the first of what we hope will be many more awesome birthday celebrations.
A core group formed and we were lucky enough to pick up some dedicated and talented writers along the way, many of whom were professionally trained journalists. Along with some casual contributors, we’ve managed to form a motley crew of intrepid volunteer reporters who will stop at nothing to uncover the newest restaurant opening or mind-blowing party.
In August 2010, the blog officially incorporated as a not-for-profit.
In October 2012, Apt613 won gold for best blog in the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (community initiative category) and received a second COPA in 2016 (silver for Best Community News Website).
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
Apt613 is proudly funded by:
Alison Larabie Chase
Columnist / Streetscape Memory Bank
Impact HUB Ottawa Correspondent
Elyse Van Herk
Jennifer Carole Lewis
Columnist / Librarian in Residence
Writer / Copy Editor
Jenny C. Liu
Writer / Photographer
Ryan Saxby Hill
Editor and contributor