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Alejandro Bustos

Alejandro has been writing for Apartment613 since 2012 after a friend introduced him to the site. When not busy being a father to three children, he can be found reviewing books by local authors, as well as covering dance shows, concerts and live theatre.


Write On Ottawa: Welcome to the ideas machine

Why do you read fiction? Is it to fall in love with an exotic character or fantastic creature? To travel to a new dimension or a specific moment in the past? Maybe what you seek is a strange idea that sets your mind on fire? Your answer to this question – why do you read fiction? […]


Write On Ottawa: The strange powers of Zoya the fox

Writers often find inspiration in interesting places. For local author Neven Humphrey, who has lived in the National Capital Region since 2000, the idea for his novel Dr. Jekyll’s Foxes came in a dream. The book, which is aimed at readers 12 years and up, tells the story of Zoya, a cub from a farm just north […]


Write On Ottawa: Novel set in West Bank impresses

While relatively new to the literary scene in Ottawa-Gatineau, Deux Voiliers Publishing from Aylmer, Quebec has already developed a reputation for releasing good books. Of the more than 20 authors that they have published, however, a strong case can be made that Wall of Dust by Timothy Niedermann is among the best works in their […]


Write On Ottawa: The history of comedy in our city

“I think comedy comes more from a low sense of self-esteem, and I certainly have that.” – Craig Ferguson Ottawa-residents are often caricatured as a sorry lot who live boring lives. This probably explains why this region has produced so many great comedians. Wait, what? I thought this was the city that fun forgot. Not so […]

From L-R: Émélie Garneau, Hanna Toll and Benjamin Craig-Browne. Photo by Alexandra Campeau.

Ballet stars of the future + Nutcracker ticket giveaway

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm at the National Arts Centre. To enter this contest email by 4 pm Wednesday, November 25, with the subject line “Contest – Nutcracker.” A winner will be picked by random […]

Kayvon Kelly (Jean) and Kate Hennig (Kathleen). Photo by Andrew Alexander.

NAC play grapples with the fallout of Montreal Massacre

The mass murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989 is an event that will mark Canadians forever. In a horrifying act of evil, 25-year-old Marc Lépine singled out female students to kill with a rifle. In one particularly barbaric incident, he divided a classroom into men and women, and then […]

Photo from U-Theatre's Facebook page.

U-theatre offers a sensory explosion + ticket giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the November 24 show of Taiwan’s U-Theatre. To enter send an email to by 4 pm today with the subject live “Contest: U-Theatre”. The winner will be picked by random draw and notified after 4 p.m. Taiwan’s U-Theatre is a delight to watch. With hypnotic […]

Photo by Jake Walters

Inventive dance trilogy comes to NAC + ticket giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Wednesday, October 11 performance of Barbarians by the Hofesh Shechter Company at the NAC. To enter, send an email with the subject line “Contest – Barbarians” to by 4 pm Monday, November 9. A winner will be picked and notified on Monday evening. Israeli-born dancer […]


Write On Ottawa: A magical stroll in Mali

Every once in a while you come across a book that just makes you smile. A Little Walk in our Neighbourhood by Ottawa-based author JP Melville is such a work. Based on his experience living in Mali with his family from 2002-2004, this short book of less than 40 pages chronicles a single day in […]