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François Levesque

François is one of the co-founders of Apt613. Over the years, he's worn many hats for the organization. He currently sits on the Apartment613 Community Initiatives board and still bangs out the occasional article. He's most drawn to people and organizations that contribute to making this city better.


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Apt613 review opening weekend of the 20th Ottawa Fringe Festival

For the fifth consecutive year, Apt613 will be reviewing all Ottawa Fringe plays on their first night (as much as humanly possible). Every published review is linked below. You can also find these on our Fringe page. A huge thanks to all of our 30 volunteer contributors and to all, enjoy Fringe’s 20th anniversary! #Staystrong $12 […]

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Breaking: Ola Cocina coming to Hintonburg

The Vanier taco eatery had some exciting news to share via Facebook today. They are partnering with Ion Aimers to open a second Ola Cocina location in Hintonburg. They will be taking over the current ZaZaZa space at 1079 Wellington West. It looks like Tennessy Willems has won the Hintonburg Pizza War. We had good […]

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Welcome to our new site

Welcome to the new Apt613.ca! We’re excited to launch the newest iteration of apt613.ca – with a fresh new look and a better browsing experience on mobile and PC. Over the past few months, we have been working hard with local creative agency Fancy Boys to design a site that will help you get the […]

Back in Black. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

West End Comings and Goings – Hintonburg edition

A lot has happened since I last updated this column, a column that’s been traveling with me as I’ve moved from neighborhood to neighborhood. This update narrows in on what’s happened in Hintonburg’s burgeoning business scene over the last few months. For ease of reading and navigating, this updates goes from east to west. First […]

TÁDÉ. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ottawa emcee TÁDÉ on pursuing his passion

Ottawa emcee Idris Lawal exudes a calm and self-aware confidence, a rare trait for a twenty-something who’s still trying to find his footing in the small Ottawa hip hop landscape. Lawal – who works under the artist name TÁDÉ (pronounced Ta-day) – got a taste of local success with his 2014 mixtape Boxing with God. […]

Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.

Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight […]

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