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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.


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 […]


Welcome to our new site

Welcome to the new! We’re excited to launch the newest iteration of – 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 […]

Solar panel. Photo by Mike Geiger on Flickr.

Making Ottawa go green – the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op

Janice Ashworth is the Operations Manager for the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op. OREC brings Ottawa residents together to invest in local renewable energy projects in our own communities. What does this all mean? Join this neophyte on a journey of discovery. Ashworth was in her undergrad in Environmental Science and International Development at Dalhousie University […]

Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Harvest Noir, Ottawa’s stealth sustainability party is back September 27

Photos by Steve Gerecke, Ottawa Velo Vogue and Jean Lapointe. After three years of celebrating local food and farms in secret locations, Harvest Noir – Ottawa’s homegrown version of the Dîner en Blanc – still has a few surprises. Importantly for an outdoor event that hasn’t always been lucky in the weather department, it also booked a […]