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Jared Davidson

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Jared's love of Ottawa builds up to the point where he must purge it from his system, post by post. When he's not about-towning, he freelances as a communications & marketing manager for your favourite businesses.


Photo Courtesy of Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar to Debut new Tape at Cafe Alt Tomorrow

Tomorrow night at Café Alt, Roberta Bondar is releasing a new album. Just for clarification, I’m talking about the Ottawa band named Roberta Bondar, not the Canadian female astronaut. I wonder if that’s a coincidence. In either case, Roberta Bondar is about to become a pioneer, not of outer space this time, but of a […]

Cover art credit to Dom Laporte

Homebased release new album, Get Busy

Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of […]

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Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in […]

Photo courtesy of J&B's website

Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

The Soundcloud embed isn’t working, so here’s the direct link. It’s 10 minutes long. A couple weeks back, Cafe Alt hosted the second edition of the aptly named Cafe Alt Concert Series. It was a resounding success, in no little part due to the gentlemen you are about to meet. James and Blackburn is a […]

Video: Michael Greilsammer at Daily Grind

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxeO01eZl0U[/youtube] From his show on Saturday Feb 16th. The house was packed, and Greilsammer delivered some haunting violin playing, singing in French, Hebrew and English alongside his wife Shimrit. These guys can sing. They’re leaving Ottawa on the 28th, but for now we have their talent to enjoy. Also, this video begins with an impromptu cover […]

Yuri Bakker live at Cafe Alt

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGQeA6KVee0[/youtube] Mr. Yuri Bakker, the man from Rotterdam and Uncle Sam, lays down his signature electro sound in this video from Valentines Day. He is releasing two free EPs by the end of the month, both of which sound heavenly. We’ll keep you up to date on that front. Yuri can be found at yuribakker.com, […]

Long Weekend Videos: The Elwins in a Garage

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d23uhYePcto[/youtube] In this video, me and the Elwins tour one of the underground parking garages at the university of Ottawa. Things get pretty serious, and I end up getting some real heartfelt sentiments out of them. But I guess Valentines Day does that to you, right? This is all part of the Cafe Alt Concert […]

Why hasn’t Ottawa heard of Michael Greilsammer?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4IzE4vy9Yk[/youtube] I went into my interview with Michael Greilsammer knowing nothing. I came out in absolute confusion. First of all, why hadn’t I heard of this guy? He’s famous in Israel; he’s won that country’s version of the Oscar (called the Ophir, if I recall correctly), and he makes some pretty exceptional music (for more […]

All photos courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Game Day: A Game Summit Photoblog

Game Summit is in full swing over the river at the Palais de Congres in Gatineau, and apt613 is hitting the floor to play some… some games of giant Catan? Kafkaesque? Yes. Fun? Also yes! I discovered some brand new board games that now hold a special place in my cold heart. So, now I’ll […]

Photo Courtesy of Joelle Guédon

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 […]

Photo Courtesy of Jared Davidson

The Café Alt Concert Series features local (and not-so-local) treasures

Every day, a kazillion University of Ottawa students walk by Simard Hall, eyes forward, headphones on. Being a student is a tough gig, and each of them has numerous things to focus on, like not getting hit by that car at the cross walk or figuring out where the heck CUBE building is. Some will […]

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The Amalgamation gears up for new album release

Blasting from beat-up antique speakers hooked up to a wobbly turntable in a smoky bar – the ideal listening situation for a band like The Amalgamation. Timmins-conceived and Ottawa-based, the band currently consists of two men who know the meaning of rock, Jeff Bertrand and Brad Martel. Their sound is sometimes described in line with a […]

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