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Karen Diepeveen

Karen is one of the co-founders of Apartment613. She's had all sorts of roles since it started in 2008, from financial guru and writer to board member and Support Local month coordinator. A big fan of Ottawa and its residents, she's always game to talk new ideas over a local brew (beer or tea, but no coffee, thanks).


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Foodie Friday: ChefX, your personal sous-chef

Disclaimer: ChefX provided a one-time promotion box of food to Apartment613 at no cost. The opinions outlined here are those of the author. For people who love to eat out, cooking gourmet at home can seem a bit daunting. Fancy ingredients, classic techniques – it’s a bit more involved than throwing a burger on the […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug[/youtube] So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities. The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQfbw6e2Yz4[/youtube] Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the […]

Weekend roundup + movie pass giveaway

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0fy249DCY8[/youtube] It’s set to be another busy, sunny Ottawa weekend, folks – this week, we’re giving away tickets to the first-run screenings of We Are the Best down at the Bytowne. Read on to find out how you can win! Ottawa Explosion Weekend kicked off their music festival last night, but don’t worry […]

Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLXqeQIua4[/youtube] The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, […]

Photo of the Melting Plastic 'Nope' pennant by Elliot Strikefoot and Alli Asudeh.

Goods: Making a house a home

If you’ve stopped by the West Wellington location of Victoire in the past few months, you may have noticed a special section lining the back wall. Filled with preserves, wool blankets, quaint dishes and art, these shelves make up Goods, the store-within-a-store. Jessica Wilson, owner and curator of Goods, launched this project in the fall of […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_PQtbeQzr8[/youtube] So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut. Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyxUS_KnhfE[/youtube] What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while […]

Weekend roundup: What to do + a giveaway

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7UmjvbmHQM#[/youtube] This weekend has a mash up of music, food, and outdoor adventures – and you can top it all off by winning a pair of tickets to the Friends with Benefits event! Read on to find out more. Let’s start with the music: if you’re in a country mood, Gil’s Hootenanny down […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″]https://vimeo.com/30911637[/vimeo] If you’re not planning on spending your whole weekend eating poutine, we’ve got a few other options for you: Thursday, kick off spring with Art Uncorked down at Pressed – you get art supplies, some wine, and a few tips to make your own unique piece. Over at Club SAW, celebrate Shakespeare’s […]

Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

If you’ve had your fill of chocolate eggs and want to get out and about this weekend, here’s what’s up in the city: In music, the Steve Adamyk Band kicks things off tonight with Finderskeepers at Babylon, followed by Transmission dance party with DJ Male Nurse. If you’re looking for some traditional east coast music, […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvAogBkTFfk[/youtube] This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has […]

On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.

Weekend roundup: LAFF ticket giveaway

Looking to get your fill of Latin American film with free passes? Read on! Let’s break the weekend down by day. Thursday, kick things of with a fundraiser or two: the Ottawa BFA students are raising money for their year end show, the Lunenburg Pub is hosting one for autism research, and there’s a fundraiser […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqDpT30igk8[/youtube] So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with […]

Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want […]

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