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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).


Video of the week: Coffee cupping competition

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″]https://vimeo.com/62133226[/vimeo] Last month, a team from Bridgehead traveled down to Guatemala to visit the sources of their coffees. They traveled throughout the countryside, meeting growers and visiting cooperatives. One of the highlights? A cupping competition to determine the best coffees produced by CODECH, an umbrella cooperative that represents 300+ farmers in rural Huehuetanango. […]

Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Get yourself in the weekend groove with this exclusive Apartment613/Ceremony mix, curated by Gary Franks, one of our fave Ceremony DJs. It’s the perfect soundtrack to deciding how you want to kick up your weekend! There’s a stellar line up of Northern artists, musicians and more stopping by our city for the next week for […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbM1K2or8pU&[/youtube] It’s fight night weekend! Well, at least down in Little Italy, where Beaver Boxing will be holding their club show. If you’re in for something that involves fewer punches, head to Irene’s for Shannon Rose and the Thorns – not only will they be playing, they’ll be recording footage for their latest […]

Photos by Claire Dam Photography.

Victoire’s vintage sale: It all started with Miss Canada 1954

Twice each year, vintage clothing lovers line up outside of Victoire Boutique down on Dalhousie Street. Usually filled with Canadian-designed goods, the boutique transforms into a vintage emporium, displaying racks of dresses from days of yore. With the spring edition of the vintage sale happening this weekend, we’ve got a treat for you: a sneak […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCLDIxBxxVk[/youtube] Spring is coming – we promise. While the weather might seem otherwise, this leafy green event out at Kichesippi Brewery will prove to you that fresh produce isn’t too far away. At the very least, the food and music and beer will distract you from a snowy reality. Tonight at Babylon, it’s Raw […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaw7prWz0SM[/youtube] Yes, there are egg hunts happening this weekend!. And if you’re feeling a bit of spring fever, head to the Black Sheep for a remedy or two. There’s a ton of music adventures to be had over the next few days. Danny Michel plays again tonight at the NAC Studio, after a great […]

Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Hey, Ottawa – what’s your passion? Let that dictate your weekend fun: Fashion: Show or shopping? You get both. Twiss and Weber are hosting a pop in shop, and The Weight is Over show will feature casual, work, swim wear and more! Food: Westboro’s got an Easter Food Market down on Churchill this Saturday, with […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWt2yijiCB8[/youtube] It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, […]

Photo courtesy The Bright Road.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Whether you’re an environmentally-concerned fiancee, a Tibetan film buff, a tango aficionado or anything in between, this city’s got something for you this weekend. Tonight, Legion of Saints hits the stage at Babylon, while NDMA celebrates a new EP down at the Mercury Lounge. The Goodluck Assembly is giving a sneak peek of their new album […]

Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Hey, hey Ottawa – another exciting weekend ahead! Not only is there a birthday party for a dance party, but we’re giving away tickets to a dance show this weekend. Read on to find out more! Indie/folk band Joe Pug is up from Chicago to share some of their tunes, and Serena Ryder is also stopping […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdZ4Isbr6ik[/youtube] Beer outside. Polar bear hunts. The city is chockablock full of fun this weekend – and we’re giving away tickets to a show! Read on to find out how you can win. While you might have made plans for a candlelight dinner, tonight Babylon is hosting their Heroes and Villains Valentine’s party […]

Justin Rutledge will warm up Wakefield this weekend (photo courtesy his website).

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

You know where to head for skating and ice sculptures, but where to go to learn burlesque, laugh at lawyers, and plan your indie wedding? We’ve got you covered. Spring can seem far away at this time of the year, but the Black Sheep is embracing it with the In the Dead of Winter festival. […]

Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.

Weekend roundup: How to stay warm edition

Even though the temperatures are set to warm up ever so slightly this weekend, we know you might still feel the winter chill. So here are our top five ways to stay warm this weekend: 1. Go dancing! We all know it’s a great way to heat up the night – a little samba, a […]

Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic […]

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Sexual Overtones brrrrlesque returns

Sexual Overtones is known for their sexual satire, quirky humour and clever skits. Burlesque and vaudeville lovers in the city will have noticed their absence over the last year, so when posters began popping up around town for their latest show, Winternude, excitement started building. Set for Saturday night down at St. Brigid’s, Winternude is sure […]

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