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Stop listening to lame holiday music. Download Jim Bryson’s instant holiday album.

For anyone who has Josh Groban’s holiday album on repeat this season, we’re here for you. Local (and national) favourite Jim Bryson has released an instant holiday album that you can download from his Bandcamp. The proceeds of the album go to the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa and Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s “You […]

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The Apartment613 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are a great time to introduce your friends and family to the local shops and goods you enjoy year round. Resist the urge to order everything from Amazon and take a look through some of our local holiday gifting suggestions. N-Product started making super cool watch straps for your iPod nano, and they […]

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Open Data Ottawa hosts Learn Hack YOW

This weekend Open Data Ottawa and their partners at the City of Ottawa will be hosting Learn Hack YOW at City Hall. It’s your chance to come mess around with some of the city’s data sets, brainstorm ideas for what to do with data, and learn some practical skills that will help you engage with […]

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Diamond Rings brings bolder sounds, new album to Ritual

According to John O’Regan, the man behind Toronto’s Diamond Rings, his latest album Free Dimensional should translate well into a live setting. “I think a lot of this album is informed by my experience playing live,” says the Oshawa-raised O’Regan, who brings his indie-electronic sounds to Ottawa on Friday when he plays Ritual. O’Regan says he […]

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Jill Barber’s second set with the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazz Festivals don’t just fund themselves! This week the Ottawa Jazz Festival is holding their annual fundraiser to help them pull together the resources they need to put on a great show next summer. This year’s event features Jill Barber, an Ottawa Jazz Festival veteran and lover of the capital. I spoke with Ms. Barber for a story before […]

Video of the Week – Pony Girl performs live from their living room [+ contest]

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”400″]http://vimeo.com/53344852[/vimeo] Our video of the week this week comes live via the living room of art-rock band, Pony Girl. They are playing this Friday at Café Alt and thought it might be fun to give away some tickets and tracks here on Apartment613 first. You can get two sample tracks online here and […]

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The Hub Ottawa’s Grand Opening is tonight!

Things came together pretty quickly for Hub Ottawa. So fast, in fact, that they forgot to actually celebrate their opening. This week, they are putting things right with a grand opening celebration tonight. The Mayor was at the Hub for a ribbon cutting this morning and they are opening their doors for an open house […]

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Jazz Festival hosts Pugs and Crows tonight at the NAC

The Pugs and Crows have been garnering acclaim for their instrumental performances that bridge jazz, rock and classical sounds into something really quite interesting. If you’ve been enjoying the experimental music nights at Pressed, this might be the show for you. They won the Galaxie Rising Start award at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and are playing tonight […]

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Jenn Grant: Ottawa, the new album, and a contest for our readers

In advance of her making the trip to the capital for a few shows at the National Arts Centre, we gave Jenn Grant a call to chat about her connection to our city and her new record The Beautiful Wild. She’s released a beautiful new album. It’s interesting and diverse in lots of fun ways […]

Video of the week: Creative Mornings with Victoire Boutique

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”300″]http://vimeo.com/52205711[/vimeo] We’re celebrating local business all month with our second annual Support Local Month. Last month’s Creative Mornings lecture with Katie and Regine from Victoire Boutique captured so much of our motivation for this project that we asked the team at Creative Morning if we could share the video here. Katie and Regine […]

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Win a VIP night at Timeraiser

Next Saturday, November 17, the National Gallery of Canada will play host to the 4th annual Timeraiser night in Ottawa. For those who don’t know the project, Timeraiser is an art auction where, rather than bidding with cash, you bid with volunteer hours. Corporate sponsors chip in to pay fair market value for a work […]

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Celebrating four years with Raw Sugar

It seems like just yesterday that Apartment613 was celebrating our launch party at Raw Sugar cafe. We really love the spot and we always turn to Nadia and her great staff, when we have a milestone to celebrate. We spent the night there last night celebrating the launch of Support Local Month and this winter […]

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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the […]

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