It’s that time of year again: the Ottawa Folk Festival is back, this time a bit more centrally located at Hog’s Back Park. It’s a short bike ride down either by the canal or the river. The line-up looks great and, if this first evening is any indication, there seems to be a great crowd. The festival, after a tough year in 2010, has now been taken under the wings of the Ottawa Bluesfest. Extra resources have kept the festival afloat, and we’re hearing that the integration has worked well... | Continue reading article
Travis Boisvenue from MediaStyle has created an 8 minute documentary on one of everyone’s favourite local beer success stories. Get to know a bit more about the folks behind your after-work pint. This short documentary is also being presented on the MediaStyle blog and over at Open File Ottawa.
By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Are you looking for one last trip before summer runs out? How about taking your taste buds on a global, flavour adventure? Whether you’d like to savour a bit of the Dominican, explore what Peru has to offer, or get exotic with a little something from Burundi, Happy Goat Coffee has your one-way ticket to flavour paradise. This modest, out of the way coffee haven is, hands down, one of the best places in the city to grab a cuppa joe. Don’t let the... | Continue reading article
With Will and Kate arriving for Canada Day celebrations in the capital this week, it’s your chance to embrace your inner monarch and take in some truly royal experiences in the capital city. If following the official itinerary isn’t your style, we thought we could provide some suggestions of some other British activities you can take on in honour of the royals. Have a pint (or two) – there are no shortage of British-themed pubs in Ottawa and this is your chance to refer to drinking a Boddington’s as a... | Continue reading article
A week long celebration of beer from the members of Ontario Craft Brewers. . See all the great events happending in Ottawa here. . Mission: To promote Ontario Craft Brewers with a week long celebration of great beer. Kicks off fathers day every year. . Products: Ontario Craft Beer .
The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this tweet from hockey fan @nskbelanger earlier today: @apartment613 what’s the word on good places to watch game 7 in otown? As a Canucks supporter still reeling from... | Continue reading article
Hey there, capital city audiophiles. It’s another edition of Apartment613 Live, coming to you – as always – in juicy podcast form courtesy the good citizens at CHUO 89.1 FM. This week, we bring you the sounds of the recent Gatineau Festibiere, as beer aficionado Sylvain Cloutier takes us on a journey through the history of beer in la belle province. We also chat with Gen Lamorie, co-owner of the soon-to-open Burnt Butter Italian Kitchen, about Hintonburg’s continuing emergence as ground zero of the local food scene. And of course,... | Continue reading article
My experience this past Saturday convinced me that Gatineau has a few beer lessons to teach Ottawa. It was under a dark sky that my friends and I headed on the other side of the river, near Lac Leamy to participate in the first edition of the Festibière de Gatineau. Despite the weather, the yards were filled with people, young and old, beer flowed and lots of delicious food was on offer. Ça m’a surpris quelque peu de voir des grosses brasseries comme Alexander Keiths et Carlsberg, mais il faut... | Continue reading article
In the midst of an election campaign a few weeks ago, some local Ottawa politicians, community leaders, media and beer lovers converged on the new Kichesippi brewery off Carling Avenue to celebrate the launch of the brewery’s second beer – 1855. The name is a reference to the date Ottawa was founded, reinforcing the deep commitment the team at Kichesippi has to the region. For the last few weeks, I’ve been asking my usual places for the 1855 and had yet to find one with it on tap. Being the... | Continue reading article
I admit, I’ve been a bit remiss in not writing about Alpha Soul Cafe sooner. Yes, the trendy cafe-slash-wine bar opened two weeks ago, but that’s not the source of my shame. No, it goes back months, ever since the owners erected that mysterious, impossible-to-miss wooden purple facade on Wellington Street West between Fairmont and Irving. Sure, there was a blog that sporadically kept us Hintonburgers in the know – but that couldn’t be all, could it? What was really going on back there? I had my suspicions (mainly plans... | Continue reading article