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Showing the love for Maria, who continues to inspire many young people. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Rainbow hosts fundraiser for Maria Hawkins

Kind friends and supporters of Ottawa’s Queen of the Blues, Maria Hawkins, showed up in droves to her fundraising concert at The Rainbow this past Sunday, which featured an enormous list of performers from Ottawa and abroad. One act after another flowed seamlessly through a variety of musical styles ranging from roots, folk, and blues, […]

Hey Ocean! at Zaphod's in 2009. All photos by Ming Wu, from the Apt613 flickr pool.

Zaphod’s enters Chapter 2 under new owner

“Our philosophy: no racism; no aggression; no gender bias; entertain and enlighten; no attitude or pretensions; fair prices and fair measures; a musical and social alternative; friendly staff and fast courteous service; respecting our audience and gaining their respect; all our guests, especially women, should feel comfortable and safe here.” Ottawa’s live music landmark, Zaphod […]

Photo from the band's Facebook page.

Video of the Week: Drop and Dance by Harea Band

As the release of their second EP, All the Hits, prepares for launch, Canadian pop/soul group, Harea Band, drops an energetic music video to make you dance. While the track itself is groovy and spirited, it’s the pacing of the video that really sells the story. The video features the journey of a man, bored […]

All photos by Stephanie Godin.

Mesmerizing performances take hold in Woyzeck’s Head

We know from the beginning what’s going to happen because it is the first thing we see – a grisly murder plays out to the opening strains of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with a drum and bass backing; a good opening, no less moving for its stylishness. A man who could have been perfectly ordinary is […]

Photo by Fernando Farfan in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

Music for the season

There are undoubtedly many ways to celebrate the arrival of spring with music. The Divertimento Orchestra delivered an enjoyable and inspiring tribute to the end of winter at its final concert of the season April 22 and 23. It opened with Gaetano Donizetti’s Overture to Don Pasquale, a short piece that frequently changes tone and […]

All photos by Kelly Hotte Photography.

Foodie Friday: Zolas celebrates 30 year milestone

Thirty years in business is an accomplishment. Those same 30 years in the hospitality industry is increasingly uncommon. Bells Corners’ Zolas Restaurant, co-owned by siblings Gina and Chef Tony Vacchio, will be celebrating this very milestone later this year. “We are so fortunate, and very grateful to have such wonderful customers.”, Gina told me during […]

Bell Street by Steve in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Last weekend I was out on a patio (along with pretty much everyone else in Ottawa) chatting with some friends. It was unanimously decided that summer in Ottawa is one of the best things about this city and while it’s only April, we can feel that glorious summer heat heading our way. This weekend, grab […]

All photos by Ming Wu.

Ming Wu Wednesday: Ottawa River Parkway

Sunday was a day for being outside. Ming took to his bike and rode along the Ottawa River Parkway, stopping at the Prince of Wales train bridge to take these shots. For more on Ming, check out his website, radio show and Instagram.

Image courtesy of Canada Post.

Celebrate Star Trek with new stamps + more (resistance is futile)

Star Trek postage stamps are being unveiled at secret locations across the country between now and throughout May. Each spot will have a Canadian connection to the science-fiction franchise and fans in Ottawa – likely bursting with excitement that’s akin to a warp core breach – have a lot to look forward to. Boldly going […]

Photo by Stephanie Godin.

Woyzeck’s Head explores your breaking point

Third Wall Theatre opens Woyzeck’s Head on April 22nd. Drew Moore will be playing the lead role. James Richardson directs. Brian Carroll interviewed Richardson and Moore about the show and their backgrounds. The interview has been edited for length. Apt613: In 30 seconds or less, what is Woyzeck’s Head about? Richardson: Woyzeck’s Head is a […]

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