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Foodie Friday: Valentine’s recipes from Cake & Shake

Are the ubiquitous pastel coloured conversation hearts just 2 cute 4 u? Whether you’re looking to escape the sea of red and pink, or for something a little less cliché this Valentine’s Day, Holland’s Cake and Shake has the perfect treats. Owner of the Hintonburg dessert shop and Pastry Overlord, Michael Holland, says he didn’t […]

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Fellowship: Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard – JOHNNY VEGAS

We’re delighted to have Kristopher Waddell as our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing […]


Write On Ottawa: These hippies mean business

Review by Barb Collishaw Seymour Hamilton’s The Hippies Who Meant It opens at a dramatic confrontation during an anti-war rally, where we meet the three main characters, Dick, Joe and Beth. They come from widely different backgrounds and only chance has thrown them together. A brightly painted VW microbus (definitely another main character) takes them to a […]

Jodi Samis. Photo by Kelly Hotte.

Foodie Friday: Ottawa spice maven Jodi Samis

I can’t help but think that Jodi Samis has an upper hand when it comes to playing scrabble. After all words like epazote, fenugreek and vadouvan come naturally to her as the owner of Cardamom & Cloves, the online neighbourhood spice shop. The business hasn’t always been a solely online endeavour. Like most aspiring entrepreneurs, […]

Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Hey, do you wanna feel SO ENERGETIC? Try FESTIVALS! Our rep as one of the best cities for fests is no exception in the winter. Between Megaphono and the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival for music, and Cracking-Up the Capital for comedy (now that’s a tongue-twister), you’ve got plenty of reasons to leave the house […]

Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

What’s On Stage: Brad Long, a trial in passion

Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa […]


Fellowship of the blog: Introducing Kristopher Waddell

In our latest installment of the Apartment613 Fellowship program, we’re pretty dang delighted to have Kristopher Waddell as our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. As president and publisher of Winter Star Comics, an […]


Ottawa’s Music Conference: Jon Bartlett on Megaphono

We spoke with Jon Barlett, founder of Kelp Records, and Director of MEGAPHONO, an organization focused on spreading Ottawa-area music to the world, currently holding its second annual showcase of local music. Bartlett is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and sits on the Board of the newly-formed Ottawa Music […]

Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

Eric Coates picks four must-see performances at undercurrents

Post by Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Full disclosure: my personal picks for undercurrents are all projects that GCTC has supported, in one way or another, so it makes sense that I want to highlight them. I’m like a hockey parent cheering for my kid’s team, and woe betide anyone […]


Apt613 Live for January 26, 2016

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella interviews two organizers behind Ottawa #popscope – a public astronomy night being hosted throughout the winter at the National Gallery of Canada. Follow them on Facebook to learn about upcoming dates and other events. We also feature music from bands/performers scheduled to play at Megaphono. Tune in to Apt613 […]

Love Letters

Love Letters a good play for thoughtful lovers

American playwright A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is an epistolary play.  Epistolary plays – plays based on the exchange of letters – reside in a small niche in the world of theatre.  You may be familiar with plays such as 84 Charing Cross Road and Les liaisons dangereuses.   Using only dramatically read letters, Love Letters traces the complicated […]


Write On Ottawa: A western romance from a local writer

Review by Jennifer Carole Lewis, who you can find online and on Twitter. The Doubting Heart, the second in Brenda Gayle’s Heart’s Desire series starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up until the final page. Murder, intrigue and intimidation balance loyalty, romance and some pure old-fashioned grit in a race guaranteed to get […]