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The Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

We’ve had a hard day’s spring. If the seasons were Beatles, it’d be safe to say that we’re at the Ringo stage of the year. Even Ringo knows he’s blowing it on the lead vocal right now. But don’t worry, you’ve got a ticket to ride out of weather blah and into good times with […]

Gargantua Printing: Wear your politics on your sleeve

At Apt613, we love profiling the scrappy upstarts of Ottawa, people working on their dream projects, sharing an idiosyncratic vision, and reflecting the wide range of interests, backgrounds, and talents present in this city. Gargantua Printing, a new, Ottawa-based one-person print shop, caught my eye because of their cute yet outspoken designs and their commitment […]

The Sound of Music plays perfectly to its charms

The story needs little introduction, so familiar is the iconic 1965 film version of Rodger & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. So the question at last night’s packed opening was could this version begin to approach the crowd-pleasing experience associated to its famous legacy? Set in Salzberg, Austria (oddly […]

Ming Wu Wednesday

The 14th Ottawa Community Record Show happened on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Hall. It was a “chance to dig for rare gems and scour for deals on great music from every genre.” Ming was there. For more on Ming, check out his website, radio show and Instagram.

Hervana: A feminist flip on growing up with grunge

Truly a millennial phenomenon, this all girl band was inspired by a tweet that said there should be an all-female Nirvana cover band called Hervana. The band is composed of Carly Beath (Skirt Cobain), Erin Cousins (Miss Novoselic), Sonia Sennik (Dave Grrrl) and Michelle Turingan (Pap Smear). Growing up listening to 90’s alternative rock and […]

Swizzles comedy night delivers (pizza)

Aaron Hill is a producer and comic who runs Sunday Night Standup,  8pm Sundays at Pub 101. I totally bombed at the first Swizzles Comedy Night held back in early January, 2016. As I recall, there were four to six people in the audience, and no one seemed to know quite what to make of […]

Oh Susanna charms sold-out NAC crowd

When Oh Susanna (aka Suzie Ungerleider) played the NAC’s fourth stage last Friday she reminded the sold-out crowd of all the reasons they fell for her sound in the first place. It’s easy to be hooked by that voice of hers, the yearning in it and how it gets inside a melody. Whether belting out […]

Harlequin Editor shares tips for authors

Jennifer Carole Lewis is a member of the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association. Everyone who has aspired to writing a novel knows the basics of editing: don’t use the passive voice, check for spelling and grammar errors, avoid clichés, and show, don’t tell.  However, there are other pitfalls waiting to ensnare an author.  Last weekend, on […]

New directions for Capital Pride

As winter slowly draws to a close some of us are looking ahead to warm weather and summer festivals such as Pride in August. Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride has ambitious plans for the festival’s second year under new management, planning a wide variety of events with the aim of bringing out a range of […]

Q&A with Mark Bulgutch: Steak and potatoes, waterskiing squirrels and the future of journalism

Mark Bulgutch, award-winning reporter and author of That’s Why I’m a Journalist, is coming to the capital on April 19th to discuss the future of Canadian journalism with Carleton professor Chris Waddell. In anticipation of the event at the Octopus Books’ Centretown location, Apt613 chatted with Bulgutch in a phone interview about steak and potatoes, […]

Weekend Roundup + win tickets to @613VintageShow

Is it spring? Or is it still winter? I’m not sure and neither is Mother Nature. No worries though, get out your sunglasses, umbrella, mittens and shorts and hit the town. Raise a Glass to California and try some Californian wines Friday night at the Westin. If beer is more your thing, stop by Brothers […]

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