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All photos courtesy of Francis Bueckert.

Bike-powered coffee for a good cause

When Francis Bueckert decided to study abroad and volunteer in Ecuador, he had no idea it would lead him to start exporting direct-trade coffee and selling it on a coffee cart from his bike. Six years after visiting Ecuador, Cloud Forest Coffee is now launching its bicycle coffee cart where you can purchase direct trade, […]

Still from Beau's announcement video.

Beau’s Big Reveal

This weekend past, Vankleek Hill darling Beau’s Brewery announced they would be closing the brewery for an all-staff meeting on Monday, May 16th. Hardly exciting news. But by Monday’s end, they had sent the Twitterverse a-flutter with a simple tweet that read: Beau’s to Make Important Announcement Tomorrow (Tuesday) Morning at 8AM. The internet, as […]

Still from Goodnight Moon by Ian Kemp.

OPL celebrates technology and teens with video contest

Post by Laura Li. Li is a West Carleton High School student and member of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library Teen Advisory Group. She has also blogged on the Ottawa Public Library website as Teen blogger in Residence. While the rest of Ottawa settled in for a regular Thursday evening, young directors […]

Photo by Agatha Barc on Flickr.

Public feedback crucial to determine library’s future

Post by Anonymous. Everyone who supports public libraries would love to see a beautiful, state-of-the-art library developed with good planning and thoughtful consultation – and one hopes that the library will be placed to continue serving the existing downtown Ottawa community. We have supported and made the fullest use of the library, in spite of […]

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 […]

Photos by Devora Cascante.

Floatation therapy comes to Bank St + giveaway

I’ve been involved with Apt613 for about three years now, but you wouldn’t easily recognize my name unless you send us requests to cover your event or review your latest play, EP, book or whatever. I’m usually hunched over a laptop at my kitchen table answering emails and matching up our *amazing* contributors with assignments […]

Two-year-old London, a husky-malamute mix awaiting adoption, takes a late-afternoon stroll with Phil, concierge at the Westin Ottawa. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Ottawa Dog Rescue: London calling

One-by-one, foster dogs are checking into the Westin Ottawa as part of a new adoption initiative that aims to find them forever-homes   It’s mid-afternoon at the Westin Ottawa and London, a husky-malamute mix, rests on a pillow near reception where a small replica of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block was built as a cozy enclosure. […]

Photo courtesy of City of Ottawa

City steps into fashion with new March Break camp

I’m extremely envious of the children and youth of today. What my younger self wouldn’t do for the playful apps I now hold so dearly, the insanely cool toys available, or the beautiful children’s books that line the shelves at Chapters. (Full disclosure: I wouldn’t be too overjoyed with the new apple slices option for […]

Photo by Mike Taylor (Apt613 Flickr pool)

Ottawa’s potential greatness lies in its creativity

There has been a lot of debate lately about whether or not Ottawa is a great city.  On one side of the coin you have Andrew Cohen with his usual Ottawa-bashing pieces, while on the other side you have Paul Wells of Maclean’s who doesn’t share Cohen’s views on the city. After calling Toronto home for […]

At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.

New music venues: A few new reasons to leave your bed in 2016

2015 was a tough year for Ottawa’s music community. In July, Mugshots Jail Bar — a place near and dear to the hearts of many — closed amidst highly dubious circumstances, abruptly laying off all of its employees and prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s upper management. In October, a catastrophic fire levelled the […]

All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.

Foodie Friday: Ottawa institution fundraises for new location

Warmth, family, simplicity, and burgers – these were the words repeated by the people who shared their stories with me at Mellos diner earlier this week. The event? A launch party for their Kickstarter campaign, which hopes to raise $60,000 to fund their move to a new location as their lease, up this month, will […]

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