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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 […]

The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.

Spotlight on domestic violence in November’s “Shine the Light” campaign

Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” […]

Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.

Helping patients obtain medicinal green cards

If you live or work in Ottawa’s trend-setting Hintonburg, chances are you’ve noticed the new addition to Wellington Street’s storefronts. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a BC-based company founded by former Public Servant Alex Abellan, recently opened its franchise doors this past July in the heart of Ottawa’s blooming Hipsterville.  The clean, haute-couture look, lined with […]

All photos by Kenneth Ingram.  Left: Archery Tag co-founders Ramsay Jackson, Qi Hu, and Brian Seto. Right: Qi Hu demonstrates technique.

Flying arrows with ‘marshmallow’ tips: Archery Tag comes to Ottawa

Apt613 was invited to Archery Games, a new recreational facility that celebrates its grand opening in Ottawa this weekend. Inspired (in part) by dodgeball and paintball, the sport is guaranteed to make you sweat and won’t hurt if when you get hit. Standing outside an 8,000 square foot arena before game time, Ramsay Jackson focuses […]

Photo by Mike Gifford courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

It’s official: Ottawa loves/hates the new Lansdowne

Earlier this week we asked Apartment613 readers to offer their thoughts on the new Lansdowne development in the Glebe.  After receiving a lot of feedback via Twitter, on our Facebook page, and in the comments section on our blog site, we can conclude that Ottawa residents are engaged in a vigorous debate about the merits of this […]

Photo of farmer's market at Lansdowne by lezumbalaberenjena (courtesy of Flickr - Creative Commons)

Is the new Lansdowne complex a boon or a bust?

The new Lansdowne complex in the Glebe is pretty much complete.  While there are still some restaurants that have not opened yet, for the most part the urban village that was long promised to Ottawa residents is now up and running. But has it been a success?  If you are a glass half-full type of […]

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