Are you a photog? Join our Flickr group!
 
Ottawa's Latest and Greatest on News & Ideas

Tour de blogosphere: Music blogs

Written by on
Photo by Active Steve courtesy of FlickrPhoto by Active Steve courtesy of Flickr

Recently we profiled two local photographers who chronicle Ottawa’s music scene.  In this week’s column, we expand our focus to include the numerous other music bloggers from the National Capital Region. Music Writers Most local bloggers probably don’t consider themselves to be journalists or writers in the strict sense of the word.  However, given that many music-related blogs contain interviews, previews of upcoming shows, reviews of new releases, insightful analysis and interesting bits of information, it is fair to say that many area bloggers are producing work that is comparable to... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Edward Rutherfurd, the master of the historical novel, is set to enchant Ottawa with his latest epic saga

Written by on
Photo of Edward Rutherfurd courtesy of the Ottawa Writers FestivalPhoto of Edward Rutherfurd courtesy of the Ottawa Writers Festival

In today’s so-called Twitter age, when attention spans are supposedly non-existent and books are seen as quaint anachronisms, it is cool to claim that epic novels are dead. For in a world where 140-characters are all the rage, who has time to read hundreds of pages, let alone invest the mental effort to process a story full of complexity, nuance and wonder? Fortunately for book lovers (and there are still many), English-born writer Edward Rutherfurd puts the lie to the view that epic literary sagas are passé. “People are reading more... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Jane’s Walk in photos: Folk on the Street and Tulips on Two Wheels

Written by on
All photos courtesy of Adria MayAll photos courtesy of Adria May

Jane’s Walk Ottawa, an annual festival of free walking tours held in honour of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, took place last weekend. We got our contributors out on a few of the walks and will be posting their photos and stories here on the site just in case you didn’t get the chance to participate. Our contributor Adria May took her camera on two different Jane’s Walk this weekend. The first tour was Arthur McGregor, owner of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, walk called  Folk on the Street. “Ottawa has been ‘Folk... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 
Filed in: News

Apt613′s epic Jane’s Walk through Chinatown

Written by on
All photos by Jason YungAll photos by Jason Yung

Jane’s Walk Ottawa, an annual festival of free walking tours held in honour of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, took place last weekend. We got our contributors out on a few of the walks and will be posting their photos and stories here on the site just in case you didn’t get the chance to participate. “If you wanna keep it going, you gotta keep it small.” These words of the gregarious Mr. So, owner of the So Good Restaurant, summed up the theme of Apt613’s Jane’s Walk through Ottawa’s eclectic... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 

Bringing Back Beechwood: a Jane’s Walk through a historic Ottawa neighbourhood

Written by on
All photos by Heather RourkeAll photos by Heather Rourke

Jane’s Walk Ottawa, an annual festival of free walking tours held in honour of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, took place last weekend. We got our contributors out on a few of the walks and will be posting their photos and stories here on the site just in case you didn’t get the chance to participate. Beechwood Avenue is the heart and soul of Ottawa’s New Edinburgh neighbourhood, a unique street that links upscale communities like Rockcliffe with grittier working class Vanier. Like many once vibrant mainstreets, Beechwood is struggling to... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 
Filed in: Learning, News & Ideas

Weekly New Quiz: How well do you know your city?

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Mike from the Apt613 flickr poolPhoto courtesy of Ottawa Mike from the Apt613 flickr pool

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 
Filed in: News, News & Ideas

Tour de blogosphere: Family blogs (and cute babies too)

Written by on
Photo by A. AlbertoPhoto by A. Alberto

The National Capital Region has a lot of blogging parents.  In fact, after viewing more than 600 local blogs, I would argue that there are more family-friendly sites in our region than those that focus on hockey or politics.  With this in mind, this week’s column contains a round-up of family blogs. Recommended Starting Points The Ottawa Mommy Club is a fantastic source of information for parents and anyone else interested in family-related posts.  Their list of bloggers alone has dozens of sites that cover everything from parenting to home... | Continue reading article

Comments

4
 
Filed in: News & Ideas

Join us at Jane’s Walk Ottawa 2013

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Every year Apartment613 works with Jane’s Walk Ottawa - a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours - to give a tour of an area where we love to hang. We pull together some of the business owners we know (and some we want to know better) and ask them the sorts of questions we’d ask if we were interviewing them for the blog. We lead a group of walkers door-to-door to listen in on the conversation. It’s a neat opportunity to see a neighborhood close-up and meet some of the people that we think are... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Write On Ottawa: Clive Doucet’s new novel explores the process of reinventing oneself

Written by on
Photo of Clive Doucet by Andrew BalfourPhoto of Clive Doucet by Andrew Balfour

Many Ottawa residents know Clive Doucet as a former municipal politician, the principled city councillor who served for four terms at City Hall and who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 2010. What some local residents may not be aware of, however, is his remarkable literary career that has seen Doucet publish numerous books and several plays. “The reality is that I have always been an artist and a writer,” Doucet tells me in a phone interview.  ”This is my lifetime’s work.” While his involvement in city politics from 1997 to... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 

Weekly News Quiz: April 29, 2013

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Ross Dunn.Photo courtesy of Ross Dunn.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 
Filed in: News
Interested in advertising with us?Email us at
apartment613@gmail.com