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Write On Ottawa: Six young authors to watch out for

The aim of Apartment613 is to profile the great arts and culture scene taking place in Ottawa-Gatineau.  As part of our mandate, we have written about numerous writers, poets and comic book artists from our region. Sometimes, however, we like to take a look at the next generation of artists, which is why today we […]

All photos by John Aung.

Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will […]

Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.

Write On Ottawa: Twisted Reasons is suspenseful and tantalizing International thriller

Although the first book in Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons trilogy does follow many of the now popular spy/thriller conventions, the author has set it apart with incredible detail and evident research. Published by Alymer, Quebec-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, the story opens with Greg Martens, an unsuspecting American with Hungarian heritage, who is set to meet his long-time friend Adam […]

Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with […]

VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, […]

Detail, book jacket, Brood.

Write On Ottawa: Poems to Brood about

In his new chapbook, Brood, Ottawa poet Rob Thomas defamiliarizes the ordinary and makes us view the seemingly mundane. By “telling it slant,” as Emily Dickinson advised, he provokes readers’ thoughts. The cover photo by Ellen Moran, showing a child-sized person in a grotesque mask, holding hands with a larger figure in a gorilla or […]

Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing […]

All photos courtesy of Catherine Boivin.

Write On Ottawa: A teen romance time capsule

Opening the pages to Yours Truly, Miss Creation is akin to opening the window on a very specific moment in life: a moment when part-time jobs rule; Zaphods is the standard for Friday night; French fries are 2:00 am snacks; and university is a great excuse to troll Elgin Street during frosh week.  (Unless you’re […]

Tyler Kealey on final stretch of Song-a-Day project

[youtube][/youtube] It seems like this time of year is associated with a kind of short-term nostalgia. With a new year approaching, it’s almost tradition to take a step back and consider the passing year — the triumphs and the disappointments, the bright moments and the sorrows — and perhaps to raise a glass. This year, […]