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Alberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey

Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing […]

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Match Preview: Fury look to extend streak against Minnesota

Two clubs, both alike in dignity, In fair Ottawa, where we play our match, From expansion woes to become no ones pity, A righteous victory our heroes will snatch. From forth the footwork of these two foes To the field skillful strikers will take; Stout defences they intend to expose, Though Falvey and Alves dost […]

Sample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's Twitter

Foodie Friday: eCelery brings the world to your doorstep (and your plate)

Ottawa is a city rich in cultural diversity. If you need proof, look no further than the end of your fork. You want Thai? We’ve got Thai. You want Greek? Done. German? Indian? Japanese? There’s no limit. There is however the tricky question of finding authentic cuisine. One of the best ways to introduce yourself […]

The Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook page

“Northside Sucks”: A history of the Southsiders, Ottawa’s underdog football fan club

They’re the face paintin’, flag wavin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fans on the Southside upper deck at RedBlacks games. You may have seen them. They’re called the Southsiders, and they’re a part of Ottawa football history. The Southsiders are, in essence, an Ottawa football fan club. Started in 1980 by Southsiders President for Life Byron Smith […]

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Write On Ottawa: Thrills on Ice, the tale of a figure skater’s climb out of darkness

It’s hard to imagine a more Canadian novel than a romance featuring a professional figure skater and hockey player, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aurelia Osborne delivers a compelling portrait of Susanna Miles’s struggle to reclaim her life as well as her career in Thrills on Ice. Susanna returns to Winnipeg at the urging of her controlling mother-manager […]

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Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Sacha

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Sacha K. About: Sacha is half Jewish on his dad’s side. He plays music and likes Ottawa […]

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 […]

The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile.  Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.

Librarian in Residence: Libraries on Wheels

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. In North America, we’re very lucky that in many communities, we live close to a branch of the local […]

Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most […]

An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.

Write On Ottawa: Dragon fables for all ages

Seymour Hamilton writes the kind of children’s stories that he would have wanted to read as a child. These stories, such as The Laughing Princess, are those of adventure, and self-discovery and they’re stories written to sound lyrical when read aloud. In fact, Hamilton believes so strongly in the value of listening to books read […]

John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What […]

World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by […]

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