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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

After years of working in busy kitchens for large restaurants, Cookery Bistro owners Cat and Darren decided to open up a place that kept things simple, healthy and delicious. Their gourmet menu contain sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch, and a selection of fresh raw juices. While the staples of his business are sandwiches, […]

Write On Ottawa: An appreciation of an industrious symbol of Canada

Review by Molly O’Connor. In his book Dam Builders, Michael Runtz brings the world of beavers into sharp focus.  Dam Builders is a narrative, a documentary, a photo essay and a testament to his passion for his industrious subject. Right from the introduction, the reader becomes aware that this is more than a biologist conveying his knowledge […]

Adventures in dubstep, coming soon to Barrymore’s

Jonesing for your first show for 2016? Montreal-based duo Adventure Club will be playing at Barrymore’s January 23rd, 30th and 31st, and will bring all the wanderlust feels. As one of their stops on their Made in Canada homecoming tour, Apt613 had the chance to chat with Leighton James of the electronic music pair. Before […]

Write On Ottawa: A Mechanicsville coming of age story

Review by Greg Guevara, a human being who wastes the majority of his time and money in university. He has what could hypothetically pass as a blog at Inbreak. The teenager. A fascinating yet oft-misunderstood creature ruled, some say, by 1 part logic, 2 parts emotion, and 3 parts hormones. It is difficult to find a […]

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 […]

Masters ‘n Dogs gives back to the community (human and canine)

On a crisp, bright January morning, Lucie Meloche is not in her Westboro pet shop. The owner of Masters ’N Dogs instead is trundling along Murray Street, arms full. Her destination is Shepherds of Good Hope, and her bounty is handmade fleece blankets. “It’s so satisfying to give back. I’m so thankful that in partnership […]

West End Comings and Goings – Hintonburg edition

A lot has happened since I last updated this column, a column that’s been traveling with me as I’ve moved from neighborhood to neighborhood. This update narrows in on what’s happened in Hintonburg’s burgeoning business scene over the last few months. For ease of reading and navigating, this updates goes from east to west. First […]

Fellowship of the blog: Interviewing Sanita Fejzic

Since launching our fellowship program in 2014 (thanks to the generous support of our readers!), Apartment613 has encountered many super-talented Ottawans. Sanita Fejzic is one such individual—a thoughtful writer, playwright, and active community member. For her fellowship, Sanita set up a new city department—well, not officially, but as close as we’ll get. The Department of […]

Write On Ottawa: Saving Her pulls readers inexorably along

Review by Rem Westland. Amazing. For fifteen minutes or so I tried to think of something deeper to say, more reflective of – and complimentary towards – the sober and rational mind I believe myself to have. I kept circling back to that single word. I was stuck on it. Christian McPherson’s latest novel, Saving […]

Write On Ottawa: A tale of writing, aging and public service work

A local writer with over twelve books in her bibliography, Ruth Latta is no stranger to the literary arts. And, perhaps taking the advice of that old chestnut “write what you know,” Latta’s latest novel Most of All deals primarily with the challenges of writing. Set in Ottawa, the narrative describes the chance meeting and […]

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 […]

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