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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th […]

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Write On Ottawa: The writings of a self-proclaimed madman

Gatineau-based writer Benoit Chartier is a quirky cat. If you look on the back cover of his debut book The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns, you will find a short bio in which he claims to be, “training a wild monkey army to carry out his tasks.” At first I assumed this was a […]

Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.

Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of […]

George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down […]


From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ […]

Photo from OPL-BPO on Flickr. Credit: Rheal Doucette

Librarian in Residence: Libraries as space

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. “The last bastion of free, equitable, open, public space is the library” – Libraries as Space Last week, I […]

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Write On Ottawa: Simply delicious recipes

For more than 20 years, Ottawa-based chef and health pioneer Natasha Kyssa has been promoting the benefits of a raw vegan diet. As the owner of the popular SimplyRaw Express in Hintonburg, the former fashion model-turned-entrepreneur has demonstrated that healthy eating can be both delicious and easy. With years of experience in the kitchen, the […]

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Write On Ottawa: Mystery book launch (+ prize giveaway)!

 Local author Mike Martin is the creative force behind the Sgt. Windflower detective series that is set in Newfoundland.  Last year we reviewed the first two books, while the third, Beneath the Surface, is set to be released on May 29 at Chapters Rideau. Apartment613 readers, however, can get a head start on the latest book […]

All images from The WORN Archive  (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Q&A with Serah-Marie McMahon of WORN Fashion Journal

Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder […]