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Gargantua Printing: Wear your politics on your sleeve

At Apt613, we love profiling the scrappy upstarts of Ottawa, people working on their dream projects, sharing an idiosyncratic vision, and reflecting the wide range of interests, backgrounds, and talents present in this city. Gargantua Printing, a new, Ottawa-based one-person print shop, caught my eye because of their cute yet outspoken designs and their commitment […]

Three of the entries into Ravenswing's design contest.  See the rest at their Facebook page.

Ravenswing celebrates its 10th year with a launch party

It has been ten years since Ravenswing, an annual fair of local artisans, live music and free skill-sharing workshops, first took flight and, in celebration of bringing arts, culture, and community to Centretown for a decade and counting, they are throwing a launch party to mark the occasion. The launch party will be an opportunity for […]

Photo courtesy of City of Ottawa

City steps into fashion with new March Break camp

I’m extremely envious of the children and youth of today. What my younger self wouldn’t do for the playful apps I now hold so dearly, the insanely cool toys available, or the beautiful children’s books that line the shelves at Chapters. (Full disclosure: I wouldn’t be too overjoyed with the new apple slices option for […]

Azura Fennell of The Kneaded Kitchen, at Cauldron Kitchen.

Foodie Friday: Shared commercial kitchen finally opens its doors

It took nearly two years but the Cauldron Kitchen is finally open for business. Ottawa’s first, ultra-flexible, totally shared commercial kitchen, targeted at Ottawa’s budding small-time foodie businesses in need of a place to prepare their goodies without violating health and safety laws, opened its doors last month. “What we discovered is that building a kitchen from […]

All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Foodie Friday: Valentine’s recipes from Cake & Shake

Are the ubiquitous pastel coloured conversation hearts just 2 cute 4 u? Whether you’re looking to escape the sea of red and pink, or for something a little less cliché this Valentine’s Day, Holland’s Cake and Shake has the perfect treats. Owner of the Hintonburg dessert shop and Pastry Overlord, Michael Holland, says he didn’t […]

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Librarian in Residence: New year, new skills

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. Ottawa is a very crafty place and only seems to be getting more so the longer I live here. […]

One of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their website

Apt613 Live for October 14th, 2015

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella speaks with Kym Brown of Bombshell Revival Designs about the upcoming event (October 17th at Library and Archives Canada) Art in Fashion 613, a fashion show/burlesque performance/night market. Catch Apt613 Live every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.

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Looking for something nice to write in?

Adam Wilk is a 28 year old writer, designer, traveller and creator of Northbound Notebooks. Wilk has lived, worked and studied around the world, from Ottawa to Shanghai, and many places in between. Northbound Notebooks found massive success through Indiegogo, exceeding their goal by over $4,000. With 77 backers and growing, it’s clear that everybody […]

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Support Local: The Social Book Exchange is a book club for everyone, with beer

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world.   Walk into Café My House the night of October 18 and you’ll be labeled with one of those “Hello, My Name Is” stickers. Instead of your name, though, they’ll […]

Image from OttawaMakersMarket.com.

OMM takes over Orange Art Gallery tonight!

When Jessica Vermette and Jenna Hutcheson graduated from university, both chose not to begin immediately pursuing careers in their respective fields. The friends decided to adventure down the creative path and opened their own flower design business, L’Orangerie Pop Up Flower Shop. With a creative small business of their own in its early stages, they began to […]

All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.

613Flea joins Ottawa’s market circuit

613Flea is a new addition to Ottawa’s thriving arts and crafts market circuit. Taking advantage of the new space provided by the Lansdowne Park development, 613Flea will be taking place on select Saturdays in September and October from 10am-4pm. Apt613 had the chance to speak with Catherine Knoll, the Market Manager for 613Flea. We talked […]

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