Crafts / DIY
Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skate Shop has been leading a movement for community-built-change in Ottawa under the banner “For Pivot’s Sake”. The goal of this initiative is to pay-it-forward by engaging youth to develop confidence, to get active and to get involved in their own communities. Hops & Fodder is one of For Pivot’s […]
Westfest, now in its 13th year, was a lively mixture of music, art, food, and fun. Our contributor Terry Steeves was on the scene to capture these photographs. Check out our interview with founder Elaina Martin on the festival’s history and future.
“It brings you back to when you’re like six or seven,” says Brenda Dunn, local artist and perpetual inner child. She’s sitting in Ministry of Coffee on Wellington Street West, gesturing towards a small clay figure. His name is Bean, and he is the guardian of this establishment. Bean is one of a crew of […]
Having been a lurking member of the Steampunk Ottawa group for a long time on Facebook, I decided to attend the Victoria Day picnic on this past holiday Monday to see what the group was like. I was directed to one of their long-time members, Gailene Green, who very kindly sat with me to explain […]
All photos by Ming Wu. Post by Apartment613. It’s hardly any surprise we’re really fond of Ravenswing around here. We posted about it late last week as well as sharing some love for their launch party back in April. That makes this week’s edition of #MingWuWednesday even more dear to us. Ming was there and […]
The first seed of Ravenswing started 11 years ago as an annual indoor fair at Jack Purcell Community Centre with the intention of creating a crafts show that was more accessible to vendors and more accessible to the public. Co-founded by Sean Zio and Lukayo Estrella who met at a zine fair, the event began […]
Girls aged 12-14 living in Ottawa have a new option when choosing extracurriculars and summer camps, that may just give them the edge when deciding on a career path. Amidst the sports camps, art and drama offerings, they can now choose to discover the entrepreneur within. Ambi-SHE-ous is an organization hoping to raise girls’ expectations […]
A one-day conference, happening in November, will bring together local artists from across different disciplines, giving them a chance to network and to find ways to build their careers without compromising their vision. Since 2013, Artpreneur has been dedicated to helping artists succeed in their careers and build skills that will help them navigative the […]
When Francis Bueckert decided to study abroad and volunteer in Ecuador, he had no idea it would lead him to start exporting direct-trade coffee and selling it on a coffee cart from his bike. Six years after visiting Ecuador, Cloud Forest Coffee is now launching its bicycle coffee cart where you can purchase direct trade, […]
If you were to write a memoir about your life up to this point, what would it be called? Think about it for a second. That’s the question Ottawa designer Steve St. Pierre asked the Internet for his passion project jacketeveryday.com. St. Pierre works as an art director for the Ottawa brand agency, McMillan. (Small […]
“It’s mainly about confidence.” Spring Car Spa 2016 organizer Nicole Novotny’s succinct statement summarizes part of the goals of the recently held women-only event. “My mother was a single parent. She had to learn. She had to ask. She had to do things. Including things related to cars. Women leave Car Spa with […]
This week, Ming Wu stopped by Ottawa City Woodshop‘s first birthday celebration. For more on Ming, check out his website, radio show and Instagram.
The region we live in is incredible for food—we can find local vegetables, eggs, fruit, honey, grains, microgreens and so much more practically in our backyards. The local farmers and growers that provide Ottawa with all of this fresh, local produce is a very long list. When you add in the food makers—those chefs and […]
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 […]
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 […]