I have a confession to make. Watching Project Runway is my guilty pleasure. At first when my girlfriend watched, I sort of squirmed and looked away, but for the last 3 years, I’ve been hooked and can’t look away anymore. So I always get excited when the chance comes twice a year to be by the runway in real life when Ottawa Fashion Week comes along.
House of PainT is probably my favourite grassroots event in Ottawa. Year after year, I’m amazed by the artists that take part and the diversity of people that come out to support it. HoP 2011 took place about a month ago. Michael Napiorkowski shared with us this video that captures marvelously the essence of the festival. Enjoy and try not to get dizzy watching the awesome b-boy moves!
Happy Friday, audiophiles. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? We’re only now getting around to posting last week’s episode of Apartment613 Live, which is too bad, because it’s a stellar episode. (Of course, they’re all stellar, but this one is more stellar – stellarer? – than the others. Also, “stellar” is a funny word when you write it four times in a row, but that’s sort of off topic.) Why is it stellar? Because it’s so rare that you get to hear the voices of the people who toil away in... | Continue reading article
Word on the street is it’s a record year for freshers on at least one campus in town – so welcome, students, to our lovely city. We at Apartment613 are all about promoting university and college education, but want make sure you get a bit of urban education under your belt, too. If you’re a music major, Ottawa will provide you with all sorts of case studies to explore. First up? Wfm 101 – well, it’s more like Wfm 1. World famous music, which brings all sorts of great acts... | Continue reading article
This week, Apartment613 and OpenFile have partnered to present a series of stories—apologies for Ottawa—that show off what makes Ottawa a great place to live. We drew inspiration from ideas readers submitted to both websites. Today, Drew Gough writes about the strength of the city’s running community. The numbers sound made up. In the National Capital Region, tens of millions of people use the pathway system each year. Tens of millions. This figure comes from Phil Marsh, the Running Room‘s regional manager for eastern Ontario. Marsh works with runners, coaches... | Continue reading article
We walk by shop window displays every day – some are bland, some are catchy, and some we don’t even bother to look at. What if we, the citizens of this fine city, were given the power to hop behind those store windows and put up a creative display? Thankfully, we have Malorie and Maureen from Fashion on Display to make this happen for us. Fashion on Display brings together local shops, artists, designers and you, happy shopper – with this mixture of Ottawans, they produce not just snazzy window... | Continue reading article
Too many people are calling this weekend the last hurrah of summer – but the fall equinox ain’t ’til September 23, folks. So let’s just refer to this as the Labour Day Extravaganza or something with a bit of extra pep, and dwell on the fact that we’ve still got a few hot days ahead! So if you’re looking to fill your long weekend with music, you’re in luck. If you’re not already heading down to the Sheep to hear Kathleen Edwards tonight, you can catch Brendan Albert and Alissa... | Continue reading article
Ottawa’s burgeoning craft scene pops up every now and again at various craft shows – most of which fall in late November or early December, when gift-giving season starts sneaking up on us. But what about the rest of the year? While a few stores around town carry bits of local creativity, it’s always seemed like Ottawa’s crafters needed a regular spot to set up (temporary) shop. And that moment has arrived! Urban Craft is the city’s first iteration of a regular craft fair. They’ll be open down at the... | Continue reading article
We’re a bit behind on posting this one, but last night was the first of two nights for Ottawa’s very own night market in Chinatown. If anyone has been to the epic Vancouver night market (let alone markets in Asia) you can surely understand why people are excited about this idea. The combination of street food vendors, a friendly crowd and a warm summer evening in Chinatown sounds just perfect. Head to the corner of Somerset and Empress any time between 1pm and 1am to check it out. I’m heading... | Continue reading article
It’s been a busy week in this town – while August seems to be a nice, quiet month, it always seems to pack a punch and give a few unexpected wallops to remind us it’s here, and it’s actually a lot of fun. So here are a few things that you can do to give your weekend a little more oomph: The World Slalom Skateboarding Championship is in town all weekend long – and it’s not just the young folks who are into this. The average age? 35. So hop... | Continue reading article