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, […]
This past Friday, as part of Hintonburg Happening, Maker House Co. hosted an evening of music, ghost stories, s’mores, and beers. Ming was there. For more on Ming, check out his website, radio show and Instagram.
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.
Hintonburg Happening is a nine day event that celebrates Wellington West’s community of artists and businesses. Not only is this neighbourhood home to great brewers and craft-focused watering holes, it’s also the home of Brew Donkey, Ottawa’s favourite brewery tour provider. Owner Brad Campeau, is using this HH festival to launch a new educational series that focuses on […]
Over the past few months, I’ve seen the snapbacks labeled with Ott popping up everywhere – from RedBlacks players to kids on the street to Ottawa’s hip hop head Peter Joynt. I got curious and sought out the man behind the brand, Billy Altidor of Over The Top (Ott) Lifestyle. Altidor is part artist, part […]
It was a hole in the wall with the worst selection in the city, and when they closed it no one complained, which may just be a first for a store of its type. I speak, of course, of the old Rideau Centre LCBO, the late and completely unlamented bottle shop that may have saved […]
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 […]
Hintonburg Happening is a 9 day festival that saw the light when a group of local residents wanted to bring more life and beauty to the neighbourhood. The desire to support small businesses in the area and create opportunities for artists lead to an art tour style street festival that draws attention from folks throughout […]
I used to think I had to travel far to find exciting things to see and do, but I’ve realized there is a lot right here in my own backyard. Road trips are fun, but so are day trips, and there are so many great day trips to do around Ottawa. For the first edition […]
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 […]