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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most […]

An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.

Write On Ottawa: Dragon fables for all ages

Seymour Hamilton writes the kind of children’s stories that he would have wanted to read as a child. These stories, such as The Laughing Princess, are those of adventure, and self-discovery and they’re stories written to sound lyrical when read aloud. In fact, Hamilton believes so strongly in the value of listening to books read […]

Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.

Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of […]

John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What […]

World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by […]


Spectacle aquatique multimédia gratuit à Gatineau

Ottavienne, je l’avoue, il n’est pas souvent que je fais la touriste de l’autre côté de la rive. Pourquoi? Bref, c’est un concours de circonstances, j’imagine. Cela dit, vendredi dernier, je suis sortie en date avec mon chum pour la première fois depuis la naissance de notre petit Léandre, et voilà que notre choix de […]

Owen Davies performs at the BlackSheep on Saturday, August 1 with Bosveld and High Waters. Photo by Isaac Vallentin.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? – The beat the heat edition

Welcome to the August long weekend. For those of you not escaping the heat at a cottage, or off camping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourselves here in this fine city. There are dance parties every night this weekend. Open Air Social Club kicks off the weekend with DJs Sarita and Shooting Blanks […]

Eman-el-Husseini. Still from Episode 105 of No Kidding.

Comedians raise funds for local mental health initiatives

From July 30 to Aug. 2, Cracking-Up the Capital, Ottawa’s bi-annual comedy festival, will be taking over the downtown nightlife. In partnership with the Sparks Street Busker Festival, participating comedians will be providing nightly entertainment at pubs all along Sparks Street, while raising awareness and funds for local mental health initiatives. In the winter of […]


Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Daphney

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Daphney Clerge About: Daphney used to be a student, but she’s currently working full time for the […]

Photo by Joseph Hutt

Celebrate Odyssey Theatre’s 30th birthday and see The Things We Do For Love

Joseph Hutt is an Ottawa-based freelance writer and editor with an interest in local literary and theater culture. He is the Associate Editor for the Ottawa Arts Review, and has just been hired as the Managing Editor of The Leveller. He currently blogs at On July 26th, Odyssey Theatre showed us that they’re 30 […]