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Record Store Day weekend happenings

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a […]

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Foodie Friday: Empire strikes back

A few years ago, I attended a birthday party for a friend at Empire Grill. Having never been before, and with the meager budget of a university student, my jaw dropped upon glancing the prices on the menu. It was definitely the first time in my adult life that I was a patron at a […]

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon […]

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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further […]

Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that […]

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The […]

Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

[youtube][/youtube] Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic […]


Launching our special Writers Festival series

The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of our city’s treasured gems.  Since first launching in 1997, this special gathering has brought some of Canada’s and the world’s leading writers, comic book creators, playwrights, scientists and musicians to our region. Next week the 2015 spring edition of the festival kicks off and will run from […]