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Ottawa City Woodshop inspired by Ottawa’s lumber town legacy

Are you longing for the smell of sawdust and the sounds of a drill press, but worried that your one-bedroom-plus-den rental may not be the best home to re-start that woodworking project? The Ottawa City Woodshop launched last month and has been quickly attracting interest from members. You can join the woodshop with a monthly […]

Tanya Tagaq. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jazzfest: Tanya Tagaq will be a stirring experience

I once had the opportunity to watch Tanya Tagaq perform in what seemed to me the unlikeliest of situations: in the community hall of her own hometown Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in front of an audience of German tourists sporting thick coats in the middle of August, from a cruise ship making its way through the […]

Photo of Tin Men and the Telephone courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazzfest: The audio magic of Tin Men & the Telephone

What will jazz sound like in 100 years?  200?  Would we even recognise this genre if we could somehow live for five centuries, or would “jazz” by that point be unrecognisable to 21st century ears? These questions swirled around my mind as I listed to the incredibly creative sounds of Dutch trio Tin Men and the […]

All photos by Trevor Alain.

Dundonald Park benches get a facelift

Somerset is a bustling street. You could be leaving one of the uncountable pho restaurants, Pour Boy or The Daily Grind, but chances are you’ve passed by Dundonald Park. The park doesn’t have a great reputation. One Yelp reviewer claims that it’s “frequented by shady characters after dark.” Another reviewer said, “This isn’t necessarily the prettiest […]


Write On Ottawa: YA novel about waterpolo is a fun read

In their personal lives, Julie Sutton and Daniel Tigner interact with each other as niece and uncle.  If we focus on Sam and the Sea Monsters, however, the really good pre-teen/early-teen novel that they wrote together, then they could become known to the wider public as a talented literary duo. For Sutton, who is a painter, […]

View from the University of Ottawa. Photo by flickr user Trevor.  All images from the Apt613 flickr pool.

How to learn for cheap (or free!) in Ottawa

You may be surprised by the wide variety of inexpensive and free courses available at University of Ottawa and at Carleton University.  Some are well-advertised and very popular, some less so.  Their topics are wide-ranging and intellectually interesting.  This article will give an overview of 4 of these programs – 2 at University of Ottawa […]

Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with […]

Write On Ottawa: Living the dream with Caveman Jack

Imagine that one of your dreams came true.  What would you do a year or two later after your initial objective was met?  For Ottawa-based author Tammie Winsor the answer was clear: build on her initial success by achieving even more goals. Apartment613 readers may recall the heartwarming story of how Winsor became a published […]

Foodie Friday: This July 1, try Dominion Day

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can  find them on Twitter. You can also find them at this Dominion Day party! It’s that time of year again, Ottawa, when we celebrate our true patriot love and Canadian independence with beer, friends and fireworks. If you’re looking for something fresh […]