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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 […]

Liz Mok at the Ottawa Farmers Market. Photo by Jennifer Barnaby.

Foodie Friday: Ice cream goes bespoke with Moo Shu

Since April this year, locally-crafted Moo Shu Ice Cream has been popping up at fun events and locations, delighting Ottawans with inventively delicious flavours. When I first tasted Moo Shu truffles, they melted in my mouth while I gazed at precious stones that sparkled like candy in glass display cases.  Local entrepreneur Liz Mok had […]

Photo by Mat Dunlap. All images from B.A. Johnston's website.

Polaris Prize Nominees: B.A. Johnston at Irene’s on Friday

This piece is part of a mini-series covering some of the artists nominated for the Polaris Prize, who are playing shows in Ottawa. Hamilton’s B.A. Johnston, the tenaciously-touring troubadour has become a cornerstone of the Canadian music scene in that when he tours this vast nation, he really covers all of it. His live shows […]

Image from the Sparrow Floral Pop Up event page on Facebook.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The Canada Day celebrations start this weekend as we stroll through the sunshine into July next week. This weekend Ottawa Jazz Festival continues featuring a lot of local artists worth checking out, follow our coverage of the event. This weekend is also Mountain Man Festival in Calabogie featuring some of Ottawa’s artists like Cody Allen, […]


Write On Ottawa: Spanish-language novel is captivating

Post by Ramón Sepúlveda Ottawa-based author Camila Reimers will be in the Byward Market selling and signing books this coming Sunday, June 28 and  on July 4, 10 and 18.  The following post is an edited version of a longer book review by Ramón Sepúlveda that was presented at the official book launch. The National Capital Region […]

Carly Smith of Darling Yes

Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking […]