Apt613 was invited to Archery Games, a new recreational facility that celebrates its grand opening in Ottawa this weekend. Inspired (in part) by dodgeball and paintball, the sport is guaranteed to make you sweat and won’t hurt if when you get hit. Standing outside an 8,000 square foot arena before game time, Ramsay Jackson focuses on a foam target in the distance as he shows how to load and shoot “marshmallow tipped” arrows. “Hold the bow with your non-dominant hand and avoid chicken wing arms,” he says, raising his elbow... | Continue reading article
Hey Ottawa! Don’t know about you but I am loving this heat. It looks like it’ll cool down a bit for the weekend – good news for all the outdoor events happening. Here’s the rundown. Arboretum Festival kicked off last night at St Alban’s Church and moves to Albert Island for the weekend. A fine mix of new music, local food vendors, cultural discussions and all-night parties under the stars, check out the full lineup. Also underway, is the Asinabka Festival screening award-winning Indigenous films from Canada and around the... | Continue reading article
We interview and play music by Allison Brown, folk/country singer who is cruising through Ottawa this weekend. She’ll be at Avant Garde bar on Thursday, August 20 and Pressed on the 21st. We also briefly talk about #ARB2015 and some of their featured events. And, we feature Tudor Robins in Back Cover Blur. Have a listen: Catch Apt613 Live every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.
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: Tyrin Kelly About: Tyrin is 18 years old. He works at Tim Horton’s and plays music. In September, he’ll study Journalism in university. Hood: I met up with Tyrin in Centretown, by the Herb & Spice. He was grabbing a bite to eat after his band practice. Check out his band, Weed Mom,... | Continue reading article
Makerspace North will be marking its official opening this Saturday with what can only be described as a carnival for crafty-type people. Its open house will be a showcase for many of the multi-talented individuals that call Ottawa home and will feature activities and amusements for all ages. It’s a chance to see what cool companies will soon be causing a buzz in our city. From 10am to 4pm on the 22nd, the city’s maker community will be out in full force, filling the 19,000 square foot space within City... | Continue reading article
Montreal-based art pop band BRAIDS will be headlining Arboretum Festival this Friday night, playing songs from their most recent album, Deep in the Iris, which was released in April. Apartment613 talked with drummer Austin Tufts ahead of the festival, and he said the show they’re bringing to Ottawa has been some of the most fun the band’s ever had playing their songs live. BRAIDS is made up of lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston, bassist/guitarist Taylor Smith, and Tufts. The band just returned from three and a half months on the road... | Continue reading article
We chat with eCelery co-founder, Cyril Moukarzel and Chef Alana, who talk about this unique home delivery service. We play music from Dine Alone Records bands and more.
For over a decade, EcoEquitable has been providing employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. They’ve grown from a drop-in sewing centre to offering workshops ranging from learning to operate a sewing machine to pattern making and home decor. They operate a fabric boutique and now they’ve launched their newest brand, Flagbarer. We caught up with Anouk Bertner to talk about EcoEquitable’s beginnings, this latest venture and her words of advice. The following interview has been edited for clarity: Apt 613: Tell me a... | Continue reading article
Arboretum Festival kicks off this Wednesday and promises to be an intimate music festival, bringing together new and emerging artists from around the region as well as critically acclaimed Canadian artists, all here in Ottawa. The festival will be taking place at two locations: St. Alban’s Anglican Church on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Albert Island on Friday and Saturday nights. Apartment613 chatted with Rolf Klausener, one of the festival’s organizers, to get an idea of what we can expect this year. Here are the top five reasons you won’t... | Continue reading article