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New Kid on the Block

Play Stephen Beckta’s new wine and cheese shop on Sussex Drive is now scheduled to open on January 30th. (One month behind schedule but who’s counting?).

Ceremony, Ottawa’s newest dance party, puts a whole new spin to ‘Jail House Rock’

On Saturday February 25th Ceremony, dubbed by organizers as a “brand-new-spanking dance party,” is starting in Ottawa. And this party promises to be off the hooks. Heard of Timekode? Chances are that, even if you haven’t graced it with your presence, you’ve heard all about the shenanigans that occur at this Ottawa institution. Ceremony promises […]

Amos the Transparent’s homecoming

With their latest LP Goodnight My Dear…I’m Falling Apart, Amos the Transparent have sent a message that their music knows no bounds. Having received critical acclaim for their previous two albums, their most recent release is a testament to their ability to fuse diverse instrumentation and more experimental songwriting tactics with the honesty in lyrical […]

Weekly News Review: Locals show their pride, try a nouveau rental car on for size, OC Transpo expands double deckers and more!

This year’s pride parade came off without a hitch, and Capital Xtra is calling it one of the most diverse and inclusive local pride events in years. Supporters ranged from eight months to 85 years in age, with the Senior Pride Network showing their colours in full force. A new Ottawa business is positioning itself as a godsend […]

Style File: Ottawa Style Mavens Take to the Streets

I took to the streets of Ottawa during some days of great weather, not knowing who I would meet or what they might be wearing. Unlike some previous Style File posts I had no specific theme in  mind, I just knew I wanted to see something ‘original’. These ladies pulled off varying eclectic styles from […]

Julie MacCormack: Capturing Neighbourhoods

Festival X draws to a close this Sunday, leaving us photo junkies to find our fix elsewhere. Luckily, it’s never hard to find creative and interesting photography work in Ottawa – you just need to know where to look. And sometimes beautiful photographs turn up in the oddest of places. Like, for example, a local […]

Apartment613 at Nuit Blanche Ottawa

We’re in the market tonight dressing people in classic Canadiana costumes and taking instagram photos of them. You know… because it’s Saturday… ART! If you joined us, thanks! Check out a sample of some of the fun photos we took below. You can find the entire set of photos we took over the course of […]

The Ottawa NuJazz Festival is here to funk up your weekend

There’s a new quantity on the Ottawa music festival scene, and it’s managed to steer clear of the crowded May to September festival corridor. The NuJazz Festival is a name that may sound familiar to Toronto expats, and that’s because it’s the local edition of a long-running funk fest that was born in the 416. […]

Amanda May Lingerie opens on Dalhousie

Walking into Amanda May Lingerie is like being granted entrance into a sophisticated lady’s Parisian closet. Situated on trendy Dalhousie Street, the 600 square foot space is nothing but head to toe elegance. With soft lighting, delicate lace garments and antique accessories throughout the room, Amanda May puts the sophistication back into lingerie shopping, and […]

Valentine’s Day Roundup

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching love is in the air (or yet again, it may just be your breath that you’re seeing with the ridiculous cold weather outside). Before we digress, however, let’s proudly proclaim that as hardy Canadians full of love we won’t let Mother Nature get in the way of romance. So if you still have […]

Your official Apt613 guide to Ottawa’s farmers’ markets

Weekend mornings in Ottawa are meant for two things: sleeping off hangovers and — now that summer finally seems to be here — browsing for heirloom tomatoes and fresh flowers at one of our dozen-plus farmers’ markets. And so, we’ve put together this map for all you hungry, hungry locavores out there. (If only those […]

Best funky boutiques in Ottawa

Enjoy hunting for curious and one-of-a-kind wonders? Apt613 has bravely wandered the city streets in search of the cute, the funky, and the truly bizarre in order to help kick-start your spring shopping adventures. These “best” boutiques were chosen for their pleasant vibe and unique offerings that won’t burn too large of a hole in […]

Awesome Ottawa: Three years of making the city a little more amazing

Editor’s note: Apt613 itself received an Awesome Ottawa grant in 2012 for our lecture series.  Doesn’t everyone want their city to be a little more awesome? Awesome Ottawa – a group devoted to promoting awesomeness in the universe – will be celebrating its third birthday and the contributions they have made to the worldwide ecosystem of awesome on June […]

Foodie Friday: Does the Byward Market have a drinking problem?

Is the Byward Market a farmer’s market with a drinking problem, or a bar district with a vegetable problem?  The City of Ottawa thinks that these two aspects of the Market can coexist, but they’ll need a little help. On June 26th, Ottawa’s City Council approved a plan to revitalize the Byward Market by helping […]