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Month: April 2011

Inside City Hall: Things a rookie Councillor learns quickly

Post by Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier councillor, Ottawa native and lover of the great outdoors. The youngest member of city council, Coun. Fleury will be giving us the inside scoop on what’s going on at 110 Laurier Ave. West in his periodic column. When I ran for Council, I was told that being a Councillor would […]

Art Matters Debate: Read about it live tonight on Apartment613!

Live TV : Ustream As a rule, Apartment613 focuses on Ottawa, the city, rather than Ottawa, the capital of Canada. However, during election time the distinction breaks down. Given the city’s dependence on the public service and auxiliary industries, what happens in the upcoming election has huge consequences for the vitality and prosperity of the […]

Second annual Cook Off pits “pros” against “joes”

Ottawa’s culinary scene has definitely got a touch of the Iron Chef bug. Competitive cooking events are springing up all over, from Cupcake Camp to Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar’s ongoing high-end food fight. However, if you like your cooking competitions cheap and eclectic, look no further the the Second Annual Cook Off. This “pros […]

Weekly News Review: Pixies, revitalizing downtown Gatineau and more!

Ah yes, we forgot to mention The Pixies in our Weekend Roundup. Whoops. One of the biggest bands of the end of the 80s early 90s played an awesome set at the Civic Centre, a set described as face-meltingly loud and sizzling in intensity by the Citizen’s Lynn Saxberg. A move by city council to […]

Aloha Room back in business!

Another sign Ottawa’s night life is picking up? The folks behind Barrymore’s have decided to re-open the legendary Aloha Room. In a recent Facebook message, Barrymore’s Manager George Syriannis writes: On Wednesday April 20th – ALOHA ROOM is re-opening its doors 7 days and nights a week. To some of you this little room meant […]

Who should play Bluesfest? Here’s our thoughts

Earlier this week we announced the lineup for this year’s Jazz Festival – an impressive scattering of artists (like Elvis Costello, Shad, and Bela Fleck for starters) drawn from genres across the musical spectrum. Today, however, Apartment613 is turning its attention to the festival many Ottawans consider the crown jewel of the summer music scene. […]

613 Style File: PROMdemonium edition

With the coming of spring, Ottawans strip off their bulky winter shells to reveal the fashionistas and fashionistos hidden beneath. The return of warm weather fashions also means the return of Apartment613’s Style File team and their tireless pursuit of the fabulous.  Melanie Yugo, crafter extraordinaire and co-founder of Spins & Needles, and Lauryn Kronick, […]

Feeding the rumour mill with a tasty brew?

Ottawa may just have a new brew pub opening, and hopefully in time for patio season. Don’t worry – it’s not going in the Market or near our already-beloved Clocktower in the Glebe. According to CBC News, the Toronto-based Mill St. Brewery put in an application to move into the Thompson-Perkins Mill near the Portage […]

Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] You know it’s spring in Ottawa when the festival announcements start popping up faster than the crocuses. WestFest‘s schedule is out, the Jazz Festival lineup came out yesterday, and Bluefest’s is expected next week… The FolkFest and others won’t be far behind! If you’re like me and missed the Rich Aucoin show […]

Hip-hop, indie rock on tap at this summer’s Ottawa Jazz Festival

Signs that spring has finally made its way to the nation’s capital: the many music festivals that annually dot the city begin to announce their lineups. And this year, one of the first out of the gate is the Ottawa Jazz Festival. The lineup for this year’s festival, revealed earlier today, boasts an impressive range […]

Apartment Crush: Fly on the Wall

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy Some of you might remember the call-out we did a few weeks ago about the new column we’re starting. Well, here it is! After quite an influx of demands, we finally bring you our first Apartment Crush tour. We dropped in on Professor Adam Oliver Brown’s […]

New Bridgehead “microbrewery” to open on Preston, coffee lovers dance in streets

Since I spent this afternoon happily tapping away on my laptop at the Wellington Street West Bridgehead, it only makes sense that I’m now passing along some intriguing breaking news about the much-loved Ottawa coffee chain. According to a post on their blog from earlier today, Bridgehead is planning to open a coffee “microbrewery” on […]

Weekly News Review: Patio rule relaxed, Freegal Music at OPL and lots more!

It looks like the city’s relaxing it rules when it comes to setting up patios. Under the existing bylaw, if a patio encroaches on city property and is within 30 metres of a residential building, the application is immediately denied with no recourse for the bar or restaurant owner to appeal the decision. Last week, […]