This Sunday, June 13th is 6/13 Day! How will you celebrate Ottawa’s big day? Let us know in the comments below.
For many of us, 6/13 Day is a fun excuse. It’s a citywide birthday party of sorts for Ottawa—as good a reason as any to light up the barbie or support a local restaurant, crack open a craft beer or City Seltzer, spend the day exploring new parks or a new part of town, pump a local playlist on your stereo, or watch Ottawa-made movies at home. Who’s up for a 6.13 km jog in the morning? Will you toast your neighbours at 6:13 p.m.? How about donating $6.13 (or $613?!) to a local non-profit or charity? However you choose to observe this completely made-up holiday is on you. Use the #613Day hashtag on social and @apt613 will amplify our favs.
For Apartment613, 6/13 Day is really in fact a birthday! This blog launched on June 13, 2009 with a special event at Raw Sugar Café (RIP). For those counting, that makes Apt613 twelve years old. In past years, we’ve hosted block parties and BBQs to celebrate all that makes our Apt613 community great, however this year we’ll be celebrating together apart, again.
The re-opening of restaurant patios this weekend provides another way to celebrate 6/13 Day: head out and find the local business, restaurant, patio or brewery that means the most to you and join us in a toast to our fair city at 6:13 p.m. on 6/13, wherever you may be in the 613.
Read on for more ways to celebrate on the town or from the comfort of your own home. A friendly reminder to keep it safe, Ottawa! Many of us have or will soon receive our first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but Ottawa Public Health says we’re not out of the woods yet. Stay the course and we’ll crush COVID in Ottawa.
The annual celebration of Ottawa’s architecture, Doors Open Ottawa, is hosting a Virtual Edition of their event this year and it ends this Friday! A whopping 70 local buildings are participating. Discover the secrets and stories hidden behind normally closed doors, and explore with virtual tours, 3D plans, and professional photography. Families will love “visiting” the Canadian Museum of Nature and National Arts Centre. Adults will be curious about the infamous Rideau Hall, Ottawa Art Gallery, and West Block. Even the Supreme Court of Canada is welcoming virtual visitors. And while we are all getting a little green attending countless virtual events, this is an awesome way to visit many buildings at once without any commute (or bathroom breaks for the little ones!). What will be your pick? Explore the entire list of buildings.
The Ottawa Pops Orchestra is a community of musicians focused on redefining the orchestral experience… And the best way to do that this weekend is with OPO’s Disney Trivia questions! Join in at 7 p.m. from the comfort of your own home—be it cabin, cove, or castle—for a most magical, musical trivia night. Covering Classic Disney, The Disney Renaissance, Pixar films, and more, be prepared for three rounds of questions that span almost a century and are perfect for playing by yourself, with your most trusted sidekick, or with the whole Ohana. The event is free with the option of donating to support your local orchestra. You can register here.
Season 2 of the Encore Ottawa concert series opens with a 2-hour special on Rogers TV and YouTube. You can join the artists at the Official Watch Party from 8 p.m.–10 p.m. The broadcast will include music from 20+ new shows taped behind closed doors at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Beginning with Season 1 filmed in fall 2020, Encore Ottawa has set the stage for 40 #ottmusic acts to record a live set with professional crew support and hyper-safe working conditions with respect to COVID-19. You can see and hear more performances on the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition’s YouTube channel.
Also on Friday night, the Bicycle Film Festival is arriving in Ottawa. The 20th Anniversary of BFF is running from June 11 to 20. Hosted by XOVELO, a bicycle fashion, arts and lifestyle magazine based here in Ottawa, this year’s virtual festival features the Dutch cycling culture documentary Together We Cycle with a selection of short films curated by BFF. A ticket allows you to view the program on-demand from June 11 at 6 p.m. through June 20 at midnight. Ticket prices are on a sliding scale (“pick your price”) from $10, $15, to $20.
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Pique is a new artist-driven music and multimedia event series launching at the historic Arts Court building in downtown Ottawa. The organizers of Pique—an inspiring collective which includes Debaser, SAW, Everyseeker Festival, CHUO, CKCU, and Firegrove Studio—promise a fresh party every three months. The 5-hour broadcast (!!!) will invite audiences into a virtual world created with video performances, interactive web players, and multimedia art set to live music scores and original DJ mixes by: Asuquomo (Ottawa), Orchidae (Ottawa-Hull), Marisa Gallemit (Ottawa), Ami Dang (Baltimore), Sanjeet Takhar (Toronto), Emissive (Toronto), Matthew Cardinal (amiskwaciy/Edmonton), Lauren Bousfield (Los Angeles), respectfulchild (Treaty 6 Territory/Saskatoon), DJ GloryHull (Hull), Mercedes Ventura (Ottawa), and Golban Moltaji (Tehran).
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Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is in full swing and between the educational workshops, fun activities, and celebrating the National Indigenous History Month, there are also the inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards on Saturday night! A virtual ceremony will showcase the best artists in categories like Artistic Video, Country Album of the Year, Live Music Performance of the Year, and more. Indigenous artists from all over Turtle Island (North and Central America) were considered, along with a separate category for International Indigenous Artist-Group Recording of the Year. Tune into an amazing virtual event with music performances, awards, presentations, and unmatched energy.
Of note, Ottawa-based electronic music act Silla & Rise is nominated for Inuit Artist of the Year and Twin Flames are nominated for Pop-Alternative-Rock Album of the Year among other awards. Cody Coyote is nominated for Radio Single of the Year and DJ Shub (A Tribe Called Red) is up for Recording Artist of the Year. Locally-based singer Mary Bryton is nominated in the Rising Star emerging artist category, and Jah’kota is nominated for a special Social Voice award.
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This Sunday, June 13th is 6/13 a.k.a. #613Day! It’s like Canada day but for Ottawa. It’s like 4/20 for civic pride. How will you celebrate this completely made-up holiday? All-day today, use the hashtag to show us how you choose to observe #613Day personally, and @apt613 will retweet and share our favourites. Props and bonus points for supporting local shops, producers and artists in any way!
How will you celebrate this made up holiday?
🍔 With #ottfood and friends?
🍻 With a toast?
🛍️ Supporting local biz?
🚲 Riding the parkway?
📺 Watching local movies?
— apt613 (@apt613) June 8, 2021
The Ottawa Film Office is proposing a slate of local movies. Here’s their top 10 list of locally-made films and TV series that are available for streaming from your home. Spanning different genres in both animation and live-action, these recent made-in-Ottawa productions all have one thing in common: the Film Office’s new list is focusing on works that were created or released in the past year.
Watching local movies is always a good choice! 😉 Folks can visit our website for suggestions of locally-made films and TV series: https://t.co/6nzMixQ4Dy
— Ottawa Film Office (@OttawaFilmTV) June 8, 2021
Our friends at the Ottawa Public Library have produced this list of family-friendly titles with an Ottawa-area connection, including works by the critically acclaimed author and illustrator Katherine Battersby, who we recently featured on Apt613.
— OttPubLib/BibPubOtt (@opl_bpo) June 10, 2021
Broadhead Brewery says to “wish your server a Happy 613 Day for a fun surprise!” We can’t promise this trick gets you anything anywhere else, but it doesn’t hurt to spread a little 613 Day joy to your fellow citizens.
On that note: If you go shopping or visit a patio this weekend, please remember businesses are reopening for the first time in a long time. Some of the staff may even be new hires. Be patient. Be respectful. Be kind. That’s all!
We have some fun up our sleeves! Wish your server a “Happy 613 day” for a fun surprise! Patio opens at noon. https://t.co/8N37tXMvvi
— Broadhead Brewery (@BroadheadBeer) June 8, 2021
Hintonburg Public House wrote in to say they’re making #613Day craft beer surprise bags. Discover a taste of the Ottawa craft beer scene! HPH will surprise you with four brews from local breweries that support the restaurant. Proceeds of each $20 surprise bag are split between four local breweries. Pre-order online & pop over to pick them up. Cheers to all the tasty things Ottawa!
How will you be celebrating Ottawa’s big day? Let us know in the comments below.