Ever since that block party invite went out, we’ve been hearing “so what exactly is 613 Day?”
Go to 613day.ca and you’ll learn that “613 Day is a one-day, open-source festival that happens every year on June 13th when the people, companies, and organizations of Ottawa host small events to celebrate the diversity and awesomeness of our city!”
So it’s sort of like Canada Day, but for Ottawa! The 2019 block party is just one event in a citywide movement that looks to celebrate Ottawa year after year on 6/13. This year just happens to be Apartment 613’s tenth (tenth!!!) anniversary so we couldn’t think of a better way to thank the city than with a free event alongside volunteers, friends, neighbours — and hopefully some cake and a few balloons.
To get a fuller idea of what to expect on June 13, listen to this mix (courtesy of fivepee) as you scroll down.
Food & Drink:
Happy Goat recently introduced their new food menu, available now across all locations, which includes vegan and gluten free options. We’ve tried almost all of the items during our 613 Day preparation, but you can see their full menu for yourself.
1⁄2 oz Top Shelf Gin
2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
Reunion Blueberry Moonshine Syrup
Top Shelf Lavender Bitters
Our friendly neighbours, HPH, will be rolling their two fryers over from Wellington West and those of us who have been to Beau’s Oktoberfest will instantly recognize their legendary corndogs which feature a Seed to Sausage jalapeño & cheese curd smokie dipped in a Lugtread corn batter!
And yes, they’ll be bringing that a-ma-zing sign with them.
This food truck really needs no introduction, so let’s just skip to the menu, shall we?
- Pulled pork sandwiches
- Pulled chicken sandwiches
- Maybe… Brisket baos!
You’ll find an excellent selection of local brews at Happy Goat, but we’re most excited about the 613 Day special on three BTP offerings (Pink Fuzz, Aromatherapy, and the triumphant return of summer’s Tropicale Breeze) at just $5 a pop.
Partake Brewing brings all the things that make craft beer great to non-alcoholic beer drinkers including taste, variety, authenticity, creativity, and passion. Non-alcoholic beer drinkers want to Partake in the craft beer journey with everyone else. Why? Because they’re beer lovers too.
Note: Vendors will be accepting payment in cash or e-transfer.
Ivy is a local, Instagram-based vintage clothing seller inspired by the environmental benefits of shopping second hand. Ivy’s mission is to make buying vintage clothing easier and more appealing by taking the work out of thrift shopping. Going to second hand stores can be time consuming, tedious, and often unsuccessful – so we do that part – offering a curated collection of vintage pieces.
After neglecting her passion for almost a decade, Fiona left her comfort zone & with fear as her determination, ānāyā arts was born. Sticking to her African roots and her unique artistic style, Fiona promotes black excellence, empowerment and the overall beauty in simplicity. She strives to inspire and motivate others to create art, no matter what their art may be.
Happy Goat is not only involved through their beautiful space and new food menu, but their team is also complete with local makers and creators — enter The Goat Market which will have the works of Happy Goat staff out for sale. The Creative Sunflower will be offering a variety of Fresh Flowers ($3 or 4/$10); Plants in Tea Cup ($6) and Watercolour Fruit & Plant Stickers ($3) while Jacob Bleecker will have Prints (2 x 3″ for $1, or 3.5 x 5″ $2), Zines (mini for 5$, or large for $21) and three variations of Stickers for $0.50.
We’re longtime fans of his project sketching every corner store in Ottawa, so Colin was naturally the first local artist Apartment613 reached out to commission this year. His original illustration stood out in a load of feeds, earning praise from @apt613 followers and more than a couple DMs inquiring about print sales! Well, a limited edition of prints (12×18) and postcards (8.5×5.5) are now available.
From 4pm to 9pm, count on three deejays to keep you grooving way past sundown and into the weekend. DJ Tommy Rad kicks things off with some funk and soul before fivepee moves us into more jazzy hip-hop. As day goes to evening, Pink Veil will switch things up with a mix of weird pop, post-punk, experimental, and jazz-rock.
Because the capacity at Happy Goat is capped at 200 people, readers should know that there are plenty of 613 Day options nearby for you to take in on your way to or from the block party.
The Merry Dairy rolled their incredibly cute cart over to Bar Robo during last year’s block party, but this year, the city celebration is coming straight to the Merry Dairy shop. All day long, enjoy the 613 Day special: vanilla custard with shortcake and strawberry sauce on a red velvet. The price? $6.13 tax in.
Take that two-minute bike ride from 35 Laurel St. to 102 Fairmont Ave, and you won’t regret it.
The Sirko brothers, formerly reservists, have opened a brewery that invites an atmosphere akin to a legion hall—big TVs, sports memorabilia, an inviting bar and food. The best part? It’s only 150m away from Happy Goat at 145 Loretta Ave.
From 4pm to 6pm, enjoy $5 Hoppy Hour or come back at 9pm when they’ll air Game 6 of the NBA Finals featuring Ottawa’s favourite basketball team, the Ontario Raptors.
Record Centre Records is a vinyl-only label aimed at releasing local independent music and, during 613 Day, customers can take 20% off their label’s albums, including artists like Sparklesaurus, Claude Munson, Amanda Rheaume, and Shadowhand, Area Resident, Monkeyjunk, and Jesse Stewart. Mention the secret password, “APARTMENT613”.
Have a fantastic day, Ottawa. 613 ’til infinity!
P.S. Cycling to the event? There are sign posts on the street and a small rack at Happy Goat; however the most bike parking available is over at Devonshire Public School (on Breezehill at Laurel) where there are two long racks.
Admission to the 2019 block party is free, however please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Happy Goat (35 Laurel St) is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral washrooms.