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Ottawa’s pretty awesome. From New Edinburgh to Old Ottawa South to Westboro and beyond, artists, musicians, boutique stores, and culture abound. In fact, Apt613 suspects the town’s staid and serious reputation may be nothing more than a convenient cover for its wild and crazy alter ego. Committed to connecting people to their neighbourhoods, the site is a place where we can learn and talk about new and exciting people, places, and goings on.

We hope Apt613 will be a platform for participation and community building. Everyone is welcome, so come on over!

Who we are

Apt613 is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization. Our main activity is, an award winning blog dedicated to uncovering the best of Ottawa’s arts and culture. All of our editors, photographers, writers and podcasters contribute their time and talents to spread the word about great events happening in our city. If you’d like to help out, please visit our contact us page to find out how you can get involved.


Apt613 was conceived in October 2008 at the Manx Pub over a few too many pints of beer. A group of nine friends were remarking that while Ottawa had an active arts and culture scene, it took the right connections and a bit of work to get plugged in. We decided to do something about it. After three months spent debating whether or not to go with a sans serif font, the official site went live in January 2009. We held our launch party on 6/13 at Raw Sugar Cafe (R.I.P.) – the first of what we hope will be many more awesome birthday celebrations.

A core group formed and we were lucky enough to pick up some dedicated and talented writers along the way, many of whom are professionally trained journalists. Along with some casual contributors, we’ve managed to form a motley crew of intrepid volunteer reporters who will stop at nothing to uncover the newest restaurant opening or mind-blowing party.

In August 2010, the blog officially incorporated as a not-for-profit.

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