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Alejandro Bustos

Alejandro has been writing for Apartment613 since 2012 after a friend introduced him to the site. When not busy being a father to three children, he can be found reviewing books by local authors, as well as covering dance shows, concerts and live theatre.

Write On Ottawa: Stories of courage in cancer fight

For almost two decades, the Ottawa-based Busting Out dragon boat team has been offering inspiration and hope to women who have survived breast cancer. While there is no age limit to join (members range in age from their mid-30s to early-80s), all team members must have completed cancer treatment, and also recovered sufficiently to be able […]

Write On Ottawa: Seeking asylum in Canada

In the not-so distant future, the United States has fallen prey to a secretive and authoritarian government. In this dark world, a history teacher named Laek who lives in New York City tries to hide his radical past. After a violent confrontation with police, however, he decides that he has to flee his native country. […]

NAC play deals with loss of faith + ticket giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Friday, October 30 show of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God at the NAC. To enter, send an email to by 4 pm Tuesday, October 27 with the subject line “NAC Theatre Contest – Adventures.” A winner will be picked and […]

Write On Ottawa: Sex in the Capital

Las Vegas may be sin city, but here in Ottawa we normally don’t see ourselves as an erotic haven. If local writer Ingrid McCarthy has anything to do about it, however, we may soon start seeing the nation’s capital as a hotbed of sultry love. In her series Sex and the Seasons, McCarthy — who writes adult […]

The Dog Days of Dance + ticket giveway

Critically-acclaimed choreographer Jan Martens is coming to Ottawa for a three-day run from October 22 to 24 at the National Arts Centre. A native of Belgium, this talented artist will be presenting two of his recent works, Ode to the Attempt and The Dog Days Are Over, in a special two hour show. (See the video below for a taste […]

Write On Ottawa: The Theatrical Detective

As someone who loves detective stories, I really enjoy discovering new mystery novels with an interesting twist. That is why I recommend reading Stage Business by Canadian author Gerry Fostaty, which combines the world of theatre with a good old private eye thriller. Published by local publisher Deux Voiliers Publishing, which is based in  Alymer, Quebec, this fun book follows […]

Write On Ottawa: Don’t pick your nose!

Boogers are not something that one mentions in polite company. Even among close friends or family, this is not a topic that draws a lot of cheers. So what can one say about Thomas Jardine’s unusual comic The Boogerball, which describes how a little girl fights off a monster made of, you guessed it, boogers? […]

Tips for enjoying CityFolk this weekend

Thinking of heading to CityFolk this weekend? Below are some suggestions on how to enjoy your experience based on the first three days of the festival. If you have other tips, below please feel free to share them in the comments section below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. Scanning out: Remember that you can scan […]

Write On Ottawa: Hungry Ghosts is a thoughtful novel

Peggy Blair is one of my favourite authors from the National Capital Region. How much do I like her?  Well, since launching the Write On Ottawa series in 2013, Apartment613 has published over 100 reviews of books and comics from local artists.  If I were to create a “Top 5” list based on this group […]

Celebrating 40 years of beautiful music

Since 1976, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra has been delighting audiences with their diverse programming, which has included works from the Baroque era to the present day.  The ensemble has also been a great promoter of local talent by giving composers from the National Capital Region an opportunity to showcase their new pieces, such as […]

It’s official: Ottawa loves/hates the new Lansdowne

Earlier this week we asked Apartment613 readers to offer their thoughts on the new Lansdowne development in the Glebe.  After receiving a lot of feedback via Twitter, on our Facebook page, and in the comments section on our blog site, we can conclude that Ottawa residents are engaged in a vigorous debate about the merits of this […]

Is the new Lansdowne complex a boon or a bust?

The new Lansdowne complex in the Glebe is pretty much complete.  While there are still some restaurants that have not opened yet, for the most part the urban village that was long promised to Ottawa residents is now up and running. But has it been a success?  If you are a glass half-full type of […]

Write On Ottawa: Latest novel in Sgt. Windflower police series is ambitious

Since releasing his first novel in 2012, Ottawa-based writer Mike Martin has been charming mystery fans with his entertaining Sgt. Windflower detective series. Set in Martin’s native Newfoundland, the series of four books (and counting) follow the adventures of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree man from northern Alberta who has been posted by the RCMP […]

Bluesfest: The electronic sounds of Frayd

Even though he’s only 17 years old, Ottawa-based DJ and electronic music producer Frayd is already making quite a name for himself. Having grown up in a musical family, his precocious talent started to manifest itself in the fall of 2013, when he began making electronic music in his bedroom under the name Chil Pollins. He […]

Write On Ottawa: The charitable pumpkin fairy

Fairy tales come in all shapes and sizes, including those stories whose magic can extend into the real world. Let me explain: Ottawa-based author Suzanne Stoltz is the creative force behind Sophie the Pumpkin Patch Fairy, a cute children’s book that describes a special trip to a pumpkin patch that reveals a kind fairy. What […]