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François Levesque


François is one of the co-founders of Apt613. Over the years, he's worn many hats for the organization. He currently sits on the Apartment613 Community Initiatives board and still bangs out the occasional article. He's most drawn to people and organizations that contribute to making this city better.

Ottawa emcee TÁDÉ on pursuing his passion

Ottawa emcee Idris Lawal exudes a calm and self-aware confidence, a rare trait for a twenty-something who’s still trying to find his footing in the small Ottawa hip hop landscape. Lawal – who works under the artist name TÁDÉ (pronounced Ta-day) – got a taste of local success with his 2014 mixtape Boxing with God. […]

Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight […]

Making Ottawa go green – the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op

Janice Ashworth is the Operations Manager for the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op. OREC brings Ottawa residents together to invest in local renewable energy projects in our own communities. What does this all mean? Join this neophyte on a journey of discovery. Ashworth was in her undergrad in Environmental Science and International Development at Dalhousie University […]

Harvest Noir, Ottawa’s stealth sustainability party is back September 27

Photos by Steve Gerecke, Ottawa Velo Vogue and Jean Lapointe. After three years of celebrating local food and farms in secret locations, Harvest Noir – Ottawa’s homegrown version of the Dîner en Blanc – still has a few surprises. Importantly for an outdoor event that hasn’t always been lucky in the weather department, it also booked a […]

Find out about the Fall’s big events at the next Hub & Spoke

It was over three years ago that we first participated in Hub & Spoke. Hosted by Hub Ottawa, the event enabled us to tell a group of local movers and shakers about what we did, what we were trying to achieve and how we wanted to get there. During the night we made important connections, […]

Argentina vs. Germany: Where to watch the World Cup Final in Ottawa

This World Cup’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride from James Rodriguez’ magnificent goals, to the play of US goaltender Tim Howard, to the stunning, crushing defeat of Brazil in the semifinals to the hands of the Germans. It is fitting that Europe and Latin America meet in this year’s World Cup final. […]


Review by François Levesque 50 minutes/Poetico-Theatral/Dance/Physical/PG “Il était une fois une araignée […] un chien […] un arbre”. These words are pronounced several times across the performance of L’Araignée, and they set up the world in which you are about to enter. You first hear them on a cassette tape as you enter the dimly […]

From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ […]

Weekend Roundup and Kelp20 ticket giveaway!

It’s a busy weekend so let’s get started! The 2nd edition of Poets for Humanity is taking place tonight at Pressed. The night features some of the strongest poets in the city and serves as a fundraiser for various community programs. RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives […]

Introducing your local Folk Fest 2014 lineup Part 3: Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly

In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. We’ve already showcased a few great bands in Parts 1 and 2, today we’re excited to share that Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly will be taking part in the festivities. Jill Zmud Genre: folk singer-songwriter New […]