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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.

Experiences from Hub Ottawa’s Impact Academy: Expertise and Peer Support

Hub Ottawa is much more than a space. It offers an inspiring work environment, diverse community, and a focus on collaboration, peer learning, and member engagement. Hub is currently recruiting its 3rd cohort of Impact Academy, a program that offers targeted skills development for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and professionals interested in learning practical tools for change. Participants […]

Is Ottawa the City that Fun Forgot?

Four years ago, Amen Jafri was frustrated with Ottawa. She was a young professional who liked to go out and do fun things, yet she seemed incapable of finding fun in the city. After conversing with a few friends, she realized she wasn’t alone. She decided to explore the stereotype that Ottawa is the city […]

Bureaucratease: When public servants drop their pants

Billed as a boisterous blend of bureaucrats, office elites and colourfully queer characters, Bureaucratease – an office themed burlesque and performance art show from T-shirt aficionados behind local favorite Bureaucratees – hits the Velvet Room on Saturday March 22nd. The show was made possible in part by a grant from  Awesome Ottawa who awarded the […]

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa and ticket giveaway!

The weekend’s knocking at our doors and it’s another busy one, particularly if you’re living or heading to Wakefield! Thursday EcoEquitable is a non-profit, small-scale social enterprise that uses repurposed fabric in an innovative manner to create employment opportunities for women, particularly the immigrant & refugee, unemployed, or part-time workers. It’s been around for years […]

A Tribe Called Red: What’s next after a year of highs

There’s an argument to be made that A Tribe Called Red has become Ottawa’s best musical export over the last couple of years, so it’s a treat for us every time they come back to play a show at home. In 2013, the three gents were short-listed for the Polaris Prize and travelled the world sharing Nation […]

Oh mon Dieu! It’s Poutine Week.

Scrolling down my Facebook feed tonight, I landed on a titillating poutine photo featured at the Gainsbourg resto-pub in Gatineau. A bit further down the post I discovered that there’s a cross-country poutine festival going on this week! Poutine Week is taking place across multiple cities in Québec and Ontario with just under 20 restaurants […]

Apt613’s 4th Annual Big O-Town Sex Survey

It’s the 4th year in a row we’re publishing the Big Sexy O-town Sex Survey! While we still want to know about the ins and outs of Ottawans’ sex lives, we’ve added a few questions to learn more about Ottawa’s dating scene. You think it sucks to be single in the city? Then maybe we […]

End of an era: Timekode at the Eri is no more

To the surprise of many, it was announced on Monday that last month’s Timekode will be the last one to be held at Eri Cafe on Somerset St. W. From the Timekode Facebook group: “Some unexpected circumstances beyond our control have led to the somewhat shocking revelation that December 2013’s jam was the final TIMEKODE ever at […]

Video of the week: The Hilotrons’ My Number

This slow burn of a song keeps the music light and the lyrics heavy. The video, created by Ryan Paul Gibson, Luca Fiore and Craig Conoley, shows the most drab of our everyday routine with hint of hope, at the very end. ‘My Number’ can be found on The Hilotrons’ most recent album, At Least […]

Dance 2013 away with Silkken Laumann + ticket giveaway!

I can honestly say I’ve been waiting for this record since 2011. Three singles, two videos, and several sweaty shows and DJ nights later, electro pop group Silkken Laumann is coming together to put the finishing touches on Not Forever Enough, mere weeks before the album’s drop date on December 31st, 2013. In advance of their second annual […]

MusicOntario presents: Mo’ money, less problems or making a living from playing music

If you’re a musician based in Ontario, you may have heard about MusicOntario over the last year or so. The Toronto-based organization was created in October 2012 to help artists and music companies reach their professional, creative, and personal goals. MusicOntario has made efforts to take the show on the road to provide workshops and networking […]

Video of the week? How about video of the year!

When I heard Souljazz Orchestra got commissioned by House of PainT to perform a special set for HoPX’s final event, the bboy finale, I new it was going to be a special treat. Souljazz’s Pierre Chrétien and his bandmates began work on the setlist in July. The final setlist included 16 songs fused breaks and hip […]

Yoan St-Onge imagine un monde éternel

Qu’est-ce que deviendrait la terre si on découvrait un remède anti-vieillissement? C’est ce que l’auteur Yoan St-Onge nous fait découvrir dans son récit, La fin des vieux jours, présentement disponible en téléchargement gratuit. Écrit entre 2008 et 2010, ce roman publié par St-Onge lui-même raconte principalement l’histoire de deux familles à différentes à différentes époques […]