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Long weekend liftoff for Pod613 in Lansdowne Park

By Greggory Clark on September 4, 2018

Apartment613 lives in Pod613 this fall—until October 28.

Visitors tour the pod on launch day. Photo: Greggory Clark/Apt613.

This past weekend, we warmed Pod613 with a contributors’ meetup and its inaugural recording session. On Sunday, the door was open for tours of the mobile recording studio being occupied by Apt613 for eight weeks. Between the Farmers’ Market and a womens’ soccer friendly between Canada and Brazil that afternoon, Lansdowne was packed with curious types—many who had noticed the pod in recent days and were eager to learn about our project. On the following day, Apt613’s podcast team taped for the first time in the Pod613 mobile studio.

In collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Apt613 will be running workshops and lab hours for our bloggers, videographers, and podcast producers, linking them with local musicians for one-of-a-kind sessions, interviews and networking. The tiny office and audio booth will be a community media hub in the heart of Lansdowne Park during CityFolk Festival and, hopefully, a deep playoff run by Ottawa Fury FC.

The Innovation Pod (aka Pod613) belongs to MadeMill, was built and designed by prototypeD, and generously donated to Apt613 and OMIC for an 8-week deployment in The Glebe.

Please do not knock if you see a “recording in progress” sign out front!

The door to Pod613 is going to be closed most of the time, while our volunteer teams are creating and learning about audio production, podcasting, live streaming, video, and editing.

Visits to the pod are by appointment only and all available work hours were booked weeks ago. Community interest in the pod has exceeded expectations in all ways! At the moment, Apt613 and OMIC are pursuing sponsorship and grants to hire additional program facilitators.

If you’re a podcast creator, videographer or artist who would like to book hours in the pod, please register on the Pod613 Wait List. We will contact community groups and individuals from the wait list if/when more hours can be funded.

Follow #Pod613 to see inside.