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Apartment613 and OMIC say farewell to Pod613

By Greggory Clark on November 1, 2018


The lights aren’t out at Pod613. It’s only being recharged (by solar panels!) until MadeMill decides where in Ottawa to deploy their mobile studio next. On Sunday, however, was our team’s last day in the pod. We spent the time—from noon ’til night—recording a series of live music performances by local artists.

Our collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition involved weekly video sessions like these; with local musicians in focus. Moonfruits, Empty Nesters, Scary Bear Soundtrack, Jesse Dangerously, Young K, Eddie Quotez, and Jumpin’ Joel Flash all came through for Tiny Desk-esque concerts inside and out of the pod.

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To meet more folks, we ran pop-ups and open pod hours during events like the Farmers’ Market, CityFolk, Green Energy Doors Open, United Way’s Schmoozefest, and an international soccer friendly (Canada 1, Brazil 0!) played at TD Place.

That’s not all. In closed quarters of the pod, OMIC led weekly podcasting workshops for beginners and Apt613 volunteers taped more than 10 new episodes for our radio show and podcast. Tune your dial to CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesday evenings at 6pm—or visit to listen on demand.

Our other favourite community radio station teamed up with Apartment613 for a live broadcast from Pod613 during this year’s CityFolk Festival weekend. The pop-up was just one instance which provided Apt613 volunteers the chance to see *how it’s done* from blogging to broadcasting and beyond

We have major partners to thank for this experience, not the least of which is PrototypeD, who built and designed the solar-powered mobile studio. The pod’s stewards MadeMill generously donated the space to Apt613 and OMIC for our special project. City of Ottawa staff were extra important when it came to finding space at Lansdowne Park and helping our crew feel at home. Thanks, all!

We’re sitting on a ton of new content to be released in the coming weeks and months. Watch this space for new episodes, live music sessions, podcasts and more.