It’s been a while but Apt613 has brought back its #ottmusic weekly feature, and for those of us who have rarely left their house in the past three years, it's eye opening.

All ten musicians featured are from Ottawa/Gatineau and we guarantee at least one (or in the case of the ottawannine*) will be new to you.

  1. Bouncy Hip-Hop – “New Year New Me” by JEDA
  2. Pop/R&B – “Keep My Word” by Duava
  3. Introspective Hip Hop/Rap – “Reality Is” by Keydus
  4. Electronic Pop – “Leave me to Die” by The Chemists
  5. Melodic Trap – “December” by A.L
  6. Chill R&B – “Feelin You” by TkMN
  7. Melodic R&B – “Can You” by Bromar
  8. Bouncy R&B – “Love me down.” by NLN
  9. R&B/Melodic Rap – “Sneaky Link” by Shamzy
  10. Autotuned R&B – “FVK LUV” by TAZ

You can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify.

– Martha and Darren

* TAZ was an Ottawan of the day once



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    Ottawan of the Day

    • Roderick Costain, Ben Seaman, Don Williams, Melanie Williams, Shannon Ferguson, Kris McCarthy, Nate Beacham, Jason Flick, Dave McIlhagga, Ingrid Gayle, and Anusha Gandhi
    • The 11 entrepreneurs have been selected as winners of the Ottawa/Gatineau Bootstrap Awards, a celebration of self-funded startups and gumption. (Ottawa Business Journal)


    • We made mistakes, there's no doubt
    • – Ottawa Police Services chief Eric Stubbs yesterday when asked about the the shellacking the police received in the Emergencies Act inquiry report. (Joseph Tunney at the CBC


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – Boston Blackhawks 3 last night
    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 7 – St Louis Blues 2 last Sunday
    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Chicago Blackhawks 4 last Friday
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 3 – North Bay Battalion 2 last night
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 5 – Oshawa Generals 2 last Friday
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 5 – Les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda 2 last Sunday
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 8 – Cape Breton Eagles 4 last Saturday


    🚨 Fallout from the Emergencies Act Inquiry report

    💰 Civil Servants

    • Four Public Service Alliance of Canada bargaining units should get a raise says the, deep breath, Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board's Public Interest Commission. The Commission recommends pay rises of 1.5 per cent in 2021, 4.5 per cent for 2022, and three per cent for 2023.  (CBC)

    🎭 Elegy

    • Polymath Peter Herrndorf has died at the age of 82. Herrndorf served as president and CEO of the National Arts Centre for nearly 19 years, helped create the CBC programmes The Fifth Estate and The Journal, was publisher of Toronto Life magazine, and was chairman and CEO of TVO. The flags at the National Arts Centre will fly at half-mast for the rest of February. (CBC)

    🏠 Maison du patrimoine

    • Gatineau council has stepped in to stop the demolition of one of the City’s Matchstick Houses, a deceptively simplistic style built by lumber and match factory workers in the 19th and 20th centuries. The owner, Gestion NDI Champlain Inc, is not amused and will go to court to continue building its planned 10-storey, 159-unit apartment building. (CBC)

    🌲 Gatineau Park

    • Chelsea is appealing a court decision for money owed by the National Capital Commission for Gatineau Park. Federal institutions do not pay property tax but do pay an similar amount ‘in lieu’. Chelsea argued that the Commission should have paid an amount that is equal to developable land, the Commission says it is a park and will never be developed. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen

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    • The City of Ottawa Spring activities are now available for viewing online. Registration begins on March 6 (Aquatic activities) and March 8 (non-aquatic activities). 
    • Curious about that 20th century musical instrument invention, the Theremin? Tonight Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra presents The Invisible Singer, with Dutch thereminist Thorwald Jørgensen 


    • February 22 is Pink Shirt day or Anti-Bullying Day, when wearing a rose coloured shirt signifies your support of anti-bullying initiatives. 
    • The Historical Society of Ottawa presents The End of Slavery in Upper Canada part of the Virtual Speakers Series. At 7:00pm on Zoom. Free.
    • The Ottawa Public Library presents author Catherine Hernandez, who will be giving her speech ‘What Would Ms. Hina Do?’, which explores themes from her novel Scarborough. The event is free but registration is required. 7:00pm at the Peter A. Herrndorf Place (see above), National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St. 


    • Ottawa Design Club presents Beyond the Mark, its first in person event of the year. Speakers include tattoo artist Mariah Landers, muralist and illustrator Dom Laporte, and brand designer and illustrator Dom Richichi. Plus, network and enjoy drinks with other Ottawa creatives. $20. Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. 
    • The Ottawa Boat & Outdoors Show drops anchor at the Centre EY Centre until Sunday. 4899 Uplands Dr. Passes from $16 for adults. 
    • The Brewmaster’s Dinner: Beer VS. Wine Edition, a “Head to Head pairing dinner” pitting Mill Street Brewery against Mark Anthony Wines. At Craft Beer Market, 975 Bank St. Tickets $85 +fee 

    Just Announced

    • Nominations for the 4th annual Capital Music Awards (CMAs) have opened. The awards, presented by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, celebrate the artists, of course, but also the promoters, organizations, and entrepreneurs that work hard to promote Ottawa’s music scene. The awards are open to anyone living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region but voting can only be done by members of the OMIC in good standing. The awards will take place on June 1 (venue to be announced soon), with the action to be live broadcast by Rogers TV. 
    • Doors Open Ottawa returns June 3 and 4 for its 21st anniversary experience. This is your chance to step inside some of the city’s most beautiful buildings, for free. This year’s event is hybrid, with some buildings taking part virtually. Building representatives have until March 3 to apply to take part. 
    • Marshes Summer golf Camps are now registering summer 2023 campers


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    There’s a Spring Dress Sale on now at Cokanna. 

    If you missed last December’s Ontario Craft Brewery Calendars, you can grab some of the individual beers nowfor 25% off from Nita. Use the code HOHOHO25.

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    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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