Sunday wrap up! (October 23)

It’s been one heck of a week here at Local Tourist Ottawa. Our posts from the past seven days show the diversity of the Ottawa community – from the TEDxOttawa conference to a zombie walk, trendy new hair salons to pop-up picnics. Thank you to all our contributors!

Our week started off with two great posts from Amy and Fiona Tapp who unravelled the mystery of Ottawa’s first-ever Harvest Noir, a secret picnic feast and black tie dance party.

This isn’t just any hair salon. Chantal Sarkisian spoke with Michelle Nguyen, the owner of Old Ottawa South’s newest business, Hair Republic, about her eco-friendly principles and support of local artists (also: mark down on your calendars that the grand opening is November 5!).

Jessey asked the organizer of Saturday’s TEDxOttawa conference, Sarah Ormon, about how she hopes the day will inspire and enlighten attendees about the greatness of the Ottawa community.

Here’s to another 20 years! The Ottawa Senators, mark their 20th season this year. Here at Local Tourist we wanted to celebrate and listed 20 you-might-not-kn0w-this facts on the post, alongside a giveaway for four tickets to their Thursday night game against the Winnipeg Jets. Congratulations to Erwin Desa for winning the tickets!

Danny Hussey told us about the Enriched Bread Artists open house events that are happening this month. Want to check out some of the city’s best contemporary art? The open house continues tonight and on October 28-30.

Thursday is the new Friday! Chris Clark is happy to shatter the reputation that Ottawa is a boring government city. She gives us a comprehensive lowdown on all things fun and hip happening in the Capital and wraps up with a fantastic Dirty Dancing analogy.

Fashion on Display, the downtown collaboration between eco-friendly boutiques and local artists, ended on Friday night with a Wrap-Up Bash at Cube Gallery. Michelina Teti snapped some pictures from the closing celebrations.

Contributing editor Hilary Duff did a Q&A with the Queen of the Undead, Ottawa zombie walk organizer Bryony Etherington. The walk is now in its sixth year and saw Parliament Hill transformed into a screeching, brain-yearning graveyard yesterday afternoon.

Following up on her TEDxOttawa interview from earlier in the week, Jessey attended the event and posted a video of one of Ottawa’s most talented spoken-word poets, Brandon Wint. More to come!

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