Archived Community Events

2015 25 Nov

Ottawa Premiere of Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

After being shown at festivals worldwide, broadcast on the world's largest Spanish-language television network, and taken on a 54-city tour of North America, Ottawa's own Jesse Freeston is bringing his most-acclaimed film to date back to the city that made him.

2015 24 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lawrence Hill: the Illegal In Conversation with CBC's Waubgeshig Rice

Lawrence Hill will be in Ottawa to discuss his new novel The Illegal on November 24 with you hosted by CBC's Waubgeshig Rice, author of Midnight Sweatlodge and Legacy. Guaranteed to be a stimulating evening!

2015 12 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

War: what is it good for? Co-launch of Disarming Conflict and Worth Fighting For with Ernie Regehr and Jessica Squires

Between the Lines and Octopus Books present co-launch of two books about Canadian anti-war history and disarming conflict today:

2015 11 Nov
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Observer Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year

2015 10 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada: A New Tax Haven Book Launch with Alain Deneault

In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has p

2015 07 Nov
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Education in Action Annual Fall Community Fundraising Event

Please join Education in Action for our annual fall community fundraising event.

2015 07 Nov
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Awaiting Winter's End Children's Book with Cindy Missen Ross

Do you love to cuddle up with your child and share books that are not only fun to read but that also inspire questions and promote further investigation? 

2015 07 Nov
10:00am - 2:00pm



2015 04 Nov
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Launch: On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa with author Allison Goebel

The Institute of African Studies Presents
A Public Talk and Book Launch -
“On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa” with Allison Goebel, Queen’s University

2015 02 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

**Postponed to Next Year** Remembering: Open Veins of Latin America, a Tribute to Eduardo Galeano (Community Classroom)

Eduardo Galeano, world-renowned Uruguayan journalist and best known for his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent died at age 74 on April 13 2015. On that day, the world lost a leading voice of the Latin American left.

2015 29 Oct

Pauls, Pillow and Debris Tour: The Ottawa Edition

Coach House Books, Bookthug, Biblioasis and Octopus Books present three authors and their new book:

2015 27 Oct
7:15pm - 9:00pm


Arctic historian Kenn Harper has spent decades researching and writing the untold stories of the North. This series gathers the best of his regular column about the history of Inuit and other peoples in the circumpolar North.

2015 21 Oct
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: A FAIR COUNTRY by John Ralston Saul

In this startlingly original vision of Canada, thinker John Ralston Saul unveils 3 founding myths. Saul argues that the famous “peace, order, and good government” that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country’s true nature.

2015 15 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Religious Freedom at Risk

This book examines matters of religious freedom in Europe, considers the work of the European Court of Human Rights in this area, explores issues of multiculturalism and secularism in France, of women in Islam, and of Muslims in the West.

2015 14 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Leo Brent Robillard & Lorrie Jorgensen Co-Launch of their Book: The Road to Atlantis and First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir

Octopus Books, Turnstone Press and Inanna Publications present a co-launch of Leo Brent Robillard and Lorrie Jorgensen's latest book: The Road to Atlantis (novel) and First Gear: A

2015 13 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

After the Sands Book Launch with GORDON LAXER and Bruce Campbell

After the Sands outlines a vision and a road map to transitioning Canada to a low-carbon society.

2015 05 Oct
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Book Launch - The Harper Record 2008-2015 with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Come share a drink, some nibbles, and hear from editors Teresa Healy and Stuart Trew, and Executive Director Bruce Campbell, about the CCPA’s latest publication on the federal government’s policy record in the 40th and 41st Parliaments.
The Harper Record 2008-2015 pick
2015 04 Oct

Stephen Harper: The Musical starring James Gordon

Stephen Harper: The Musical starring James Gordon

This Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
The Gladstone Theatre
910 Gladstone Ave. (at Preston), Ottawa

2015 04 Oct

This Changes Everything Film Tour with Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, This Changes Everything is a documentary feature which explores the most pressin

2015 29 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

World Launch of 3 Plays with Playwright and Director Alanis King

Growing up surrounded by music, dance and storytelling, Alanis King turned to drama early, not only as a way to express herself, but to explore the rich heritage of her community.

2015 27 Sep

Reading of Twoism by Poet Ali Blythe

Join poets Ali Blythe and Monty Reid (The Luskville Reductions) for an afternoon of poetry at Octopus Books in Ottawa. Blythe will be reading from Twoism as part of a cross-country tour.

2015 26 Sep

Book Launch: Saving Her by Christian McPherson

Christian McPherson’s exciting new novel is a portrait of a woman coming unglued after devastating events send her spiraling out of control. Between popping pills and drinking vodka, Julie Cooper tries her best to do what she has always done: carry on.

2015 24 Sep
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Multifaith Housing Initiative Gather Around the Table Cookbook Fundraiser

Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) is an Ottawa-based grassroots charitable organization that provides homes and a supportive community to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2015 23 Sep
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future.

2015 19 Sep

Marvest: Christophe Elie - Bridging Borders

Christophe Elie -- a local activist songwriter who performs his brand of socially-conscious folk -- is just completing his new album 'Bridging Borders', the follow up to 'Deepest Shade of Blue'.